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An Interview with British Philanthropist – Matthew C. Martino

by lara on February 4th, 2016

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Matthew C. Martino is a British philanthropist and film executive. He is the founder of arts charity MMBF Trust and The MM Enterprise Award. We held an interview with him.


1.Tell us a little bit about your charity?

MMBF Trust, my international arts charity provides grants and scholarships to actors, filmmakers and creatives. My initial vision for the charity was to support local creatives in London and I’m honestly flattered by the work we have been able to achieve over the years.


2.Could you innumerate some of your philanthropic activities?

My core work is supporting MMBF but I also have an enterprise scheme called MM Enterprise Award which assists young people to start their own businesses and I also enjoy supporting charities close to home such as Haven House who are in Essex where I live and have also grown very fond of Bolton Lads & Girls Club. In an ideal world I would like to help everyone but I’m just not equipped to do so.


3. We hear you run an aviation academy, does this stem from a love for flying?

Yes I’ve been an #avgeek since a very young age and I remember back in Zimbabwe looking up whilst we were being driven to school and admiring the planes that where flying over us. Lets Fly Academy provides training and resources to aspiring pilots.

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4. What about the fund you are launching on V day?

I’m launching my all new Matthew Martino Innovators Fund on the 14th of February. I wanted to launch something over Christmas but I just got too busy so I felt it was right to be giving opportunities on such an iconic day in many peoples personal lives. This MMBF Trust -funded opportunity provides 10 groups or individuals with £250 to help kick-start their creative projects. In the past MMBF Trust has funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. Whatever creative field you work in, we’ll consider your application.


5. We hear you have developed an app? Lets hear about it.

Lets Fly APP, my first and foremost baby in the app development circuit. I developed the App to just add another medium of information for aspiring pilots as well as my book and Lets Fly Academy.

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