18 August 2020

Little Theatre Gateshead celebrating fundraising award

The Little Theatre Gateshead has been successful in winning an EMCEE 2020 award for fundraising efforts to create a new rehearsal space

The Emcees 2020 is the UK arts, culture and heritage sector's chance to celebrate fundraising success. The event, started in 2016, was held online due to COVID-19. The awards are run through the National Arts Fundraising School based in London and were created to recognise excellence in arts and culture fundraising. The award was in the category Best Major Fundraising Campaign over £100,000 and winners show strong evidence of having a supporter-centred approach, a strong underlying strategy and an innovative or creative approach. The other entrants were Chethams School of Music (Manchester) and University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

The award was presented at an online digital ceremony

Bernard Ross, Director of the National Arts Fundraising School said: “In a tough category this was a standout application. All the judges agreed this was a fabulous example of what volunteers can do. And an inspiration to professionals!”

Little Theatre Gateshead volunteers were represented by their bid writer Gill Adams at an online, digital ceremony held on 18th August 2020. In an acceptance speech Gill said: “It’s a huge pleasure to be working on the capital appeal to raise funds for a new rehearsal space at Little Theatre. The award is all the more special since, due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the theatre has been temporarily closed since mid-March. We take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of the funders who have supported us this far and send a plea to any other funders out there who can help us raise the last few thousand so that when we reopen it will be with the addition of a new rehearsal space!”

The fundraising aims to support the construction of a new rehearsal space that will be used by members, patrons and the wider community

Robbie Carruthers, Chair of Trustees at the Little Theatre said: “As a volunteer organisation with no regular public or private funding we were thrilled to be almost at our target, we only need another £30,000 so it was much appreciated that a representative at Arts Council England nominated Little Theatre Gateshead for the EMCEE 2020 award to celebrate our fundraising efforts so far. The new rehearsal space will be a huge benefit to the volunteer actors, our partners, the Progressive Players Gateshead (resident drama group) and the other community groups who perform and rehearse at Little Theatre. Participants will be able to rehearse in a space that will be equal in size to the main stage which will be a major bonus when rehearsing, particularly the larger cast plays, and we can’t wait to reach our target and complete this capital project.”

Bid writer Gill Adams added: “This award is testament to the tenacity of the fundraising team at Little Theatre. So if any funders out there can help us by contributing to the remaining amount, please contact me through the theatre website, Thank you!”

The ceremony can be viewed online HERE with the relevant award and discussion starting at 27 minutes and the appeal webpage is HERE