You can help #SaveOurTheatres – but hurry -Crowdfunders end soon!

With the furlough scheme being reduced and no date in sight for theatres to fully reopen, many theatres across the country are facing huge challenges. The government’s much-delayed, degradingly competitive, flawed and penny-pinching settlement made available to the theatres and entertainment sector of our economy left many theatres with nothing for their trouble in applying. Hundreds of organisations were left with empty hands, many others with next to nothing. The total amount available (less than was given to just one airline) is but a fraction of what is genuinely needed for the sector to make it through this uncertain time.

It’s truly heart-warming to see that the theatre-loving public has rushed to support independent fundraising initiatives such as the Crowdfunders mentioned below, with many theatres achieving their targets and more. But others are struggling, and they desperately need your help to be in with a chance of survival.

If you, like me, love theatre and care about protecting the UK’s theatres, there are a number of ways you can show your support:

Make a donation to your local theatre if it is running a #SaveOurTheatres campaign. Check out participating theatres here .

If your local theatre isn’t able to partcicipate, consider contacing them directly if you want to specifically offer them support. memberships are a great way to dot this and will bring you benefits once your theatre is up and running again. Alternatively, you can donate to Theatres Trust’s campaign, which will help fund their work to give free advice to all of the UK’s theatres and make grants to help theatres with reopening costs, which they have already started to do.

Crowdfunder campaigns often offer rewards such as membership, merchandise or exclusive events, so it is well worth checking out the scheme to see if you can help theatres and pick up a great Christmas present for a loved one (or yourself) at the same time!

All donations large or small are hugely appreciated- and every one will make a difference!

For anyone unsure of where to donate, my personal suggestion would be London’s Finborough Theatre which has won international acclaim by presenting rediscoveries alongside cutting-edge work, usually to five-star reviews and sold-out houses. They are still a way off their fundraising target (which ends November 8th), and they offer membership rewards, so please do take a look at their funding appeal here . Donations to this appeal are also being matched, so your donation is doubled – a great way to make more of a difference!

Many individual fundraising campaigns are benefitting from match-funding, which means that any donation you make will be matched and therefore doubled in value to the venue benefitting. Various organisations such as the Architectural Heritage Fund and many others are stepping up in this way, as well as a number of anonymous donors, which is a great way to support the drive to secure our theatrical heritage for the future.

If you are not able to make a donation yourself, don’t worry- you can still get involved:

Undertake a fundraising challenge of your own, giving the money raised to the #SaveOurTheatres Crowdfunder – find inspiration from others who’ve already done this and sign up here.

Or you can share details of the campaign with your family, friends and colleagues on social media to help spread the word using the hashtag #SaveOurTheatres

Thanks for helping – together we can keep the special joy of theatre going – for us, our kids and our grandchildren.

#SaveOurTheatres www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-theatres


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