Following HM Government’s announcement, we regret to inform you that this live event has been cancelled.

We are in the process of contacting all bookers regarding refunds, crediting accounts and donation options. Please wait for us to contact you as we deal with a high volume of requests at this time.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Join us at for a day of workshops and information sessions for performing artists relating to fundraising and finance.

Artists are welcome to attend one, two or three of the sessions on offer for free but places are limited so please ensure you book in advance!

The schedule for the day is as follows:

Arrivals 9:30am

Introduction to Fundraising


Lottie Donovan, experienced fundraising consultant. Former Head of Development at Watershed, Bristol.

This workshop will provide you with a basic overview of the fundraising mix and the tools to build a powerful case for support. Time permitting, participants will also explore the importance of developing ongoing meaningful relationships with your audiences, leading to opportunities to diversify your income streams and build more sustainable financial models for your creative practices.

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Tea and Coffee 11:30am

Project Grant Writing


Philip Butterworth, Relationship Manager Touring, Arts Council England

This session will begin with a brief introduction to  Arts Council England and its funding strands before focusing on Project Grants, how decisions are made and what assessors will look at when making a decision. It will also briefly highlight the differences between making an application for Project Grants and for a grant for Developing Your Creative Practice.

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Lunch 1:30pm-2:30pm

A complimentary vegetarian buffet lunch will be provided for artists attending these sessions.

Theatre Tax Relief


Greg Garner, Head of Finance and Administration, Taunton Theatre Association

Theatre Tax Relief seeks to support Theatrical Production Companies in order to encourage and promote growth in the performing arts.  It is offered to both profitable and loss-making production companies and by claiming it a company can reduce pre-performance costs by between 20-25%.  Greg will discuss how companies qualify for Theatre Tax Relief and how it is calculated.

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If you have any queries relating to these sessions, please contact

Thursday 19 March | 9:30am-4:00pm | Free | Lunch included


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