We need your support
Staging a musical is not cheap. Just about every aspect of putting on a show has a cost. Some are obvious to the audience; costumes, scenery, props and in the case of Avenue Q – puppets! Others become more obvious as you stop to think about a show you have enjoyed; effective lighting, high quality sound, a live band. But what of the hidden costs; theatre hire, rehearsal space hire, Director, MD, choreographer, licence fee. Did you know, for example, that we have to pay 15% of our ticket sales in royalties to the licence holder or that a further percentage goes to the theatre? What about insurance? We had to substantially increase our insurance cover for Avenue Q to ensure that the puppets were adequately insured. Then there’s transport, steel deck hire, publicity… you get the picture! We do all that we can to keep our productions affordable for both participants and audiences but in doing so there is inevitably a gap between the cost of a production and the revenue generated. We are constantly working hard to bridge this gap through fundraising activities and applying for grants, where these are still available, but even with these efforts we need more help.
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ENCORAGE Individual & Corporate sponsorship scheme
Our sponsorship scheme, Encorage, is designed for individuals and corporate bodies who believe in what we do and are interested in supporting us. In return for your donation we offer a range of benefits including free and discounted tickets, complimentary drinks and programmes, opportunities to ‘meet the cast’ and invitations to special events. Junior sponsors even get free sweets at our shows!
Individual sponsors who are tax payers can make their donations count even more by signing a gift aid form. This enables us to reclaim tax on your donation; for every £1 you donate we get an extra 25p.
For our corporate sponsors there is, of course, additional free programme advertising and for platinum supporters a chance to have Encore provide entertainment at your corporate event.
Encore encourages people to get involved in the performing arts, not just as an audience member but by taking part in productions, singing groups, workshops and other projects. However, we know that sometimes talented and enthusiastic people cannot take part in these activities because of financial constraints. We would love to be able to subsidise activities and offer scholarships and bursaries to ensure that money is never an obstacle to people benefiting from all that the performing arts has to offer. This is where you come in. By provide money for a bursary or setting up a bursary in a specific individual’s or company name, you put the U in Encorage and help more people access our activities and the performing arts generally.
If you like what we do and would like to become a supporter please get in touch. With your help we will be able not only to maintain our current levels and standards of activity, but build on what we have already achieved for the benefit of performers and audiences for years to come.