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503Studio Autumn 22: How to Fundraise

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503Studio: How to Fundraise

Five weekly Thursday sessions from Thursday 13 October to Thursday 10 November, 7 – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

This course will cover everything you’ve always wanted to know about fundraising but were afraid to ask. We’ll explore the basics of fundraising and take you on a journey from creating your case support to looking after your funders – and a chance to create your own fundraising plan. Along the way we’ll explore other funding routes, from charitable sources to in kind support, investment and not forgetting box office. Whether you’re looking to raise money for a single project or put together a more strategic plan for a larger scale undertaking including venues – 503’s fundraising expert will share their experience, knowledge and insights into what makes a successful fundraising campaign.

Session 1: Introduction & Sources of Income
Session 2: Building a case for support
Session 3: Making the ask
Session 4: Looking after your funders
Session 5: Over to you…feedback on your funding plans

Thanks to our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Dates/Times: Thursday 13 October (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 20 October (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 27 October (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 3 November (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 10 November (7 – 9.30pm).

Andrew Shepherd is the Executive Director of Theatre503. He has an expertise in fundraising, business development and communication. He originally trained as an actor at LAMDA, after completing his law degree at Newcastle University. He has been fundraising for 18 years, initially raising money for his theatre company, ACSRandom, as well as securing investment and donations for an independent feature film. He spent five years as a fundraiser in the charity sector, specialising in legacies, individual donors and events. He was the Development Manager of Young Actors Theatre Islington and has spent the last 4 and a half years at Theatre503 leading their fundraising and development. As well as his extensive producing and fundraising experience, his writing has been performed around the world and directing credits include work at Park Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre.


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