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503Studio: How To Write A Funding Bid

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503Studio: How To Write A Funding Bid

This workshop will explore both the art and science behind writing effective funding bids – from letters and emails to individuals, trusts and Arts Council England. We will take you through the process of creating a clear case for support (aim, activity, outcomes and evaluation) to create a template that can be adapted for any application, appeal or online fundraiser. Along the way we will address some of the preconceptions around what you think funders “want to hear”.

Theatre503’s How To… are Pay What You Can, thanks to DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund and our Share The Drama scheme.

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

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Running time: 2 hours – delivered online

Gabrielle Leadbeater is a Theatre and Events Producer from London and joined Theatre503 as Producer in 2019. She is also Creative Producer for Events at 45North, Associate Producer with Ellie Keel Productions, Producer of the Women’s Prize for Playwriting and volunteers with the English Touring Theatre. Her credits include The Fairytale Revolution, MEAT (co-producer) at Theatre503. As Associate with Ellie Keel Productions – Anna Bella Eema (Arcola), Hotter (Underbelly & Soho Theatre), Collapsible (Assembly & The Bush), Son of Dyke (Etcetera Theatre & Underbelly), Where to Belong (Summerhall). Independent Producing – My Mother Runs in Zig-Zags (North Wall Arts Centre), Your Little Play (Michael Pilch Studio), Medea (Belgrade Theatre), Childish (John Thaw Studio), Passing (Arcola) & Upcoming, Typical (Soho Theatre 2020).


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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