We are trying to market our local community theatre. Does anyone have any ideas?

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It’s the Dylan Thomas Theatre in South Wales and we need to match-fund a grant for refurbishment of the building. Ideas for fundraisers would be welcome. We are a registered charity in the UK.

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I know it sounds crazy but when our local library had to raise funds, a member of our kennel club organized a dog bath and nail trim fund raiser. it was 10 dollars to have your dogs nails trimmed, 20 for a bath (owner brings its own towel) we got a local vet to offer rabies shots and give us 1/2 the money and got a pet supply company to donate the shampoo. You could even ask dog food companies for a donation to set up one of thier booths to give out free samples, remember there are lots of dog owners out there!

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dog-mom

I know it sounds crazy but when our local library had to raise funds, a member of our kennel club organized a dog bath and nail trim fund raiser. it was 10 dollars to have your dogs nails trimmed, 20 for a bath (owner brings its own towel) we got a local vet to offer rabies shots and give us 1/2 the money and got a pet supply company to donate the shampoo. You could even ask dog food companies for a donation to set up one of thier booths to give out free samples, remember there are lots of dog owners out there!

xenobyte72

You need a publicity stunt, go to the St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff, or some other shopping centre, some time when its really busy. Get permission in advance of course and then put on a show for the shoppers and have people collect charitable donation. While you are at it, pass out fliers for a larger fund raiser show.

You could also put on private shows for birthdays, weddings, bah mitzvahs etc. for a reasonable fee.

DramaGuy

There are places that pay for used cell phones to be used for emergencies and places that pay for used printer cartridges. I don’t know how this works in the UK but some theatre groups I know of have made quite a bit collecting them.

judi_3840

We have the same problem with our theatre. One thing we did was sell plaques for £25 and these small plaques have their name printed on it and it is permanently fixed to one of the seats (we have nearly 500 seats!).

fattylowdown

The best way is to let people know you’re around!:

Put up fliers.
Do loads of performances.
Give private classes to kids in the area.
Advertise in websites and in Classified Ads

fidget

Rent out the venue for functions. Offer the space for hire to businesses for training and company meetings.

Organise a series of fundraiser lunchtime recitals. Put out a call for local musicians to offer an hour of their time to support the theatre by giving a performance free of charge. Charge a small entrance fee, perhaps £3 full, £2 concessions.

Also don’t forget that the value of any “support in kind” is valid on funding applications when trying to receive matched funding.

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