Theatres Trust Conference 2014: Community Theatres (Session 2)

9th June 2014

Theatres Trust Conference 2014: Community Theatres, session 2. Funding community theatre. 

Funding Community Theatres, pic Jim Ellam

Funding Community Theatres, pic Jim Ellam

The session looked at a range of new and existing models for the capital and revenue funding of community theatres, from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund programmes through to using commercial assets to generate income and community share offers. Recorded here: John Lewis, Chief Executive, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, Ben Greener, Programme Manager, Heritage Enterprise, Heritage Lottery Fund and Bill Graham, Chair, Clifton Community Arts Centre, Wellington, nr Telford. Chair: Gwilym Gibbons, Director Shetland Arts Development Agency. For the opening contribution by Sir Peter Balzagette, Chair, Arts Council England, see elsewhere on the site. Recorded at Leeds City Varieties, 28 April 2014.

“New ideas need old buildings” demonstrated that historic buildings and quarters are exactly the kind of places where new ideas can be fostered and where economic growth can happen. It’s all about … empowering local communities to understand what they’ve got, to develop plans they might have for it, then embedding a sustainable use in that building.” Ben Greener.