HOW TO: Fundraise

Tue 20 June 10.30am - 5pm

This workshop is exclusively available to The Lowry’s Studio Members scheme, our artist development programme providing training, advice and creative opportunities to artists in the Greater Manchester area.
  • Venue: The Aldridge Studio
David Byrne, Artistic Director of the New Diorama Theatre, will host a day-long masterclass to talk about fundraising strategy, applying to Trusts and Foundations, attracting and growing individual donors, and securing business sponsors for your work. This session is specially designed to cater for the kind of artists that David knows best – small organisations and individuals creating work that is traditionally hard to fundraise for.

During the session David will be taking you through successful funding applications, answering your questions and providing practical, actionable tips that you can get to work with straight away. A day-long session will allow the group to drill down into the finer points, such as how to make an exceptional funding bid, to a variety of funders.

New Diorama has received core and project funding from a range of sources, including Garfield Weston Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, The Backstage Trust, Cockayne, London Community Foundation, Fenton Arts Trust, Foyle Foundation and Arts Council England. They also have a great track record making the case for their community, outreach and access work and sourcing funding for their in-house theatre productions. New Diorama have previously been invited to speak about fundraising by Cause4, Arts Council England, Theatre Deli and Arts Marketing Association.

To book please email zoe.roberts@thelowry.com to reserve your place, payments will be accepted on the day at the box office counter.


This is a paid workshop which normally costs between £60 - £120, but which we are able to offer to Studio Members at the subsidised rate of £30pp.

This workshop is exclusively available to The Lowry’s Studio Members scheme, our artist development programme providing training, advice and creative opportunities to artists in the Greater Manchester area. You can find out more and join the scheme here.

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