Live Canon fundraise continually to be able to keep doing what we do.
Live Canon has no regular core funding, so we raise money for individual projects from charitable trusts and foundations, sponsorship and donations. If you would be interested in making a one -off donation to Live Canon, or sponsoring a particular event, outreach or education project, publication or performance, please get in touch.
The simplest way to support us however, is via our new Patreon page, which allows you to sign up to give a regular donation to Live Canon each month. You can visit our page here:
Here’s a bit more about why we’ve joined:
‘We have joined Patreon because the greatest challenge (and barrier to creating more performances, recordings and outreach events) is not funding for individual projects (which ultimately we can always not do if we don’t get the funding); the problem is meeting our ongoing running costs. This is the stuff you can’t run a ‘kickstarter’ for. It’s the dull stuff, like our webhosting, our public liability insurance, the phone bill, the stamps, the ink for the printer (see, told you it was dull stuff). We struggle to carve enough off the top of individual projects to meet these regular costs.
And it precludes us from expanding – ideally we’d be able to pay someone to do a day of booking keeping for us a month, for a day a week of administrative support, or… dreaming big, even pay a fundraiser for a bit of their time. We are approached continuously at the moment, particularly by schools, but we just don’t have the manpower (or, more specifically the funds to pay for the manpower) to manage any more of this work. We want to operate professionally and flexibly, with low overheads, but at the end of the day, we need some funds to invest in our organizational structure.
So we are hoping that some of the many people who have told us, over the years, that they love what Live Canon do, might help us out by becoming our patrons, making a small but regular contribution to our work. Knowing that a regular amount of funding is coming in will allow us to consolidate, plan for the future and expand.
A lot of the poetry we perform was written by artists who were under the patronage of a philanthropist, who facilitated their writing. It wasn’t a bad system, and we reckon Patreon is the twenty-first century, third millennial equivalent.
We want our patrons to feel part of our organization and we’ll keep in touch, pick your brains and do our best to spread our passion for poetry far and wide for you. Each month we’ll also create a piece of work that’s just for our patrons – a recording, a performance, an event, a short film… As a way to say thank you.’