Worthing Theatres and Museum launch Crowdfunding Campaign
Worthing Theatres and Museum (WTM) has joined the national #SaveOurTheatres crowdfunding campaign launched by the Theatres Trust to help prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres. Save Worthing Theatres and Museum will launch to the public on Wednesday 18th November. The Covid crisis has placed many arts charities like WTM on unstable ground, meaning many organisations are in financial difficulty.
Before the second lockdown, WTM had been working hard to reopen all five of their venues step by step and safeguard as many jobs as possible as a priority to ensure the future survival of WTM. With the capacity for socially distanced events at the Connaught Theatre, Connaught Studio, Assembly Hall, Pavilion Theatre and Worthing Museum vastly reducing the charities income, WTM are reaching out to their community to support them in raising £10,000 for the Save Worthing Theatres and Museum crowdfunding campaign.
Supporters can choose a range of unique rewards for different levels of donations including; ticket vouchers, memberships, an exclusive tour of the costume collection, an archeology walk, a private film quiz and sponsorship opportunities. Additionally, WTM will be hosting a streamed fundraising event on Friday 27th November, the night their annual pantomime would have opened. Accounting for a substantial proportion of the charity's annual income and a firm favourite with their audiences, this event celebrates all things pantomime, with a star studded cast of supporters making guest appearances throughout the night
Amanda O’Reilly, CEO, Worthing Theatres and Museum said:
“On 1st November, WTM celebrated our first year as a charity and what a year it’s been! Typically we would be welcoming over 340,000 people through our doors for live performances, films and exhibitions. Then Covid-19 struck, resulting in WTM having to close our doors in March. We are fighting to ensure the future of WTM, making savings wherever we can. We’ve been blown away by the warmth and support our community have shown us, and we are extremely grateful for the support of Worthing Borough Council and emergency funds from Arts Council England. If you are in a position to do so, please donate to our Save Worthing Theatres and Museum Crowdfunding campaign, and help us raise £10,000 towards our long term survival. The challenge ahead will not be easy, but we know that with the support of our wonderful community we will be back soon, bringing you the programme you know and love.”