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Tour funding


Putting on this sort of touring show is an expensive business. We are determined to keep it free for the public which means sourcing funding through grants, sponsorship and so on is an ongoing process. Our first step on the road was getting a grant for the first leg from the Arts Council England. Asides from helping towards venue costs, flying Sean over and more, the fact that an outside organisation has that kind of faith in the project was a real boost to morale. To show our commitment and get funding, we had to raise a certain percentage of the total needed ourselves so we decided to run a Kickstarter, with £500 of the profit going on show costs.

That went amazingly well and meant that we had pre orders for copies of the book and prints, which also fuelled our enthusiasm for getting it out there. To round things off, we also had sponsorship from the Little Angel pub in Whitby, who kindly donated a generous amount of bottled beers towards our evening parties. With prints and copies of the book now available to buy, the tour should become self supporting as word spreads and our audience grows and we plan to donate a complete set of touring materials to a suitable organisation for it to continue benefiting those with access issues.

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