Here are the winners of the 2018 Emcees arts & culture fundraising awards


Here are the winners of the 2018 Emcees arts & culture fundraising awards Fundraising UK Ltd May 3, 2018 1:53 pm May 3, 2018 2:08 pm

Successful fundraising by arts and culture organisations in the UK have been recognised by the 2018 Emcees awards.

Seven winners were announced from the largest number of applications received to date. The ceremony took place this week at Ovalhouse Theatre in London.

Thee awards were established by The Management Centre (=mc) and the National Arts Fundraising School in 2016, with the intention of recognising excellence in arts and culture fundraising. The ceremony is the UK’s only event dedicated to celebrating the important work of dedicated arts fundraisers

Representatives attended from shortlisted organisations such as ENO, Northern Ballet, the RSC and the National Trust. Smaller organisations including Petersfield Museum, Saffron Hall Trust and Soft Touch Arts were also on the shortlist.

They were joined at the event by a wide range of fundraisers and leaders from the arts sector, together with the likes of Channel 4’s Deputy Chair MT Rainey and UNICEF’s Chief of Market Knowledge Omar Mahmoud.

Judging panel

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including:

  • Francis Runacres, Executive Director, Enterprise & Innovation at Arts Council England
  • Marina Jones, Head of Trusts & Foundations at Royal Opera House
  • Rachel Cockett, Director of Development at Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Michelle Wright, CEO of Cause4
  • Dana Segal, Partner Consultant at =mc
  • Bernard Ross, Director of =mc and the National Arts Fundraising School, and founder of the Emcees Awards.

The winners

The Execucare Award for Best Campaign over £100,000

National Museums Scotland – Save the Galloway Hoard

The Brown Creative Award for Best Campaign under £100,000

Williamson and Priory Friends – Green Gallery Campaign

The TicketSource Award for Best Corporate Partnership

Northern Ballet – first direct bank: Keeping Northern Ballet Moving

TicketSource present Best Corporate Partnership award to Zoe Connell, Northern Ballet, & Graham Smith, first direct bank.

Best Supporter/Membership Scheme

Coventry City of Culture – 2021 UK City of Culture Bid

Frances Runacres (ACE) presents best membership scheme award

Best ‘Donor Love’ example

Shakespeare Schools Foundation – Christmas Card Campaign

Best Volunteer Fundraiser

Petersfield Museum – Jeremy Mitchell

Bernard Ross presents best volunteer award to Jeremy Mitchell

The National Arts Fundraising School Best Alumni Fundraiser

Katie Milton, Ovalhouse

Rachel Cockett, Marina Jones, and Katie Milton at Emcees 2018

The event was sponsored by Pro Active Resolutions, Execucare, Richmond Associates and Brown Creative.

Nominations for next year’s Emcees will open in Spring 2019.

Photos by © The Management Centre