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Our booking fees fund the arts

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We are taking on the ticketing industry one ticket at a time.

We’re out to revolutionise arts funding, 30% of our profits from booking fees go into the Ignite Fund.

Artists can apply to the Ignite Fund to get funding for their work.

Every ticket you buy or sell has a fundamental and positive impact on arts funding and the future of the arts sector.

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£3,053.65 in the fund for the next round

£6000 already given away

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Our latest funding round

We are delighted to share that we awarded four grants – each for £1000 on 28th February 2020. Totalling £4000, this is double the amount that we were able to give away in our first round.

The panel for the fund was Mimi Findlay, Producer at Clean Break; David Byrne, Artistic Director of New Diorama Theatre; Gavin Barlow, CEO & Artistic Director at The Albany, and Emily Thommes, Tickets Ignite co-founder.

Cobalt Studios’ Fresh

This grant will be used to help 4 musicians create new pieces of work which will be showcased at our weekly FRESH events. FRESH is a weekly space for new and unheard music to reach the stage and to bring together curious., open minded audiences over dinner and exciting new music.

Fresh Championing grassroots music is essential, but often hard to find funding to support. This grant from Tickets Ignite will support Cobalt Studio’s FRESH programme, providing 4 grants to young musicians creating new work to perform at a live showcase. David Byrne

COMMON’s production of Nessah Muthy’s Sucker

Sucker Poster and photo: The Other Richard

SUCKER by Nessah Muthy is a gripping, Margaret Atwood-esque thriller which imagines the future of Britain’s welfare state. The Ignite Fund grant will be crucial in enabling COMMON to work closely with an Engagement Officer to support meaningful audience development and diversification during the tour, and embed considered support to ensure working-class communities are able to see, enjoy and respond to the show.

As the cultural landscape makes a conscious shift towards harnessing the true excellence of participatory practice, we’re thrilled to see that COMMON will use the Ignite Fund award to engage a Community Engagement Consultant, in order to consider long-term organisational aims and the impact it hopes to achieve within the communities it aspires to engage. Mimi Findlay


RUMAH Fest is a one-day festival to open up spaces for integration amongst Artists from the various Asian Diasporas based in London. In this inaugural edition, RUMAH will be taking over Level 4 of Rich Mix’s The Mix, and will transform the space into an eclectic playground of provocations, workshops, communal lunch, bite size performances and a closing music party.

Rumah Poster and photo: Yi Ting Huang It was a tough field of inspiring ideas and projects, but we were delighted to be able to support RUMAH Fest, developed by Nur Khairiyah, a one-day festival opening up spaces for Asian artists in London. This is an urgent and timely creative intervention supporting the development of Asian artists who are invisible or under-represented, and we believe this small investment can make a significant impact. Gavin Barlow

HERA’s A Reasonable Adjustment

A new verbatim opera about the rich and nuanced lives of disabled people and the absurdity of UK state bureaucracy, made and performed by an all-disabled company. Composer Amble Skuse combines drama, song and live electronics in a show that’s different every time, and brings together performers from opera, folk and jazz. Produced by HERA and premiering at Sound Festival (Aberdeen), October 2020.

Hera This grant from Tickets Ignite will support HERA, an intersectional feminist opera company, in the creation of their second show A Reasonable Adjustment - a verbatim opera following the experiences of disabled people living under austerity in UK. Our support towards this ambitious project will help to provide access for audiences, including captioning and audio description of performances. David Byrne

Help us spread the word

If you are behind our mission, we’d ask a small favour of you. We are thrilled to be able to give away £6000 but really, we want to be giving away £600,000. To do this we need to spread the word, connect with more event organisers, sell more tickets and raise more funding.

Our previous funding round

We awarded two grants of £1000 on March 1st 2019.

It was a pleasure to hear from many brilliant projects and artists making work in the independent sector. There is some really excellent work taking place, and this innovative fund will hopefully support these two companies to really develop their own practice and artistic excellence’.

Ben Anderson, In Good Company Creative Producer

Zoo Co

For Zoo Co the funding will support a 15 date UK tour of Sirens in July 2019. The piece explores how gender stereotypes have changed over a millennium. Working with a d/Deaf and hearing cast, the piece is bilingual (BSL and Spoken English), and is creatively captioned throughout using intricate projection mapping. The funding specifically pays for the redevelopment of the script, bringing on board award-winning writer and dramaturg Alex Howarth as a new creative collaborator.

Zoo co Photo: The Other Richard Zoo Co are an incredibly ambitious company, with a hugely commendable attitude towards making theatre accessible. Their show, Sirens, struck a chord with the panel for it’s inclusivity, engaging subject matter, ambitious production values and potential for wide-spread reach. I cannot wait to see the show and watch this company soar Helen Matravers, Senior Producer, New Diorama Theatre We have used Tickets Ignite to ticket our events for a year now, and it is so empowering to use a platform which supports artists in this way. This is a game changer! Funding opportunities so often come with a barrage of hoop-jumping. This platform is so clearly artist led, and we felt able to submit a really honest application. The pressure on arts funding is such that we have to constantly seek to find match-funding, and this funding pot is one of only a few that directly takes this pressure off artists, providing invaluable support for theatre-makers that, in our case, means we can go ahead with our project. Zoo Co


For Gasp-C the funding will facilitate their spring tour of Lucky Ping-Pong Dragon Karaoke, a live art performance created by four pan-Chinese artists. This will mark their first complete tour as a collective. Receiving the funding means they can allocate more resources in developing new audiences in different regions, and invite more people engage in conversations around East Asian identity.

Gasp c Photo: Lidia Crisafulli Pan-Chinese artist collective Gasp-C really impressed the panel with a well-considered pitch to tour their joyous, satirical mash-up show Lucky Ping-Pong Dragon Karaoke to festivals this spring and summer. Audiences are in for a treat. Vicky Graham, Independent Producer We are thrilled to become one of the first beneficiaries of the Ignite Fund! We chose Tickets Ignite as our ticketing platform because we love its ethos and appreciate that it is more than a ticketing website. Today we benefit from this sustainable model, and we wish more people will in the future. Gasp-C

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