What is the JMK Big Give Christmas Challenge?

This week until midday Tuesday 4 December, the JMK Trust is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge - a chance to support our work with emerging directors & theatre-makers this festive period. Most importantly of all, all donations given this week through the challenge will be DOUBLED with match funding.


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What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?

For every £1 donated to JMK's challenge this week, we also receive another £1. Meaning your support is doubled at no extra cost to you!

This is a rare opportunity for us to reach twice as far with our Regional Programme - success in this campaign would mean we can offer more free workshops and opportunities to emerging directors & theatre-makers across the country! But to get there, we need your help...


Why does the JMK Trust's Regional Programme need my support?

There is currently a bias towards London for opportunities within the theatre sector. Most theatre director training courses are in London and the fees are considerable. This is a barrier to potential theatre directors who do not live in the capital; who cannot afford to relocate; who do not wish to leave their region or are unable to do so. Furthermore, many people already working in this industry (or elsewhere) cannot afford to take the time off to undertake further training. We believe that talent should have access to free development opportunities and career support, regardless of circumstances or location.

Through our Regional Programme, with Directors' Groups at 11 partner venues, we strive to bring high quality, free training to directors around the country - with leading industry professionals including other directors, agents, dramaturgs and designers. To do so, we need to continuously raise funds. 

"Being a director/maker and trying to create one's own opportunities as well as work within our existing system can be a lonely and challenging experience. To be able to share practice, learn new skills and simply talk to others in the same position is invaluable. The fact that these workshops and accompanying shows are made available to us for free is so important. Personally as a freelancer and father of two I would not be able to attend them if they were charged at the usual rate, and the opportunities are doubtless accessible to a wide range of creatives from a wide range of backgrounds because of this" JMK Northampton Directors' Group participant, 2018


How will my donation to this campaign make a difference?

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£10 will be doubled: This can pay for a practitioner to travel to meet with regional directors.

£25 will be doubled: This can pay for two places for two directors on a half day workshop.

£50 will be doubled: This can pay for two whole days of training.

If we reach our £2,000 target, this will be doubled to make £4,000, and can fund a total of 22 workshops around the country reaching at least 200 directors and theatre-makers

Please give what you can before midday on Tuesday 4 December - your donation will make a vital difference, helping us to support talent regardless of background and open doors to a career in theatre directing across the UK.

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