Keep the Doors Open and #SaveBirnamArts

by Birnam Arts in Birnam, Scotland, United Kingdom

£21,235

raised of £30,000 stretch target

257

supporters
71% 24 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 19th October 2020 at 5:50pm

Birnam Arts, the heart of the community, is facing one of the biggest challenges in its 119-year history and we need your help

by Birnam Arts in Birnam, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you all so much! We are completely overwhelmed by the amazing response to our Crowdfunder! We reached our £20K target way ahead of schedule. With another 3 weeks of the campaign still to go we are able to set a stretch target of £30K.

Every additional £10,000 we raise will have a hugely positive impact upon our long term sustainability whilst helping us to cover our costs should the worst happen and we face another period of enforced closure.

We are continuing to apply for larger sources of funding.  However, we still anticipate a shortfall.  Absolutely every donation helps. With every £1 raised, it takes us one step closer to returning to a form of normality: from increasing the days we open our cafe, to plans of how best to safely bring back performances and workshops.

And finally, before we even reach April 2021, we have exciting plans and support to improve the look, feel and fabric of Birnam Arts.  These changes will make a huge difference to the efficiency and atmosphere of the place but we can only do this if we can #KeepTheDoorsOpen. So, stay tuned -  whatever we raise, we’ll squeeze as much value and benefit out of it as possible!


We Need Your Help...

COVID-19 has, at a stroke, removed all income from sell out shows, conferences, parties, weddings and other private functions for the foreseeable future. These large scale events help to subsidise our arts programme and allow us to hire out our venue to community groups at a greatly discounted rate.

We have reopened our Cafe and Gift Shop on a limited basis but without the lost income from these larger events, we will struggle to make it through the winter months and there is a real risk that Birnam Arts may have to close its doors, for good.

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How COVID-19 has affected us..

In late March we closed the doors to Birnam Arts.  Since then, our entire Arts Programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy, exhibitions and workshops have been cancelled or postponed, our exhibition spaces were shut, and the Foyer Café and Potter’s Junction shop closed. In addition to this, all community groups, conferences and room hires were cancelled and our staff were furloughed. All our vital income streams dried up overnight.


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On July 10th, we were finally able to reopen our doors to the community on a limited basis.  Since reopening, our Café has been able to respond to the changing landscape and so far, has made enough to keep itself afloat.  We hope this continues.

As we emerge from lockdown, it’s clear that Birnam Arts will not be able to host our usual Arts Programme, conferences and private functions until at least April 2021. This income makes it possible to programme the range of interesting and exciting year-round events which Birnam Arts is known and loved for.

We’re slowly getting back on our feet but, without your support, it is a very real possibility that Birnam Arts will have to close its doors permanently this winter. 

We will no longer be able to present the year-round programme of live performances or be the thriving community hub of Birnam and Dunkeld that you all know and love.

Already, we have applied to a variety of funders for support but we are still predicting shortfall of around £30K to make it until April 2021.

(It costs around £10K a month to run Birnam Arts even if we’re closed, and that figure will increase over the winter months).


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How Can You Help?

Support Our Crowdfunder Campaign!

All funds raised will go directly towards keeping the venue alive until we can kickstart our larger gatherings again in 2021.  Our hope is that once we reopen our doors fully, we can get back to the business of showcasing a brilliant programme of music, performance, art, events, room hires and the much-loved community groups in early 2021 and beyond!  We have some fantastic rewards to offer in return for your donations, with new ones being released throughout the campaign.


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Rewards for your donations...


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£5 |  Hi-5 | A socially distanced hi-5 and special thank you from everyone at Birnam Arts


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£10 | Coffee & Cake for 1 | Donate £10 or more and treat yourself to a hot drink of your choice alongside an indulgent treat from our range of home baked cakes...


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£20 | Coffee & Cake for 2 | Donate £20 or more and treat yourself and a pal to a gorgeous, hot cup of tea or coffee and slice of cake, or a scone or even a mouthwatering Stewart Tower Ice Cream...


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£50 | A Night at Birnam Arts | Upon reopening, receive two tickets with drinks on arrival.  And, YES - there will be prosecco on the bar! (T's&C's: tickets cannot be redeemed for events run by external parties such as the Neil Gow Festival and the Birnam Book Festival.) 7 available.



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£60 | First Come, First Served | For the Kids! | Donate and receive 2 x places in the Creative Kids Workshops; 2 future tickets to a children's show in the Birnam Arts Theatre; a family day pass to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition; and, an exclusive selection of Beatrix Potter items featuring your favourite characters! (Collection only.)  Hurry, there is only ONE of this particular reward available!



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£60 | First Come, First Served | Warming Up With Whisky | Donate and you will enjoy whisky tasting for 2 at the Dunkeld Whisky Box!  After purchase, you can arrange with  at a local venue of your choice - be it online or in person! (Of course, covid restrictions will have to be adhered to!) This experience will be valid for one year since pledging and includes 5 x 25ml drams - absolutely delicious drams! Only one available here.



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£200 | Arting in the Art Studio | Run a workshop, develop your practice, or, gift time and space to an artist you know with two 8 hour sessions and use of the Art Studio.


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£500 | Hire the Venue | Exclusive use of the venue for one evening, including the main hall, for a private function of 100 people or more, on reopening (weddings excluded).


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£750 | First Come First Served | 'Exclusive Salmon Fishing Retreat' | Donate £750 or more and be the proud patron of a fishing retreat on the River Tay.  You will be the welcomed guests for two nights at the newly renovated 'Tay House Sporting Lodge' in Dunkeld, AND, accompanied by the ghillie, you will fish on a boat on the Burnmouth beat.  Generously donated by The Tayhouse.


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New rewards will be updated throughout the campaign so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to hear about them.  There are some cracking, highly exclusive and beautifully desirable rewards from local businesses that we can't wait to share!

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Limited edition rewards that have already SOLD OUT super, super fast:

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£450 | First Come First Served | GONE! One year's coffee at Aran Bakery; 2 x Future Tickets at Birnam Arts; and, £75 worth of Tippermuir Books. There was only 1 available, now pledged!


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£20 | Launch Lunch | GONE! Donate by 10pm on Thursday and get your lunch for free on Friday 18th! Choose from the menu of delicious drinks, mains and desserts. There were 4 available, now pledged and already devoured!

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£50 | Beatrix Potter Bundle | SOLD OUT! Receive a family day pass to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, alongside an exclusive selection of Beatrix Potter items featuring your favourite characters! (Collection only.)  These wee bunnies are now all off to their forever homes - but check back for future reward updates as they might just make a wee return.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

5 of 7 claimed

£50 for an Evening at Birnam Arts with Drinks!

Donate £50 or more and upon reopening, you can enjoy 2 tickets to a main event with drinks on arrival!

£5 or more

£5 Hi-5!

A socially distanced hi-5 and special thank you from everyone at Birnam Arts!

£10 or more

Coffee & Cake for 1

Come along to Birnam Arts and claim your choice of delicious coffee or tea & a home-baked scone or cake! Please present your confirmation email to the cafe staff to redeem... Offer must be redeemed by end of October 2021 so you have plenty of time!

£20 or more

Coffee & Cake or Ice Cream for 2

Donate £20 or more and then treat a yourself and a friend to a warming hot drink of your choice and a slice of home baked cake/scone or why not a delicious Stewart Tower Ice Cream?!

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£60 For The Kids! | First Come, First Served!

Save £10 and donate with this one time only 'For the Kids' bundle! It includes 2 places in the Creative Kids Workshops; 2 future tickets to a children's show at Birnam Arts; a Family Day Pass to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition AND an adorable selection of Beatrix Potter character goodies! (Collection only.)

£200 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£200 Arting in the Art Studio

Run a workshop, develop your practice, or, gift time and space to an artist you know with two 8 hour sessions and use of the Art Studio. (Worth £260!)

£500 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£500 Hire the Venue

Exclusive use of the venue, including the main hall for an evening! A private function of 100 people or more on reopening (weddings excluded).

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£750 Exclusive Salmon Fishing Retreat

You could enjoy an exclusive Fishing Retreat on the River Tay! Guests will enjoy two nights stay at the recently renovated Tay House Sporting Lodge in Dunkeld. You will also get to fish on the Burnmouth beat accompanied by the ghillie, with a boat available! (Dates to be agreed with the owner and room on a sharing basis.)

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£50 Beatrix Potter Bundle

Receive a family day pass to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, alongside an exclusive selection of Beatrix Potter items featuring your favourite characters! (Collection only.)

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£60 Warming Up With Whisky!

You will enjoy a special treat at the Dunkeld Whisky Box with a whisky tasting for 2 people, arranged at a local venue of your choice - be it online or in person! (Of course, covid restrictions will have to be adhered to!) Valid for one year since pledging and includes 5x 25ml drams, deeelicious!

£450 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£450 First come, first served!

You will enjoy one year's coffee at Aran Bakery; 2 x Future Tickets at Birnam Arts; and, £75 worth of Tippermuir Books. Total saving of £205! Aran Bakery Coffee is valid on OPEN days only and for one person only; item can be gifted but is non-transferable; it is valid from date of purchase for one calendar year; there will be a limit of one coffee per day. BA Future Tickets not redeemable for Neil Gow or Birnam Book Festival.

Let's make 'Keep the Doors Open and #SaveBirnamArts' happen

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