BIG DIFFERENCE COMPANY CROWDFUNDER

by Big Difference Company in Leicester, England, United Kingdom

BIG DIFFERENCE COMPANY CROWDFUNDER

£603

 
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+ est. £48.25
£3,000 target 14 days left
20% 21 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 4th February 2021 at 10:13am

Fundraising to continue the development of projects with children and emerging comedians as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival

by Big Difference Company in Leicester, England, United Kingdom

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Big Difference Company Crowdfunder Campaign – in support of The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival and Circuit Breakers

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Support our campaign.

The Big Difference Company Crowdfunder campaign will be live from Thursday 10th December 2020 and will end at 10am on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.

Winners of the BIG Raffle Prize Draw will be drawn during the Festival Launch event on Wednesday 3rd February and will be notified by phone or email in the afternoon. If you have any further questions please contact katherine@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

Who we are.

Leicester Comedy Festival is the longest running comedy festival in Europe, having taken place each February since 1994. The festival began as a project by students of Arts Management at De Montfort University, who produced the first event as part of their final year studies.  

The festival is produced each year by registered arts & cultural charity Big Difference Company (1135167). Alongside the annual event, Big Difference Company devises and produces many community programmes, projects, events and activities which use Comedy and the Arts to make a difference in people's lives.

In 2018 the first annual Circuit Breakers development programme was launched to support, guide and promote a select group of up-and-coming comedians who are starting out in the industry. The programme started life as (and has continued as) a Crowdfunded project – and Big Difference Company & Leicester Comedy Festival are hugely grateful for the funds and support it has received over the years. Since 2019 the acts have received additional promotional opportunities and exposure through the support of sponsor Union JACK Radio.

2019 saw the development of a sister festival to Leicester Comedy Festival, The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival. This features a host of comedy shows and events to entertain younger audiences and a comedy performance-based programme of, workshops and activities to engage and motivate children, teenagers and young people and to help improve their health, well-being and confidence.

 Why we need your help.

Alongside the Leicester Comedy Festival, Big Difference Company are committed to producing The UK Kid’s Comedy Festival and the Circuit Breakers programme in the new year, but we need your help and support to deliver these projects in these unique and challenging times.

With the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and safety restrictions on live performances, venues, audiences and participation, we are looking for financial support to continue these specific projects in 2021 and to be able to deliver them in a safe and responsible way. 

So we are asking for your help, our audience of comedy fans, partners and supporters from across the UK, to help us to make 2021 even better for those children, young people and new and emerging comedians who take part in these specific projects…and to help us keep broadening the grin of Leicester Comedy Festival!

We have been working hard on adapting the elements, activities and performances of The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival and the Circuit Breakers development programme to fit in with current Government guidance and your support will ensure the projects can take place no matter what the restrictions are in the new year.

How your support will benefit The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival.

During the first two years of The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival it has been successful in reaching, supporting and engaging with a wide number of children and young people across the city and county. 

“As a school we value our involvement as it provides a positive ‘life memory’ for all those children taking part.” – Mr Bounds, ‘Head of Comedy’ Mayflower School.

“Making people smile is so important so it was a great and exciting project to be part of. I enjoyed making people smile” - Children from Mayflower School

With your support we will be able to make the 2021 Festival better than ever, albeit with some ‘out of the box thinking’. We are continuing to work with our partner venues, including Curve and The Y Theatre; and we have increased our engagement with schools, libraries and other community settings to be able to still deliver our flagship projects: Loving Laughing, Laugh Term Comedy School and The Joke Spot for 2021 . 

All three of our flagship projects have needed considerable development to enable them to go ahead in a safe and secure way. Due to distancing regulations attendee numbers have been reduced, shows have been adapted to online offerings and venues have been changed. The impact of this results in less resource and therefore less opportunities for the children who usually partake. 

With your support we will be able to deliver high quality and engaging projects to the same amount of young people in Leicester and Leicestershire with no added cost to the school, library or family.   

How your support will benefit the Union JACK Radio Circuit Breakers programme.

Leicester Comedy Festival aims to support emerging talent by providing a national platform for developing comedians. The Circuit Breakers programme is specifically designed to support new and emerging comedians. 

The programme has previously included performing at Leicester Comedy Festival, at two shows in front of sell-out crowds, with the support of an established host. Participants also attend industry networking events, festival parties and a photoshoot with renowned photographer Andy Hollingworth. Union JACK Radio record and broadcast one of the performances on the air, as well as supporting the acts across their social media platforms and marketing. The programme allows them to extend their networks, raise their profile and introduces them to other comedians. They are also paid a fair wage for performing at the shows and are supported financially with hotel and travel.

“The Circuit Breakers is a great and quickly growing in prestige addition to any comedy CV, but beyond that, getting to be part of a legendary festival like Leicester combined with the awesome, camp-like comradery feeling of hanging out with comedians all weekend makes circuit breakers 1000% worth it!” – Martin Durchov (Circuit Breaker, 2020)

With your support we will be able to grow and deliver the programme for 2021, in a safe and responsible manner. Current planning is around moving the programme later into the year so that any performances can take place with live audiences in line with Government regulations.

We’re doing things a little differently… 

We know The UK Kids’ Festival and the Circuit Breakers programme (as part of the wider Leicester Comedy Festival campaign) can provide supportive, nurturing and developmental environments and experiences for children, young people and talented emerging comedians. 

 Your support of this campaign will help us to continue our commitment to support these individuals and groups as best we can during the coronavirus pandemic and these very difficult times for live comedy performers and performances. 

To make this Crowdfunder a little different we have built the ‘Leicester Comedy Festival BIG Raffle Prize Draw’ into the campaign, which gives our Pledge supporters the opportunity to be entered into the BIG Raffle Prize Draw and the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

BIG Raffle Prize Draw & Rewards for your Pledge

To the right of this page you can read about the different Pledge levels available and the rewards that come with them. The reward levels include a stated number of entries in to the BIG Raffle Prize Draw. If you would like to ‘opt out’ of entering the BIG Raffle Prize Draw but receive the other rewards, make your pledge and then email katherine@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk ASAP.

This is the second year we have organised a BIG Raffle Prize Draw to support the work of Big Difference Company. This year the BIG Raffle Prize Draw is supported by and is in association with festival sponsor and partner, Beanser.

The BIG Raffle Prize Draw gives supporters of the campaign the chance to win some fabulous prizes, all very kindly donated by our festival sponsors and partners.

A huge thank you for the generosity of Beanser, official festival streaming partner NextUp Comedy, Sturgess Motor Group, official festival hotel The Belmont, Everards of Leicestershire, Red Monkey Play, Cool As Leicester and Treetop Adventure Golf.

We have more prizes to be announced in the new year, so keep an eye out for these being announced too!

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Terms & Conditions of the BIG Raffle Prize Draw

Please note that for the prize below, which includes a chauffeur driven ride for 2 people, to and from the performance at Curve on Monday 15th February 2021, in a Sturgess Motor Group owned vehicle; this will be available from and returning to any one location within Leicester & Leicestershire. The 2 people being chauffeured must be from the same household bubble.

(15th February 2021) TICKETS FOR ‘PHIL WANG, JAYDE ADAMS, JACOB HAWLEY & JACK BARRY’ AT CURVE, WITH A CHAFFEUR DRIVEN RIDE TO & FROM THE SHOW FOR 2 GUESTS – kindly donated by Sturgess Motor Group and Beanser

FAQ

What happens to my money if the target is not reached?

This Crowdfunding campaign is based on a flexible model, which means that Big Difference Company will receive the pledged amounts, whether the final target is reached or not.

Our main aims of the campaign are to be able to support the children, young people and new talent who will engage and participate with the projects. If we reach the £3,000 target, this will give the charity financial stability to build, develop and deliver the best versions possible of The UK Kid’s Comedy Festival and Circuit Breakers’ projects during the coronavirus pandemic. If we don’t reach the full target, the projects and activities will still take place, but these would need to be run with reduced resources and capacity in 2021.

Can I opt out of entering the BIG Raffle Prize Draw?

Yes, If you would prefer not to be entered in the BIG Raffle Prize Draw, please select Option 2 of the Reward level/value you would like.

For example:

Option 2 – Rewards as above, without 1 entry – BIG Raffle Prize Draw

How and when will I get my Pledge rewards? 

Once you have made your pledge for a Reward level we will communicate with you. To allow us to get your reward level benefits to you, we will ask you for your contact details and social media @addresses/handles where relevant.

What will happen if any of the BIG Raffle Prize Draw prizes cannot be fulfilled as advertised due to coronavirus restrictions in February?

 There are two prizes of the BIG Raffle Prize Draw that may be impacted by coronavirus restrictions and live events not being able to go ahead in February. (These are the prizes stated below, along with the dates of the live performances.) If these performances are unable to go ahead on the dates, the winner of the prize will be notified by katherine@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk. We will propose a suitable alternative for the prize, either an alternative performance date if the event is being postponed to later in the year or an alternative performance/event.

(15th February 2021) TICKETS FOR ‘PHIL WANG, JAYDE ADAMS, JACOB HAWLEY & JACK BARRY’ AT CURVE, WITH A CHAFFEUR DRIVEN RIDE TO & FROM THE SHOW FOR 2 GUESTS – kindly donated by Sturgess Motor Group and Beanser

(20th February 2021) TICKETS FOR ‘COMEDY HEAVEN’ AT THE Y, AN AFTERNOON TEA & OVER NIGHT STAY AT THE BELMONT HOTEL FOR 2 GUESTS – kindly donated by The Belmont and Beanser

I want to know more about Big Difference Company, Leicester Comedy Festival, The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival & Union JACK Radio Circuit Breakers programme.

To find out more please visit the links below: 

www.bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

www.comedy-festival.co.uk

www.ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk

www.comedy-festival.co.uk/circuit-breakers

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

• Named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • A ‘thank you’ on festival social media – named credit in a ‘Roll of Honour’ post • 4 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 1 copy - Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021

£5 or more

£5 Reward

• Named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • 1 entry - BIG Raffle Prize Draw

£10 or more

£10 Reward

• Named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • A ‘thank you’ on festival social media – named credit in a ‘Roll of Honour’ post • 2 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw

£15 or more

£15 Reward

• Named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • A ‘thank you’ on festival social media – named credit in a ‘Roll of Honour’ post • 3 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 1 copy - Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021

£25 or more

£25 Reward

• Named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • A ‘thank you’ on festival social media – named credit in a ‘Roll of Honour’ post • 5 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 1 copy - Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021

£30 or more

£30 Reward

• Named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • A ‘thank you’ on festival social media – named credit in a ‘Roll of Honour’ post • 6 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 1 copy - Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021 • 1 place - ‘Meet the Festival Team’ Zoom event

£50 or more

£50 Reward

• Named credit on the Leicester Comedy Festival & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website • A ‘thank you’ on the Circuit Breakers web page • ‘Thank you’ post on festival social media – named credit in a bespoke designed badge • 10 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 2 copies - Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021 • 2 places - ‘Meet the Festival Team’ Zoom event

£100 or more

£100 Reward

• ‘BIG thank you’ and named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website & Circuit Breakers page • ‘BIG Thank you’ post on festival social media – named credit in a bespoke designed badge • 20 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 4 copies of the Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021 • 4 places - ‘Meet the Festival Team’ Zoom event • 2 places - Festival Launch event, in partnership with DMU, 3/02/21

£150 or more

£150 Reward

• ‘BIG thank you’ & named credit on the LCF & The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival website & Circuit Breakers page • ‘BIG thank you’ post on social media – named credit in a bespoke designed badge • 30 entries - BIG Raffle Prize Draw • 6 copies - Guide to Leicester Comedy Festival 2021 • 6 places - ‘Meet the Festival Team’ Zoom event • 4 places - Festival Launch event, in partnership with DMU, 3/02/21 • 2 tickets - Comedy Heaven at The Y, 21/02/21

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