Emcees 2018 Awards

Calling all nominations for the 2018 Emcees Arts & Culture Awards for Excellence in fundraising

Welcome to the third annual Emcees awards page.  The Awards were set up by =mc and the National Arts Fundraising School to recognise and celebrate the incredible efforts and achievements of those working in the arts and culture fundraising sector. Past winners of the Emcees include both large and small organisations, from The Courtyard Centre for the Arts through to English National Ballet, St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery to Scottish Opera. Click here to view the full list of winners and see photos of the 2017 event.

The process now begins with an open call for nominations until 5pm on Friday 16th March in seven different categories:

  • Best Fundraising Campaign over £100,000
    • Have you successfully raised over £100,000 through a capital or revenue campaign? If so, this is the award for you.
  • Best Fundraising Campaign under £100,000 (sponsored by Brown Creative)
    • Whether it’s an event or project, this award is for any campaign which successfully raised up to £100,000.
  • Best Corporate Partnership
    • Have you run or been part of a successful or unique partnership between a business and arts/cultural organisation? Then apply for this award.
  • Best Supporter/Membership Scheme
    • Whether it’s £100 or £10,000 a year to join, this award is in recognition of an engaging, thriving and successful supporter scheme.
  • Best ‘Donor Love’ example
    • Have you got a memorable and special way of saying ‘Thank You’ to a supporter? Maybe you have launched an innovative stewardship campaign? If so, this is the award for you.
  • Best Volunteer Fundraiser
    • This award is not just for those volunteer fundraisers who have climbed a mountain, run a special event or reached out to peers and asked. It can include anyone whose efforts raise vital funds for your work.
  • National Arts Fundraising School Best Alumni Fundraiser
    • This award is in recognition of our previous participants on =mc’s National Arts Fundraising School. Have you, or an alumni you know, had significant fundraising success since attending the school? If so, apply for this award.

2018 Emcees Judges

We’re delighted to announced the judges for this year’s event:


Bernard Ross, Director

=mc & the National Arts Fundraising School


Marina Jones

Marina Jones, Head of Trusts & Foundations

Royal Opera House


Francis Runacres

Francis Runacres, Executive Director

Enterprise & Innovation,
Arts Council England

Rachel Cockett

Rachel Cockett, Director of Development

Birmingham Museums Trust


Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright, CEO




What happens next?

Nominations are open until 5pm Friday 16th March, following which we’ll select a shortlist for each category which will be announced before the end of March. The winners will be announced at a glamorous event held at the prestigious Ovalhouse theatre in London on the evening of May 1st.

Winning applications will show strong evidence of having:

  • a supporter-centred approach
  • a strong underlying strategy
  • an innovative or creative approach to engaging prospects and supporters

Nominate now and put yourself forward for the sector’s only awards for arts and culture fundraising.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to answer any queries you have about the nominations process or the event. Call Anna Esslemont on 020 7978 1516 or email a.esslemont@managementcentre.co.uk.

Emcees Winners 2017


After hundreds of nominations, a high-calibre shortlist and a tough decision process for our wonderful judges, the winners of the 2017 Emcees Awards were announced on Thursday 4th May at LAMDA‘s brand new Sainsbury Theatre.

Scroll down to find out who won, and view the event photos via our facebook page by clicking on the image below:

Don’t forget to tag yourself in!

Best Individual Giving Campaign

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts – I HEART CY


Award for Innovation (Joint winners)

LAMDA – The Virtual Conservatoire

Tron Theatre – Pay It Forward


The UXB London Award for Best Use of digital Channels in a Fundraising Campaign

The National Gallery – ‘Dutch Flowers’ & The Flower Council of Holland


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

St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery – The Boldre Hoard Campaign


The Richmond Associates Award for Best Campaign Over £100,000

Artichoke Trust – London’s Burning


Best Corporate Partnership

Youth Music & Cambridge Audio – SE1 in-ear headphones Campaign


The National Arts Fundraising School Award for Outstanding Achievement

Emma Goad, Director, Blue Canary Fundraising


Congratulations to all the 2017 winners and shortlisted nominees, and thanks to all who came along to help celebrate the achievements of arts fundraisers with us at LAMDA. Thanks also to our judges this year: Miranda Rowlands (SHARED Enterprise, Norfolk Museum Service), Anamaria Wills (Evans Wills Partnership), Howard Lake (UK Fundraising), Ian Tabbron (NAFS Alumni), Bernard Ross (=mc & National Arts Fundraising School Director) & Dana Segal (=mc Partner Consultant and National Arts Fundraising School tutor).

And finally, our 2017 event wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support from our sponsors: 


ProActive Resolutions outline logoRichmond Associates outline logoBrown Creative outline logoUXB outline logo

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