Emcees 2018 Awards

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Congratulations 2018 Emcees winners!

Emcees Award winners 2018

A truly fabulous evening was had at Ovalhouse theatre with our Emcees shortlisted nominees, judges, partners and guests celebrating the very best of arts and culture fundraising on 1st May 2018.

Congratulations to all who were nominated, shortlisted and of course, our incredible winners:

Special mention to Bristol Music Trust – Transform the Hall

  • National Arts Fundraising School Best Alumni Fundraiser

Highly commended: Jess Boyes, Mind the Gap

Look out for your chance to nominate and win big at next year’s event – we’ll be announcing the call for nominations early in 2019. If you want to make sure you’re among the first to hear the call, sign up to our mailing list.

We’ll add photos of the event to this page and to our Facebook page as soon as they’re available.

Keen to partner with us for the awards next year? Email Sophie Civardi on s.civardi@managementcentre.co.uk to talk about the benefits of being an Emcees sponsor.

Huge thanks to our wonderful 2018 partners:

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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




About the awards

The Emcees were set up in 2016 by the Management Centre (the team behind the National Arts Fundraising School) to recognise and celebrate excellence in arts and culture fundraising.

The process for the awards follows a simple format: an open call for nominations is made around February each year, followed by a shortlisting process by our panel of experts. The shortlisted nominees are announced and invited to a glamorous awards event where the winners (again decided by the judges) are announced.

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

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 Sophie Civardi on +44 (0)7843 132 032 or email s.civardi@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:

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