Emcees 2018 Awards

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2018 Emcees Awards Shortlist is here!

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.

Thanks to everyone who took time to nominate this year – it made for a tricky process to whittle down the equally fantastic entries and the judges had to go through several rounds of shortlisting to agree on the results. Without further ado, here are the shortlisted nominations for the 2018 Emcees Awards:

  • Best Fundraising Campaign over £100,000 (sponsored by Execucare)
    • Bristol Music Trust – Transform the Hall
    • English National Opera – ENO Harewood Artists: 2017 Match Campaign
    • National Museums Scotland – Save the Galloway Hoard
    • Royal Museums Greenwich – The Altazimuth Pavilion Project
  • Best Fundraising Campaign under £100,000 (sponsored by Brown Creative)
    • Echo Echo Dance Company – Echo Echo Festival of Dance & Music
    • National Youth Choirs of Great Britain – Alumni Champions Fund
    • The Fan Museum – Art Happens: Street Fans Campaign
    • Williamson and Priory Friends – Green Gallery Campaign
  • Best Corporate Partnership (sponsored by TicketSource)
    • HOME – Official Sustainability Partnership (with Transport for Greater Manchester)
    • Northern Ballet – first direct bank: Keeping Northern Ballet Moving
    • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama – partnership with UBS Wealth Management
    • Soft Touch Arts – Pulled Both Ways (with Glynis Wright & Co. Family Solicitors)
  • Best Supporter/Membership Scheme
    • Birmingham Hippodrome – Patrons Scheme
    • Coventry City of Culture – 2021 UK City of Culture Bid
    • Saffron Hall Trust – Membership Scheme
  • Best ‘Donor Love’ example
    • Royal Shakespeare Company – Stitch in Time Campaign
    • Shakespeare Schools Foundation – Christmas Card Campaign
    • The National Trust – White Cliffs of Dover Appeal
  • Best Volunteer Fundraiser
    • 14-18 NOW – David Isaac CBE & MT Rainey OBE
    • Cardboard Citizens – Sophie Dexter
    • Petersfield Museum – Jeremy Mitchell
  • National Arts Fundraising School Best Alumni Fundraiser
    • Dom Jinks & Joe Meldrum, Plymouth Culture
    • Jess Boyes, Mind the Gap
    • Katie Milton, Ovalhouse

What do you get if you win?

As well as recognition, promo and press around the event, your trophy and the undying respect of your peers, each category winner will gain:

Join us for the Awards Event on May 1st 2018 at Ovalhouse:

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We’re very excited to announce our 2018 sponsors:

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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




What happens next?

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

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: 


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