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We are taking on the ticketing industry one ticket at a time.

We’re out to revolutionise arts funding, 30% of our profits from booking fees go into the Ignite Fund.

Artists can apply to the Ignite Fund to get funding for their work.

Every ticket you buy or sell has a fundamental and positive impact on arts funding and the future of the arts sector.

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Funding round now closed!

We have now closed our second round of funding. We will be giving £4000 away – four awards of £1000 each. This is double the amount that we were able to give away in our first round and we can’t wait to be able to support more arts projects.

-When will I hear back?

The deadline for applications was 31st January 2020. Many thanks to all who applied. You will receive a response to your application by the end of February 2020.

-Who will be reviewing the applications?

Due to an overwhelming number of applications we will be shortlisting. The shortlist will then be reviewed by a fantastic voluntary panel:

Mimi Findlay: Producer at Clean Break

Gavin Barlow: CEO & Artistic Director at The Albany

David Byrne: Artistic Director at New Diorama Theatre

Emily Thommes: Co-Founder of Tickets Ignite

-Help us spread the word

If you are behind our mission, we’d ask a small favour of you. We are thrilled to be able to give away £4000 but really, we want to be giving away £400,000. To do this we need to spread the word, connect with more event organisers, sell more tickets and raise more funding.

Our previous funding round

We awarded two grants of £1000 on March 1st 2019.

It was a pleasure to hear from many brilliant projects and artists making work in the independent sector. There is some really excellent work taking place, and this innovative fund will hopefully support these two companies to really develop their own practice and artistic excellence’.

Ben Anderson, In Good Company Creative Producer

Zoo Co

For Zoo Co the funding will support a 15 date UK tour of Sirens in July 2019. The piece explores how gender stereotypes have changed over a millennium. Working with a d/Deaf and hearing cast, the piece is bilingual (BSL and Spoken English), and is creatively captioned throughout using intricate projection mapping. The funding specifically pays for the redevelopment of the script, bringing on board award-winning writer and dramaturg Alex Howarth as a new creative collaborator.

Zoo co Photo: The Other Richard Zoo Co are an incredibly ambitious company, with a hugely commendable attitude towards making theatre accessible. Their show, Sirens, struck a chord with the panel for it’s inclusivity, engaging subject matter, ambitious production values and potential for wide-spread reach. I cannot wait to see the show and watch this company soar Helen Matravers, Senior Producer, New Diorama Theatre We have used Tickets Ignite to ticket our events for a year now, and it is so empowering to use a platform which supports artists in this way. This is a game changer! Funding opportunities so often come with a barrage of hoop-jumping. This platform is so clearly artist led, and we felt able to submit a really honest application. The pressure on arts funding is such that we have to constantly seek to find match-funding, and this funding pot is one of only a few that directly takes this pressure off artists, providing invaluable support for theatre-makers that, in our case, means we can go ahead with our project. Zoo Co


For Gasp-C the funding will facilitate their spring tour of Lucky Ping-Pong Dragon Karaoke, a live art performance created by four pan-Chinese artists. This will mark their first complete tour as a collective. Receiving the funding means they can allocate more resources in developing new audiences in different regions, and invite more people engage in conversations around East Asian identity.

Gasp c Photo: Lidia Crisafulli Pan-Chinese artist collective Gasp-C really impressed the panel with a well-considered pitch to tour their joyous, satirical mash-up show Lucky Ping-Pong Dragon Karaoke to festivals this spring and summer. Audiences are in for a treat. Vicky Graham, Independent Producer We are thrilled to become one of the first beneficiaries of the Ignite Fund! We chose Tickets Ignite as our ticketing platform because we love its ethos and appreciate that it is more than a ticketing website. Today we benefit from this sustainable model, and we wish more people will in the future. Gasp-C

£4000 of funding to give away in this round

£2000 already given away

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