How to Become a Sponsor

Supporting the Rye Arts Festival – September 2017

The Festival is Rye’s principal annual arts event, taking place next year from 16th – 30th September 2017. It has developed over the past 46 years into one of the most successful and respected festivals of its kind, dedicated to high quality performances in music, literature, theatre and other art forms coupled with a range of activities in heritage and the environment.

The Festival’s main audiences are in Rye and the surrounding area, although it attracts increasing numbers from further afield. The Festival is seeking to widen access to its programmes while continuing to deliver excellent events and performances. In 2016, some 5,250 tickets were sold to those attending 54 events during the Festival fortnight and about 3,000 others enjoyed events and exhibitions to which there was free access.

A brochure is produced for the Festival launch in July. 8,000 copies are distributed in the area and beyond between July and September. The Festival’s popular website offers online booking and more detailed information about individual events and Festival activities.

The Festival is a registered charity (No. 270494) and is organised by a team of trustees and volunteers. Its purpose is to foster and promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts and sciences of music, opera, dance and drama, film, literature and the visual arts. It aims to do this for as wide an audience as possible and to attract them by, among other things, keeping the cost to the public of high standard performances as low as possible.

In the past few years, the Festival has greatly expanded the way it works with schools in the area which host, or are part of, Festival workshops and performances. This is particularly the case with the Rye Studio School whose specialist subjects in the creative industries are especially relevant to the Festival.

Since its beginnings, the Festival has been able to draw upon financial support from both business and private donors and we would like to ask you to play a part in continuing this work in making the Festival’s selection of arts events more accessible.

The Festival has greatly benefitted in the past from donations from sponsors who wish to remain anonymous. What follows is for the information of individuals whose support the Festival would like to acknowledge. Sponsorship normally involves supporting one or more events or supporting the Festival as a whole.

The Festival will normally recognise its sponsors (from whom the Festival hopes to attract donations of from £250 to £1,000 or more) by offering:

  • 2 tickets at the sponsored event for £250 of sponsorship, with further seats available for larger contributions
  • Advance consultation on what the preferred event might be
  • The sponsor’s name listed as a sponsor in the Festival brochure and on the website
  • The sponsor’s name listed on the entry for the individual event in the brochure
  • Acknowledgement at the July Festival launch
  • Recognition by those introducing the event at the Festival
  • The opportunity, normally, to meet the speaker/performers

The Festival is keen to continue to provide Rye and the region with high quality performances. It has a strong emphasis on classical music (including bringing on new talent) as well as folk, country and choral music. We have a long established and respected literary tradition with a wide range of talks by authors of books published in the last year or so, as well as new novelists and local interest authors.

For the past few years we have included opera performances and there are also theatrical and comedy shows. The Festival runs parallel activities such as guided visits to Romney Marsh churches, medieval Rye and Winchelsea and Second World War Rye.  There are also  exhibitions of Fine Arts at various Rye galleries and at The Studio School in coordination with the Festival.

The 2017 programme will be announced at the launch party and on this website in July 2017.  Aditionally, there will be previews of some events on the website before this.

For further information or to discuss sponsorship, please contact:

Peter Mackenzie Smith, Telephone: 01797 226 388, Mobile: 0780 171 2134    Email: pmackenziesmith@protherolimited.com