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Winners of inaugural Emcees Awards announced

Winners of inaugural Emcees Awards announced

Six organisations have won an Emcees Award, launched this year by =mc and the National Arts Fundraising School to recognise excellence in arts and culture fundraising.

20 organisations were nominated, and the winners were announced on 5th May at the London Science Museum.

The winners are:

• The Richmond Associates Award for Best Campaign over £100,000: Scottish Opera – Building for the Future

• The Brown Creative Award for Best Campaign under £100,000: Royal Opera House – Pointe Shoes Appeal

• Best Corporate Partnership: Artichoke – Lumiere London

• Best use of Digital Channels in a Fundraising Campaign: Art Fund – Art Happens

• Best Individual Giving Campaign: Battersea Arts Centre – Phoenix Campaign

• The National Arts Fundraising School Award for Innovation: The Hallé – for their use of the Corporate Choirs to build connections with potential supporters, building a synergy between stewardship and their artistic work.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including Bernard Ross, =mc and National Arts Fundraising School Founder-Director; Philly Graham and David Burgess, =mc Consultants and co-leaders of the National Arts Fundraising School; Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy, Arts Council England; Sue Fisher, Director of Development, Science Museum, and Régis Cochefert, Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Bernard Ross, director at =mc said:

“What all the winners had in common, was a strong underlying strategy in their campaigns, a donor-centred approach coupled with some truly aspirational innovation and creative spirit in the way in which they carried out their work.”

Picture: Emcees 2016 winners

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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