Female Arts Crowdfunder

There are 8 days left if you'd like to sponsor our crowdfunder. I've heard rumours that Female Arts reviews can be "bought". This is not and has never been the case! In exchange for sponsorship we can promote your show with an interview or a feature (these are the most popular options). If you have a show in the Camden or Edinburgh fringe you may welcome the extra publicity. In exchange this enables us to carry out vital fixes and updates to our website. Our reviews are impartial, cannot be paid for and are subject to the review team's availability - they choose what they want to review, once you've told us about your production.

Why do you even need a crowdfunder?

In three years we have not had any funding (from any source). Female Arts is run entirely by passionate volunteers. Editor Wendy Thomson and Deputy Editor Sophie Porter have put thousands of hours of free, unpaid work into running Female Arts: publishing, updating social media and dealing with press enquiries, venues, PR and our volunteer team of reviewers. We also both happen to be working single mothers with pre-school children who do this in our spare time . We met at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. We are both feminist playwrights and care about gender equality on and off stage. Sophie co-founded theatre company The Minty Crimples and I co-founded sketch group The Reading Berks My writer's cv is http://www.wendythomson.co.uk please take a look at some of our work.

Our review team (all volunteers, many are industry professionals) have reviewed hundreds of productions which focus on women in the arts. The work we do is much needed and well regarded.

It's not easy in creative industries, everyone involved in Female Arts works hard to uphold our standards and reputation. So if you care about our work, please put your hand in your pocket and sponsor us! http://www.sponsume.com/project/female-arts-magazine-femaleartscom

With thanks to everyone who has sponsored us to date!

Female Arts History

Female Arts was launched in May 2011 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is run by founder and editor Wendy Thomson and deputy editor Sophie Porter. Our review team are volunteers who work or study in creative fields, we share news, and review events in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cambridge, the South East and throughout Britain.

In 2013 and 2014 we had writers nominated for the Orwell Prize in Journalism for our blogs and features.

In March 2014 we were part of the WOW Women of the World festival - we were selected to celebrate our achievements with a party at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/wow-parties-81651

We have participated in events including Women in the Arts day at Southbank Centre, 100deeds in memory of suffragette Emily Davison, Women in Arts festival run by So and So arts club, Women in Theatre festival at the Etcetera Theatre, International Women's Day festival at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, spoken at panel discussions including Bite the Apple :100 Great Plays for Women by GAP Salon and Representation of Women in Pop Culture hosted by the Femme Fatales.

We support work by many feminist and gender equality organisations including the League of Professional Women in Theatre UK, GAP Salon, Equity Women's Committee and the Women's Arts Association.

Female Arts crowdfunding video: http://youtu.be/IrxesBSTtNg

Our sponsorship rewards - named after inspirational women in the arts

Lucy Kerbel

£0.00 or more : Have no money but still want to help? just sign one of these petitions (copy and paste the website address into a new tab to open) Equity petition for Equal Representation of Women in TV / Film Drama http://www.gopetition.com/petition/24658.html Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) National Union of Journalists and Women in Journalism petition against Ageism and Sexism in Media http://newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/petition.html

Meryl Streep

£2.00 or more : Every little helps! We'll thank you for your support on facebook and twitter!

Dianne Setch

£5.00 or more : We will post you a limited edition Female Arts A5 postcard and thank you on facebook and twitter.

Jean Rogers

£10.00 or more : Promotion guide - we will email you a guide on the best ways to publicise yourself and your show.

Hedy Lamarr

£10.00 or more : Featured on femalearts.com: Write a guest feature about your show, event, product or business and we will publish it at Female Arts and share on our social media.

Sue Parrish

£15.00 or more : Interview with femalearts.com: we will interview you about yourself, your show, event or business, publish on Femalearts.com and share on our social media.

Geena Davis

£25.00 or more : Proofreading - We will read and provide feedback on ONE of the following: full length script, play, screenplay, treatment, novel or other fiction / non fiction (or TWO short stories / playlets). Our team includes experienced proofreaders with Master's degrees in writing.

Marin Alsop

£30.00 or more : Be our plus one: Accompany a member of the Female Arts review team to a show or art exhibition we are reviewing in London ( your travel costs, accomodation and personal expenses are in addition). Please note our reviews remain impartial and are not subject to sponsorship - this reward is attendance as an audience member and cannot be to your own production!

Annie Lennox

£50.00 or more : Guest speaker - Editor Wendy Thomson will speak about gender equality and the arts (especially performing arts and writing for stage and screen) at ONE of the following - panel, meeting, lecture, workshop, conference, from a small to large gathering. (you agree to pay the Editor's travel and accomodation costs in addition depending on timing / location).

Jude Kelly

£100.00 or more : Full works: the postcard, interview, feature, publicity guide, script review and a virtual or in person conversation / meeting with the Editor.


Some of the lovely Female Arts team: