Ilkley Literature Festival: A Great Record on Sponsorship and Philanthropy

What a shame that Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid isn’t aware of Ilkley Literature Festival’s great record on sponsorship and philanthropy over the last decade. Earned (ticket sales) and contributed income (donations, sponsorship from a raft of supportive local, regional and national companies and our fantastic Friends organisation) makes up 62% of our total income and has done for years.

Amazing to think that over the last 5 years alone sponsorship from local, regional and national companies has contributed £189,575 to the Festival. Raising this kind of money in the North of England, and particularly this side of the Pennines, is not easy – even industry experts acknowledge how hard it is so it’s no surprise we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved.

These days we have a portfolio of over 50 highly valued business partners from small one person bands to big national companies – 23 different companies joined in sponsoring last year’s Festival. And our partners don’t just sponsor events – they do all sorts of imaginative things, from giving Festival tickets to carers at local hospices to encouraging secondary schools to bring groups of pupils to an event about economics or arranging transport for local primary schools to see a well known children’s author.

Alongside that we have lots of initiatives around individual giving, reminding people that, like most literature festivals, we’re a charity and encouraging people to make a donation whenever they can. We even used crowd funding to help support our commission from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

How the Culture Secretary missed that big donate button on our website we’ll never know!

Rachel Feldberg, Festival Director

3 thoughts on “Ilkley Literature Festival: A Great Record on Sponsorship and Philanthropy

  1. If one is not mistaken, it is the remit of Mr Javid, the Culture Secretary, to consider the widest value of cultural experience in all regions, not solely in the south east of of country. The Ilkley Literature Festival is a beacon of hope in the north of England giving access to many who would not otherwise afford to be able to profit from encountering some of the most thought provoking artists, writers, broadcasters and academics. Shared cultural experience bonds our community and would seem to chime perfectly with the Prime Minister’s idea of a ‘big society’. There is nothing socially worthwhile about cultural apartheid as currently suffered by those who live outside certain wealthy enclaves of the Capital.

    Yours faithfully,

    Gina Wild (Mrs)

    • Thank you for your kind words Gina, we are certainly very proud of our track record on engagement and bringing highly acclaimed writers and speakers to the region.

  2. What a very great shame it is to to threaten the town of Ilkley with the possibility of losing the town’s literature festival.festival. I’m sure that every visitor to the festival will feel tremendously disappointed by this.

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