Live Sponsorship Opportunities

Live opportunities to get involved with our local arts sector with many benefits for businesses in return.

Live Sponsorship Opportunities

  • The Black Box

    The Black Box

    The Black Box is one of the principal arts and entertainment venues in the city, a home for live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual art, live art, circus, cabaret and all points in between.

    How you can get involved/invest in the work we do?

    Become a member: £45 per year- help us to continue to be cutting-edge, inclusive, accessible and weird. In return, you’ll get a heap of benefits.

    We run a number of Outreach projects that aim to disrupt preconceptions of people with learning disability by providing space for participants to express themselves.

    Creating Connections is designed to help older people, especially those with a learning disability, to explore their creative nature, become more involved in the community and feel a reduction in feelings of loneliness.

    • £2k would cover the costs of transport for group members with mobility issues to come to our weekly drop-in and activity session in the Green Room
    • £15k would enable us to invest in IPads and recording equipment to work with the group, enable them to tell their stories, create legacy documents, develop skills in using modern technology
    • £60k per year would enable us to develop a street-level, highly visible, dedicated, democratic centrally located space, open 5 days a week for intergenerational creativity


    Mini – Moon quarterly early years disco 0-7 years, for children with learning disability and their family and friends. The music is low, there are lights, soft mats and lots of dancing.

    • £1.5k would enable us to train three play volunteers to engage with children during the event
    • £3.5 would enable us to invest in proper sensory equipment
    • £10k would cover costs to run Mini Moon discos as a free-in monthly event


    Black Moon our pioneering monthly disco for and by adults with learning disability– giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new peopleand learn new skills. The bar is open, there are live DJs and visual, a regular night out. We now have satellite projects in Omagh, Derry and Enniskillen. Black Moon also includes BPM our Black Moon DJ Academy which we deliver with Giga training and trains adults with learning disability in DJing skills.

    • £3k would put 5 participants through their OCN level 1 in DJing - enabling them to gain an accredited qualification
    • £5k would enable us to run a pilot Gig Buddies programme here in Belfast
    • £200k ‘the big dream' to deliver a two day disability led inclusive music festival, with multiple stages, leading acts etc. all run for and by adults with learning disability
  • Kabosh Theatre Company

    Kabosh Theatre Company
    Kabosh is an independent theatre company, committed to challenging the notion of what theatre is, where it takes place and who it is for. Kabosh is dedicated to exploring and giving voice to the unique character of the locations and communities in which they work.

    The latest Kabosh production ‘Lives in Translation’, written by Rosemary Jenkinson, is based on a series of interviews with a female Somalian refugee, a local support worker and various agencies. The play explores the journey of one woman over a ten-year period trying to seek asylum in Ireland, often through inaccurate translation.

    Our television screens have shown more and more people making desperate journeys to reach safety – many people struggle to know how to respond, partly because of a lack of understanding of refugee issues.

    Jan-March 2017 PSNI recorded 1054 racist incidents and 660 racist crimes.

    ‘Lives in Translation’ gives local audiences an opportunity to develop an understanding.

    We are collaborating with the Hate Crime Advocacy Scheme.

    It will premiere with 5 performances in the Old Belfast Courthouse, before a 5 courthouse tour of the north: followed by a 3 week theatre and community centre tour in March 2017.

    As a business you will be playing an active role in addressing volatile issues of racism within our society

    You will be meeting your corporate social responsibility and supporting artistic work of excellence, produced for positive social change.

    £500 provides 50 free community tickets or childcare for 3 performances.

    £1k covers the hire of courthouses for performances /or post show facilitators for the 5 regional performances.

    £3k allows 3 actors to perform the play 11 times for 455 audience members across NI.

    Any investment will assist in the creation of this project. We can discuss profiling options and your level of engagement with the project development.

    Please contact Paula McFetridge for further information on

  • Moving on Music

    Moving On Music
    Moving On Music is the leading promoter of below the radar music: jazz, folk, roots, traditional and classical. We’re champions of quality, innovation and originality, supporting under-represented music and giving non-commercial artists a platform to perform and create music that might otherwise never be heard.

    We host cluster events, one-off concerts, Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, co-ordinate tours, deliver education, outreach, and artist development projects. We can offer partnerships in the following areas:

    Cultural Branding we are recognised for our quality of programming. Our music is bold, boundary pushing, and always memorable. We promote ‘music with an edge’. This drive for quality doesn't end with music. Our branding, design and artwork, and presentation of events are constantly evolving.

    Corporate Social Responsibility we don't believe there should be barriers to enjoying world-class music. We work with underrepresented and minority groups, and have been involved in many large-scale community projects. We support young and early career musicians, including our Emerging Artist Programme, support slots, and mentoring.

    Employee Development we have the experience and expertise to develop bespoke employee engagement projects. Our pool of tutors, musicians, and project managers can help employees become more creative, innovative, and inspired. We have held music workshops with employees, improvisation and creative sessions, and provided music for many corporate events.

    Please contact Mick Bonner for further information on

  • Oh Yeah Music Centre

    Oh Yeah Music Centre

    Office/Incubation Space
    Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub. We were set up as we believe that music is a valuable agent in Northern Ireland, a catalyst that changes lives for the better. Our mission statement is ‘Open Doors To Music’. We combine the verve and resourcefulness of the music industry with a programme of social value. We provide affordable rehearsal space, a live venue, a music exhibition, a café space, a recording studio, a song-writing room, office units and workshop spaces.

    Our proposal is for support to develop additional office and incubation space. We provide emerging music enterprises with affordable space to grow their business while also encouraging collaborations and partnerships with each other. In return they work with Oh Yeah on our youth and music initiatives to give back to the music community by offering mentoring, advice, internships and performance opportunities. We are particularly keen to be able to provide an artist in residence with a dedicated space, but currently do not have any rooms left.

    This new work will cost us £12,000. £4,000 of which we have already secured. So we need to raise a further £8,000.

    Please contact Charlotte Dryden for further information on or 028 9031 0845.


    PLACE: Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment

    PLACE is now in its fourteenth year. Since 2004, we have worked to connect people to the issues that relate to their built environment and the practices that shape it: architecture, urban design and planning.

    We curate exhibitions and programme public talks, walks and workshops. We work to inspire young people about architecture and design. We conduct place-based community research to celebrate people’s sense of place and to highlight local built environment issues.

    How will your support will help us?

    Your support will help us to deliver our projects in communities throughout Northern Ireland and to reach people through our year-round programme of public events and activities, including:

    Open House Belfast: Our flagship annual festival of architecture (19-21 October 2018)

    Sponsorship: One remaining at £5,000 and several at £2,500

    PLACE Urban Design Academy: A week of learning and inspiration for the budding architects and designers of the future (6-10 August 2018)

    Sponsorship: One remaining at £2,500

    The Infinite City: Our podcast series explores urban experience from one person's perspective per episode (ongoing) Episode 1, season 1 received a 5* rating on iTunes and over 1000 listens in the first few days.

    Sponsorship: Opportunities open for negotiation

    Community research projects: We conduct multifaceted research into local areas around Northern Ireland, mapping out spatial history, oral history and contemporary built environment issues. 

    Sponsorship: Opportunities open for negotiation

    PLACE Exhibitions and Events Programme (ongoing): From our shopfront space on Lower Garfield Street we host a regular programme of exhibitions, workshops, tours and talks including So What? Making Research Public and PLACE Architecture Tours

    Sponsorship: Opportunities open for negotiation

  • String-Tastic - MATCHED

    Flights of the Wild Geese
    This winter, 2017, String-tastic will embark on a three year project with P4 & 5 children from six primary schools in North and East Belfast based on the travels of the Shankill Geese.

    For the past ten years or so, a gaggle of Greylag geese have been wintering in the Lower Shankill area of Belfast by day and roosting in the Waterworks and Victoria Park by night. It is believed they migrate from Iceland to spend their winter months here in Northern Ireland. Experts from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will fit ten of these birds with GPS tracking collars to investigate their movements. This will be the focus for musical and environmental learning. From these travels, we will create a Nature Trail Symphony focusing on learning about Icelandic children’s traditions, music, songs and rhymes as well as features from other possible landing/breeding sites. During the three years, we will use the geese’s character-istics, habits, and habitats to teach about home, travel, friendship, family bonds, safety and the environment we all share. We will also explore their roosting sites such as the Waterworks and Victoria Park to introduce other elements of the symphony.

    The movements of the geese will be available to monitor online by the children at any time throughout the project and they will have access to a project website which will include a series of exercises after each workshop to re-enforce the key learning outcomes. All workshops will contain musical games and activities accessible by all.
    The project will culminate in performances by the six schools in original song, music and verse telling the tales of the Flights of the Wild Geese accompanied by the Ireland String Quintet and Cajón. This will include a performance at the Northern Ireland BTO Con-ference November 2020.

    For this project, we are looking for supporters who are enthusiastic about children's education, music, families, the environment, birds, travel, online learning and excellence.

    String-Tastic is run by classical musicians and music educators Nigel Ireland (violin) & Gareth Hopkins (double bass) assisted by composer and violist Jonathan Simmance and percussionist Andrew Lavery. Our aim is to enrich the lives of children by bringing quality live music to those who have little or no access to it and to introduce classical/orchestral music in a fun and informative way.

    Please contact Nigel Ireland for further information on

    String-Tastic have been matched with a business partner and Flights of the Wild Geese has received funding through Arts & Business NI's Live Sponsorship Opportunities. 

  • Ulster Youth Choir

    Ulster Youth Choir
    The Ulster Youth Choir (UYC) was established in 1999 to provide Northern Ireland’s best young singers aged 11-25 with the unique opportunity to train with leading vocal and choral practitioners from throughout the UK and Ireland.

    UYC provides high quality music education through residential courses and performance opportunities in Northern Ireland and beyond.

    Each Season UYC reaches 2000 young people throughout Northern Ireland through an exciting programme of post-primary school and University workshops.

    Every summer UYC provides two residential choral courses in Campbell College Belfast. One for the senior choir, aged 16-25 years, and a second course for the younger Ulster Youth Training Choir aged 14-18. In July 2017 we launch our very first Ulster Youth Junior choir opening new opportunities for singers aged11-14. Each course culminates with an exciting series of summer concerts across Northern Ireland. Membership across our three choirs stands at almost 250 young people.

    Since 2014, UYC has also worked in partnership with BBC Radio Ulster and hundreds of primary and post primary schools delivering the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year competition. In 2016 UYC successfully launched the Young Composer in Residence Programme in partnership with Queens University, a scheme which we are continuing with in 2018/19.

     Sponsor opportunities for our 2017/18 season:

    • sponsor a UYC conductor £2000

    • sponsor the UYC bursary fund £2500

    • sponsor a concert £2000

    • sponsor the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir £2,500 (per weekend event)

    • sponsor our outreach programme £6,000 (visiting 40 post primary schools across NI)  

      Please contact Shane Farren for further information on

  • University of Atypical

    University of Atypical
    Bounce! Festival

    The University of Atypical’s mission is to be a catalyst for empowering disabled people who are interested in the arts.

    Since 2012 Bounce! Arts Festival has presented new work by deaf and disabled writers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors and poets, as well as hosting participatory workshops and masterclasses across a range of art forms. In 2016 more than 3,000 people attended or experienced Bounce! events, shows, workshops, exhibitions and installations. Bounce! 2018 is set to be another outstanding year.

    What we need help with is access. It costs £450 to provide British Sign Language; £450 to provide live captioning and £450 to provide a live audio description per performance. With so many great events taking place over the Bounce! programme we want to make sure that every event is accessible to everyone. You can help us to provide this vital access service for the visually impaired, deaf or disabled.

    Please contact Mary Stevens for further information on or 028 9023 9450.

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