Our Supporters

Running a successful organisation is a team effort. We are incredibly thankful to all our staff, teachers and volunteers who help us deliver quality training on a weekly basis.

We are also incredibly grateful to all those organisations who have supported us over the years and especially to those that came to our rescue during the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to do so.

A big THANK YOU to the following organisations that have given donations so that we can continue to offer bursaries and subsidised places and to those that came to our rescue during the pandemic crisis:

Charles S French Charity


Thanks to the Charles S French Charity who have awarded the Fiorentini Foundation £5000 to give access to disadvantaged children at our schools.

Coral Samuel Trust


Thanks to the Coral Samuel Trust who donated £5000 to help our survival at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Support Fund


Distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, this fund has helped us with our Access for Diversity project, ensuring we can offer places to some of our most vulnerable beneficiaries.

Culture Recovery Fund


Thanks to the Arts Council and the government’s Culture Recovery Fund which donated £85,000 to cover the School between April-June 2021, we can continue to be Here For Culture. With an unprecedented investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, the government is Here For Culture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.

Foundation for Future London

Foundation for Future London  awarded £5k from its Small Grant Scheme, part of the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund. The Small Grant Scheme aims be a support to young people and we will be using it to provide bursaries to students that wish to attend the schools but may struggle with fees.

Social Enterprise Support Fund


Distributed by Unltd, this fund has helped us to ensure all of our venues and activities are Covid-19 secure. The Social Enterprise Support Fund was established in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and five social enterprise support agencies: Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd with support from CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka.

South Hackney Parochial Charities


Thanks to SHPC, we have been able to provide bursaries and subsidised places to disadvantaged children who live in South Hackney.

Stuart Feakins Fund

Thanks to this trust we have been able to give several bursaries and subsidised places to children in Hackney. Stuart Feakins passed away in 2/1/08 aged 41. The Stuart Feakins Trust aims to capture some of Stuart’s joy of life and commitment to young people in Hackney.

Web Labs


Thanks to Web Labs for their £200 donation towards our survival at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. And for the generous donation of £500 at the 21st Anniversary Showcase at the Hackney Empire.

London City Airport Community Fund

We are very excited to be awarded a London City Airport Community Fund grant. This is a great opportunity for us to continue our work and make a difference in bridging the generational gap in the local community. Thanks to this grant we will be able to welcome older members of our community and those living with dementia to benefit from the performances of our students

We would also like to thank

Steve Gregson Photography

We’d like to thank Steve Gregson who has been our photographer since 2021.

Michael Bourke Photography

A massive thank you too to Michael Bourke Photography who has been one of our main photographers over the past few years and often gives his services free of charge at our charity events

Not for Profit

Big thanks to Not for Profit for helping us with our funding bids and securing funding from the Social Enterprise Support Fund as well as Awards for All.


A big thanks to Dentons who has given us pro bono legal advice several times over the past few years.

HFX , Docklands Estates, 19 Sound

We want to thank these businesses for sponsoring our 2022 Hackney Empire Showcase and their continued support.

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