Project information

Summer Sing 2019

This Summer, 72 children get to fly with Peter Pan, explore Aladdin's cave or recreate Movie magic in three weeks of Summer courses.

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Montage Theatre Arts

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  • Need


    A lack of free or heavily subsidised but high quality activities for Lewisham's children and young people during the Summer Holidays. It's essential to have safe and creative spaces where they can go during the long summer months.


    We offer three weeks of performing arts programmes, including dance, drama, mask making and singing, culminating in shows performed to family and friends. The teachers are experts in their fields/ West End professionals and create an environment where children can explore their creativity, build confidence and make new friends in a safe environment. For those awarded bursaries this will include free places and a daily nutritious lunch.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Funding 22 bursaries and 50 subsidised places to three weeks of Summer Sing for ages 5-14


    » Naughty Children - 1 week programme of dance, drama and singing inspired by Matilda culminating in a performance for friends and family.
    » Under The Sea: 1 week programme of dance, drama and singing inspired by Little Mermaid/Moanna culminating in a performance for friends and family.
    » Montage at the Movies - 1 week programme of dance, drama, singing and filming inspired by classic musicals with a final theatre performance

    What success will look like

    Take up of places.
    Parent and child feedback.
    Converting those awarded bursary and concession places into members of our term time programme (min 14)

  • Impact


    A steady rise in our term time concession rate students. We would like this to rise by 10% to 30% by the end of 2019. The more that families who need it can take advantage of these opportunities for their children, the greater our impact in both individual lives and the community. We routinely see children doing things they never believed they possible, making new friends and blossoming in confidence.


    The risk is lack of take up. We have dealt with this by planning a marketing campaign for the courses flagging scholarships and concession rates. However, we have also built ongoing relationships with Lewisham Social Services, Lewisham Young Carers and other local charities and schools who recommend suitable families to us.


    Donors will receive a quarterly newsletter on the progress of the children including any or all of the following: case studies, photos, video, quotes from parents and children who have benefitted from the programme (Safeguarding rules and GDPR permitting).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,584 Teacher Fees Proportionate cost of 32% in line with percentage of places offered free/subsidised
      £3,190 Bursaries Cost of 22 bursary places
      £3,750 Concessions Cost of 50 concession places
      £550 Free Healthy Lunches For 22 bursary recipients at £5 per student per day
      £926 Administration costs Approx 12 days to recruit, promote, market, liaise with stakeholders and collect data
  • Background


    Lewisham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. With no big business to apply to for sponsorship and council funding being cut, arts provision for children and young people is becoming the province of only those who can afford to pay. Montage has been working in the borough for over 20 years and is a charity rather than a business with a long-standing commitment to offering a wide concession programme to ensure access for all.


    Children and young people in the most need of social networks, confidence building and a creative outlet.

    On average 22% of Montage Theatre Arts attendees are from low-income families.

    As of the last major round of statistical monitoring approximately 50% of our participants are black or minority-ethnic in a borough where 43% of the population is black or ethnic minorities (BAME).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Montage has over 20 years experience of providing dance, drama and singing classes to the community as well as an award-winning youth dance company, youth theatre company and Older People's programme. We have performed across the borough and London-wide including Saddlers Wells and the South Bank. Our experienced teachers include West End professionals and specialists whose skillsets include SEN training, Health and Safety and First Aid qualifications.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chris Curlett

    Youth Programmes Manager - overseeing all aspects of the programme including content, staffing and pastoral care.

    Emma Hobday

    General Manager - reponsible for overseeing the administration of the project

    Joseph Cryan

    Creative Co-ordinator - responsible for content


Buys a healthy free lunch for a child

Her confidence has grown in such a lovely friendly way. The environment screams positivity with such diversity.

Parent Summer Sing 2017