The ILMC raises a significant amount of money every year for a charity of its choice in honour of one of its founding members, Nikos Sachpasidis. Hand in your business cards to the ILMC girls and boys with collection tins and be ready at 13:30 for the chance to win some colossal prizes as our chosen charity Stagehand benefits.
But don’t forget – you must be in the room to win. Cards called without a person present will be discarded…
Stagehand started in 1998 as The PSA Welfare and Benevolent Fund and became a registered charity in 2000. Our mission has always been to support live events industry production workers and their dependents at times of illness, injury or death. In the last five years, supporting mental health first aid and awareness training has been added to our endeavours. Stagehand is the original and longest serving charity to the sector.
Funds raised over the years have mainly come from the live production sector itself from a variety of fundraising activities. Stagehand has always been run by volunteer trustees, which has enabled almost all money raised to go to live events workers in need.
When the industry stopped in early 2019, the live sector was no longer in a position to provide for itself. Stagehand launched its COVID-19 Fund. Artists, managers, agents, promoters, record companies, royalty collection and other industry institutions to date have contributed over £1.8m enabling us to award thousands of grants to help keep roofs over heads and food on tables for live event workers who suddenly found themselves in dire straits. In other words, many of you – the attendees and supporters of ILMC came to the rescue.
We are hugely grateful and encouraged that ILMC continues with support making Stagehand its chosen charity this year.