A unique opportunity for local businesses to sponsor a respected community organisation while reaching Lewisham based-families and positioning themselves as true supporters of the families and children of Lewisham.

Benefits of being a Champion

The Montage Community

Our community is made up of 1,300 families, approx. 5,200 people from every area of the borough, in particular those based in Brockley and Ladywell near to our main teaching centre at Prendergast Hilly Fields School.

Becoming a Community Champion gives you a maximum market penetration of 100,840 impressions and a total potential reach of 60,600 people. Whether it’s getting the word out to a new customer base, or giving a special introductory offer to our families, by becoming a Montage Community Champion, everyone benefits. For more detailed information on the full range of benefits, download the MTA Sponsorship Information Brochure.

How we can change lives together

How you can help

The Challenge We Face

Lewisham has been classified as one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK.

27% of children under 19 live in households with no adult in employment.

On average 33% of Montage attendees each year are from low-income families. Currently 55% of participants are black or minority-ethnic in a borough where 35% of the population is BAME.

As arts provision in schools is slashed, our goal is to give all children and families across Lewisham, regardless of social or financial background, access to affordable/free classes in drama, dance and singing. We provide a safe space where children can explore their creativity, build confidence and make new friends while acquiring lifelong skills that will enhance whatever career paths they choose. 

Our Goals

To fund our yearly Bursary and Concession Programme which allows a total of 438 children and young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend, to join our community, build confidence, have fun and make new friends while learning lifelong skills. Total Annual Cost: £45,778.

Concessions: Current take-up is 305 concession places across all classes and our goal is to fund a further 81 raising the total target to 386 annually. Annual cost: £34,828

Bursaries: We currently provide 10 bursaries to our Saturday School and a further 42 across all Holiday Programmes. Annual cost: £10,950

Playing our Part

Online fund-raising: we participate in two online match-funding campaigns per year, supported by The Childhood Trust, which raise approximately £18,000.

Trusts and foundations: we apply regularly to grant making bodies – on average a minimum of 10 bids per year

Statutory Funding: Lewisham gives us a grant, some of which goes towards funding these places, however this has recently been cut by 15%.

Playing Your Part

£1,200 funds just under two bursaries (Platinum Community Champion)

£660 funds two yearly bursaries (Gold Community Champion)

£220 funds a term’s bursary to our Saturday School (Bespoke package)


Why Us?

We are uniquely placed. Founded in 1998, we’ve been supporting the children of Lewisham for nearly 20 years. Our teachers are experts in their fields including many West End professionals from shows such as Billy Elliot, Stomp, Bat Out of Hell and Les Miserables.

MTA provides 37 classes per week (3 terms of 11 weeks) 33 weeks p.a.

MTA recruits, trains, organises and manages up to 30 volunteers

MTA recruits, inducts, organises and manages 10 teachers/facilitators 

MTA provides Holiday Programmes, Youth Theatre Company  and is a National Theatre Connections Learning Partner

MTA runs workshops and programmes for Over 60’s in Sheltered Housing schemes , Greenwich Theatre and with the Elder People’s Support Project.

The Difference We Make

  • Creative skills for all – including enhanced communication, cognitive and motor skills
  • Improved educational performance
  • Lifelong skills
  • Better employment prospects
  • Higher confidence and self-esteem
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Making friends from all walks of life – interaction of children from all social and economic backgrounds is shown to both boost educational performance and increase understanding.
  • A safe environment off the streets

Become a Champion

To become a Community Champion,  please contact our  Funding Director:

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Sort Code: 08-92-99
A/C No: 65134995
A/C Name: Montage Theatre Arts
Reference: Donation