#SSL Fundraising


The Save Stage Lighting campaign came up as an important issue to our industry with very late notice to enable us to analyse the documentation and respond with our input. Spring 2018 was spent by a small group of contributors drawn from our membership who volunteered their services with only the aim to defend the industry from potentially, an immensely destructive piece of legislation. But it came at a personal cost to the people involved. 

Campaigning was happening from early morning to late at night over five months, high-level meetings were being squeezed in between tech sessions, reports and drafts were written and re-written long into the night. Much precious family time was missed to enable this campaign to happen and be a success. I dread to think what the future of theatre lighting would have looked like if this group of dedicated individuals had not been so proactive and unrelenting.

The ALD wants to say thank you to the SSL team members by raising some funds to compensate them for the costs over months of their lives. Paid work was turned down and much personal time sacrificed. And we must not forget they continue to donate their time as this work continues today, albeit on a smaller, less intense scale.

The bill for the campaign is estimated at £35,000, covering personal expenditure by the team for travel, hotels, fares to Brussels, office expenditure and, of course, the very successful gobo campaign. This will allow us to compensate the team for some of the work they have already done and provide for a reserve to help educate and support others in the Eco-Design challenges in the future. Had a professional lobbying or campaigning firm created the SSL Campaign, it would have no doubt cost many times this amount and might not have been as successful. Therefore, I am asking personally for your help to raise this relatively small amount. 

If you are a manufacturer who is now more aware of the EU’s plans than you were before, if you are a reseller or hire company whose stock has been spared due to this intervention, if you are a producer or theatre owner that could not possibly afford the implied refurbishment – then please contribute to this campaign.

And, of course, we would welcome individual contributions from our members or non-members.  

We have set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations.  You can find it here.  Alternatively, cheques can be sent to our postal address in the footer information of this page.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Johanna Town

ALD Chair

December 2018