The team at Women On Tap CIC are seeking funders for the fourth annual festival in May and a range of additional equality projects in 2020. There are just a few more weeks to reach the target set for the flagship festival – a one-of-a-kind beer and arts event showcasing women alongside excellence in northern beer and hospitality.
Founder Rachel Auty tells us more about the current vision: “The 2020 festival programme will be a curated showcase of leading or emerging women alongside excellence in northern beer and hospitality. Specialist strands will include industry talks and panels, live music, arts, and food. We want to put women in the spotlight, have fun, educate, empower, inspire, and tackle some important and difficult topics along the way.”
Thanks to financial investment in 2019, 11 of the 25 festival events were completely free to attend, £1700 was paid out to women creatives (musicians, designers, photographers, comedians), and £1980 was spent on marketing materials with local providers. An extensive campaign engaged more than 650 people from across the UK, with a further 456,000 people reached online. An important new piece of work on sexual harassment was also supported, and a £100 donation was made to the important work of Young Women’s Trust.
Some packages remain for principal 2020 investors, who will form a high profile and central partnership for the festival in its fourth year.
In addition, a £250 Taster Team level presents an opportunity to become part of a vital WOT supporters community, and a new Patreon scheme gives both organisations and individuals chance to pledge support via a monthly contribution with a choice of three tiers.
For 2020 – in addition to the festival and subject to funding – plans are afoot for new projects tackling equal opportunities in beer, and beer and mental health. The 2019 sexual harassment project will also be further expanded in collaboration with a range of key partners.
Women On Tap is a registered Community Interest Company and certified Social Enterprise, reliant upon the investment and support of organisations and individuals. All proceeds are reinvested.