Help Save LitLive!

Date Posted
May 13, 2024
Opportunity with
Application Deadline
June 26, 2024 at 11:59 pm
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What is LitLive?

Since 1995, the LitLive Reading Series has been bringing authors and readers together in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in a monthly celebration of the written word. It is Hamilton’s longest-running reading series.


Why we need your help

We are proud to pay the writers who present at LitLive, but recent funding challenges have threatened the future of our series.

Our usual funding comes from a mix of public arts grants and Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) entry fees. However, like many arts organizations, we’ve keenly felt the ongoing government cuts to public funding and have not received the operating and core grants that have historically sustained us (we have received no funding for the past two seasons, a first for LL). Plus, the Covid crisis continues to impact audience attendance, which reduces our PWYC door fees.

We are looking for help to cover our basic operating costs. Our yearly budget is approximately $7000, broken down as follows:

  • Reading fees: $150 per reader per event x 4 readers per event x 10 months = $6000
  • Venue AV/Tech fees: $75 per event x 10 months = $750
  • Various publicity costs, such as website, domain, email subscription fees, printed materials: $250 (these costs have thus far been donated, but we anticipate having to pay for future renewal fees and purchases).

Please know that we're grateful for all forms of help, financial or otherwise. If a payment isn't possible right now, we'd still appreciate it if you could share this campaign and tell others about LitLive.

Questions? Please see the FAQ section for more information.

Perks: we'll make sure all perks are sent out by the end of the campaign. Some might get sent earlier as time and resources allow.

Thank You to Our Partners:

The Staircase (our generous venue)
Epic Books / The Sequel
King West Books
JH Gordon Books
The City & the City Books
Jelly Brothers

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