THE Friends of the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre are on the hunt for trustees to join their team after becoming a charitable incorporated organisation .

The group, which was originally set up as an unincorporated community group to support and raise funds for the theatre, have adopted a new outlook and taken the decision to create a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to support a new vision for The Princess.

For years The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in Burnham-on-Sea has been funded through Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.

And the Friends say becoming CIO will allow the arts centre the opportunity to 'cast its net wider' and seek funding through other streams, specifically trusts and foundations that support arts charities.

A spokesperson for the Friends said: “This is a very exciting time for the Theatre and the Friends as we make significant changes that will allow us to future-proof the work of the Princess.

"We are working alongside the new Business Development Officer, Beccy Armory, towards a vision that will see the Theatre produce a much more diverse, exciting and engaging programme.

"Not only for ticket buyers but all of our community.”

The group is looking for at least three trustees to incorporate the CIO and develop their role for the future.

They are on the search for a chairman and trustees who have a passion for the arts with significant experience in either finance, fundraising and successful bid writing, education or charitable law.

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