Artworks auction for mental health charities
Artists, designers, illustrators and photographers – we need you! We’re organising an auction of artworks to raise funds for mental health charities that are helping people in distress right now.
Among the many struggling with mental health issues are the 600,000 set designers and builders, sound engineers, and lighting technicians who have no live events to create and therefore no hope of income for the foreseeable future.
So...we’d love you to donate a BLUE artwork to #MakeItBlue – the choice of medium and dimensions is up to you. You’ll be helping to raise funds for The Samaritans and for Stagehand – the Production Services Association Welfare and Benevolent Fund.
Deadline for submission to our pre-Christmas online sealed bid auction is 13 November. You can upload details of your donation on our submission form here
#MakeItBlue will cover the cost of mailing artworks to the winning bidders. For any other queries on submitting your artwork, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Stand As One for mental health charities
During lockdown we asked brilliant musician Joe Bygraves to write a song that would reflect the troubled times we're living through - and the need for us all to #StandAsOne. And now it’s out – and we love it! You can hear it and order it here .
Joe is donating a whopping 80% of the proceeds to Make It Blue CIC, and we’ll be dispersing these funds to relevant mental health charities.
You can get a behind the scenes look at many of our members producing a supporting video for this amazing track that Joe has written for us. Look out for more news on the full launch of the video! Thanks again Joe
There are many, many people in the live events and entertainment industry who have already lost their jobs or are at risk of losing them. With no income for the foreseeable future, they are experiencing extreme anxiety and distress. Please help us raise funds and offer them much-needed support.
Happy Birthday to the NHS!
The UK skyline turned blue on Saturday 4 July, as landmarks and iconic buildings across the UK were lit blue to celebrate the NHS’ 72nd Anniversary.
Our friends at social media analysts Mapimize monitored Twitter activity over the birthday weekend and produced this beautiful visualisation of Twitter engagement with the #MakeItBlue and #LightItBlue hashtags.
Twitter activity was tracked over the period from 9am Saturday to 9am Sunday and then played back at approximately 4000x real-time. Each blue pulse represents engagement from an individual account at the location on the UK map. Activity peaks at 8pm and then again at 10pm. Thanks to positive public engagement, we were trending at No 6 on Twitter.