The PLG has never had and has no capital funding, relies totally on grants, awards, ticket sales, donations, programme advertising and fund-raising events.
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In earlier seasons, the PLG received a modest grant from the Art Council of Great Britain (now Arts Council England), but now not for very many years. Substantial assistance was provided by the Camden Festival for Park Lane Opera’s productions in the Festival.
The PLG acknowledges with deep gratitude varied help and support over many seasons from the Bernarr Rainbow Trust, Berners Trust, Bliss Trust, Britten Foundation, Canada House, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Delius Trust, Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust, Holst Foundation, Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund), John S Cohen Foundation, Nestlé, PRS Foundation, RVW Trust, Tim Brandt Trust, William Alwyn Trust, Zochonis Charitable Trust, other trust funds, individuals and The PLG Friends.
The PLG has organised a number of shared fund-raising galas of West End musicals in co-operation with several humanitarian charities, including Barnardo’s and The Royal London Society for the Blind (on four occasions). Several of the galas have been Royal occasions.
Some of the musicals include:
Rodgers & Hammerstein II: South Pacific. HRH Princess Margaret attended.
Jerome Kern: Showboat (Opera North production). HRH Princess Michael of Kent attended
Jerome Kern: Showboat (Hal Prince production). HRH The Duke of Kent attended.
Cole Porter: Anything Goes
George & Ira Gershwin: Girl Crazy
Also a gala performance of Façade in Carlyle Square Gardens, outside No. 2 where Façade was first performed. HRH Princess Alexandra was prevented by illness from attending and at 24 hours’ notice HRH The Duchess of Gloucester attended instead.