The Hall as a Charity
The Royal Albert Hall is effectively held in trust for the nation by a charity. The Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences, registered charity number 254543, operates without the benefit of any public funding.
The Corporation was established in 1866 by Royal Charter and its objects are to maintain the Royal Albert Hall, a Grade I Listed building of historical and cultural significance and, through its use, to promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the Arts and Sciences.
The Corporation provides public benefit by:
• maintaining and improving the facilities of an important listed building, and enabling the public to take tours of the building;
• hiring the Hall to third parties for the presentation of performances of music, opera, dance and the wide range of other events that are permitted under the Hall's governing instruments;
• itself promoting concerts and, with partners, performances of opera, dance and musicals;
• making the Hall available for performances by children and amateur groups;
• offering preferential terms for fundraising events by charities;
• by its programme of Learning & Participation events which provide opportunities for young people to experience and participate in live performance and to visit the Hall and explore its history.
The beneficiaries of the Hall's activities include more than 1 million people each year who attend live performances; millions more who enjoy radio and television broadcasts, online transmissions and DVDs and films of performances at the Hall; more than 30,000 young people who participate each year in the Hall's Learning & Participation programmes; a significant number of other children and amateur groups who perform at the Hall each year; typically 30 or more charities each year who hire the Hall for fundraising events and who enjoy preferential terms and especially the charity to which the Hall is let free of charge each year for a major fundraising event; and the public at large who are offered tours of the building or access at other times to attend free concerts or exhibitions.
The Royal Albert Hall receives no operating grants from central or local government. It relies on revenues generated from its operations and private sector donations in order to maintain the building and to fulfil its other purposes.
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