Opportunities Round Up 19.03.2021
Updated: Mar 25, 2021
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Here is the place for all of our ongoing events.
For all ones that are new this week, you can find them at the top of our Opportunities Page on our website.
DEADLINES TO APPLY
Applications for The Bridport Prize are now open, and bursaries are being offered to offer free entry for underrepresented writers. The international creative writing prize has numerous categories, and winners can win up to £5k plus literary representation. More information about dates and how to apply here.
Deadline: Rolling monthly until May 2021
The Concord Art Prize is open for applications. Based on the idea that 'from great art, comes great art' entrants are asked to take inspiration from a choice of selected songs and create a piece of art in whatever medium they choose. Finalists will be given a £1000 bursary, to make the work, which will then be displayed in September and the winner announced and awarded a prize of £10,000. For more information and how to apply follow the link here.
Deadline to apply: April 30th 2021.
Graeae are offering support to Deaf and disabled artists who would like to attend online industry events/meetings but need access to do so, can help cover these costs! If you require BSL interpreters, captioners, notetakers or other access support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart of Glass (St Helens) are looking for a writer in residence at the beginning of their career to join the organisation. The year long, part time residency involves working directly with their community partners. £19, 487 (fixed term contract). For more information about the role and how to apply, follow the link here.
Deadline to apply: 5 April 2021
The 4thWrite Short Story Prize, in association with The Guardian, is a competition open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers. The winner will receive £1,000, a one-day publishing workshop at 4th Estate and publication of their story on the Guardian website. Entrants must place the title of the story at the beginning of the short story, but must NOT include their name anywhere on the document. You can find more details, the entrance form and upload your short story here.
Deadline to apply: 30th April 2021.
New Writing North are running a new program looking for new and aspiring writers from working-class backgrounds. Writers will receive 121 mentoring from established writers and journalists, a publication with byline (in print or online) by one of the media partners, including the Daily Mirror or New Statesman, or broadcast as a podcast and a £1500 bursary. Apply here with a creative writing/journalist sample of 500 words on ‘Live in 2020/21’.
Deadline to apply: 26 March 2021
Applications are open for The Everyman and Playhouse's February-May monthly script surgeries. These are 30 minute one-to-one appointments with freelance dramaturg and Paperwork’s Co-Artistic Director, Hayley Greggs. Names will be drawn at random and meetings will be allocated via email. For more information and to apply follow the link here.
Paperwork Theatre have announced their next series of Playdates including workshops and a masterclass on funding and theatre making. The sessions are free and take place on Zoom. Check out the full schedule.
National Museums Liverpool are partnering with GYRO to put on a series of online workshops for Liverpool's LGBTIQ+ youth. With each session having a locally sourced special guest. To check out the twitter post follow the link here. Or email email@example.com for more information.
Action transport Theatre run weekly sessions for Young Writers between the age of 13-17. They are FREE to attend. Those with no previous experience can attend, they just need to have a keen interest in writing. You can find more information here.
BELOW ARE THE CONTINUOUS RESOURCES WITHOUT DEADLINES
The Theatre Helpline is a free (from mobiles and landlines), independent
and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round
The number to call is: 0800 915 4617
Or visit https://theatrehelpline.org/ for
Leading a movement against suicide. Open to all, they also have campaigns for males facing mental health struggles. Call: 0800 58 58 58. The helpline and webchat is open to all and can be accessed 5pm – Midnight every day, 365 days a year. Or visit their website here.
The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine has a range of services to help support the medical needs of those in the performing arts. From free clinics, information resources and a practitioner directory, they are a good resource if you may be struggling with any health situations.
To find out more about what they do, follow the link here.
The Film and TV Charity have a 24 hour helpline and chat service available to anyone who is struggling at this time. Their trained team can provide help and advice about legal queries, mental health and financial advice.
To find out more follow the link here.
The Actors’ Children’s Trust is a charity set to help those who are both actors and parents. Supplying grants to cover such expenses as childcare, support within education and to allow parents to visit their children more frequently when working long distant jobs or tours. They also offer advice and support and can signpost to other funding. To find out more about this charity and how it may be able to help you, you can follow the link here.
Student Space is a FREE confidential telephone support service available from 3pm to 12am every day. If you are a student you will be able to speak to a trained volunteer about any issues that are causing you concern and get help to be able to move forward. The number to call is 0808 189 5260. You can also find more information via their website.
Young Minds offer a free messaging service for young people. They also have a parents helpline available.
To find our more about the service and other resources, you can follow the link here.
Food Banks and Places to Donate
The Liverpool Independent Delivery Service (LIDS) have a place you can directly give monetary donation to help with their programmes in collaboration with Red Neighbours.
Find out more here.
Micah Liverpool have a food bank and a volunteer programme where you can donate your time to help. For more info on both click here
The Florrie are currently in the process of reopening their food union. You can contact them for more info on this here.
North Liverpool Foodbank has an option to access it's service and to help with it's services. To do so click here.
The Knowsley Foodbank are always accepting food donations, and have a list of useful items. They also have information on how to access the services and vouchers. For info click here.
Acting For Others is a consortium of 14 member charities set up to help provide financial and emotional support to professionals within the theatre.
You can find information on each of the charities including links to apply for help here
Get into Theatre is a one stop shop of ways into a career in theatre. They have sections on training, experience and funding.
With information on courses and funding, this website is a useful resource whether you are a newbie to it all, or an experienced professional looking for further development.
Backstage Front of House
If you work backstage or front of house
and are struggling right now then The Theatrical Guild might be a good place to look, they have set up a great resource for theatre workers at any stage of their career. It includes help with finances, funding, counselling and training. You can apply for help here, and if you aren't eligible, they will pass you onto an organisation that can help.
Playwrights and Writers
The Peggy Ramsay foundation is a charity set up to help give theatre writers the space and time to write. If you have had a play professionally produced, you can qualify for support.
To find out more details on eligibility and how to apply click here.
The Society of Authors has set up the Authors' Emergency fund.
Open to all professional authors who are resident in the UK, including writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others. Note: those who have had ACE emergency response fund are ineligible for this grant. Find out how to apply here.
Education Support as a charity who help provide effective and relevant support to all of those working in the education sector today.
They currently have grants to help those who are either working or retired from the education sector. There are a few criteria involved in applying, so we recommend reading the outline of it all here.
The Responsa Foundation curates contemporary art projects exploring our intolerance to others. They support projects by either inviting artists to partake in projects, or funding proposals submitted by artists.
The Foundation's objective is, 'promote the belief that the history of intolerance repeats itself. By producing art that people engage with, we can find ways of exploring this difficult subject matter together and get it out there.'
If you are an artist who feels passionately about this, or is interested in creating work exploring these themes, you can find out more information about the foundation and their application guidelines here.
ArtCry is a new fund supporting urgent artistic responses to current social and political events. If you are an artist who makes political work or is interested in making social and politically aware work, you can find more information about the fund here.
Creative Debuts have established the Black Artists Grant, which is on a rolling system so there is no deadline. Once a month £1500 will be given to black artists in the UK with each artist receiving £500. If you want to put yourself forward for a grant, you can find out more about how to do that here.
Music Support is a charity who offer support and resources for those within any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders. Find out more.
The Association of Independent Music has opened a crisis fund for music contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry, whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's an ongoing fund and you can join here to apply.
D/deaf and disabled Artists
Graeae are offering free support to Deaf and disabled freelancers thanks to support from Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Support includes: access support for zoom meetings, purchase or loan of technology, help getting projects off the ground, and help with personal finance applications. More info here.
RESOURCES AND TRAINING
Comics Youth have a range of great stuff happening including a Saturday comics workshop and D&D sessions.
To find out more follow the link here
Action Transport Theatre are now running their youth drama classes on zoom. They have their Droplets group (aged 7-11 yrs) and Drama drop in (12 - 17 yrs).
They are free and for info on the next few weeks and how it’s run visit their website here.
Unstoppable are a production house who have an open submissions policy. If you have a script you want to submit, especially if you are new to the industry, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Studio Widnes are holding FREE jam sessions via zoom for those who are interested in meeting up and playing music with others. All abilities are welcome. For more info and to be able to take part contact email@example.com or 07434616267.
Have an outdoor show ready to book? Outdoor Arts UK have created an online directory for shows that are able to be performed in the current climate accounting for social distancing and safety measures for both artists and audiences. It’s a straightforward form to fill in, which you can do here.
Open Hire is a new initiative set up by Josh Roche and Derek Bond. It is about opening up the approach of hiring freelancers, and making it a more fair and transparent process.
It is asking theatres to sign up to the Open Hire guidelines, and make this a new way of working.
You can find out about the scheme here.
You can sign up to find out about jobs here.
The guys at Equity have put together a financial guide for all things Covid related. It includes things such as how the government financial schemes work, but how to apply for benefits and how to get help.
It may be of use, and you can read it here.
Screen Skills have a range of opportunities and resources available to those interested in the Film and TV industry.
Ranging from free zoom events, study modules and training courses, there is plenty to have a look at. you can do so here
Manchester based artist?
Seen a show at The Royal Exchange?
If so then joining the Open Exchange may be a help. An online community designed to connect other local artists and offer resources and training opportunities, you can check it out here in more detail, to see how it could help you.
If you work within the arts sector, or certainly have a professional interest, you may find Arts Professionals a good place to find content.
It has sections on Jobs, News and Professional Development.
Out on the page is a place of support and connection for LGBTQ+ writers.
It offers many resources including Writing Retreats, Networking, Information sharing, Q&As with established LGBTQ+ writers and Online Events.
You can find more information about them, and a list of what events are happening here.
The Bruntwood Prize have published a fantastic toolkit for anyone who wants to make a start or develop their practice with writing a play. Check it out.
Heard about a great opportunity, or have an opportunity to offer?
You can let us know by sending us a email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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