Opportunities Round Up 07.05.2021

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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.




Applications are now open for the VAULT FIVE! which is a 9 month mentoring programme for early & mid-career live performance makers. Helping to give you a step up in your career and help you realise your ambitions it will culminate in a show at the next VAULT Festival in January 2022. The programme is open to anyone 18+ involved in the making of live performance including writers, directors, producers, lighting/sound/set/costume designers, performers, and production/stage managers. To find out more and how to apply, follow the link here.

Deadline: 8pm, Tuesday 11th May 2021.

Disability Arts Online have announced £10,000 of Covid Commissions. There are four strands of commissions available and you can apply to one. They are Open commissions, Artist presentations, Art showcases Artist Collaborations.

Commissions range from £200 - £500 and applications are open to disabled artists based in the UK. For more info follow the link here.

Deadline: 16 May 2021

After 5 years as a company Powder Keg have decided to call it a day, but with one last hurrah are pledging £250 (the remains of their account) to a theatre company. The fund is a no strings attached, no need to explain or overly formal sort of thing. Ideally, the theatre company has 2 or more members involved, and they don't want to give the money to someone they already know. they want to hear from new people. The application window will be open for 6 weeks to give people time to apply. If you think this describes your company then follow the link to get more information and apply here.

Deadline: 5pm on May 17th  2021.

Submissions are now open for the 25th Alfred Fagon Award - the leading award for Black British playwrights. The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English. Entrants must confirm on their CV that that they are of African and Caribbean descent. Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered. For more details and how to submit, follow the link here.

Deadline: Friday 30 July 5pm.


The BBC have opened applications for their KickStart scheme, which are a range of paid apprenticeships opens to graduates, school leavers or those looking for a way to change their career. They have opportunities in the fields of design, production, journalism and business in areas all around the UK. For more info, including how to apply and what it involves, follow the link here.

Deadline: Various

The Connect: Resound Learning Festival is happening from 17th - 21st May and is completely FREE. Designed for everyone involved in music education it will feature sessions which will inspire new ideas, equip you with new skills, invite you to think about the future of music learning as well as an opportunity to discuss the challenges of remote music education with your peers. It will all be happening via zoom or YouTube and you can find out more information via the website here.

The great people at The Uncultured currently have spaces available for those looking for help to write Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council bids. The offer is open to those who are neurodivergent and or disabled and because they are being funded, it will come at no cost to you. They have a high success rate with those they have worked with and you can get in touch with them via email at contact@the-uncultured.com for more information.​

The Brain Charity are hosting a FREE webinar for people struggling with post Covid anxiety as the world begins to re-open. It is taking place on 19th May 2021 from 10.30am and there will be a number of sessions ranging from Q&A's with public health, mindfulness and confidence coaching. If you would like to register a place email: communications@thebraincharity.org.uk.

BlackFest are seeking four new Directors for their Board. Enthusiasm and passion for the arts and for supporting the work of Black artists, musicians and performers is a must, alongside having the energy and time to further develop their mission. You can read about the further criteria and requirements needed to undertake the role, by following the link here.

Deadline: 15th May 2021

Movema are back with some more amazing free classes for all the family. The FREE World in a box online classes for families will commence on Thurs 1st April 2021, 4.30-5.30pm. To book your space and see what other classes are available, follow the link here.

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.



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

more information


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.

Inc Arts UK are a not for profit limited company whose mission is to diversify the workforce of the creative and cultural sector. They have partnered with Chanua Health to provide FREE group therapy led by qualified counsellors for people who have experienced racism to share their experiences and heal. For more information, including the referral form, follow the link here.

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.

The Your Local Pantry project has opened a new pantry for Toxteth, which aims to create a sustainable and long-term solution to food poverty. You sign up to a weekly subscription of £3.50, and will be able to have access to 10 items of food including fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard favourites that will often value £15-20 or more. Membership is open to the community and local families are strongly encouraged to join. For more information and to sign up to become a member follow the link 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