What a week it has been. As March For The Arts moves forwards we want to thank all of you for the support you have shown.
Here we have another week of opportunities for you to peruse, and as always, we hope some are of use.
Some rolling, some new and some still open.
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.
Acting For Others is a consortium of 14 member charities set up to help provide financial and emotional support to professionals within the theatre.
The Greater Manchester Artists Hub has got some great things going on at the minute. As well as private and group advisory sessions, they currently have two funds available. One is a hardship bursary and the other to support the development of a new piece of work.
The Revive fund will offer 10 GM-based creative freelancers a £500 hardship bursary along with peer networking support and a 1-1 advice session with GM Artist Hub to explore your own particular circumstances and needs.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday 25th October 2020
The Reboot fund is offering 8 grants of £1500 to support the initial development of a new piece of performance-based work over a three month period.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday 25th October 2020
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.
Emerging theatre makers and directors!
The Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme offer paid professional development schemes for theatre directors.
Applications are open for RTYD's 18-month residency, which provides paid opportunities for emerging directors to spend time in a regional building-based company as a resident assistant director.
For more info and how to apply click here.
Deadline: Monday 12 October 2020 at noon.
Front of House and Backstage Workers
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
PRiSM, the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music, is seeking to appoint a visiting Writer for a 12-month residency period to begin in January 2021. They will be expected to undertake and original research project and contribute to the blog and give a final presentation.
The fee for successful applicants is £6000.
The Closing Date for applications is 23 October 2020.
For more details and what's involved follow the link here.
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.
If you're a playwright you'll be pleased to know there is a new prize from the wonderful people at Hope Mill Theatre called Through the Mill. The winner receives £5000, and their play will be produced by the theatre. The finalists will receive on to one mentoring with Jonathon Harvey. Find out more about how to apply here.
Deadline for submissions: 27th November 2020
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.
Are you a writer who's always been tempted by radio? The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is open for applications. It's a £5000 bursary for a writer in the north of England who is new to writing for radio. Check it out.
Deadline to apply: 5pm on Friday 6th November 2020
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.
Arts&Heritage have a £1000 commission available for a piece of digital work. The idea is that the work will be become their leading visual identity over the Winter months.
The web page has more detail about what the commission entails and the requirements and can be found here.
Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 25 October
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.
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
They are a great resource for funding, information including health and wellbeing.
Below are two of their funding opportunities currently open for applications.
The award is open to emerging jazz musicians and groups with the creativity, ambition and commitment to develop a sustainable career in jazz. The fund is looking for proposals that will help artists to reach the next stage in their career.
Deadline: Monday 14th October
Brighter Sounds are looking to commission 6 people aged 16+ who are familiar with producing online content and love music.
With a fee of £500 the recipient will (with assistance) provided online content over a three month period.
For more information about applying, follow the link here.
Deadline: Friday 23 Oct, midday.
ORA Singers is launching an Emergency Composers’ Fund.
It is essentially a commission for £1.500 for 8 composers living in the UK to write a new choral
There is no age restriction and other than being a UK resident, there are no other entry criteria.
All eight commissions will be announced on a rolling basis throughout the next 3 months. Composers are encouraged to register as early as possible to be considered.
For more information and how to apply follow the link 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.
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.
ArtsAdmin and Shape Arts have been co producing Unlimited since 2013, which is the worlds largest disability arts commissioning programme.
Professionally established disabled artists or companies that support disabled-led work across all artforms and who are based in England and Wales (unfortunately artists based in Scotland cannot apply for this award). Are invited to apply for commissions for up to £60,000 to fund projects.
The first stage is Expression of Interest and the portal for applications open on 1 October until 27 October 2020. For more details about the commission and the criteria follow the link here.
Comic's Youth are commissioning young artists for the Safe Spaces Trail a sprawling art
exhibition across public spaces with a guided youth-produced podcast.
They are currently looking to commission marginalised young creatives aged 11 - 25 to produce artwork and / or writing for the trail under our mentorship!
To apply for this opportunity, simply fill out the form here.
Deadline: Wednesday 14th October.
Box on the Docks are 30 unique and eye-catching 'boxes' that have been installed outside MediaCity’s restaurants, winding through the gardens and along the waterfront.
They are commissioning artists and designers in Salford and Greater Manchester as they extend the project into the festive season with Box on the Docks at Christmas!
To read and download about how to submit a proposal follow the link here.
FEE: £1000 max per structure including materials and installation
Deadline to apply: 5pm on Friday 6th November 2020.
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.
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