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Opportunities Round Up 11.09.2020

It is that time of week once more, where we bring to your our opportunities round up.

We have a mix of ongoing, still open and new listings.

So read on, and peruse at what we have discovered, and we hope you find something helpful!




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

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.


Papyrus is a charity for the prevention of young suicide. They have a helpline and resources for young people in need of help. Call: 0800 068 41 41. Open weekdays 9am-10pm, weekends & bank holidays 2pm-10pm Visit their website here for more resources.





Acting For Others is a consortium of 14 member charities set up to help provide financial and emotional support to professionals within the theatre.


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.


Studying drama in Liverpool, but actually from East Yorkshire?

If so you may want to apply to The John Godber foundation, which was created by Martha Godber (LIPA graduate and Hull native) to assist young drama students with additional course costs.

Application form here.

Deadline 21st September


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

The BBC Writer's Workshop is a development scheme is designed to give writers a paid opportunity to create their own drama series in partnership with BBC Studios.

You must have written at least 2 hours of scripted TV to apply.

If this is you then you can click here for more info.

Deadline for script applications:12 noon on Friday September 25th.


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.


Theatre Uncut have opened their Political Playwriting Award for 2020. The winner will receive £9,500 and the deadline for submissions is 7th October 2020.



Are you a writer who's always been tempted by radio? The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award opens for applications on the 25th September. It's a £5000 bursary for a writer in the north of England who is new to writing for radio. Check it out.



In partnership with Jerwood Arts, FACT are inviting emerging artists, curators, technologists, and cultural activists, in particular those from underrepresented backgrounds, to apply for a new paid remote residency and artistic development opportunity this Autumn.

Deadline: Monday 14 September 2020, midnight


Outdoor Arts

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.


Festival UK*2022 is an ambitious project, which is looking to create 10 large scale acts of public engagement, made by different creative teams.

Creative Teams are made up of three to eight organisations or freelancers from across the STEAM sectors, with at least sectors being represented.

Guidance for applicants is here, and I would definitely recommend reading beforehand!

Application Deadline 3pm BST on Friday 16 October 2020

Full STEAM ahead!

(not even remotely sorry)


Community Arts

The Police Commissioner for Merseyside is able to award charitable grants to organisations that deliver community projects that reduce crime, improve public safety or support victims.

You must be a charity, community group or social enterprise based in Merseyside.

You can read more about this award and how to apply here.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 28th September


Music Industry

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

The Covid-19 round of the Do It Differently Fund, offers a bespoke package of funding and expert advice designed to help you adapt and sustain your music through this time.

Deadline: Monday 14th September


PRS Foundation have two opportunities open at the moment:

The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.

The deadline for both funds is:  5th October 2020 / Decision by:  15th December 2020

You can also sign up to their newsletter for further info.


Live /Performance Art

Emergency 2020 is a live socially distanced walkthough event being held at The Contact Theatre in Manchester.

They have put out an open call for artists to submit instillation based durational work that can be repeated over a 4 hour period. Loops are suggested as to be 10 mins max.

For more information about what they are looking for and how to apply click here.


Black Artists

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.


Little Angel Theatre have announced a professional development scheme for six Black female identifying actors.

They are offering a week’s intensive training in puppetry skills and facilitation. This is a free opportunity and each participant will receive a week’s wage in line with Equity rates.

NOTE: This is a London Based opportunity.

If this is viable for you or someone you know. You can find more information, including how to apply here.

Deadline: Thursday 17 September.


D/deaf and disabled freelancers

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.


LGBTQIA+ Artists

Consortium are a national specialist infrastructure and Membership organisation created to help support LGBT+ communities.

As well as supporting members, it leads on projects, creates networking and funding opportunities.

Thanks to The National Emergencies Trust, funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

Any UK based non-profit group, organisation or project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people is welcome to apply.

There is no deadline, with funding being assigned on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.




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


The guys over at bido lito! have created an Arts Award accredited, 10 week course called BYLINES, for those aged 16 - 25. The course offers the opportunity to develop key journalistic skills with a comprehensive programme of tutorials.

Application deadline 13th September

You can find more information and apply 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.


The Society of British Theatre Designers have announced two new mentoring schemes including The Designers Mentorship Network which will pair 20 mentors with 30 mentees.

The aim is to pair people who are a few years ahead of those they are mentoring creating a tree like support structure, which will allow newbies and mid career designers to benefit from the scheme.

You can read more about it here.

Applications open: 7th September 2020

Application deadline: 21st September 2020 at 5pm.


Facciocose are a London based theatre company specialising in physical theatre and artist development.

They have created a series of online training including social media, marketing strategies, self assessment and web design as well as an extensive list of artist resources including funding information.


Aaaaaaand Scene!

That is all for this week, but see you in another seven days, for another round. We hope you found some useful information you can use, or send to a friend.

Have a great week and don't forget to check out all the other resources we have available including our new podcast series The Voices Project.

See you then!


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Rose C
Rose C
Sep 13, 2021

Great rreading your blog

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