Opportunities Round Up 16.04.2021



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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

FUNDING

Walk The Plank have a call out to commission Designers, Makers and Artists for their project The Fire Garden. The Fire Garden is a site-responsive installation consisting of a series of fiery sculptures that audiences are invited to explore. Creating a sense of discovery and the feeling of uncovering a ‘secret garden’, the format allows people to wander through each section at their own pace. Budgets for the new works are between £2,000- £15,000.

To find out more, including the full brief and requirements for submission follow the link here.


Deadline: 30th April 2021 5pm GMT.

Wandsworth Arts Fringe have extended their deadline for submissions. They are open to digital online or hybrid projects for 2021 as well as live in venues and outdoors in parks, community estates and the high street (subject to Government restrictions). For more information and to submit, follow the link here.


Deadline: Friday 23rd April 2021.



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



Stomping Ground is a commissioning group comprised of The Place, FESTIVAL.ORG, DanceXchange and Tramway. They have put a commission call out for a new dance work that is made for outdoor spaces. They need to be originally conceived as outdoor works (rather than work which has previously been made for indoor spaces) and submissions need to be from UK based artists. For more information about the brief and to apply, follow the link here. Deadline: Thursday 29 April 2021 12pm

The ETPEP Award 2021 is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights, run by the Finborough Theatre in association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP).The Award’s purpose is to find and nurture a playwright who has worked in theatre for two years or more (but not in a literary department setting or as a paid script reader), who is looking to further their ambitions and skill in the art and craft of playwriting.

The winner will receive a prize of £6,000, a development relationship with the Finborough Theatre; a rehearsal workshop with actors and a director to develop the play; and a staged reading performance of the winning play either at the Finborough Theatre, London, pandemic permitting, or online; and publication by Salamander Street, independent publisher of theatre, performance and live art. For more information and how to apply, follow the link here.


Deadline: 30 April 2021 11.00pm.



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.


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Liverpool’s Year of Writing are offering eight commissions, each worth £1000 or £2000, to local artists, creatives and cultural producers. They want you to use your diverse cultural expertise and energy to encourage children and young people to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!). For more information and how to apply, follow the link here.


Deadline: 26 April 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.

RESOURCES/TRAINING

​​Metal have teamed up with three artists to offer a series of FREE workshops for 16-19 year olds. All workshops run on a Tuesday evening from 6pm – 7.30pm on zoom, With ‘how-to’ videos by the artist shared on Instagram after. The Next Workshop Film is Do I Have a Story Worth Telling? with Kiara Mohamed.


For more information about this and subsequent workshops and to book your place, follow the link here.


Deadline: 27 April 2021



New Earth Academy 2021 are offering FREE training to BESEAs aged 18+ interested in performing, playwrighting or technical theatre.

Writers Academy 22 May – 24 July

Performers Academy 26 June – 31 July

Off Stage Academy 24 June – 29 July.


You don't need to have previous experience, just an interest in theatre and passion to grow your skills. For more information and to apply, follow the link here.


Deadline: Tuesday 27 April 5pm.


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.

The fab people at Uncultured are running two FREE workshops aimed at producers. Dates for the workshops are as follows: Thursday 15th April, 10am-1pm and Wednesday 5th May, 10am-1pm. For more information and to book a space 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.





BELOW ARE THE CONTINUOUS RESOURCES WITHOUT DEADLINES




WELL BEING

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






CALM

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.


FUNDING

Theatre

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


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.

Various


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.

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.

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.

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.


They are also 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 victoria@graeae.org.

RESOURCES AND TRAINING


MACFEST - Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, is a ground-breaking, award-winning festival hosted across Greater Manchester and the North West - and across the world! It celebrates art, literature, music, history, culture, photography, cuisine, children, youth and women and the heritage of the Muslim diaspora. They currently have a range of online workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions, many of which a free. You can find out more about MACFEST 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 awesome folks at Producer Gathering have created a place full of insights and context around independent producing practices happening across the arts sector right now. It is a large pool of free resources, learning opportunities for independent producers, space for discussion and writings from some of the best in the theatre, live art and dance sectors. Check it out here.

The ISM have produced a guide summarising the visa and work permit requirements for UK performers touring in Europe, as part of a range of support and services that we offer.

The following information is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice.​

You can find more information and advice and also download the guide here.




The Egg Assembly is an online tool for young people between the ages of 8-25, to be able to join and develop their creative practice. It is FREE to join and has a range of courses and workshops. Some are free and some range in price, but assistance can be provided if this is a barrier. It's also a chance to connect with other likeminded young creatives and develop skills and get creative. For more information about it, follow the link here.


The Culture Diary is a free worldwide calendar of UK culture uploaded by over 14,000 UK organisations covering every art form. Once registered you can: upload events, stories and services, search the UK culture directory and connect with peers. To find out more and to register to view follow the link here.



Without Walls have commissioned a guide to promote good practice amongst festivals and events that are involved in the outdoor arts network. Devised by FESTIVAL.ORG, led by Alex Covell in her role as the Without Walls Access Advisor. This guide outlines how Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) plans and delivers access provision across all of these various contexts and locations. The guide is also intended to complement other existing resources such as the ISAN (now Outdoor Arts UK) Access Toolkit. You can download the guide here.



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 info@unstoppableftv.com.

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


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?

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