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Opportunities Round Up 18.02.2021

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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.






Cumbria’s Solfest are offering funding grants between £100 - £1,000 to create site specific installations at this year’s event. The festival takes place in August and the line-up include Razorlight and Echo and the Bunnymen. Find more info here.

Deadline: 28 February


LEVEL (Derbyshire) are seeking bold, ambitious and cutting edge ideas to support their mission in celebrating the Art that Difference Makes, developing your creative practice alongside producing high-quality projects for, by and with adults with disabilities Please note, this company will only accept applications from UK-based Artists and Companies who either identify as disabled or whose work is suitable for adults with disabilities and the wider community. Fee: £2000. For more information follow the link here.

Deadline: 1 March for Residency in March/April.


Out and About are looking to commission 2 QTIPOC (Queer/Transgender/Intersex People of Colour) performance makers or writers to each create a short digital piece 5 - 10 minutes in duration, in response to the RAMM collections. It is to be written and performed by the commissioned artists. The content created will be shared digitally, and commissioned artists will also be asked to speak about the work produced at an online event. To find out more about the project and how to apply follow the link here.

Deadline to apply: 5th March 2021.


Applications are open for the Jerwood Creative Bursaries, which is designed to support 50 salaried positions at various arts and cultural organisations. Many have been announced and are now open with some North West opportunities still to be opened. For more information and to see which are currently available follow the link here.




BlackFest currently have a number of projects available for application for both the public and artists alike.

Self – Love Film – Youth Project: For young people that identify as Black and will use creative writing and visual arts to explore Self-Love, Identity and Heritage. This is an educational project utilising film, creative writing and visual arts enabling freedom of expression whilst learning new skills such as filming and editing.

Origins of House is an intergenerational project aimed at bringing together and creating dialogue between generations through exploring roots and Black Contributions in the House Music Genre.

Hip Hop for All are curated workshops to make Hip Hop Dance arts more accessible for those who identify as disabled. Participants will work with an experienced facilitator committed to accessibility, to explore dance movement, music and sounds with a sharing of a group performance. Sessions held via zoom.

The deadline to apply for theses projects is 26th February 2021 and you can find out more information about them here.

The company is also introducing The BlackFest Writer's Room supported by Liverpool's Everyman and Playhouse and the Royal Court. A FREE writer's programme aimed at creating a safe space for new writers to work towards showcasing that play they have started or have been meaning to write. Participants will develop a 15 minute piece of writing for theatre in fortnightly sessions from March – June 2021. The final plays will be staged as rehearsed readings at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in June 2021. For more information and how to apply follow the link here.

Deadline for entries: 7th March 2021


The latest round of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Local Business Support Grants are now open. The fund is open to those businesses that have not yet been able to access previous support. Those that can apply include self-employed/Sole trader/home-based businesses / licensed market traders working in or supplying the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Businesses should apply through their council.

Deadline to apply: 5.00 pm on Friday 26 February 2021.


Freelancers in the Dark have launched a survey asking theatre freelancers to reflect on their personal experience of the pandemic. If you consider yourself a freelancer in theatre, the survey is now open. There are 32 questions and it takes around 20 minutes to complete.

It is open until 12PM GMT February 28th, 2021. Find more information here.


Homotopia Festival's Open call and Artist Development Programme is now open. They are asking that submissions for the Open call be fully formed and from theatre makers and producers, visual artists and performance artists who identify as LGBTQIA. The Artist Development programme is open to early-career artists and runs for 12 months. 

For more information about the Open Call, follow the link here.

For the Artist Development programme follow the link here.

Deadline: 10am on Tuesday 9 March 2021.​


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 for more information.


​As part of The Living Planet season, FACT are hosting Framework for Resilience, a three-part series of online conversations which bring together activists, artists, researchers and educators. They are FREE and you can find info on booking a space here.


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.






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.


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.


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.


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.




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


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 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.


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