Opportunities Round Up 20.11.2020

Our weekly opportunities round up is here again. We have slightly altered the layout, to hopefully make it a bit easier to find things that may suit you. We are also excited to be collaborating with the Everyman and Playhouse theatres to bring you the weekly notices.

Going forward we will be keeping in information regarding the foodbanks, so if you have any knowledge of places you think would be good to share, please do let us know.

As always we hope you find something useful.


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.

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.


No Deadline to apply


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 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.

Deadlines to Apply

Applications are now open for The Yard’s Live Labs. 6 artists will each receive a bursary of £1200 to support them taking part in the programme. They will also receive a £500 fee for a week of research and development in April, alongside free rehearsal space, a budget of £1000 for collaborators, and the opportunity to share their ideas on The Yard’s stage. The programme also includes 3 weeks of teaching from world renowned director Katie Mitchell, followed by weekly masterclasses from some of the UK’s most brilliant theatre practitioners, leaders and artists.

For more information click here.

Deadline: 30th November

Blackburne House are a Liverpool based charity designed to support the development and upskill of women. They currently have grants available to help those women in need right now.

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.

The Fabulous folks at Paperwork Theatre have got some new date for their Play-Dates. These are a mix of practical workshops and also a chance for a Christmas social gathering. For more details on dates and what workshops are available to attend click here.

The Painkiller Project is a monthly playwriting project from Bitter Pill Theatre with a small £150 prize for each winning play.

The winning play will be produced and released fortnightly as a podcast.

You can find more information and how to apply when the next round opens here.

Next Application round: Monday 30th November (10am) until Thursday 3 December (10pm) 2020

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

Upstart Theatre are offering six artists or companies a seed commission of £1,000 to go towards the making of a new, 30-minute, in development piece of playable theatre or performance, on the theme of ‘We Demand a Better Future’. Each commissioned show will be performed three times at DARE Festival 5, and each commissioned artist/company will attend three artist development sessions (with a small fee), expert mentoring, and support from Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director and Producer.

Find more information including the application form here.

Deadline to apply: 2nd December.


The lovely folks at Open Culture have put an open call out for LightNight2021. The theme is Play and they have artists commissions and In-Kind Programming available to apply for.

For more details, follow the link here.

Artist commission deadline: 6th December 2020

In-Kind Programming and Late Openings deadline: 17 December 2020

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.


With Deadlines

The Octagon Bolton currently have an online writing workshop for only £7 with playwright Sarah McDonald-Hughes. Happening on the 25th November.

Nouveau Riche have opened their first ever submissions window, aimed specifically at Writers of Colour with work ready to produce. They are looking for full length plays and plays with music (no traditional musicals) running at 60 minutes or more.

For more information click here.

Deadline: Friday 18th December 2020.

Leeds Playhouse have put out a casting call looking for UK based trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists. It is for a musical stage project in 2021.

No formal training or experience is necessary but must be a confident singer.

For more information and to register your interest email Jacob Sparrow at jacobsparrowcasting@gmail.com by Tuesday 15 December.