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Opportunities Round Up 27.11.2020

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We have regular ongoing links, and some that have deadlines.

Anything new will have a New This Week sticker next to it.

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

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.


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


CreArt Cities Network have put a call out for a Liverpool digital/graphic designer/street artist to help with the creation and installation of a site specific mural within the Chinatown area of Liverpool at Great George Square.

Artists can apply as an individual to be paired with an artist on the CreArt network or as a pre arranged pairing.

Registrations will be made before December 1st 2020

For all of the details about the criteria and how to apply click here.


Kuumba Imani's L8 A Better Place are commissioning an artist with experience of creating comic strip artwork that tells the story of L8 A Better Place.

Expression of interest by Thursday 3rd December at 9am.

Contact Email:

Link to original tweet with a description of the brief.


The Bush Theatre has opened up the submission window for unsolicited scripts.

They are looking for playwrights that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion. We’re interested in voices and stories that reflect the diversity of contemporary society and plays that are provocative and entertaining.

They also have an emerging writers group and two of the group will be chosen from this year's unsolicited submissions. They have committed to meet at least 25 writers via phone or in person meetings and 100 more will receive feedback via email.

All the information about the project and the application form can be found here.

Submissions are being accepted from now until: 23:59 on 10th January 2021.


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


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




With Deadlines


The fab people at Freelancers Make Theatre Work have collaborated with fight director Kombat Kate to offer free stage combat and boxing classes over zoom throughout Nov and Dec.

They are weekly on a Tuesday at 10am. To join the classes follow the link to the zoom 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.


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 by Tuesday 15 December.




The Studio Widnes have a range of sessions online during the 2nd Lockdown. If you want to take part you can do so by contacting them on the email or texting the phone number in the flyer.


Comics Youth are hosting Free spoken word poetry workshops over Discord every Friday 5-6pm for those aged 16-25.

If you are interested in attending then give them an email at for more information.


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


One of the things to happen during the lockdown was the creation of the Freelancer Taskforce. It involved many people doing sterling work to champion the plight of freelancers. (We had some great representatives in Liverpool supported by the Everyman and Playhouse.)

Co-founders of the blog The Uncultured, Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney were members of the taskforce and have created a document, which is a really interesting read. It reflects upon how organisations can help with supporting freelancers and gives great food for thought.

The blog itself is also worth checking out as they offer support for bid writing and one to one consultations.


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.


Collective Creative Initiative is a project created by the people behind Pearson Casting.

A fantastic project, it is in essence, a bucket load of FREE resources for everyone consisting of 30 hours of online classes and workshops. All webinars are free and fully funded until December 1st 2020.

To check it out and see what webinars, online classes and Q&A's are happening and how to access them, follow the link 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.


That's us for this week!


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