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Opportunities Round up 28/08/2020

Welcome one and all the weekly opportunities round up from March for The Arts. This is a list of all the opportunities we have seen this week:

For those who work in Theatre

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.


Theatre Artists Fund (also known as the Netflix fund) opens for 2nd round

The Theatre Artists Fund has opened for round 2 thanks to £1m from Arts Council England. Info about how to apply here


Deadline 1st September

Camden People's Theatre have three fantastic paid opportunities:

Outside the Box is a commission for 4 pieces of new work tailored to the era of social distancing.

Starting Blocks 2021 invites artist to create innovative new projects, as part of a peer network encouraging engaging collaboration between participants.

Seed Commissions for artists from marginalised backgrounds - 9 seed commissions to artists from marginalised backgrounds, to support the development of innovate new theatre projects. These commissions are on offer in autumn 2020.


Are you an artist, theare-maker, creative, company or producer based in Greater Manchester? The Greater Manchester Artists Hub are offering 30 minute sessions to chat about creative ideas and offer advice on issues that are causing you concern. Sign up for a session here.


The Wingate Foundation have opened for applications for funding. They fund Performing Arts and Music Projects. Check it out to see if you're eligible.


Outdoor Theatre

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.



Based in Liverpool and always wanted a career in cabaret? Seeking applications from BIPOC performer who wants to break into the cabaret circuit.

For more info and an application form email


Liverpool based 2020 Musical Theatre Graduate? A new socially distanced cabaret series is launching at Frederiks on Hope St. The series is produced by Musical Director George Francis. Apply here.


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.


Backstage Only

ABTT and TONIC Theatre have teamed up to deliver four online seminars to explore the building blocks of creating a more diverse backstage workforce. Check them out.


For people who work in the 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.


Playwrights and Writers:

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.


If you're a playwright you'll be pleased to know there is a new playwrighting 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.


The Bruntwood Prize have published a fantastic toolkit for anyone who wants to make a start or develop their practice with playwriting. Check it out.


Theatre Uncut have opened their Political Playwriting Award for 2020. The winner will recieve £9,500 and the deadline for submissions is 7th October 2020. More info about the prize and how to submit is found here.


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.


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.


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.


Nonbinary and Trans artists

Unlimited are looking for more applications for their next round of commissions to come from learning disabled, nonbinary, trans and visually impaired artists. They're hosting a focus sessions for anyone interested in applying who would like more guidance or information.


Participatory Arts

Deadline Extended!

New Commission opens for high quality public art, that can communicate key public safety messaging in a community-focused, innovative and invigorating way. The commissions are worth £3000 and will run from September through til the end of October. This has been set up by COol and Public Health Liverpool and more information about the application criteria and process can be found here.


If you’re involved in participatory, community arts and social engagement you should check out Artschain. They meet monthly to discuss issues and share information and advice:


Film and TV crew

If you work in Film and TV and are a member of BECTU (you should be if you’re not) they have a brand new initiative to try to quantify the amount of overtime film and TV crews undertake in a hope to tackle the long hours culture of the industry. All the info is here.


Screen Skills are offering a ranger of online events, training and learning. You can also apply for mentoring, bursaries and funding. There's so many amazing opportunities you'll have to see it to believe it.


Museum Freelancers

Museum Freelance are offering 15 grants of £500 each for freelancers working in museums, heritage, galleries, archives and libraries in urgent need of critical financial support. Application deadline is 4th September. All the info is here.


And that's it for this week! If we've missed an opportunity that you know about, or something coming up you want to share, send us a email -

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