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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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
CEDA Online are offering 2x £500 micro-commissions for d/Deaf and disabled artists of all disciplines to create new work to be profiled online, responding to the theme 'reimagining the normal'. For more information follow the link here.
Deadline: 5th February
Experimentica is a live art festival in Cardiff has put a call out for artists. Commissions will be for £1000. They are looking for UK based artists whose practice, prior to COVID, focused on live art or contemporary performance. For more information follow the link here.
Deadline: 23.59 Monday 1 February 2021
The Bee Friendly Trust has launched a nationwide competition to create a unique sculpture to be fabricated and installed in London Bridge Station. It is to be made primarily of recycled materials and capture the essence of the honey bee. For more information follow the link here.
Deadline for entries: 1st February 2021
Liverpool Biennial 2021, a-n The Artists Information Company and Open Culture are joining forces to offer five support and research bursaries of £1500 each for artists between March – June 2021, within the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial. In order to apply you will need to become an a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) member. To find out how to join and or submit, follow the link here.
Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 12 February 2021
Wild Rumpus have an open call for an artist/maker to design and create a large scale animal sculpture made from single use plastic bottles, to be displayed at Chester Zoo. Information about what is required of the artist and how to apply can be found here.
Deadline: Friday 12th February 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.
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.
The Octagon Bolton are currently accepting script submissions, particularly from North West based writers. They must be completed scripts and not first drafts. For more information and how to submit, follow the link here.
Deadline for submissions: 31st January 2021
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.
Without Walls have opened up their Discover Programme, aimed at artists and producers wanting to learn more about creating outdoor work. They consist of four sessions, throughout March. For more information and to register your interest, follow the link here.
Deadline to apply: 5th February 2021
Physical theatre company The Pappy Show are accepting applications for their mentoring programme. Open to all creatives at the start of their career who feel they would benefit from professional guidance. For details and how to apply follow the link here.
Deadline to apply: 6pm on Wednesday 3rd February.
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
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.
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.
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