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Theatre Artists Fund - 2nd round

Application Deadline: Thursday 10 September (12pm)

The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector.

Applicants can be considered for a one-off emergency grant of £1K to go towards living costs.

Applications for the second round of funding are now open. Full information and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Jacksons Lane - Space for Artists

Application Deadline: 1 September

Dates: 1 Sept - 23 Oct (Mon-Fri, 10am - 5pm)

During September and October 2020, Jacksons Lane (Highgate, London) will be offering eight weeks’ worth of in-kind space – across two studios and their theatre – for circus artists to train, rehearse and develop work, thanks to Arts Council England’s emergency funding. As the UK’s leading venue for contemporary circus, they are committed to providing essential support to artists who need it most and revitalising the contemporary circus sector. Deadline to apply Sept 1st. Read more and apply here.

Wired Aerial Theatre - Board Member Recruitment

Application Deadline: Wednesday 2nd September (12pm)

Wired Aerial Theatre is searching for an enthusiastic, skilled and diverse range of Board members to steer and support the organisation.

Wired is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, and specialises in creating inventive aerial productions with the use of flyable set pieces as well as performer / animation interaction. We also consult with directors / choreographers and celebrities to enable them to make aerial productions/events.

Invention and creativity forms the basis of all work we do, whether that is within higher education or for our larger scale productions. Wired tours both nationally and internationally and is recognised as a leader in aerial performance.

Creating and maintaining an effective Board culture is vital to Wired to ensure good decision-making, healthy debate and challenge as well as setting the tone for the organisation. At Wired we want to cultivate a diverse Board with members driven by creative thinking, honesty, professionalism, reliability, and considered risk taking.

We are ideally seeking people from a range of diverse backgrounds who are based not too far away from Wired in Liverpool. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with experience in Diversity and Inclusion, Marketing and Communications, Finance, Fundraising, Legal Matters and Performing Arts to support the company as it responds to COVID19, with plans to emerge stronger and more effective going forwards. Some experience of working with refugees would also be valued.

This is a voluntary role but if you feel that this may be a barrier to your involvement we are able to offer a fee for your time at £25 per hour to attend meetings and £15 per hour for travel.

Candidates should:

  • Demonstrate an eagerness to be involved with Wired Aerial Theatre
  • Understand their responsibilities and act with due care, diligence and skill
  • Be able to publicly advocate for Wired Aerial Theatre
  • Be an advocate for diversity and inclusion, which lies at the heart of all we do

Please go to the Opportunities page on our website for full instructions on how to apply.

National Arts Bodies - Funding for Individuals

Arts Council England

On Wednesday 22 July, we re-opened Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants, our fund for all individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for an arts, museums or libraries project that shows public benefit. Most importantly, we've updated our guidance so we can support more individuals and creative practitioners during the Covid-19.

Key changes we’ve made for the time being include: removing the need for applicants to source match-funding; giving individuals time and space to think and plan with their funding; and making more museums and libraries projects eligible for funding.

For more information, see here.

Last updated on 03/08/2020.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland's project funding scheme (Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development) is open year round for applications.

Individuals and organisations can apply for grants of up to £15K, or up to £50K for larger projects.

For full information about the fund, see here.

Last updated on 03/08/2020


Arts Council of Wales

ACW have suspended applications to their regular funding programmes, having previously diverted resources to emergency funding schemes in response to COVID.

Additional support may be available through a new Cultural Recovery Fund, jointly administered by ACW and the Welsh government, the latter of whom will be managing funds for freelance creatives. Applications are expected to open later in August. Keep an eye here for updates.

Last updated on 03/08/2020.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

ACNI have suspended applications to their regular funding programmes, but have opened a new Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme. This offers grants of between £1.2K and £5K to support individuals' creative development. See here for more information. Application deadline is Monday 17 August.

Last updated on 03/08/2020.

Residencies at Chameleon Theatre, Berlin

It pains us a lot to see our theater empty and at the same time to know the difficult situation for artists. With the desire to pull off something positive this time, we would like to use our house and its resources to give you space and time for new ideas and residences.

If you are specifically working on a contemporary circus project and are looking for premises, send us an application by e-mail to mail@chamaeleon-productions.com with:

- a short project description including number of participants
- Objective of artistic discussion
- Your expectations of us
- Your desired time slot for the residence
- Your technical needs.

Please note that a residency exclusively includes the use of space and exchange with us, but cannot include any concrete performances at the moment. Also, remember that we are all in times of many rules and regulations and that the work must be implemented in compliance with the hygiene standards in Berlin. We will review all applications asap and get back to you with our feedback.

Posted on 06/08/2020.

2021 Residencies at centre de création, France

We are looking for innovative companies who would benefit from using our rehearsal facilities and working spaces at the centre de création. The centre is located in the heart of the Dordogne region in South West France. The centre de création is a non-profit organisation and was originally a working farm, harvesting tobacco, wine and walnuts now fully converted into studios, rehearsal spaces, offices and accommodation. It is a beautiful, quiet place that facilitates research, development and creation.

We are looking for professional artists and companies who first and foremost have a creative idea they would like to develop into an act, number, or show and take part in community-based creative living at the centre de création. Come and balance creative time in the studio with active time in nature.

We offer two types of residencies: 

  • independent residency – by negotiation dependent on project status
  • redfest residency – for artists interested in performing at our biannual festival in 2021

For full details and how to apply, see here. 

Contact: abigail@centredecreation.com

Posted on 13/07/2020.

Support for Theatre Professionals - Funds & Charities

In light of the closure of many UK theatres due to the Covid-19 virus, leading theatrical charities have come together to centralise information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry. For a list of funds, charities and resources available, see here.

Equity Benevolent Fund

Full Equity Members may apply for Equity's Benevelent Fund. Claims can be made for urgent, one-off expenses like bills. Typical claims range from £60 - £350. See here for details.