We are offering £500 in funding to 25 young creatives aged 13-30.

Our RISE scheme supports young creatives in overcoming barriers to developing their creative practice who are based in the South East and parts of the South West – view the map. Spanning the wide range of UK creative industries, the funding aims to empower and invest in the next generation of artists and creators.

Deadline: 6pm, Sunday 30 June 2024

A professional development programme for early career dance and music artists. A programme of networking, intensive weekends, mentoring and access to studio space.

Thrive 2024, offered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, is a professional development initiative designed for independent dance and music professionals. Tailored to the needs of early-career artists, this programme aims to cultivate a fresh network of peers, equip participants with essential skills for sustaining their artistic careers, and foster an entrepreneurial mindset through a series of workshops, discussions, mentorship, and training sessions.

Over the course of four intensive weekends at the Trinity Laban campuses in South East London, attendees will engage in a variety of sessions covering topics such as self-sustainability in the arts (including managing a diverse career portfolio, enhancing social media and marketing skills, navigating arts funding, and mastering financial management including tax and contracts), as well as specialised workshops focusing on technique and skill enhancement within their respective art forms.

Networking opportunities, with guest speakers and facilitators providing platforms for creative exchange, skill sharing, and personal and professional growth. Additionally, participants will benefit from mentoring and Action Learning Sets, receiving three hours of personalised guidance from seasoned professionals either online or in person throughout the programme.

Access to studio space for research and rehearsals during the summer months will be provided, with potential avenues to showcase created works to the rest of the cohort.

Musicians at any point in their career can really benefit from learning new skills, taking time to hone their craft or working with peers and mentors to grow and develop as creators.

This strand of support can provide up to £1,500 to help you take advantage of opportunities that enhance your skills or artistic practice, available whenever you need it. This could be a virtual conference to learn more about the industry, an online course to enhance your skills, one-to-one coaching or an online masterclass with an expert, or perhaps some time to work with a mentor.

This support is specific to your career needs, so you can specify opportunities relevant to your own circumstances and ambitions. - whatever you need to feel confident in making your next move.

Support to grow through training, mentorship or other learning opportunities...

We can provide up to £1,500 to help you enhance your skills or artistic practice. Whatever your circumstances and ambitions — you can apply for support that is specific to your career needs.

This can be anything from a conference to learn more about the industry, to a course to enhance your skills; from one-on-one coaching to some time with a mentor.

If you are on a higher or further education course lasting at least one year that is preparing you for work as a performer or creative practitioner, you can become an Equity Student Member as soon as you start your course.

The current cost of Student Membership can be found on our subscription rates page. We’ll reserve your professional name, give you access to your local Equity branch, and help you to develop your business skills with regular FEU training at workshops around the country and online. In addition you’ll receive £2 million worth of Public Liability Insurance, and you’ll be invited to exclusive student member events around the UK.

Think of Equity student membership as a kick-start into the profession. It will help you build networks and communities beyond your course, and give you access to information and advice on your chosen profession (both on our website and in our branches) that you simply won’t get elsewhere.

By joining Equity you are taking an important step in your career. You are becoming part of an organisation with strong influence and nearly eight decades’ experience of successfully protecting the rights of artists and, when you finish your studies, the next step is to move into full Equity membership. This gives you a strong voice within your profession and access to a bigger range of membership benefits.

Benefits include:

Equity Bursary Scheme: Two annual awards of £500. Students are proposed by their tutors.

“Create” funds the development and creation of high-quality arts experiences that help creative individuals and organisations engage with and connect to the public

“Create” is about providing opportunities for individuals and organisations to produce and present their best work. This can mean funding the production and presentation of work, the development of new ideas and / or supporting individual or organisations to develop through training or business growth and change

“Create” supports our priorities as set out in our corporate plan, “For the Benefit of All”. This programme area will help us to meet our priorities around equalities, diversity, the Welsh language, nurturing creative talent and supporting sector resilience

We can accept applications for funding of between £500 and £50,000 (£100,000 in exceptional circumstances for organisations including festivals by prior agreement with your Development Officer).

We’re able to accept applications of up to £10,000 at any time. Please bear in mind that you need to allow a minimum of 6 working weeks between the date you submitted your application and the start date for your project. For applications over £10,000, check our website for the deadlines.

Dance and Drama Award (DaDa) aims to help with fees and living costs at one of 17 private dance and drama schools.

When applying direct to the dance and drama school you want to go to you must tell them you want to apply for a DaDA.

You must be aged 16 to 23 and show talent and a likelihood to succeed in the industry.

The amount you receive depends on:
- Your household income
- Where you live and study
- Download the national scales to find out how much you could get.

To be eligible you must:
- Be an EU citizen and have been living in the EU for 3 continuous years immediately before the start of your course
- Have ‘settled status’
- Have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK
- To get help with living costs you must be from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

You must be studying for one of these Trinity College London Diplomas:
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting (3 years)
- Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting (1 year)
- Level 5 Diploma in Professional Dance (Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance) (2 years)
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance (3 years)
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre (3 years)

You must be aged 16 to 23 for dance courses.
You must be aged 18 to 23 for acting courses.

Support towards creating your next release and getting your music out into the world...

Help Musicians can support you to create new music and share it with the world. Whether it’s studio time, mastering, or promotion around a release, we can help you to record and release your music.

This support focuses not only on your music creation, but on your wellbeing and long-term business development.

Awardees receive:
- up to £3,000 in financial support towards creative output

- one-to-one business advice sessions tailored to your needs and delivered via experienced music industry professionals

- personal health consultation with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), covering all aspects of your physical and mental health, with specialist referrals where required

National Lottery Project Grants supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until 31 August 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

Funding activity: Arts, museums and libraries projects

Key dates: National Lottery Project Grants is open all the time, there are no deadlines.

You can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 towards the cost of touring where it is possible to show the clear impact it will have on your career development.

We understand the impact live performance and touring can have on a musician’s professional development, it's important for building your fanbase, increasing confidence and developing your performing skills, as well as offering you a chance to test new ideas. In the future, you may also find that touring could become an important part of your income generation.

We recognise that musicians work best when they maintain their creativity, health and careers simultaneously, so in addition to the financial support offered as part of this grant, you will receive business advice to help grow your skills, and guidance on healthy practice to support you in maintaining your wellbeing.

Awardees receive:
- up to £5,000 in financial support towards touring and live activities.

- one-to-one business advice sessions tailored to your needs and delivered via experienced music industry professionals, supported by Jonathan Robinson at ThinkMusic

- one-to-one health consultation with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) professionals, covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required

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