The Polka Playwriting Award will champion exceptional playwriting and the important creation of new work for Young Audiences.

Through this award we want to draw attention to the quality, rigour and imagination needed to write for and inspire such an exciting audience base, who are so often overlooked, and the wonderful rewards that can come from this process. We want to celebrate writers, discover bold stories and new voices, and we encourage writers at any stage of their career to apply.

Prize:

• Full play commission under Writers’ Guild rates and associated Royalty.
• Script published with our Award Partners, Methuen Drama.
• Production staged at Polka Theatre, in Polka’s Adventure Theatre, within 2 years of the script being selected.

Italia Conti’s MA Creative Arts Education programme is designed to nurture and develop innovative and individual teachers and practitioners, who embody and apply specialist skills and techniques supported by grounded knowledge of industry practices, contexts, and the emerging requirements that empower graduates for a sustainable career in various educational contexts including further education, higher education and conservatoire-style drama schools.

The programme is validated by the University of Chichester. Full government funding is available through Postgraduate funding for Home students.

Italia Conti’s MA Creative Arts Practice programme is designed to nurture and develop innovative and individual artists, creatives and practitioners, who embody and apply specialist skills and techniques supported by grounded knowledge of industry practices, contexts, and the emerging requirements that empower graduates for a sustainable career in various performing arts based contexts including creative arts leadership and management, education, arts administration, fundraising and development, and performance practice.

The programme is validated by University of Chichester. Full government funding is available through Postgraduate funding for Home students.

Early Career Promoter Fund recognises the vital role independent promoters play in supporting the talent pipeline across England, and offers grant funding and capacity building support, with the aim of bolstering the local, regional and national ecosystems.

Grants of up to £3,500 will be available to support a range of activity, including:

The new fund aims to help emerging promoters to do what they do best – book and promote shows to develop scenes, support artists and DJs and to reach and engage audiences locally, regionally, and nationally, and build sustainable careers in the grassroots music sector. Those receiving support will be able to step up to book and promote talent at a scale beyond their current level, and build their capacity, skills and networks.

Funded by the Spotify Creator Equity Fund which was set up to promote diversity and inclusivity for artists and creators.

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