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.

The winning writer will receive £3,000 and a 9-month mentoring programme with a leading Black British playwright.

The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English. Entrants must confirm on their CV that that they are of African or Caribbean descent.

Entries are online only and must be received no later than 5pm, Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. The programme is 30 years old and has a history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK.

Applications for Connections 2025 are now open, and will close on Monday 8 July 2024 at midday.

Every year, Connections commissions new plays for young people to perform. The programme brings together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. In 23/24, we worked with over 250 youth companies from every corner of the UK.

Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.

The support you get will depend on your needs. Through Access to Work, you can apply for:

The Stage Scholarships is teaming up with Razzamataz Theatre Schools once again to offer free training on its one-year, part-time performing arts course.

Course: One-year, part-time performing arts
Educational level: 
School age (after school/weekend)

Number of scholarships offered: More than 50 around the UK
Value of scholarship: 
Across all the schools, this is in the region of £46,000
What costs are covered? 
Fees only
Where is the school? 
Various UK sites

How to apply: Go to Razzamataz website, fill in the online form and upload your two-minute video highlighting what you can do –  whether it’s street dance, musical theatre, drama or pop singing

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

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