Category Archives: Funding and Bursaries

Live Theatre ‘Live Lab’ open for submissions for £2000 bursary

Submissions are now open for Live Theatre’s annual £2000 Live Lab Bursary to develop a new piece of theatre. Ideas should be outstanding, imaginative, theatrical and say something new and unexpected.

Bursary winners receive dramaturgical and producing support, space for R&D and rehearsals, and the opportunity to have their work performed at Live Theatre, often as part of Elevator Festival. Bursary winners are selected through an open call out launched in spring each year.

How to Apply:  Please email your proposal of no more than 500 words or 1 side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work to You may also want to include images and video links of the idea or previous projects.   For more information, visit the website.

Deadline: Friday 16 March, 5pm

Source: Direct contact

Call for Commissions for LightNight Liverpool 2017 with Open Culture (£1,000 commission)

LightNight, Liverpool’s late night arts festival, returns on Friday 19 May 2017.

The next installment of one of Liverpool’s biggest and best loved cultural events will be themed around the phenomenon of Time.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this special night and showcase your offer to thousands of visitors of all ages! Last year the festival received more than 72,000 visits in a single night, with more than 100 special events staged across 50 city centre venues.

Open Culture has secured Arts Council funding for a maximum of ten artistic commissions, of up to £1000, for the 2017 programme.

Selection will be based on the quality of your idea and your ability to deliver the work within the timescales and budget.

What to submit:  They are looking for emerging or established artists living or working in the UK. Proposals in any artform are welcome including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, performance, installation, light art or any combination of these.

They are looking for high-quality projects that are thought-provoking and engaging to the senses exploring the 2017 theme which is Time.

What you get: Successful projects will receive up to £1000 for all artist fees and materials.

These commissions will present opportunities for artists to create work which is:

– presented as part of a major festival that reaches a large and varied audience
– made in collaboration with a new organisation or venue
– challenging but accessible for new audiences

How to apply:  Be sure to read the full brief before applying. Your proposal should be no more than 3-4 sides of A4 and should include:

−Outline of your idea. Tell the team about your proposed activity and how it explores the theme of Time. What would the audience experience be? Tell them  why it’s a high quality artistic offer.
− If your activity is performance-based or will take place across multiple locations, please provide details of the number of performances / locations.
− Budget breakdown to include fees for planning and delivery, travel, materials and equipment. Please include any in-kind support (free use of equipment, etc) where appropriate.
− Confirmation of PLI insurance − Details of one or two relevant past projects, which show your experience of producing high-quality artistic work − Images or weblinks to support your proposal
− If you have suggestions or conformation of locations or venues please include details
− If there is a particular organisation or university department you would be interested in working with please include details.

Please email your proposal to

Deadline: Sunday 8 January 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award (£32,000 grant)

The purpose of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award is, in particular, to help the development of emerging practitioners in the field of experimental theatre, and, in general, to encourage the new generation of creative artists.

The award is for a company or individual to create either a show to be performed for The Pit Theatre, Barbican, or a site-responsive, non-traditional show to take place in the east London or in the City of London. The winning show, either in The Pit or, if site-responsive, elsewhere, will be part of the Barbican Theatre & Dance season.

The Award comprises:

  • Research and Development grants of up to £2,500 each
  • A production grant of up to £32,000. The size of the production grant (up to this amount) will depend on the scale of the show and a justified production budget
  • A mentor for the project
  • In-kind support from the Barbican, including press, marketing and some technical and administrative support

Eligibility:  You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Long-term normal residents of the UK or Ireland (3 years or more).
  • Demonstrable commitment to British or Irish performing arts.
  • Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Production experience i.e. at least two or three fringe, or similar scale, productions in either the UK or Ireland.
  • All proposals must have an artistic leader attached to it, i.e. director or choreographer, who must be a long-term normal resident of the UK or Ireland (3 years or more).

Thowe NOT eligible to apply include:

  • Those in full-time education.
  • Artists or companies who have already had several main stage shows, or worked repeatedly with leading theatre venues, or are already well established artists or companies.
  • Companies that are Regularly Funded Organisations from the Arts Council.
  • Shows with a previous production history (excluding Research and Development work).
  • Proposals without an artistic leader (e.g., a director, choreographer).

How to apply:  Application forms (and additional information on how to apply) can be downloaded via the Barbican website.

Applications should be emailed to  Late applications and those other than by email will not be accepted.  Please ensure you have read the additional information (attached below), especially the eligibility criteria.

Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award welcome applications from a range of diverse backgrounds. The Barbican also welcomes applications from disabled and non-disabled people and invite individuals to get in touch if they have specific access requirements.

Deadline:  5 December 2016

Source:  Barbican email list

The MMBF Trust offering £250 fund for creative projects

This MMBF Trust -funded opportunity provides 10 groups or individuals with £250 to help kick-start their creative projects. In the past MMBF Trust has funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. Whatever creative field you work in, they will consider your application.

• An innovative and highly visual creative
• A strong concept for a work of art and exploring artistic methods in line with modern technology.
• Proposals specifically conceived and created to inspire, educate and entertain.
• Proposals that will develop the applicants skills and experience whilst allowing them to grow in their chosen profession.

How to apply: download the application form from Hiive

Deadline:  31 December 2016

Source: Hiive

BFI Bursaries available for The Screen Arts Institute

The Screen Arts Institute, in Assocation with the BFI, is recruiting filmmakers for their Professional Story Development & Marketing Scheme. The programme starts in February 2017 and runs through to April 2018.  They will help you develop/further develop a feature or major TV project, package it, and market it to financiers and industry.

They work with the best on both sides of the Altantic and pitch your projects direct to the likes of; Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, FilmFour, Working Title Films, HBO, the BBC, ITV Studios etc

“Recent members of our institute have sold and made their projects to and with; Universal, Curzon/Artificial Eye, the Weinstein Company, the BBC, Channel 4, Fox Searchlight and so on.

We are looking for savvy, talented filmmakers (writers, directors, producers) who have a feature film or major TV project to develop. Our places are limited to around 20 and we will routinely receive over 200 good applications for those places.”

They have two BFI-sponsored bursaries available at this time – see the link below for more information about the scheme, fees and possible sources of financial support.

 “(We operate a rolling process. The sooner you apply the better your chances. We make most offers before the end of November.)”

Applicants must email the materials listed below to

1. Please email a logline and one-page pitch of the major project that you think you’d like to develop while on our programme. (600 words max. Use Courier 12pt)

2. An example of your screenwriting (any length but it must be a piece of fiction). And, If you are a director/producer – an example of a completed film/TV project (vimeo link or similar).

3. An analysis of a scene from a film that you have found particularly powerful, with an emphasis on analyzing how the film-makers have achieved this power. At the same time, they would like you to offer suggestions on how, perhaps, the scene could be improved. (400 words max.)

4. A CV of your educational background and all relevant professional experience.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a half-day workshop/assessment process. There is a £50 fee for the workshops, but this is redeemable against the offer of a bursary or if a filmmaker takes up a place offered.

Deadline: 4 November 2016

Source: Hiive

Arvon Grants available for writing courses

Arvon is a UK-based organisation which commercially runs creative writing courses and retreats. However, if you’re a writer who can’t afford the fees but feels their programmes could be useful, you can check out their grants initiative.

Arvon told us, ‘Grants are for writers who are unable to afford our full course fees and are not awarded on the basis of writing ability but on your desire to write.’

Individuals can apply for any amount, right up to the full course fee. Arvon also stated, ‘Last year we were able to help more than 90% of all writers who applied.’

Two grants are offered – ‘Low Income Grants’ and ‘Teachers Grants’. For the latter you’ll need to provide proof that you’re a practising teacher of English at a UK state primary school, secondary school or further education college.

Arvon’s programmes aim to cover all levels of experience, from beginners to emerging and published writers and they’re tutored by industry figures including Sinead Morrissey, Simon Armitage, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Willy Russell.

If you’re interested in applying for an Arvon grant, visit their official website.

Deadline: none posted

Source: BBC Writersroom

Van Eyck Call for Applications for Residency (€65 registration fee)

The Van Eyck invites artists, designers, photographers, architects, landscape architects, curators, writers, and thinkers to apply for a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie for 6 up to 12 months.

The Van Eyck is an international multiform organization for fine art, design, and reflection. Successful applicants will have their own studio and a programme to produce work for.

For a full list of the relevant information click here.

What to submit: There is an online application form and applicants must submit a resume, a project proposal, a documentation of past work and your first ideas concerning an in-Lab.

How to apply: The online form is submitted through the webpage and the accompanying documents must be submitted as a pdf file no larger than 10 MB.

Deadline: 3 October 2016

Source: Playwrights’ Studio Scotland

Live Lab Bursary 2016 seeking innovative approaches to text-based performance (£2000)

Submissions are now open for Live Theatre’s £2,000 Live Lab Bursary to develop a new piece of theatre.

Live Theatre, Newcastle is the home of new theatre in the North East and Live Lab is the creative space that allows it to flourish. It offers a platform and support to writers, theatre makers and artists to test bed their creativity.

What you get: The bursary winner will receive £2000 to help in the development of a new piece of theatre, dramaturgical and producing support, two weeks rehearsal/R&D space at Live Theatre and a performance slot in the Work-in-progress night at the Live Lab Elevator festival in February 2017.

Previous outstanding bursary winners have been Lists for the End of the World by fanSHEN, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp by Alison Carr and Captain Amazing by Alistair McDowall

“Receiving the bursary was really important for us. We had an idea for a show that wasn’t all that easy to explain and that fell between being new writing and collaboratively made work. Receiving the bursary was a really important vote of confidence; I’m really not sure if we’d have made the show without it. The money itself was obviously great but it was more than that – the belief in the idea.”   Rachel Briscoe – fanSHEN

The Live Lab Bursary is specifically aimed at individuals, collaborations or companies who have an innovative approach to text based performance

In their own words: “We want to see something new and unexpected so send us your ideas and tell us what you have to say.”

How to Apply: Please send proposals on one side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work.

You may also want to send images and video links of the idea or previous projects.

How to apply: Proposals should be sent to by

Interviews will be eld for shortlisted applicants in the week commencing Monday 3 October 2016.

Deadline: Sunday 18 September 2016

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Adam Morley and Actor Awareness bursary for writers

Actor Awareness and Adam Morley are releasing a bursary where a writer can win £1000 for new writing.

Here are the details as quoted on the Actor Awareness website.
● We are looking for a plethora of new writing part of The Adam Morley and Actor Awareness bursary. The shows can be about anything and written by anyone. The only rules are it has to be new writing ( the piece cannot have been shown in a theatre already, however scratch nights are accepted) you can not attach a CV as we are running it as a blind casting, so just your name, a short synopsis and your new writing submission. The peice can be no more than 15 minutes long and has to be submitted by the deadline on the 30th of September. Please send all submissions to
● After the deadline for submissions close we organise a day where we get a neutral actor, writer and director to sit on a small panel and listen to a small group of actors read each 15 min piece to us and we whittle it down to a final 20.
● Once the final 15-20 has been chosen we bring each play in for an audition day at a theatre. The writer will cast, direct and prepare their show, ready to perform their 15 min piece to a panel and choose a final 6 shows.
● Once the final 6 is chosen, we bring them into a scratch night performance, where the chosen casts perform in front of an invited diverse audience, who vote for winner to win the 1k to be turned into a full length show with award winning producer and director Adam Morley and a run in a theatre.
For full submission details: see the website.
Deadline: 30 September 2016
Source: @steffieegg12

Shonibare Studio open to proposals from guest artists for 2017

Shonibare Studio is the studio of artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The studio also hosts a project space that serves a laboratory of artistic experimentation.

Guest Projects is an initiative concieved by Shonibare Studio (UK) to offer an opportunity for projects of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music, film screenings, seminars and talks on any subject) to have access to a free space for 1 month. Experimental projects are particularly welcome.

There will be six projects in 2017. Winning proposals will be allocated a specific month and given flexibility in their use of the space.  It is important that you are able produce your own show covering all production costs, including the following:

. Funding
. Publicity
. Materials
. Power costs
. Invigilating costs

Please no artist solo shows. Only Group shows (with two or more participants) will be considered.

How to apply:  Please download the application form and submit your proposals online at:

Deadline: Sunday 31 July 2016 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Jobs