Jerwood Arts launches £660k fund for supporting creatives for a year

Jerwood Arts and three other independent funders have launched the Live Work Fund, £660,000 intended to support at least 33 UK artists, creatives and producers over 12 months with awards of £20,000 to adapt their approach to making and sharing live work.

It is for artists, creatives and producers with no more than ten years’ experience, based anywhere in the UK, whose practice pre-Covid-19 focused and relied on live performance. This includes those with artistic/creative practices based in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and performance as well as those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.

Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust are four independent funders who share a common aim to substantially support individuals whose work relies on live performance following the impact of COVID-19.

Awardees will also be able to call upon Jerwood Arts expert staff for advice and introductions, and established artist/creative mentors and other experts will be available to support career development, answer discipline-specific questions and signpost opportunities.

Deadline is Monday 16 November at 5pm. This information is also available as an Audio Recording or in an Easy Read version.

Read the criteria below and on the website before applying. Apply for the fund using the online form here.

Jerwood Arts is looking for innovative proposals from individuals or collaborations for how to use this supported year to transform your practice(s) to thrive in a changing future and make a positive contribution to your artistic/creative community.

Possible activities:

  • Testing and experimenting: for example with new ways of workshopping, rehearsing, composing, creating and devising
  • Developing new skills: for example in digital tech, techniques, methods
  • Developing new networks: for example practice specific, peer-learning and support
  • Developing new relationships with audiences: for example, exploring ideas about audience engagement

Possible outcomes could include:

  • Created new work and collaborated with others in new ways
  • Found new ways of working within COVID-19 restrictions
  • Created new and safe spaces for new live performance-based work to happen, including outside
  • Set up and/or supported new artistic/creative communities, made new connections and shared learning and discoveries with peers
  • Created a bold new direction for your practice, including setting out new lines of enquiry or research focus
  • Changed the scale of your work, downsizing as well as scaling up
  • Deepened your skills and understanding of the role that digital can play in your practice
  • Re-conceptualised what you think of as your audience and how to engage with them

Who is the fund for?

There is no educational requirement or age limit.

Applications are welcomed from individual artists, creatives and producers, and those who have an established collaborative practice, who:

  • are freelance/independent artists/creatives
  • have live performance at the heart of their practice, including in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.
  • think of their practice as including one or more of the following: acting, choreographing, composing (primarily for live performance), devising, designing (set, sound, video and lighting for the stage/live performance), directing, facilitating, movement work, performing, producing, writing (primarily for the stage/live performance).
  • are no more than ten years into beginning their professional artistic/creative practice at the time of applying
  • are based in the UK and have the legal right to work in the UK, and have the intention to continue residence within the UK until January 2022
  • have a professional track record with their practice in the arts and have worked professionally within the last 18 months.

Find more information on criteria and advice here. You may also take the quiz to see if the fund is right for you here.

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