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BBC Performing Arts Fund offers

BBC Performing Arts Fund offers

The BBC Performing Arts Fund will this year focus on supporting theatre. It is offering grants of up to £450,000 to the theatre sector to invest in creative talent.

The funding is generated by BBC shows like The Voice, which raise funds through phone votes at a minimum of 10p per call. Since 2003, the revenue generated through thesephone voting programmes has resulted in over £4 million of grants being awarded to emerging individuals and community groups working and performing in areas across the dance, music and theatre sectors.

There are two funding programmes, the Theatre Fellowship scheme and the Community Theatre scheme.

Theatre Fellowship scheme

This is deisgned to help an emerging theatre maker to progress their career. Professional theatre organisations who have slected a talented individual can apply for £10,000 to develop and mentor their chosen Fellow.

Up to 20 Fellows and their organisations will receive a grant of up to £10,000.

Applications for the Theatre Fellowship scheme close at 5pm on 22 July 2013.

Community Theatre scheme

This programme aims to support community theatre groups who are looking to take on "ambitious projects". This could be working with a professional writer or director, extending the reach of your audience, or working with a professional theatre company on a production that is specific to your community.

Up to 50 groups will receive a grant of between £500 and £5,000.

The deadline for applications to the Community Theatre scheme is 5pm on 16 September 2013.

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