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International Youth Arts Festival Applications – d/l 26 January 2018

Applications are open to any arts projects or performances involving people aged 5 to 26 years. These may be professional or amateur, and children or young adults may be involved as performers, creators and artists or as producers and event managers.
Applications can feature work of any genre: theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts and more.
Work can be suitable for any age-group, and we are also happy to receive applications from artists aged 26+ whose work is specifically targeted at young audiences.

The International Youth Arts Festival attracts a friendly audience of many thousands, who return year after year.
There are no venue hire fees at the International Youth Arts Festival. All selected applicants are programmed into a venue by our Festival Director – from the main auditorium at Kingston’s Rose Theatre to intimate studio spaces and the outdoor stage.

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New Directions 2018 Showcase Festival Applications Open, National Rural Touring Forum and China Plate – d/l 16 February 2018

On the 26th, 27th and 28th June 2018 the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) and Live & Local (the Rural & Community Touring Scheme the Rural Touring Scheme covering parts of the East and West midlands) will host the bi-annual rural touring showcase festival, New Directions.

Taking place at Worcester University, this event brings together those involved in managing rural touring networks, rural touring promoters and crucially artists who, together make possible over 3000 shows each year which are seen by over 220,000 people.

New Directions 2018 will enable touring schemes, venues and voluntary promoters to sample shows, see work, share experiences with other promoters and broaden their knowledge of work available. It is also a fabulous opportunity for companies to highlight the quality and style of their work and creates an opportunity to talk directly with touring schemes and start meaningful relationships and dialogue.

The call out to artists is now OPEN and bookings will open for delegates in Spring 2018.

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#UnItdSymposium – Over To You, United Impact – d/l 10 December 2017

On 4 & 5 September 2018, Unlimited is hosting a global symposium on disability-led arts in the 21st Century. What’s on the agenda? That’s up to you. Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited, explains.

Unlimited supports and celebrates disability-led arts – the creation of works across all artforms, creatively led by disabled people. We know that the work itself can be extraordinary, can be of the highest quality and can challenge public perceptions and indeed the way the whole cultural sector is designed and run.

In 2018, we want to amplify the change which we have been a part of and emphasise the quality and breadth of artistic work by disabled artists and the far reaching partnerships which help make them happen. It’s important for us that we involve initiatives outside of Unlimited which share similar context/values and focus on what is needed to embed such change within the cultural sector globally.

We don’t want to get the same people to talk about the same stuff, we want to create a space for genuine discussion, giving a platform for new perspectives and different voices to be heard.

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BAME Creative Producer

Time Won’t Wait is looking for an experienced, independent BAME Creative Producer based in London to work on the planning of a national tour.

The project is about the Black experience and will be made for a range of audiences.

This is a part-time position, the full scope of the role will be defined by the candidate's experience and drive for developing their role on the project and within the company.

SALARY: £1,500-£3,000 scope and experience depending
DATES: December - March (flexible dates)

DEADLINE: Wednesday 15th November 12:00
INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 16th November - please ensure you are available for this date when applying.

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Performing Arts Micro Bursaries, Jerwood Charitable Foundation- d/l 09 January 2018

The Performing Arts Micro Bursaries support independent artists and producers with awards of between £250 and £1,000. We are interested in proposals for development activities in the performing arts where a clear and specific learning opportunity has been identified. This could be for the making of new work, research, travel, training or mentoring.
The awards are for individuals who have been practicing professionally for no more than 10 years, have completed their formal education and are resident in the UK. We cannot accept applications for course fees or any associated study or living costs.

This fund has been created using legacy funds from the BBC Performing Arts Fund to provide individuals with direct support for their professional and creative development, without the expectation of an specific product output and/or public engagement. Grants are awarded in two rounds, the deadline for this second round is 9 January 2018. The fund is now open for applications.

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UH Arts Engagement, Marketing and Partnership Manager, University of Hertfordshire – d/l 08 Dec 2017

To lead the development and delivery of effective communications and audience engagement activities to specified participants and stakeholders, working as part of a team with Heads of Programmes and the Director of UH Arts.

To implement and maintain an approach relevant to student and young people’s engagement with the UH Arts programme, including the development and maintaining of digital production, assets and platforms.

To assist with the implementation strategy for public engagement that contributes to sustainability, brand positioning, national and regional excellence and overall mission. The Head of Marketing and Engagement will also contribute to the wider strategic direction and annual planning of UH Arts.

£27,285 to £29,799
Vacancy ref: 015356

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AMA Conference 2018, Liverpool – 24-26 July 2018

AMA conference hits Liverpool Tuesday 24 July to Thursday 26 July 2018 — join hundreds of other arts, culture and heritage professionals in this vibrant and exciting city for two and half days of exploration, learning and inspiration.

You’ll gain new ideas, a renewed energy for your work and gather great insights. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded people and make new connections.

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AMA Digital Marketing Day, London – 1 December 2017

How do we make ourselves so irresistible that audiences seek us out, instead of the other way around? What’s the role of storytelling and how do we harness digital technologies to tell stories, build trust and connect with our audiences?

At this year’s Digital Marketing Day we’ll be exploring our relationships with our audiences. Audiences as consumers, as content providers, audiences as broadcasters.

This full day event brings together speakers from the arts, creative and tech sectors to explore the latest digital developments and how they could fire up our audience relationships. Together, we’ll share practical case studies and challenge existing ways of thinking. You’ll leave the day feeling inspired and challenged, ready to try out new ideas.


AMA member rate: £158 + VAT
Non-member rate: £219 + VAT

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MoCapLAB: Explore realtime motion capture on stage.

How can you use real-time motion capture technology to re-imagine what's possible on stage?

The Old Market, working in partnership with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and The School of Creative Technologies at Portsmouth University, are offering theatre companies some funded time to explore the tech and, hopefully, start to imagine what can be possible. Our ambition is to allow creative teams time to play and think big about what this technology can facilitate.

This is a space to explore emerging technology without the stress of production cycles - consider it more early stage R&D or proof of concept. What might this character need to be able to do? How could we animate non-humanoid characters or emotions on stage? How can we creatively explore the relationship between a live actor and one performing through avatar?

11-15 Sept.
For established small / midscale theatre companies.
Fully funded opportunity (1wk x residency, technical support, expenses)

Full details on our blog. Deadline for application is 11 August.

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Residential course: Essentials of Marketing, UK Theatre – 12-17 November 2017

UK Theatre’s flagship marketing and management residential courses return this November, at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe, a 17th Century manor house overlooking the River Ribble and set in 178 acres of enchanting Lancashire countryside.

This is one of two residential courses: Essentials of Marketing and Effective Management & Leadership.

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International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston

Now in it’s ninth year, the UK’s biggest open access multi-arts festival for performers aged under 27 features some of the best new work from talented rising stars from around the world.
The 10-day festival hosts around 200 events, including performances at Kingston’s famous Rose Theatre, ACT Theatre, and Market Square with free live music outdoor stage.
Events include: theatre, dance, comedy, music, visual art, spoken word, carnival procession, workshops, exhibitions and record fair.
Applications for 2017 are now closed. But highlights will include critically-acclaimed comedy blockbuster Police Cops, award-winning Young Folk musicians’ showcase, London Russian Ballet School and a multitude of quirky acts stopping off on the way to Edinburgh Fringe.
A £30 'Friends' wristband gives new drama enthusiasts 50% off up to 20 shows, as well as substantial food, bar and merchandise discounts. Email for info.

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Arts Course Directory, Arts Professional

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” said Mahatma Gandhi.

It’s a great principle, and one that pays dividends for arts professionals. Which is why we’re relaunching our Conferences, Training & Events section to include a broader spread of learning opportunities.

As well as continuing to bring you news of professional development events aimed at helping you to unlock your talent, we have curated an online searchable database of relevant accredited courses being delivered by education providers in the UK and beyond.

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Up to £10,000 of extra funding for individual artists

Supporting a dynamic and captivating English arts scene

We want to discover England’s most exciting individual artists – artists who are bringing something to their local community or the people and communities around them.

With the support of the Arts Council England, we have £125,000 of extra funding to put towards crowdfunding projects run by individual artists.Do you have an artistic project or an idea that will benefit the people around you? If so, you could get up to £10,000 extra funding towards your crowdfunding project.


Supporting a dynamic and captivating English arts scene

We want to discover England’s most exciting individual artists - artists who are bringing something to their local community or the people and communities around them.

With the support of the Arts Council England, we have £125,000 of extra funding to put towards crowdfunding projects run by individual artists.Do you have an artistic project or an idea that will benefit the people around you? If so, you could get up to £10,000 extra funding towards your crowdfunding project.

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Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark

What is the Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark?
The Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark measures age, gender and race workplace diversity. The benchmark is a management tool to help organisations evaluate their performance, including peer comparisons, and inform evidence-based decision-making around workplace diversity.

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Progression: Artist Support, Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre are looking for emerging and early career artists to support through their Progression programme. Progression supports creative young people, as well as emerging and early career artists, to develop their skills, artistic practice and careers.

The project offers various forms of support, including space, mentoring, performance opportunities, producing and production support and general advice. There is no formal application procedure, but artists and companies should contact Chris Williams – – for an initial discussion. You are advised to send some information about your practice, what you are currently working on and what support you are looking for. This will help us to decide whether or not your work might be a good fit with the organisation, and if we are able to support you. We also recommend inviting us to see your work where possible.

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