1st April 2021

Funding & Development Opportunities For Theatre Artists

The arts and culture sector is facing one of its greatest challenges to date, with theatres and galleries closed due to Covid-19 restrictions our entire industry is on its knees. In order for there to be light, and art, at the end of the tunnel we must continue to invest in our artists.

Like magpies, we’ve nabbed links and information from e-shots, tweets and mailouts about funding opportunities for theatre artists. We’ve collated them here and will update opportunities as they come in. If you have a funding opportunity you’d like us to include, give us a shout at tomorrow@thisispopbaby.com.

Love & Solidarity – the THISISPOPBABY team

  • THISISPOPBABY – The Playwright Sessions
  • THISISPOPBABY are creating a galvanising space for Playwrights & Theatre Writers. The Playwright Sessions is a yearlong series of online talks and masterclasses with industry heroes. Led by playwright Phillip McMahon and facilitated by Lian Bell, The Playwright Sessions series is open to professional playwrights and theatre writers working on the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora working professionally overseas. The first session will take place on 13 October – sign-up essential. Full details HERE.
  • RTÉ – Creative Futures, 13-14 November
    RTÉ and Creative Futures Academy at UCD are hosting a weekend of intensive media training 13+14 November, for communities under-represented in the Irish media. Twenty candidates will be selected to avail of a job showcase, exploring a range of media careers; practical sessions on mobile journalism and podcasting; workshops on creativity, ethics and the role of the media post-pandemic; a pitching session in front of a panel of experts; opportunities to network and build your profile; and ongoing mentoring and support beyond the weekend event. Closing Date 15 October. Full details HERE.
  • Arts and Disability Ireland – Arts and Disability Connect Round Two
    The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support individual artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland. It offers artists an opportunity to; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; engage in new learning experiences; develop new working relationships; buy time to research and develop work; to make and present new work to audiences.
    Artists can apply for 4 different awards: New Work €15,000, Research and Development €5,000, Mentoring €3,000 and Training €1,000.
    Closing Date 18 October. Full details HERE
  • Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe, Project Arts Centre – MAKE performance creation residency
  • The 13th MAKE residency will run from 29 November – 3 December 2021, 10am – 6pm daily. Following on from MAKE 2020, this year’s MAKE will continue in an online format, providing valuable time and focus for performance makers, wherever they are. International mentors will be on hand with support, provocation and guidance via digital channels. The programme will offer a one week artist fee, peer support and mentorship to develop theatre and performance projects, working individually or in collaboration with other artists. Groups of up to three artists are welcome to apply. Closing Date 25 October. Full details HERE.
  • Pan Pan – 9th Pan Pan International Mentorship
  • From January to June 2022 Terry O’Connor, one of the members of Forced Entertainment, will work with five contemporary performing arts makers based in Ireland. In addition to meeting Terry in person and online, each of the participants will receive a bursary to help them dedicate time to work on their ideas, and we also offer travel subsidy to help them see relevant work internationally. Closing Date 26 October. Full details HERE.
  • DCU – Writer in Residence Scheme
  • The established in partnership with the Arts Council, to provide a stimulating university environment for the resident artist and afford them a degree of financial support to concentrate on their own practice. The fee to the Writer in Residence is €30,000, with the Arts Council contributing €20,000 and the university €10,000. Dublin City University will provide the Writer in Residence with a dedicated space, where they can conduct their own creative practice, within the university. We have confirmation that the residency is open to theatre writers. Closing Date 28 October. Full details HERE.
  • Age & Opportunity – Bealtaine Touring Award 2022
    Age & Opportunity invite applications from performing artists and producers for an award for work which will tour, during May 2022, as part of the Bealtaine Festival. They are eager to engage with artists in a new way by making them aware that the festival is open to new collaborations. They are also eager to receive applications for work that is radical, challenging, humorous or offbeat. They especially invite artists from marginalised or underrepresented communities to apply.  Closing Date 12 November. Full details HERE.