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.
  • Arts Council & Create – Artist in the Community Scheme
  • The Arts Council Ireland offers awards through the Artist in the Community Scheme to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme is managed by Create. Closing Date 27 September. Full details HERE.
  • Project Arts Centre – Open Call: Project Intensive
  • Project Arts Centre has announced a new pilot artist programme: Project Intensive: a programme of watching, listening, thinking, chatting, critiquing, complaining, learning, …of finding the pleasure and power in art and building networks of solidarity and support with other artists. Project Intensive is aimed at artists who are not yet established in their careers, but who have a professional practice of at least 2 years which engages with contemporary arts and ideas – we will welcome applications from artists working in any artform. Artists will be asked to commit to 6 days between 1 October-31 December. There are 5 places available. This is a paid opportunity and artists will be offered €250/day along with all travel expenses, subsistence etc.Closing Date 30 September. Full details HERE.
  • Channel 4 – Screenwriting Course
  • Applicationd are now open for a Channel 4 screenwriting course. The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script. Closing Date 1 October. Full details HERE.
  • Scene + Heard Festival – 2022 Applications Now Open
  • After a long fermentation, like a fine wine, the Scene + Heard festival of new work is BACK! Feb 9-26 2022. They are asking YOU for your most outrageous, imaginative, enthusiastic, multi-genre, awe-inspiring, tear-inducing, laughter-medicinal, audience-wowing ideas. There is only ONE RULE – this must be new work, never before seen, to tantalise our tastebuds and catapult your brain waves on to our stages.. Closing Date 3 October. Full details HERE
  • 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