14th November 2020

Funding 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

  • Jane Anne Rothwell Award – Open Call
    Cork Midsummer Festival announced the second Open Call for the Jane Anne Rothwell Award. The Jane Anne Rothwell Award is a prize of €5,000 awarded annually to an emerging artist – either from Cork, or based in Cork – working in any discipline, who identifies as female. The successful applicant will be awarded €5,000 to realize an event as part of the 2021 or 2022 Cork Midsummer Festival. Closing Date is December 10th and full details are HERE.
  • Cork Midsummer Commission
    Cork Midsummer Festival are inviting proposals from artists based in Ireland working in any art form, which may involve collaborating with artists from other disciplines, to create a brand-new Midsummer Moment for the Festival. They’re offering a commission fee of up to €10,000 to develop and deliver this event as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Closing Date is December 10th and full details are HERE.
  • Exploring And Thinking Bursary / Early Childhood Arts
    Exploring and Thinking is a collaborative framework for early childhood arts in the Dublin region. It came about in 2016 when the four Dublin Local Authorities partnered for the first time to collectively consider early childhood arts provision. Early childhood arts includes a wide range of different art practices and creative experiences with/for children aged 0-5 in different contexts. The Exploring and Thinking Bursary Award supports individual professional artists to develop their artistic practice working with and/or producing work for early childhood arts. Bursary Range: €500 – €5,000. Closing Date is December 11th and full details are HERE.
  • Bewley’s Café Theatre New Writing Venture
    Bewley’s Café Theatre announce a new writing venture for playwrights at all stages in their career. Their ambition is to raise the level of discussion and engagement with new dramatic writing in Ireland and to be a resource for the wider Irish theatre community. They are selecting an initial group of 6 writers. The venture offers a plethora of fabulous supports, including a stipend of €1,000. Closing Date is December 12th and full details are HERE.
  • Writing For Musical Theatre Award
    CIT Cork School of Music announces a ground-breaking initiative from its BA in Musical Theatre degree. The award is for an Irish writer, or collective, of new musical theatre to have a piece developed at CSM in 2021. The chosen writer will have access to the student ensemble of the BAMT to workshop the piece over 4 weekends, with creative support from the staff team, additional funding of €2000 and the opportunity to film the work for future use. Closing Date is December 15th and full details are HERE.
  • Business to Arts Awards / Jim McNaughton TileStyle Bursary
    The Business to Arts Awards recognise outstanding examples of artists, arts organisations and businesses that work together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, staff training and events, CSR initiatives, philanthropy and community engagement. The awards include the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists. Closing Date is December 16th and full details are HERE.   
  • Open Call for Artists with Participatory Expertise
    Cork Midsummer Festival and Springboard, a community based family project that strivues to ensure positive outcomes for children, are collaborating to deliver an Artist in Residency and Creative Enquiry with young Traveller children and their families, exploring the relationship between cultural identity and cultural engagement. Closing Date is December 22nd and full details are HERE.
  • Abbey Theatre Artist Bursaries
    An open call for artists to explore Ireland’s War of Independence and Civil War. These bursaries aim to allow artists the space to explore stories and figures from the War of Independence and Civil War period which have been sidelined by the dominant historical narrative, or those which remain underexplored on stage. These bursaries will each cover an artist’s stipend of €7,000, a research budget of €1,000 and a €2,000 budget for some development time on the first draft of a new piece of work. The successful artists will have access to support from the Abbey Theatre’s New Work Department and wider artistic team as they develop this work. Closing Date is January 8th 2021 and full details are HERE.
  • Le Centre Culturel Irlandais Residencies and Bursaries
    Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, is Ireland’s flagship cultural centre in Europe. They have opened applications for artist residencies and bursaries at their fabulous premises in Paris. Closing Date is January 12th 2021 and full details are HERE.