Funders & Partners

The Trinity Laban CAT scheme is funded by and works with a variety of partners in the cultural and creative sectors.

The Leverhulme Trust

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The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support "scholarships for the purposes of research and education."

Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

With annual funding of some £60 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK.

We thank The Leverhulme Trust for their continual support.

Ernest Cook

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The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK's leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants.

The Trust was founded by the philanthropist Ernest Cook in 1952 and each year, as a result of his foresight and passion for the countryside and the arts, the current Trustees are able to distribute around £1.6m in educational grants to benefit children and young people.

Southbank Centre

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Southbank Centre is one of the largest arts centres in the world, occupying a 21-acre site in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site consists of the Royal Festival Hall (reopened in 2007 after its two-year transformation) the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Southbank Centre offers a wide-ranging artistic programme including classical & world music, rock & pop, jazz, dance, literature and the visual arts. Every year more than 1,000 musicians and artists perform at Southbank Centre, and 22 million visitors come to site, making it one of the most popular cultural destinations in the country.

We are committed to working in collaboration with young, emerging and established talent across the artistic community. We currently support 14 artists in residence, four resident orchestras, and over 100 other artistic organisations, as well as managing the Arts Council Collection and organising the Hayward Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK.


Sadler's Wells

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Sadler's Wells is the UK's leading dance house, uniquely dedicated to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. We are committed to producing, commissioning and presenting works of the highest standards, crossing the boundaries between different art forms.

We believe dance is the art form of the moment. No other form has the potential to reach so many people, crossing cultural boundaries and appealing to diverse audiences. From contemporary dance to tango, hip hop to flamenco, tap to kathak, choreographers are reinventing dance and undertaking bold collaborations with visual artists and musicians. Sadler's Wells is playing a leading role in making this happen through the commissioning of new work. In the past five years we have commissioned and co-produced almost 70 productions.

Sadler's Wells' Creative Learning department, Connect, has long expressed the simple ethos of Lilian Baylis, one of the most visionary directors of Sadler's Wells, to make the arts accessible to everyone. In our contemporary lives, we recognise that dance connects people, promotes confidence and physical wellbeing. Our work prioritises community involvement, educational insight and challenges perceptions of who can dance.

Activities are carefully designed to suit all tastes and experiences, drawing on the diversity of Sadler's Wells dance programme. Our activities truly cater for all ages with local primary school children rubbing shoulders with our resident over 60s performers, Company of Elders. In the year 2008/09 Sadler's Wells Community and Education department, Connect, delivered almost 500 workshops and events, directly engaging over 10,000 people.

Connect's work is at the heart of the Sadler's Wells' vision which embraces artistic excellence and opening the theatre to new audiences and experiences. Activities range from post-show talks, lecture-demonstrations, an over 60s arts appreciation club, weekly Baby Groovers classes for toddlers and their carers, termly dance development projects in primary and secondary schools and large-scale community events. The highlight of our calendar is the annual Connect Festival which provides a showcase for many of our projects and offers up to 2000 members of our local community a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells.

Sadler's Wells is committed to delivering an accessible dance programme, developing opportunities for participation and encouraging disabled and deaf patrons to engage in all aspects of dance.


Royal Ballet School Partnership & Access department

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The missions and aims of the Partnership and Access department are:

  • Create a positive image of The Royal Ballet School as a leading national resource to support the development of excellence in dance for students, teachers and other dance organizations.
  • Develop skills and knowledge in ballet with pupils and teachers through appropriate programmes of training, creativity, cultural and artistic exchange.
  • Create opportunities for students, teachers and the broader general public to access the School's facilities both at Floral Street and Richmond Park.
  • Ensure the long term stability of The Royal Ballet School Partnership & Access projects by working closely with regional and national dance organisations and funding bodies and guarantee suitable training for staff to support the delivery of activities.

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