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Based in South East London, Trinity Laban  is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. We have over 1,000 students from more than 60 countries studying on our undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. Thousands more people in our wider community enjoy music, dance and health activities as part of our performance and outreach programmes.  

 Our teaching staff include academics, performers, composers and choreographers. Many of them are active researchers who push the boundaries of their art forms and extend our understanding of artistic and educational practice. We work together at locations across Greenwich and Lewisham, including the Old Royal College at Greenwich and the prize-winning Laban Building in Deptford. 

We believe in innovation, creativity and collaboration. We provide development opportunities for freelance artists and are committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise to promote transformational artistic, social, educational and economic outcomes. 



TL Ignite provides 24 one-off awards of £750, alongside career support and skills development, to help you develop your creative work. 

The financial award must be used for costs associated with developing your creative work, like buying equipment, or payment to someone for a service they provide or for the costs of training or continual professional development.  

The award can help you to pay for: 

  • Purchasing equipment (microphone, webcam); 
  • Setting up a digital platform, purchasnew technology or software; 
  • Hiring space for R&D or rehearsal; 
  • Recording costs (studio hire, engineering, mixing, mastering); 
  • Content creation (video, promotional photography, artwork, design); 
  • PR and marketing
  • Career development training (attending a conferenceor skills based training)

The TL Ignite career development sessions will run during June and July 2021. They wilinclude facilitated sessions and peer learning to support career planning and network building 



TL Ignite is open to professional artists in any genre or style of music, dance or musical theatre who are looking for support in their career development 

To apply you must be: 

  • musician, dancer or musical theatre performer producer, choreographer, composer or anyone actively involved in making work who manages their own career; 
  • Living in the Boroughs of Greenwich or Lewisham or one of our surrounding boroughs of Southwark, Bromley or Bexley; 
  • Over the age of 18; 
  • Within five years of graduating (i.e. you should have graduated in 2016 or later) or if you have not studied at Further Education or Higher Education level, you must be within five years of starting your creative career; 
  • Not be currently engaged in postgraduate or formal further study;  
  • Be a UK resident – either a UK National living in the UK or a non-UK National, who has the legal right to live in the UK and who has been living in the UK for at least 183 days; 
  • An individual, not an organisation. 

We welcome applications from those who are currently underrepresented in the dance, music and musical theatre industries.



Please note that this award cannot support:  

  • Non-music or dance related activity; 
  • Payment for formal courses of study i.e. undergraduate or postgraduate training or research; 
  • Ongoing overheads, e.g. rent, utilities or insurance;  
  • Past activities;  
  • Paying yourself a fee; 



Tell us clearly and concisely about you and your work. Please be careful to address each of the criteria below. We want to find out about: 

  • You and your creative practice 
  • How you intend to spend the award 
  • The impact the award will have on your work  
  • How your work will have wider social and economic impact  
  • How you will benefit from connecting with other local artists 

If you prefer to apply by a video application rather than a written application, send your link (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo) in the application form. Your video should be no longer than 5 minutes. 



A panel of Trinity Laban and independent industry experts will assess all the applications and select the 24 award recipients according to how they meet the above criteria 

If you have been successful in your application, you will be notified by Friday 28 May 2021We regret that we are not able to inform unsuccessful candidates, or give individual feedback, on this occasion 

If you are successful, you will be expected to: 

  • Take part in the career development sessions; 
  • Provide feedback about the impact of the award on your work; 
  • Acknowledge Trinity Laban and the award on publicly-facing materials; 
  • Provide TL with content to be used to promote the award i.e. an image and short statement. 

If you have any questions, please email  

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