Funding and Support for Dance Artists

Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts 
Grants for the Arts is a funding programme by Arts Council England (ACE) for arts activities that engage people in England, and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work. The programme supports a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. It is a rolling programme with no deadlines, so you can apply at any time. Decisions on applications for £15,000 or less take six weeks. Decisions on applications of over £15,000 take 12 weeks.

Arts Council England - Developing your Creative Practice
An Arts Council England (ACE) funding programme that gives individuals the opportunity to apply for £2,000 to £10,000 to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and take them to the next stage in their practice. Arts Council England would like to see applications for development activities from practitioners working in any of their supported disciplines (music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, museums practice), where a clear development opportunity has been identified. This could be for a period of research, time to create new work, travel (including international working), training, developing future ideas, networking or mentoring.

The Arts Council England website also has information about other sources of funding, including a list of funding bodies, databases and directories.

Artsadmin’s Artists' Bursary Scheme
A Bursary Scheme offering awards to UK-based artists working in live art and contemporary performance who have been making work for ten years or less. The bursary offers a cash award, mentoring and advocacy for an 18-month period and an opportunity to present work at Toynbee Studios. The scheme supports artistic experiment, risk, speculation and play, rather than the production or touring of finished work. It offers time to explore processes and try out new ideas within a framework of constructive and critical dialogue. 

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) 
An awards programme for final year undergraduate/postgraduate creative students and first year graduates, providing financial and business support to help launch creative careers. The Competition offers entrants the chance to win £10,000.00 to fund their creative project and a year of business mentoring. The programme is currently being reviewed; the next awards programme will therefore be postponed until the 2018-19 academic year.

Jerwood Bursaries
Jerwood Bursaries provide funding to help you explore and develop your next steps, whether through supporting your skills and knowledge development and/or supporting the first stage development of a new idea. You apply for any amount between £250 and £1,250.
To be eligible to receive support, individuals must be:

  • practising artists, curators and/or producers
  • within the first ten years of starting a professional practice (this can be self-defined)
  • willing to be bold and take risks
  • living and working in the UK and committed to making a positive contribution to the UK arts sector
  • outside full-time, formal education

Applications are being accepted in two rounds.

  • Round 1 is for applicants within 6-10 years of establishing their artistic practice.
  • Round 2 is for applicants within 1-5 years of establishing their artistic practice.

See the website for time frames and deadlines for 2019.

Regional Dance Agencies

Dance agencies are organisations involved in dance development activity across a local area, region and, in some instances, nationally. They offer a range of professional development opportunities for dance artists.  You can find a list of dance agencies on the One Dance UK website. It’s worth looking into what they each offer. 

The Artist Development and Commissioning Opportunities page on the Trinity Laban website includes details of some of the commissioning and professional development opportunities available to dance artists and choreographers through dance agencies and through other arts organisations.

Support for travel

Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund (LUTSF)
LUTSF supports individuals working in all areas of movement and dance who wish to travel in order to enrich their practice and pursue a personal passion. Applications are welcomed from choreographers, performers, lecturers/teachers, writers, therapists, administrators and related professionals. The average scholarship in the last few years has been around £600.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
The Trust awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back fresh ideas and new solutions to today’s issues, for the benefit of others in the UK. Applications are accepted from May until the end of September for travel the following year. For more details and to apply, visit the website.

STEP Travel Grants 
STEP travel grants support culturally active and engaged individuals for international return travels within Europe or to/from its neighbouring countries to a partner organisation for a professional cultural collaboration that serves a wider community. STEP stands for ‘Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnerships’ and is initiated and managed by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) with the financial support of Compagnia di San Paolo.  

Funding Advice

Learn more about finance, funding and legal issues on the Creative Choices website. 

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