Funding and Support for Dance Artists

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.

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

The regional dance agencies offer a range of professional development support to dance artists and educations. You can find a list on the One Dance UK website.

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.  
The Application Form will be available on the LUTSF website from 2 November 2015. Completed applications are required by 15 January 2016 for projects taking place between 1 April 2016 and 30 April 2017. 

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.

Funding Advice

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

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