The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over half a million pounds to 17 projects across the UK this spring. These form part of the Foundation’s active grant giving programme, which supports projects that focus on the enhancement of arts education, participation, improving access and increasing diversity across the arts, culture and heritage sector. The recipients of this round of grants are Arts Insight, Awards for Young Musicians, Furthering Talent, Beatroute Arts, The BRIT School, CLIC Sargent, Creative Access, Crisis UK, Denbighshire Music Co-operative, Frantic Assembly, Hoxton Hall Trust, Live Music Now, Malvern Theatre, MOLA, Rifco, Scottish Civic Trust and Tara Arts Theatre.
Following substantial cuts to its government funding in 2016, Creative Access has been awarded £45,000 over three years to provide off-the-job training programmes for paid interns from BAME backgrounds. Working with creative firms including the National Theatre, BBC, Almeida, Paines Plough and Royal Shakespeare Company, 6 and 12 month-long internships will include access to a mentor, induction days, masterclasses, pastoral support, networking, CV clinics and interview training for young people. Interns are also encouraged to visit their former schools, inspiring greater participation by BAME young people within the scheme and the wider sector.
Tara Arts Theatre and Hoxton Hall Trust will use their grants for projects specifically targeting young people aged 18-25 from BAME backgrounds. With a legacy of championing multicultural and diverse theatre, Tara Arts Theatre will develop four year-long trainee positions in Lighting, Production, Stage Management and Sales & Memberships for unemployed people with a grant of £30,000. An £18,000 grant awarded to Hoxton Hall Trust will fund three trainee positions in Technical Theatre, Directing and Marketing & Development, with applications encouraged from their youth arts programmes and Black Theatre Live networks.