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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grants to improve arts access

SUPPORTING DIVERSITY: Grants are awarded to champion projects that cultivate a more diverse industry (Image: Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation/Facebook)

THE ANDREW Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth a total of £270,690 to champion projects that cultivate a more diverse industry.

A total of 16 projects across the UK and internationally have received the funding this year.

Since the publication of Centre Stage, a report examining the pipeline of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) trained talent into the theatre industry, in 2017, the foundation has continued to champion projects that cultivate a more diverse industry. Funding an outreach programme delivering introduction to drama school workshops for young people in areas with a high density of BAME communities in Birmingham, Leicester and Sheffield, the Diversity School Initiative has been granted £10,000 over 2 years. ALT’s free actor training programme for young BAME actors from low income backgrounds is awarded £15,000 towards their project in partnership with Southwark Playhouse, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

The funds include £101,000 towards the provision of music education for young people, £67,777 to fund paid work placements for designers and lighting technicians in leading venues, £53,296 to support drama and dance programmes for young people and emerging talent and £33,617 towards the development of skills in the heritage and crafts sector. This round of grants will also extend to the delivery of music therapy, awarding £15,000 towards its provision for seriously ill children.

This new round of grants will support projects across the length and breadth of the country, from London to Birmingham, Wales to Edinburgh and Devon to Glasgow, as well as further afield in New York City. Breaking down barriers to participation in the arts, the foundation has prioritised projects that engage young people and individuals from hard-to-reach and minority backgrounds and support the advancement of emerging talent through the provision of top quality training and paid work placements.

The recipients in this round of grants are ALT, Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Birmingham Royal Ballet, Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts, City & Guilds of London Art School, Diversity School Initiative, Ecchinswell Primary School Choir, The Landmark Trust, London Music Fund, Music in Secondary Schools Trust, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Sherman Theatre, Tron Theatre, Young Music Makers of Dyfed and Young People's Chorus of New York City.

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