Ideas Fund: applications open
We believe that all children and young people should be represented and reflected in the performances and arts they experience. Both in terms of the stories being told and the performers who tell those stories. By working closely with us, other Vital Spark Artists and our partner organisations, we can make this a reality.
What is the Ideas Fund?
This is a unique opportunity for artists to receive financial support and expertise towards the development of a new piece of work created for children and young people aged 0-13 years.
We are looking for bold, exciting and original ideas. With the ultimate aim of helping us to achieve our ambition of a Performance for Young Audiences sector that is relevant to and representative of all children and young people.
Who will the selected artists be?
- Artists working in England
- Artists that share our vision of a sector more representative of children today
- Artists with experience of presenting their work in a professional context (at least twice)
- Artists that have an original, exciting and bold idea they wish to explore further
- Artists working in any form of performance (theatre, dance, performance poetry etc.)
- Artists that are underrepresented
This fund isn't for you just yet if you are at the start of your career and/or new to developing and performing work for live audiences.
Information for Applicants: How to apply
Download, watch or listen to the Information for Applicants - How to apply document:
Vital Spark Ideas Fund How to Apply (MS Word, 121 Kb)
Vital Spark Ideas Fund How to Apply LARGE PRINT VERSION (MS Word, 121 Kb)
Information for Applicants - British Sign Language:
Information for Applicants - Audio version with closed captions:
Expressions of interest: Application Form
Expressions of interest can be made by written, video or audio response. Please look at the written expression of interest form for a full breakdown of what is needed.
Submissions via video or written application must be sent to, firstname.lastname@example.org by October 11 2021
Ideas Fund Expression of interest (MS Word, 121 Kb)
Question and answer sessions
If you're an artist interested in applying and have questions or would like to find out more from other Vital Spark artists we are running a series of relaxed online Information and Questions sessions.
Places will be limited. These will take place on:
These will be small group meetings, if you find small group Zoom meetings a barrier, then please do get in touch and we can arrange a one to one chat
Current Ideas Fund Artists
Have a look at the current Vital Spark Ideas Fund artists here
Want to know more?
If you can't make our question and answer sessions please feel free to get in touch with us, email: email@example.com or call us on 0116 261 6893.We will do our best to meet access needs of artists both in applying for and over the duration of the programme.