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Vital Spark Ideas Fund

Vital Spark is a four-year programme which aims to shift the landscape of performance for children and young people. We will do so by questioning with the wider sector what stories we should be telling, how, and by whom, and using this conversation to respond and act in a positive and immediate way.

About the Ideas Fund

The Fund offers an opportunity for artists who identify as BAME, a person of colour and/or D/deaf or disabled and their companies to receive financial support and expertise towards producing a new piece of work created for children and young people.

The Spark will look to support two new ideas per year from 2018 to 2022. These ideas will be bold and exciting, and will help us move towards an increase in high quality work that is diverse, relevant and representative of children today.

Who will the selected artists / companies be?

  • Artists/Companies working in England and with an interest in supporting the children's sector in England.
  • Artists/Companies that share our vision of a sector more representative of children today.
  • Artists/Companies that identify as BAME and/or D/deaf and disabled
  • Artists/Companies that have an original, exciting and bold idea they wish to explore further.
  • Artists/Companies working in any form of performance (theatre, dance, performance poetry etc.)

Not yet if… you are at the start of your career and/or new to developing and performing work for live audiences.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-19 fund is now closed. Applications will open for the 2019-20 fund in Summer 2019.

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