We believe that long-term careers in the performing arts can be achievable and that community groups have a key role to play in the development of new talent.
The BBC Performing Arts Fund aims to seek out and support aspiring individuals and community groups who, for reasons of lack of existing support, personal background or circumstance, would not have been able to achieve their greatest potential without the Fund's support or intervention.
Since its inception in 2003 the Fund has already awarded over £4m worth of grants, as well as offering mentoring and advice to help winners achieve their most ambitious goals. Previous winners have gone on to produce a Mercury Prize winning album, perform at the Glastonbury Festival, appear on Later with Jools Holland and land starring roles in the West End.
Every night when I go out to perform in the West End I know that it's only been made possible by the BBC Performing Arts Fund
Grant winner, Chris Cook
Since 2003 we have awarded over £4m
1,250 individuals and 237 community groups have received a grant from us
We have helped over 900 musicians purchase instruments & equipment
13 emerging producers, choreographers and dancers have been awarded a Fellowship
We are the UK's biggest funder of musical theatre training in the charity sector, having supported 162 students to date
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