Can we help you?

Each year our funding has concentrated on a different art form – dance, music or theatre – and has been distributed via two types of grant, one for individual artists and the other for community groups. Who these grants are aimed at can vary year on year.

Just answer a few questions below and find out if you are eligible to apply for funding from us.

Which art form do you need support for?

Theatre Music Dance Other

Each year our funding concentrates on one of three art forms – dance, music or theatre.

If you are looking for funding for something outside of these areas, then unfortunately we are unable to help you.

In 2012 the BBC Performing Arts Fund awarded over £450,000 to emerging individuals and community groups in the music sector.

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In 2011 the BBC Performing Arts Fund awarded over £300,000 to emerging individuals and community groups in the dance sector.

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Are you/they aged 18 years or over?

Yes No

We are supporting community theatre across all age groups and genres this year.

If you represent a community theatre group or project that is looking for funding then you could be eligible to apply.

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We are supporting individuals within the theatre sector this year via our Theatre Fellowship scheme. As a theatre organisation or company you could be eligible to receive funding from us in order to run a placement and support emerging talent in the theatre sector, such as writers, producers, performers and directors.

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Each year our funding is distributed via two types of grant, one for individual artists and the other for community groups. If neither of these apply to you, unfortunately you would not be eligible to receive funding from us.

However, there are a range of other organisations that support the UK music sector. In the first instance we would recommend that you contact your local Arts Council in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, who will know what funding is available in your local area.

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Are you/they a resident in the UK?

Yes No

We only offer funding to individuals who are aged 18 years or over.

However, if you/they perform as part of a larger community group or project then the group itself may be eligible to apply for funding from us.

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We are supporting individuals from within the theatre sector this year via our Theatre Fellowship scheme.

Aspiring individuals within the music sector, such as writers, producers, performers and directors will be nominated to receive a placement by selected theatre organisations from across the UK.

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We only offer funding to UK residents.

This is because the charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes. We are therefore devoted to providing opportunities and support for aspiring musicians and performers within the UK only.

How we work

Since 2011 we have had an annual art form focus for the Fund's work with two schemes launched each year - one for individuals and one for community groups.

In 2011 the focus was dance, in 2012 we looked at music, and in 2013 the focus is on theatre. Keep in touch with us for updates on new grants & opportunities.

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