About the Bursary Award
Stage One is very committed to ensuring producers are supported both financially and professionally especially in these more challenging times. Through the bursary award, we can provide financial and practical assistance to help get your productions up and running and support your overall development. We understand that mounting your first productions can be an intimidating experience and aim to make the process accessible to passionate and dedicated producers, who otherwise may not have the resources to do so.
We support producers from all areas of the UK including those embarking on regional tours. Bursary awards are available twice year, in Spring and Autumn.
Stage One are committed to supporting those who are underrepresented in the industry and will prioritise these applicants.
The award comprises of 3 parts:
1. Financial Award
Producers may apply for up to £15,000 to support new projects or themselves. Unlike other arts funding, the Stage One bursary award is not cash to go directly into your production. We aim to support you financially i.e. rent, bills, accountants or legal fees. You can apply for some money for your production(s) and we have previously given this for:
- Production Rights/Options
- Rehearsal & Development
- Writer commissions
- Legal fees
You will work with the Stage One Team to find an experienced professional to mentor you during the time you are receiving support from Stage One. The mentor will be available for consultation and advice, they will also sign off on your monthly report and invoices to Stage One. Further training through Stage One is also provided free of charge on specific topics relevant to your practice.
3. Office Space
A shared office space in London is available for periods agreed by Stage One. The office is in a central London location and is generously supported by Shaftesbury PLC. Please note, due to current government guidelines on working from home, the office is closed until further notice.