About the Bursary Award

The Stage One bursary award is a unique award in that, unlike other arts funding, we are predominantly focussed on your progression as a producer.

The Award consists of:

  • Financial Award of up to £15,000

  • Mentoring from an experienced producer or professional


How does it work?

Step One: Producers will be awarded up to £15,000 to support themselves and the development of new projects. For example; if you need financial support to commission artists to create work we can support this, we can also support you financially i.e. rent, bills, accountants or legal fees.

Step Two: 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.

 
*An Easy Read version of our guidelines is available here.

 “The Bursary has been absolutely invaluable in order for me to have time to produce my first full run of a show.

But what's been even more invaluable is the amazing mentorship I've received from the entire Stage One community.”

Taz Skylar

Bursary Recipient Spring 2019

Maverick Productions

From Autumn 2022, Stage One and Perfect Pitch are delighted to be working together to award outstanding emerging producers an increased level of financial support for both the producer and the project to allow meaningful development of new British musicals to take place.

Producers whose application is successful for the initial Stage One Bursary award and whose projects align with the aims of Perfect Pitch will be invited to apply for additional financial support of up to a further £15,000 which will also include:

  • Access to low-cost development opportunities

  • Subsidised workshop & rehearsal space

  • Additional musicals mentorship (alongside the support provided by Stage One)

  • Access to musical focussed networking events

"Perfect Pitch are absolutely delighted to partner with Stage One and to offer additional value to their already brilliant work identifying and supporting the producers of the future.

As a recipient of the bursary in 2005 I know the value of Stage One first hand and it is a testament to their early career support that we are now able to offer our own support and work together to ensure the producers of future new musicals represent the wide breadth of communities they come from, and are supported in telling new, contemporary, and relevant stories."

Andy Barnes

Perfect Pitch

Producer


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