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 £20,000

  • Mentoring from an experienced producer or professional

How does it work?

Step One: Producers will be awarded up to £20,000 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.

For more information on the Bursary, you can view our guidelines here

*A screen-reader compatible version of our guidelines is available here
*An Easy Read version of our guidelines is available here.

"The bursary has been so beneficial for me this year.

As I went on to produce my biggest and most ambitious project to date, I knew that I needed time to focus and not get distracted by other jobs. Having the financial support meant I could spend time building my company, the production and more importantly my network."

Liam Gartland

Bursary Recipient Spring 2022

Gartland Productions

In Autumn 2023, Stage One and Perfect Pitch are delighted to be continuing their partnership 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 £20,000 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


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