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

The Award consists of:

  • Financial Award of up to £20,000

  • Mentoring from an experienced producer or professional

  • Access to a shared central London office space


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How Does it work?


Applications for the Spring 2024 round have now closed. The Autumn round will open in August 2024. 

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.

Application Guidance Documents 

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

  • An Easy Read version of our guidelines is available here
  • A screen-reader compatible version and large print version of our guidelines is available here.
  • An audio version of the guidance will be available soon.

Top Ups

Top Ups are subsequent awards which follow your first bursary award. If you have not received the full £20,000 for your initial bursary, you will be eligible to apply for a Top Up at a later date. You can apply for a Top Up as many times as you like. The total amount you can be awarded is capped at £20,000*.

*Note: If you received a bursary or top up before Autumn 2023, you may only apply for up to £15,000 for your bursary or top up. 

For example:  Johnny applies for and receives £8,000 for his initial bursary. In subsequent bursary rounds, he is then therefore elibigle to apply for up to £12,000. He applies for and receives a £7,000 Top Up. He then applies again for a £5,000 Top Up. The total money he has received from Stage One has now hit £20,000, so he cannot apply for a Top Up again. 

Applying for a Top Up  The application process is similar to the main award: we will ask you to tell us what you will use the money for and how it will positively impact your commercial producing career.

Top Up applications open and close on the same dates as the main bursary award. The Stage One team will review all top up applications after the main bursary awards are confirmed, so it may take a little longer for you to receive the outcome.

Contact us on enquiries@stageone.uk.com to receive the Top Up Application form, or head to the ‘Resources’ tab in our Members Area.

"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

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, conte


Andy Barnes
Pitch Perfect