The Greater Manchester Artist Hub has launched a new fund to support independent performing artists in the area.
The Originate Fund will offer three commissions of £5,000 for new performance works being developed for performance next summer. The fund is accepting expressions of interest until January 10 from artists who would like to be considered.
The GMAH was formed by 13 of the area’s arts organisations to help independent artists during the pandemic, and since its launch organisers have spoken to hundreds of freelancers about their pandemic needs.
Originate is the third fund launched by the GMAH: the first, the Revive Fund, offered hardship bursaries to freelancers not covered by government schemes, and the second, Reboot, offered funding and training to young artists. All three schemes have been made possible by a £60,000 grant early in the pandemic by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Since its formation in April the hub has offered 350 advice sessions to local artists, and larger opportunities for artists to learn about specific funding streams and network among theatre and arts administrators.
Senior producer for artist development at The Lowry, Claire Symonds, said: “Each commission is underpinned by a partnership of Greater Manchester organisations, which will work together to support these artists as they develop new work.”
Further opportunities will be announced in due course.
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