Attitude Is Everything is looking for Future Leaders for their new Programme launching soon

Here’s a great initiative! The innovative arts company Attitude is Everything is seeking 10 people at the early stage of their career in the music industry to join their ambitious and exciting new Future Leaders support scheme in 2022.

In a statement, AiE says: “We believe that the music and live events industry can only be accessible if people who are Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent or have long-term physical or mental health conditions can succeed in leadership positions. Across 2022 we plan to support ten people who are early or entering their careers in the music industry to develop their knowledge, skills and breadth of experience to support them to become industry leaders of the future.

The Future Leaders Programme is part of our National Lottery funded Beyond the Music initiative, which seeks to get more Deaf and disabled people working in the music industry.

Because each Future Leader’s journey will be bespoke to them, no leader will get the exact same experience but areas we want to support the Future Leaders over the course of the year include:

Accessing mentorship opportunities
Finding and applying for work placements
Understanding the breadth and variety of roles in the music and live events sector
Learning how to become specialists in accessibility work, if that is what you want to do.
Practical skills for freelance work such as invoicing clients or managing self-employment.
Introductions to senior figures within the music industry
Opportunities to shadow meetings and learn about new areas of work.
Being part of a supportive network of fellow Future Leaders
Learning how charities work, with a specific focus on the work of Attitude is Everything
Opportunities to learn communication and media skills and act as ambassadors for Beyond the Music.
We will also aim to support the Leaders where we can to develop in any other areas of work they are interested in.”

If you know someone who should be applying, then share this with them! NOW!

Deadline to apply: 10th January

Find out more about how to apply, and the requirements and commitment needed at:…

Weekly online catch up for creatives

Creatives, here’s a great opportunity to join Relish Theatre each Friday for industry chats, script support, fundraising guidance and much more at their online coffee mornings. Giving and receiving help and advice in a friendly and supportive environment sounds just what creatives need right now. And it’s all free!

Coffee and a Creative Catch-Up – what could be better? Get signed up!

Happening every Friday from 10am-11am, until 10th December.

You can find out more here

Artistic Directors of the Future’s INNOVATORS brings opportunities for people of colour

Here’s a great opportunity for people of colour to break through in the theatre industry, through the Artistic Directors of the Future’s INNOVATORS project which is now open for submissions until October 8th,

ADF Innovators gives up to 10 ADF members the time, space and support to develop a project idea that aligns with the ADF mission – to improve the representation of people of colour in theatre leadership positions. Up to 10 practitioners will develop their project proposal and their entrepreneurial skills over a two-week online intensive programme, providing all with a viable proposal and strategy for realisation. One of these innovators will have their project selected. The successful candidate will work at ADF as an Associate Leader for one year. During this period the Associate Leader will pilot their dream project with the potential of creating a real impact across the sector. The remaining ADF Innovators will be invited to join the 12-week Think Tank: Agents of Change, leading up to an industry conference. These agents of change will present their solutions to industry problems to the key decision-makers within theatre and live performance organisations.

The project is open to ADF members only, so if you have not registered please do so before submitting your application. Please also be aware there is an INNOVATORS briefing session on 23rd September which should be attended to fully understand the requirements of this project.

For more information about the project, including cut-off dates, please visit ADF’s wesbite here

Ardent Theatre Company share free new online resource program for aspiring theatre stars

A small theatre company which produces five-star work, Ardent Theatre Company has always lived up to its mission statement; Bringing Outsiders In.

Helping young people into the mysterious world of theatre is never an easy job, yet Ardent’s joint Creative Directors Mark Sands and Andrew Muir are truly passionate and take their responsibilities very seriously.

The theatre world is precarious enough without a pandemic, but even in normal times those who may come from less financially affluent homes or parts of the country may be exponentially disadvantaged from achieving their dreams. Pandemic-wise, that issue multiplies, which is one of the reasons this new initiative is so needed- and so welcome.

To help, each year Ardent chooses eight students from outside of London in their final year of education, and supports them with advice and training. Not just this, the group will travel to London for auditions, agent exposure and the rehearsal and performance of a week’s run in a specially commissioned play written for them by Andrew Muir. All of this supportive work including travel, accommodation, food and wages are paid for by the fundraising work that Mark Sands does through Ardent’s annual participation in the Big Give, a scheme where high value donors give amounts to be matched by public donations. Through a supportive and enthusiastic group of followers and some well-known supporters, Sands has not just achieved but smashed his targets in every year they have participated.

Ardent Theatre Company’s Creative Director Mark Sands

This year has posed issues for Ardent’s planned program, which although diminished in some aspects, after much creative thinking is also vastly expanded in others.

In the process of trying to reach a wider audience online, Ardent have invested time and funding in producing a series of online resources which anyone can access for free.

A series of workshop notes, interviews, guidance and tips about working in Theatre. Ardent will be adding new resources each month to build an information hub about the business, developing skills and finding work, as well as links to other online material they think useful.

Talking to Sands about the project, he said: “The idea really came out of the 16 young graduates we’ve worked with over the last few years. It’s quite hard to find the information they need to start building a career. There’s no one-stop place so it all becomes a bit piecemeal. There are some very well-funded sites out there, but they often cater to secondary school age, or they prioritise paid opportunities. We wanted to create something that was free for all, focused on post-education and plain speaking. And the response has been positive so far with many of the directors and actors we’ve worked with over the years offering up advice, tips and even video interviews. It’s exciting and something that will constantly evolve and grow as more and more people contribute.”

This will undoubtedly grow to be an increasingly useful reference work for young people wanting to get into the theatre industry and I wish it every success.

Every few weeks more material will be added to the resource, so it will be worth checking back regularly.

The current areas planned to be covered in the structure include About the Business, Developing Skills, Finding Work and Other Resources.

On April 1st the program kicked off with Casting and self-tapes.

On April 15th the program continued with Self-promotion using social media

And on 29th April the program covers a Guide to Registering as Self-Employed

And the program’s further segments will be announced as they become available. You can follow Ardent on social media visa their Facebook and Instagram accounts to keep updated.

If you know of young family or friends with theatrical aspirations, do them a favour and share this information with them. Theatre work is never easy, but the stars of tomorrow – both onstage and offstage- are out there, and they need all our help to shine.

Access the Ardent Resources as they become available via their website here

Some of Ardent’s previous productions including their 2014 five-star debut, John Van Druten’s FLOWERS OF THE FOREST at Jermyn Street Theatre and their five-star production of Philip Osment’s THIS ISLAND’S MINE at the King’s Head Theatre in 2019

Support Morecambe Winter Gardens by taking a tour!

Here’s a great opportunity for all of you who, maybe like me, are feeling a little cooped up waiting for this blasted pandemic to ebb. So here’s a great opportunity to go exploring one of the UK’s most historic theatres – without leaving your sofa.

Morecambe Winter Gardens have recorded a comprehensive and very interesting guided tour of this listed but still at risk building.

For just £5, you can sign up to be a Friend of the MWG for a year, and as a special perk you’ll get the guided tour thrown in! It’s well worth the tiny price.

TO ACCESS THE TOUR, visit the theatre’s website here and click on the heading Virtual Tour Join on the top right of the screen

And if you’d like a taster to whet your appetite, here’s a short trailer

For more information about the Morecambe Winter Gardens and its “at risk” status, visit the Theatres Trust website here