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Live Work Fund

03 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding available for artists, creatives and producers based in the UK whose work pre-COVID-19 focused and relied on live performance.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Jerwood Arts

Maximum value:

£ 20,000

Application deadline:



The Live Work Fund is run by Jerwood Arts. It brings together Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust, four independent funders who share a common desire to substantially support performing artists/creatives directly following the impact of COVID-19.

Objectives of Fund

The fund is designed to help prevent talented individuals of all backgrounds from abandoning the development of their practice due to the impact of COVID-19.

Value Notes

Awards of up to £20,000 will be made.

Who Can Apply

Applications are welcome from individual artists, creatives and producers, and those who have an established collaborative practice, who:

  • Are freelance/independent artists/creatives.

  • Have live performance at the heart of their practice, including in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.

  • Think of their practice as including one or more of the following: acting, choreographing, composing (primarily for live performance), devising, designing (set, sound, video and lighting for the stage/live performance), directing, facilitating, movement work, performing, producing, writing (primarily for the stage/live performance).

  • Have a professional track record with their practice in the arts and have worked professionally within the last 18 months. This includes the track record of a group if applying collaboratively.

  • Are no more than ten years into beginning their professional artistic/creative practice at the time of applying (ie consider the beginning of their professional artistic/creative practice to have started after November 2010 and no later November 2019, unless there has been a career break for health or care reasons).

  • Are based in the UK and have the legal right to work in the UK and have the intention to continue residence within the UK until January 2022. British nationality is not required.

  • Have a professional track record with their practice in the arts and have worked professionally within the last 18 months. This includes the track record of a group if applying collaboratively.

There is no educational requirement or age limit.




The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Anyone who is undertaking full or part-time formal education at any point between January 2021 and January 2022 (including dissertation writing).

  • Proposals that include activity taking place outside of the UK in 2021.

  • Proposals which focus on visual arts practices, literature and film making.

  • Proposals from or on behalf of organisations.

  • Proposals which focus on any other practice not typically supported by Jerwood Arts.

  • Proposals from those whose practice is primarily stage management, technical management, production management, promotion, marketing, fundraising and/or administratively led.

Eligible Expenditure

The awardees will be free to choose how the funding is spent, including towards personal living costs as well as supporting artistic/creative activities.

Possible activities might include:

  • Testing and experimenting: eg with new ways of workshopping, rehearsing, composing, creating and devising.

  • Developing new skills: eg in digital technology, techniques, methods.

  • Developing new networks: eg practice specific, peer-learning and support.

  • Developing new relationships with audiences: eg exploring ideas about audience engagement.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted via the online portal by the deadline of 16 November 2020 (17:00). An application form and guidance notes are available from the website.

More details can be accessed at:

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Jerwood Arts
    Jerwood Space
    171 Union Street
    SE1 0LN
    Tel: 07944 903989
    Email: [email protected]


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