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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Open for Applications: Raft Of New Bursaries Up For Grabs @ Brighton Fringe 2020

Each year, a number of bursaries are offered to new and returning participants, helping them to put on a Brighton Fringe event and launch their career in the arts.
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Brighton Fringe, England's largest arts festival, work with external partnering organisations to be able to offer the exclusive funding, with nine organisations currently offering twenty bursaries worth a total of £19,270. 

There are three new bursaries on offer including:  

** IN:tro bursary from urbanflo Creative; offering a free registration and bespoke mentoring session to young artists (18-25) wanting to put on their first Brighton Fringe production.  
** Eventotron Brighton Fringe bursaries offering £500 towards production costs for two companies. Support will include a mentoring session with an industry professional networking and promotion within Eventotron. 
** Michael Graney bursary, celebrating the memory of the Brighton writer and creative who was passionate about the arts and science-fiction. This bursary gives a free registration to an event whose shows contains elements of hope and kindness at their core.   

The Pebble Trust, Brighton Fringe's principal sponsor and patron, will also be supporting participants for the tenth year running, by offering three bursaries to young people wishing to put on an event. 

The event can come under any of Brighton Fringe's eleven categories, including literature & spoken word, theatre, cabaret & variety and comedy. 

Louise Arnell, co-founder of The Pebble Trust, said: 

"It is a rare and unique opportunity for young people to gain a vital first step into the arts whilst receiving invaluable support and encouragement from professional mentors."  

The Pebble Trust also offers two international touring bursaries; £2,500 to one international fringe festival award-winning show to bring them to Brighton, and £2,500 to an outgoing Brighton Fringe award-winner to go to an international fringe festival. 

This year's winners, Queer Street Productions, took their show on to Sydney Fringe last month. 

Other bursaries on offer this year include the Encore Insure bursaries, which offer five free registrations to theatre, circus, dance and physical theatre, and literature and spoken word events. 

The Irene Mensah bursary, applicable to participants who can demonstrate artistic engagement with marginalised and/or vulnerable people. 

The Brighton Lions bursaries, which offer five free registrations to participants aged 60 or over. 

The South East Dance bursary which offers free registration and mentoring sessions to participants for shows with elements of choreography. 

All information on Brighton Fringe 2020 bursaries and links to apply can be can be found on the Brighton Fringe website HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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