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COVID-19 Bursary & Projects Programme

Unfortunately, this Programme is now closed. All available funds for bursaries and projects have now been allocated. 


Freelance artists are being adversely affected by cancellation of work during the COVID-19 crisis. As an organisation that is currently working remotely, our regular activities - bringing artists together face-to-face - are limited.

As a response, we have launched a new Bursary & Projects Programme for playwrights which, we hope, will provide easy access to financial resources or other support during this time.

The Bursary & Projects Programme is for:

  • Early, mid-career or established professional playwrights. (Professional means that you have previously been commissioned, paid for your work or produced your own work in a professional setting.)


As they are currently under-represented within some of our Programmes, we particularly welcome applications from:

  • Playwrights based outside the central belt of Scotland and, more specifically, the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Playwrights from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Playwrights with disabilities. This can be a physical disability, learning disability or mental health condition
  • Women playwrights
  • Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots


The Programme can provide between £500 - £2000 for:

  • Writing bursaries
  • Other ways of developing scripts, which do not require face-to-face contact, e.g. online workshops involving actors, directors or other artists


A total budget of £15,000 is available.

We anticipate that these will be simple projects which don't require a great deal of administrative support. However, where necessary, Playwrights' Studio staff will be available to provide this, as well as any financial management, e.g. budgeting or paying others for their time. We will work closely with you to ensure that the activity successfully meets your objectives and we can offer ongoing guidance throughout.

 

How to apply

Click the button below to be taken to a simple application form on Submittable. Select 'COVID-19 Bursary & Projects Programme' from the menu. You will then be prompted to sign in or create an account for Submittable.

To help you prepare your application, feel free to download this information in a Word document or PDF.

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Alternatively, you can provide the following information in an emailed attachment to info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk:

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • Any communication and/or access needs that we should be aware of
  • Which idea, play or project would you like to work on? (500 words maximum)
  • How much money (£500 - £2000) you are requesting
  • Anything else you would like to tell us about your idea, play, project or personal circumstances relevant to your application
  • A CV detailing your writing career to date
  • Brief biography
  • Whether you will be writing in English, Gaelic or Scots (you can apply in any of these languages)
  • An Equalities Monitoring Form


You will receive an acknowledgement from Submittable or from Playwrights' Studio (if applying by email) confirming the submission of your application.

 

How we will make our decisions

All applications will be read by Playwrights' Studio staff, using the following criteria:

  • You are an early, mid-career or established professional playwright. (Professional means that you have previously been commissioned, paid for your work or produced your own work in a professional setting.)
  • Your main residence is in Scotland
  • If you are applying for a project, the budget and timescale you propose is realistic. All artists must be paid at appropriate industry rates. (Please contact us if you need guidance on this.)


We aim to support as diverse a group of playwrights across career stages and we also particularly welcome applications from: 

  • Playwrights based outside the central belt of Scotland and, more specifically, the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Playwrights from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Playwrights with disabilities. This can be a physical disability, learning disability or mental health condition
  • Women playwrights
  • Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots


We will support as many playwrights as possible within the resources we have available. Unfortunately, we may not be able to award the full amount requested.

A few exclusions:

  • Playwrights who have recently received support from Playwrights' Studio (within the last 18 months) or who are currently in receipt of support from one of our other Programmes
  • Anyone still at school, or studying either full time, or as part of a long term, formal or accredited programme at college or university (at the time of application) including PhD students
  • As a development organisation, we do not commission or produce plays. Our resources are limited. This is not a commissioning or production fund. Resources from this Programme cannot be used to substitute or top up commissioning fees from theatres, or to self-commission nor can they contribute to production costs


We cannot, therefore, support:

  • Commission fees to write a new play (The FST/SSP minimum recommended rate for a play up to 30 minutes is £3,735 which is beyond the scope of this activity)
  • Production costs
  • Plays that have already been produced

 

Other sources of support

Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary
Creative Scotland have now announced a Bridging Bursary Fund. This is a fund for those individual artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to COVID-19. You can seek between £500 and £2500 to help support your immediate needs.


Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Creative Scotland's Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development focuses support on helping individuals, including playwrights, and organisations to sustain themselves. Funding of between £1000 and £50,000 is available.

Please contact Creative Scotland directly for more information.

As this Programme is funded through Creative Scotland, please bear in mind their guidance in relation to receving Government support:

"People in receipt of social security benefits, or those planning to apply for them, should make their own checks in terms of the potential impact the award [of a Bridging Bursary] would have on any benefits payments. We also strongly advise that you check the most up-to-date information and advice from the UK Government on their support programmes for freelancers before making a request to this programme. It is your responsibility to consider the impact of a request to this fund on any other support you intend to access."

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