Funding for Black, Asian and ‘Global Majority’ Artists to Perform at Edinburgh Fringe

Funding is being provided to help Black, Asian and ‘Global Majority’ artists across the UK to overcome barriers that would otherwise prevent them from performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Provided by the Pleasance Theatre Trust, the Pleasance Generate Fund has been established to help UK-based Black, Asian and ‘Global Majority’ artists bring their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

This Fund is the result of consultation with a cross-section of independent artists, companies and organisations with experience of presenting work at the Fringe and is a response to specific barriers facing Black, Asian and Global Majority artists when presenting work in Festival contexts.

The funder hopes the programme will act as a catalyst for wider activity in the lead up and during the Fringe, bringing together artists and stakeholders to discuss how to make the event a ‘Safe Space for Global Majority’, acknowledging the intersectionality that will be present.

The scheme will provide financing, mentorship and programming opportunities. In 2022, there is £10,000 available, with productions receiving investment of up to £5,000 to support projects that would otherwise not be able to come to the Fringe.

For productions to be considered for funding, at least 50% of the lead creators (which could include the Writer, Director, Producer, Set Designer or makers/devising ensemble) must identify as Black, Asian or Global Majority Artists. Artists must be based in the UK. They must propose a Theatre or Children’s production that will be ready to be presented at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022.

The deadline for applications is 17 January 2022 (10:00 GMT).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)