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We are delighted to share that we awarded four grants – each for £1000 on 28th February 2020. Totalling £4000, this is double the amount that we were able to give away in our first round.
The panel for the fund was Mimi Findlay, Producer at Clean Break; David Byrne, Artistic Director of New Diorama Theatre; Gavin Barlow, CEO & Artistic Director at The Albany, and Emily Thommes, Tickets Ignite co-founder.
This grant will be used to help 4 musicians create new pieces of work which will be showcased at our weekly FRESH events. FRESH is a weekly space for new and unheard music to reach the stage and to bring together curious., open minded audiences over dinner and exciting new music.
SUCKER by Nessah Muthy is a gripping, Margaret Atwood-esque thriller which imagines the future of Britain’s welfare state. The Ignite Fund grant will be crucial in enabling COMMON to work closely with an Engagement Officer to support meaningful audience development and diversification during the tour, and embed considered support to ensure working-class communities are able to see, enjoy and respond to the show.
RUMAH Fest is a one-day festival to open up spaces for integration amongst Artists from the various Asian Diasporas based in London. In this inaugural edition, RUMAH will be taking over Level 4 of Rich Mix’s The Mix, and will transform the space into an eclectic playground of provocations, workshops, communal lunch, bite size performances and a closing music party.
A new verbatim opera about the rich and nuanced lives of disabled people and the absurdity of UK state bureaucracy, made and performed by an all-disabled company. Composer Amble Skuse combines drama, song and live electronics in a show that’s different every time, and brings together performers from opera, folk and jazz. Produced by HERA and premiering at Sound Festival (Aberdeen), October 2020.
If you are behind our mission, we’d ask a small favour of you. We are thrilled to be able to give away £6000 but really, we want to be giving away £600,000. To do this we need to spread the word, connect with more event organisers, sell more tickets and raise more funding.
We awarded two grants of £1000 on March 1st 2019.
For Zoo Co the funding will support a 15 date UK tour of Sirens in July 2019. The piece explores how gender stereotypes have changed over a millennium. Working with a d/Deaf and hearing cast, the piece is bilingual (BSL and Spoken English), and is creatively captioned throughout using intricate projection mapping. The funding specifically pays for the redevelopment of the script, bringing on board award-winning writer and dramaturg Alex Howarth as a new creative collaborator.
For Gasp-C the funding will facilitate their spring tour of Lucky Ping-Pong Dragon Karaoke, a live art performance created by four pan-Chinese artists. This will mark their first complete tour as a collective. Receiving the funding means they can allocate more resources in developing new audiences in different regions, and invite more people engage in conversations around East Asian identity.