Yorkshire Dance is very grateful indeed to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a grant of £67,000, announced this month.
The award will enable us to deliver our new Amplified programme, designed to support independent artists with a proven track-record, and to build a stronger profile for dance with audiences, venues and festival partners.
Amplified sets out to connect the creative talent within the independent dance sector in Yorkshire / the North with venues’ and festivals’ need for excellent artistic, sustainable dance performance.
The award will enable us to bring in external producing expertise to design and deliver new creative projects which are of relevance to the existing infrastructure of small scale venues and festivals, and imaginatively engage communities with dance.
We will work closely with artists to design projects and raise funds to produce and tour creative work, as well as develop imaginative ways in which promoters can build confidence in working with artists based in Yorkshire / the North.
Amplified is a step-change project for Yorkshire Dance: it is designed to support (emerging) independent artists with a proven track-record whilst building a much stronger profile for dance with audiences, venues and festival partners.
From supporting the preservation and use of nationally significant collections to encouraging innovative new projects, Esmée Fairbairn has a long history of funding the arts and heritage sectors. Over the last six years, the Foundation has made £43.6 million of grants to the arts, £11.2 million of that in 2013.
Read more about its support for the arts here.
This award is subject to the appointment of a Senior Producer for Amplified.