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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards 28 new grants to support under-represented aspiring actors, musicians and craftspeople

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28 new grants awarded worth a total of £686,133 to projects right across the UK
Warwick Arts Centre is funded £10,000 to recruit 7 student leaders from university students and provide 20 free youth theatre places. It is targeting those who wouldn’t normally engage, reached via promotion in schools and community groups in disadvantaged areas.

This November, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth a total of £686,133 to 28 projects across the UK and internationally. Championing the breaking down of barriers to engagement in the arts, many of the organisations rewarded this autumn will use their grant to specifically engage young people and those from hard-to-reach and minority backgrounds. This follows on from last December’s Centre Stage report, which urged the theatre profession to take action to improve the pipeline of diverse talent into the arts.

Warwick Arts Centre has received £10,000 to recruit 7 student leaders from university students and provide 20 free youth theatre places. It is targeting those who wouldn’t normally engage, reached via promotion in schools and community groups in disadvantaged areas.

Head of Creative Learning at Warwick Arts Centre, Kate Sayer, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this £10,000 by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Creative Learning and arts education is incredibly important to us at Warwick Arts Centre and working with young people, from many different cultures and backgrounds, to help them realise dreams and interests is key.”

From apprenticeships to PhDs, the projects supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation will benefit people as far flung as America to across the UK in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and throughout England to projects in Northampton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Portsmouth, Lancaster, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Norwich.

This includes more than £220,ooo to support music projects, over £226,000 for theatre initiatives and over £175,000 for projects conserving and promoting heritage. The Foundation’s active grant giving programme has awarded over £18 million since 2010 to support the enhancement of arts education, participation and increasing diversity across the sector.

Along with Warwick Arts Centre, the recipients of this round of grants are National Youth Theatre, Mercury Musical Developments, Masterclass Trust, Live Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, JMK Trust, New Vic Theatre, Northampton Theatres Trust Ltd, The Dukes Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, The Jessye Norman School of Arts, Wac Arts, Greyscale Theatre Company, Frozen Light Theatre, Historic Wales Heritage Angel Awards, Gainsborough House, The Churches Conservation Trust, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB), Chetham’s School of Music, Ulster Orchestra, Northampton’s Music and Performing Arts Trust, Chineke! Orchestra, MiSST, Gorsebrook School, Urban Vocal Group and William Mathias Music Centre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “One year on from the publication of the Centre Stage report I’m delighted my Foundation is able to fund such a wide range of projects across the UK that help erode the barriers to careers in the arts and heritage for young people from all backgrounds. The report encouraged other funders and philanthropists to do the same. I urge everyone who can to get involved and support the development of diverse talent across our industry. I’m also particularly thrilled to see that we will have Heritage Angel Awards in Wales next year and will be able to celebrate the vital work that people contribute to saving our heritage right across the country.”