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Accelerating development and chancing fortune

We are able to fund a wide range of artists, events and culture thanks to National Lottery funding. Here’s some of the projects we’ve helped to make happen this September thanks to National Lottery players.

Accelerator 2020 – Music Managers Forum (£59,400) 
The Accelerator 2020 programme will support up to 24 independent music managers with a bursary of up to £15,000, 100 hours of professional mentoring, training and masterclasses. The programme has also been supported by YouTube

Over the years, the role of the artist manager has expended to include much of the early stage artist development, financing and marketing, and include entrepreneurial and business skills, with artist managers often investing their time and their own money in their artists

A group of 30-40 music managers at the Youtube Music offices

Accelerator Managers 2019. Photo by Andy WIllsher

Music Managers Forum represents over 670 managers across the UK, and have 27 years’ experience in educating, supporting and advocating for artists, songwriters and producer/managers.

Annabella Coldrick, CEO Music Manager’s Fund, yesterday said: 

“We are incredibly grateful to receive Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grant Funding to support our music manager support and development program Accelerator. The funding enables us to  respond to the the needs of our members and the sector at large in developing their artist service businesses at crucial tipping points in there emerging careers. With the grant this year we will also be working with partners to develop our reach across England further with our training and education programme."

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Outrageous Fortune – Debs Newbold (£43,877)
This collaboration between writer and performer Debs Newbold and director and clowning expert John Wright, is to create an ambitious new feminist literary performance work that retells the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet through the eyes of his mother, Gerturde, and asks, in the 400 years since it was written, what’s changed?

A women kneels on sand, dresses all in black, with her hands on her head in frustration

Photo by Alan Hinton

Set in Purgatory and featuring a live drum score from kit-drummer, DJ and composer Luke Harney, the production will create an original parallel narrative to Hamlet and apply a contemporary lens that gives a voice to Gertrude and so many other women who are silenced in today’s society. It will present themes of guilt, inequality, violence, agency, abuse of power and our attitudes to sexuality in mature women – in a funny and fierce act of rebellion.

A co-production with Square Chapel Arts Centre (an Arts Council England NPO), the project is supported by York Theatre Royal, Harrogate Theatre and Greenwich Theatre and will see the development and tour of Outrageous Fortune for small-scale studio spaces across the UK.

Debs Newbold, writer and performer, yesterday said: 

“I am beyond chuffed to have been awarded funding to develop and tour my new show Outrageous Fortune. It is my most ambitious and challenging work to date, and one I am so very proud of already, after a fantastic R&D period earlier this year. The show is being produced by Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, where I am now an Associate Artist, and has been supported by Greenwich Theatre, Harrogate Theatre and York Theatre Royal.

“None of this would have happened without Arts Council England’s support of and belief in my work. There is a national tour lined up for Outrageous Fortune at some wonderful venues (to be announced soon), I’ve made connections with fantastic collaborators and supporters and I am now in a position to make the best work I have ever made, with a full team behind both me, and it. I couldn’t be more thrilled and determined.”

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