Despite the Government’s recent £1.57billion lifeline, this is an extremely challenging time for the creative industry and the next generation of artists. Which is why The Garage is today offering scholarships to people looking to forge a career in this vital sector.
Successful HNC Performing Arts Programme applicants will get the full cost of their fees up to £6,000 and £200 to help them buy books and materials.
Beth Norman, Learning Manager, said: “The Garage recognises this has been an incredibly difficult time for the performing arts and for those wishing to forge a career in the industry.
“We hope by launching our scholarships we can boost the industry by giving vital support to the potential future workforce of this vital sector and at the same time support equality, diversity and inclusion.”
Scholarships are available for:
- Those facing financial hardship
- Those who are over 21
- Those who have overcome significant barriers to learning
- Dance excellence
- Musicality excellence
- The performing arts industry award for people already working in the creative section looking to further their career
- The diversity scholarship. The aim being to encourage more local individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to consider a career in the performing arts
Adam Taylor, Executive Director and Head of Centre, said: “We know times are hard and that many families’ incomes have been slashed through cuts in wages or the looming of a potential redundancy. But aspirations remain high in the young people who take part in our dance and drama classes, so we knew we needed to do something to help.
“We are so very pleased to be announcing eight scholarships on our HNC programmes for accepted students on our September starting courses. It is crucial for us to support those who face barriers to education and the performing arts sector whatever this may be.”
Those interested can find out more about each award and download an application form at thegarage.org.uk/education/accredited-courses/
The assessment panel will include a member of The Garage, a board trustee and an independent. Applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 August.
Diccon Hogger, Accredited Courses Manager and Lead Lecturer, said The Garage prides itself on its accessibility to its activities and the scholarships are evidence of that vision.
He added: “Performing arts training is crucial for the continuance of the industry, especially in these changing times. Our scholarships allow for local talented artists to access high quality performing arts skills training in acting, dance and musical theatre right here in Norwich.
“The scholarships will effectively cover the course costs, enabling the students to fully focus on developing their skills and understanding of the performing arts industry and to plan their future as a potential professional artist.”