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Lloyd Webber Foundation hands out more than 1 million

HELPING HAND: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

THE ANDREW Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth more than £1 million to 28 projects across the UK this summer.

These form part of the Foundation’s active grant giving programme, which supports projects that focus on the enhancement of arts education, participation, improving access and increasing diversity across the arts, culture and heritage sector.

The world’s longest-running publication for the performing arts industry, The Stage, has been awarded the highest amount of £175,000 over three years. This will support the creation of a free online data resource detailing the full range of training opportunities and careers in theatre, as well as funding and support that is available for aspiring theatre workers.

It will have a particular focus on opportunities for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, including young people from BAME backgrounds.

The project has sprung from one of the key recommendations of the Centre Stage report, published by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation last year.

Also, awarded over three years, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) received £121,880 towards Next Generation, a talent development programme for young people aged 13-18.

The programme will recruit talented young people from the RSC’s nationwide partnerships with schools and regional theatres, known as the Associate Schools programme.

Some of the best theatre-makers, actors and directors in the business will give advice, teaching, support and practical experience, under the guidance of the RSC, with workshops and residential courses in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Next Generation will encourage new talent, who would not have had access to these opportunities, to enter a career in the theatre in either acting, directing or working backstage. The RSC will make a further announcement in September.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:

“I’m delighted to see the range and depth of the initiatives that the Foundation is funding. It’s particularly gratifying that the Foundation is helping to address one of the recommendations of its Centre Stage report, working with The Stage and other funders, so that young people of talent, whatever their background, can gain access to the opportunities and training they need to forge a successful career in the performing arts.”

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