How do I get funding for my show?

Tuesday, 08th February 2022

There are lots of different organisations that support the arts, with lots of different priorities and deadlines. We’ve rounded up information about those deadlines and organisations and summarised it here – though always check the organisation’s website for full details and the most up-to-date information.


Many will require you to be a registered charity, while others (especially those focused on education) are happy to support individuals. Others support any not for profit organisation.


This is a UK-focused list – if you’re making a show elsewhere, there will probably be other sources of funding available to you to make your show happen. Our Making It Happen guide may help.


Start with these and you will find a long and winding road of fundraising opportunities. Do the leg work and have a look to see what you can find that is applicable to you. Lots of them work far in advance so look now for future projects.


Arts Council England – ongoing applications, various strands

Colwinston Charitable Trust – 4-6 months before the activity, mostly to arts in Wales

Countess of Munster Trust – next deadline around February 2023, Stephen Oliver Award for composer to bring a piece of music theatre to life

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – ongoing applications, community-focused

Fidelio Charitable Trust – next deadline 26th May 2022, especially early career composers

Foyle Foundation – ongoing applications, for financially viable charities

Garfield Weston Foundation – ongoing applications, arts charities

Garrick Club Charitable Trust – ongoing applications, arts charities for artist development

Golsoncott Foundation – next deadline early February, arts education for music

Idlewild Trust – next deadline 15th March 2022, artist development programmes

Jerwood Arts – various opportunities; check website

John Ellerman Foundation – ongoing applications, arts organisations

Leche Trust – next deadline 29th April, for excellent performance of new work

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – ongoing applications, improved arts access

PRS for Music Foundation – various funds (many deadlines on the 15th March 2022), check website

Rayne Foundation – ongoing applications, arts as a tool for social change

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation – deadline last Friday in February, music theatre performance

RVW Trust – next deadline 2nd May 2022, for music performances after 1st August

Unity Theatre Trust – next application window opens February 2022, increase public interest in drama and related arts

Youth Music – next deadline Spring 2022, for young people in the arts


These organisations have pages listing funding options away from their own, some of which may be appropriate for your specific project: