A few April opportunities

Here are a few of the latest funding stories and arts opportunities that have come to us from across the arts world:

Non profit playwright group Playmarket are offering an exciting opportunity for New Zealand playwrights to take their work to Scotland. The scheme in partnership with Creative New Zealand will allow an established writer to undertake a three-month residency in Scotland and have their work produced by a Scottish theatre company. Successful applicants will receive airfare, a commission fee, a living stipend and paid accommodation. Applications must be sent to director@playmarket.org.nz on or before 28 April. To learn more head to creativenz.govt.nz.

The National Dance Project (NDP) has a spring in its step after receiving a USD3.3m (€3.13m) donation from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project, which is run by New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), distributes grants that encourage the creation of new dance work in the U.S. NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards spoke of the importance of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: ‘We are deeply grateful for their investment in the NDP, and for their continued support of this program and the opportunities it provides to both artists and communities across the country.’ Since it was formed in 1996 NDP has distributed over USD27m (€25.6m) in grants, making it one of the top funding sources for dance in the U.S.

New South Wales regional government has announced a new scholarship scheme for young creative people. The NSW Young Regional Artists Scholarship’s are up to AUD10,000 (€7,200) and available to anyone aged 18-25 working in any art disciplines from dance to digital design, aboriginal arts to architecture. ‘The scholarships are available to fund activities including mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, travel and the creation of new work,’ explained NSW politician Andrew Fraser, ‘I want our youth developing the skills they need to reach their full potential.’ The deadline for applications is June 11, with all the details at arts.nsw.gov.au.