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Dance Professionals Fund 

Posted on July 22, 2020

Dance Professionals Fund

The Dance Professionals Fund is distributing emergency grants to dance professionals. Grants are for those experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. The grants are possible through funding from the Arts Council of England (ACE) and support ACE’s Emergency Funding Response Phrase. They are available to dancers and choreographers. Grants help dance professionals keep afloat and be ready for a return to work as soon as that is possible, and should be used for things that are essential to be able to survive as a professional. This includes basic living costs as well as essential broadband services.

A CV of work in the subsidised dance sector, such as for an Arts Council-funded company or similar, is necessary. Applicants will need to be able to show that professional work has stopped as a result of COVID-19, but it is not necessary to provide financial information going back over several years. Dancers who work in ballet, contemporary, Black and Asian dance and hip hop are welcome to apply. Applications from those with disabilities will have priority. Dance professionals who are parents or carers are particularly welcome to apply.

The easiest way to make an application is to apply online. Guidelines are available on the Fund’s website, where there is also the possibility to request alternative forms of application. Any queries can be made via the contact form on the website. The scheme opened in April and will close shortly. Dance Professionals Fund recommends early submission of your application. To apply for a grant for via the fund’s website, go to

Photograph: Courtesy of the Dance Professionals Fund. 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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