Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Birmingham Royal Ballet will use their grant to expand their talent programme, Dance Track, to primary schools in areas with high proportions of BAME students. The project will encourage dancers to audition for the training programmes at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance and identify talented children for free further training.
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Generation Arts will use their grant from the Foundation to support the ‘Future Stage’ full-time course for young people no longer in education or work. The course will incorporate acting and theatre-making training, a 6-week ensemble devising process, dedicated pastoral care and a professional mentor to support 21 participants through the programme.
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Dad’s Rock Academy will use their match funding grant to support their ‘Schools Rock’ project over the course of a year. This will provide free rock music tuition in primary schools, guidance on forming bands for secondary school students, the provision of instruments and tutors, and training for students to carry on the project after it ends.
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Philharmonia Orchestra will use contemporary music to inspire young musicians through a new urban-classical fusion art form. Supporting the second year of their ‘Synchronize’ project, the orchestra will use the grant awarded by the Foundation to fund 30 places for disadvantaged and marginalised teenagers from Leicester to work with professional musicians to create a fusion of spoken word, rap and classical music and receive training in performance skills using software, technology and live instruments.
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Music in the Round, based in Sheffield, has been awarded a grant by the Foundation to provide bursaries for their ‘String Project’. An intensive two day project for young musicians of all levels with follow up workshops and performance opportunities, young people will play alongside and attend workshops with professional musicians.
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The Foundation has awarded a grant to support the work of the Community & Youth Music Library who promote amateur and educational music making through their lending library of musical scores. Over three years, the grant will help fund the services of their professional music librarian, volunteer team and running costs.
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The Foundation is pleased to be supporting Tangled Feet Theatre Company’s mentoring programme for 8 emerging theatre companies.
The mentoring programme will provide quarterly workshops teaching 8 emerging theatre companies with the tools required to build a successful organisation. In addition, the participation programme will help develop new skills for five young people out of work and education through new 2-week paid internships with the company.
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The Foundation will be supporting Southwark Playhouse’s ‘Future Voices’ project with a grant to encourage and develop young writers from South London schools with professional mentoring.
Each young writer’s work will be produced and performed on stage at the Playhouse with a professional director and actors.
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The Foundation has awarded a grant over 3 years to the Salisbury Playhouse to encourage greater engagement from diverse communities through the expansion of their Youth Theatre ‘STAGE65’ Project.
The grant will support the project which will work with secondary schools with a lack of professional drama support as well as specifically encouraging involvement from children from military families.
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The Foundation has pledged matching funding to the Lyric Hammersmith to provide theatre training and career guidance for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
This new 12 month project, as part of the Lyric Young Company, will provide a pre-professional training programme for 20 young people aged 16-25 with no previous professional training from underrepresented backgrounds. This will include training in performance and technical skills, mentoring and career guidance together with intensive R&D weeks twice a year.
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Using the medium of art, Cambridge’s Rowan endeavours to provide a safe, creative and unique environment where adults with learning difficulties can strengthen their artistic abilities, confidence and self-esteem. The Foundation’s grant to Rowan will employ a specialist theatre tutor to run a part-time programme of activities following the redevelopment of Rowan’s premises to increase capacity, create a performance space for theatre productions, workshops, music, dance and performing arts.
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Hull Truck Theatre will receive a grant from the Foundation over 2 years to support artists’ work through the provision of their ‘Go See’ fund and bursaries for their ‘Be Our Guest’ residencies.
They will use their grant to make these residencies more accessible for emerging artists through the provision of 8 bursaries over 2 years as well as providing their network of supported artists with resources to ‘Go See’ work to enhance their practice.
Residencies will offer access to a creative environment with rehearsal spaces, bespoke support and guidance to help artists create a new piece of work for the stage.
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Southampton City Art Gallery will use their grant from the Foundation to conserve three frames in the Burne Jones’ Perseus series, a collection recognised for its importance worldwide and on request by the Tate Britain for their 2018/19 Burne Jones exhibition.
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Contributing to the preservation and purchase of Hay Castle, the Hay Castle Trust will also use the Foundation’s grant to advance education on the architecture of the building through a programme of traditional building and heritage courses for young people no longer in education or work.
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The Old Vic Theatre Trust will receive funding from the Foundation over three years to support The Old Vic 12 mentoring project for 12 young aspiring theatre artists. Each year participants will have an individual mentor, receive paid experience to develop their craft, be provided with a space to develop and rehearse their own projects and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of a theatre. Applications will be encouraged from diverse backgrounds, non-traditional routes into theatre and from across the UK to ensure a wide spectrum of voices on the project.
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The Watts Gallery Trust will use their grant from the Foundation to restore the renowned arts and crafts masterpiece Watts Chapel. Promoting the appreciation of Victorian artist G F Watts and ceramic artist Mary Seton Watts, the trust promotes the Compton area as a centre for Victorian art and social history. Preserving the unique artistic interiors of the chapel for future generations, the grant will contribute to the restoration of the chapel’s renowned gesso panels and return the chapel to its original purpose to serve the community for burial and memorial services. Providing invaluable conservation experience for students, the work will be undertaken by ten City & Guilds London School of Art students and graduates who will work under the guidance of leading expert Patricia Jackson. This grant has been offered as a ‘challenge grant’, with Watts Gallery Trust working to match the donations in order to release the funding. This grant has been offered as a ‘challenge grant’, with Watts Gallery Trust working to match the donations in order to release the funding.
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The Foundation is pleased to support the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society who will receive funds to support the Heritage Angel Awards from 2017-2020. Having supported the English and Scottish Heritage Angel Awards for several years, the Foundation’s grant towards the introduction of the awards in Northern Ireland will realise the celebration of heritage across the UK for the first time. The awards will acknowledge the achievements of people, groups and communities, and aims to inspire and encourage further activity across Northern Ireland’s heritage sector. The first ceremony will be held at Belfast’s Grand Opera House in 2017 alongside the organisation’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
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In March 2016, the Foundation agreed a grant to Wiltshire Music Centre over 3 years towards their programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians.
The Trustees of the Foundation were delighted to award a grant to Oldham Coliseum over 3 years towards their Education Partnership Scheme which provides industry led workshops, master-classes and performances for students from 12 schools in marginalised communities across Tameside.
On 12th June 2016 at the 70th annual Tony Awards, it was announced that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is awarding $1.3million to the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, for the new, national ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative’. The money will go towards establishing a multi-faceted initiative which helps talented students overcome economic barriers to pursue a career in the theatre and provide enterprising state school drama teachers with the resources they need to nurture young talent in their schools.
In March 2016, the Trustees were delighted to award a grant to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City Satellite Schools’ Programme teaching professional choral singing, free of charge, to 1,100 young people in 14 schools across NYC.
The classes are available to young people aged 7-18 from diverse backgrounds who would not otherwise have the opportunity to reap the benefits of musical education and performance.
Francisco J. Nunez, Artistic Director and Founder of Young People’s Chorus of New York City said; “We are enormously grateful to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for its remarkable generosity. This support will help YPC continue to bring the world of music into the lives of New York City’s public school children”.
The time I spent at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was life changing. As cliche as that sounds, it was life changing because the training was not only one of the highest quality of any Drama School but because of the people I trained with and met from doing the course. I have made so many connections into the industry and friends who will always and have been a great support into the industry. The boost it’s given me into the profession in terms of training, confidence and financial aid is something not everyone is lucky to get and I was fortunate enough to receive.
I always maintained that the Scholarship allowed me to not really worry about money and never more have I felt the full effects of that after having left Drama School. Being given the scholarship has helped me feel much more secure and focused in relation to auditions above all else. To know I never have to pay the money back is a real blessing that I will always be forever grateful for.
The most valuable thing I’ve taken away is of course the expertise of many great tutors and actors, but to have also solidified a drive, confidence and willingness to succeed in a very over saturated profession has to be the greatest thing. It probably should have, but I’m not fearful of going into the profession as I’m very understanding of the difficulty and strain it poses mentally and also financially but being given a push from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has filled me with a confidence that nothing could replace.
I recently finished my first professional job in which I played the title role of ‘Aladdin’ in the Newbury Corn Exchanges pantomime. It was an unbelievable experience in which I’ve learnt many a thing from already. One being the basics in how to look after myself when doing many shows a week, and the stamina which is required to keep performing at your best without damaging the voice or body. Applying everything I’ve learnt in training to the art form was also a great challenge.
Words will never be able to fully thank the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation enough but I will never forget and always be grateful for the generosity given to me and how it has helped.
My time on the course was amazing – I was lucky enough to have kind and generous course-mates, and an incomparable teaching staff, which created a very supportive atmosphere. We worked so well together as a year; I felt that all of our group projects were a true team effort.
The difference was apparent both practically and emotionally. Practically, of course, it enabled me to study without the burden of financial concern; the scholarship was genuinely life-changing in this sense. Psychologically, the scholarship gave me a boost in terms of both confidence and determination. I was aware of the presence of a third party, who had personally chosen to invest in me. I worked even harder to live up to the realisation of this investment.
For me, what was truly inspiring about the PG Diploma at the Royal Academy was the teaching staff. To be surrounded by such an inspiring group of people day in and day out created an ideal environment for work and creativity. The skills my teachers were able to pass on to me have been invaluable lessons in my career; I shall always be thankful to them for their work and dedication.
I was lucky enough to be cast in the original West End company of Once the Musical just after the second term of RAM. I spent the third term of the course learning my tracks with the show (I was cast as a walk on cover) and eventually went on to play the lead role of Girl on more than a dozen occasions. I left the show in May of 2014, and went on to join the number one UK tour of Calamity Jane. I’m playing the role of Adelaid Adams, whilst also understudying the role of Calamity.
My time on the BA Musical Theatre course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was fantastic! I fell in love with Scotland and the life I could have there and I learnt so much about myself on the course over the three years. It was emotionally and physically challenging and hard work but so very rewarding and lots of fun. Every day I kept saying to myself “I can’t believe I get to do this for my degree, I find it too much fun!”. I also loved the emphasis on acting and music this course provides, letting us have a great final actor-muso show.
The scholarship was the reason I could have the great quality of life I led, it meant I could focus on my studies and get 100% out of my time there. It also gives you a boost knowing there’s a foundation out there that believe in you and your ability. It made the world of difference.
The most valuable thing about the course for me was being surrounded by industry professionals that we were lucky to meet often and being able to absorb as much knowledge and learn as many skills from them as possible. The course also taught me I love period drama and comedy and therefore I have just started writing some comedy sketches and am really enjoying that.
Since graduating I have just made the move to the big smoke of London Toon (as the Scottish would say) and got a little flat. Now I can be surrounded by all the great new things going on in the theatre world. I have been learning loads auditioning and now I am here can audition further.
I would like to take this opportunity to give the largest thank you possible to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The scholarship has proven invaluable to my life and my studies doing what I love, I feel very blessed. So here’s to 2015 being a great one for everyone.
Studying at Mountview, on the ‘BA Performance’ course was just incredible. The one thing I have always loved about the Arts is the concept of ‘Everlasting Challenges’. Whether it be battling and overcoming personal challenges, improving your confidence as an individual and an actor, or learning from staff that have worked in the industry and striving for the success they have had. Mountview offered all of these things, which made it a wonderful place to be.
Without the scholarship I would not have been able to attend the college and as a result I would not have been able to get a step closer to my dream. It also was an amazing feeling to remember that from the very beginning, someone asides from your family, teachers, or friends really believed in you. This factor alone made me constantly push myself to achieve things I never thought were possible and as a result made me the person I am today. I have everlasting thanks for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship for really making my dreams come true.
The most valuable thing about the course for me was the huge diversity of knowledge we were encouraged to learn about. We didn’t just study ‘Musical Theatre’ by ‘Musical Theatre’ teachers. We had a variety of excellent lessons such as; Acting through camera, Music Theory, Movement classes, Stage combat and Workshops in the 3rd year from Acting/Musical Theatre Professionals in the working Industry. Gathering a huge variety of knowledge and applying it to everything you did made you feel extremely prepared and fortunate for the fantastic experience you were encountering.
Since our showcase, I have got an Agent ‘BWH’ who have been putting me up for auditions in and around London. I have also had my first public job for a recording of ‘Snow Queen on Ice’, which was a wonderful experience. However being in an industry where you are not always in work – I have made it my mission to still keep active in the times of not working; whether it be Singing in public, going to view new Plays and Musicals, constantly reading up on new Plays and Playwrights. I have found this has still kept my passion and love for the Arts just as strong as it was when I graduated, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
I had the time of my life while studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I learnt so much while studying there. As my previous course had very little performing in it, it was great to learn so much from some incredible tutors.
The scholarship enabled me to study at the college. As I would never have been able to afford it otherwise, and I feel I am much better as a performer after studying here, so I’m extremely grateful for the scholarship and would like to thank the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for helping me.
For me, the most valuable thing about the course was being treated professionally, and not as students. And getting to work with some incredible people. The tutors at the college, and the people brought in to work with us, it was an absolute privilege to work with such talented people, and helped me progress as a performer.
I am currently auditioning for many things, and I’m hoping to get my first professional part soon.
I had a wonderful three years training at GSA. The school and the faculty were amazing, so supportive and always committed to getting the best out of the students. I felt completely prepared for the industry. I feel very honoured and grateful, not only to have received valuable financial help towards my training, but also to hold such a notable and prestigious award.
The ALW Foundation truly changed my life and I very feel very lucky to have been chosen. Financially, I am a lot more stable and will be able to enter the industry with a lot less debt than I pre-empted. This funding took a huge weight off my shoulders, meaning I could solely focus solidly on my training and my development as a performer, making sure I can one day show my gratitude and hopefully prove that I was a worthy investment.
I never took this funding for granted, nor did I tell anyone in my year. I thought it was important to be treated equally, knowing that there are plenty of other students who are phenomenally talented. At one time there was a period in the second year where I was still working three jobs as well as training; I was determined to make every effort alongside the award as that is what I had promised to the Foundation.
Since finishing my training, I have been very privileged to gain representation with a very reputable agency (C.A.M) who have done no less than work hard to hand me some amazing opportunities and enable me to be seen by lots of industry professionals. I have just recently gained my first professional job, and I’m hoping this is just the start. More opportunities will lead me to have a successful career in what is known to be a very challenging and competitive industry.
In life, money given to you can sometimes be easily taken for granted but anyone in this profession will understand that to us, it really isn’t. This scholarship certainly wasn’t.
The most valuable thing I can take from my course is not only the training itself but the discipline and stamina which you acquire. Two very important things that you need in this industry that you might not get without sufficient training.’
Currently I have just finished playing Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre working alongside Julian Clary which was a great experience, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do 12 shows a week without my training that’s for sure. I am also lucky to be going straight into The Sound of Music for a couple of weeks out in Lebanon with Irving Street Productions which should be fun.
Being on the course has been an eye opener for me as it exposed me to industry and helped me understand the necessary tools to work and create a career in the industry.
Also going there allowed me to work on all my disciplines equally and allowed me to really stretch my craft. The course was very intense from the go and it was a rollercoaster from the beginning. The teachers were very helpful and supportive and would always push us to better ourselves which for me was new and took some time but it really helped me.
Being on the ALW Foundation Scholarship allowed me to first of all be able to attend the school as in no way I would have been able to afford the school fees and living costs. So having the support of the Foundation made everything possible.
Going to the school was only an idea until the Foundation gave me the opportunity and made it a reality and also it gave me belief that someone else believed in me to give me a chance. Which in turn made me want to repay back the trust and time with hard work and making sure I make something from that and don’t fail.
There were many things during my course that were valuable but I think the teachers were the most valuable thing about the course.
They put their time and effort into the students and if they are working for you they wont give up on you. Throughout my time there were many rocky moments but the teachers were always there to pick up the pieces and build me back up and make me better. They taught me a lot and allowed me to experience a wide variety of the industry I was about to embark on.
Being at the school really developed my love for all three disciplines as Arts Ed is a real triple threat school but my love for Acting and Singing really were my favourite. Being able to become and embody a character always was an interesting concept for me. And singing was always close to my heart.
I have been able to take away a lot from my journey but the teachers were the most valuable from my experience.
Well whilst I was still at school I was given the opportunity to perform in Kander and Ebbs Scottsboro Boys which was transferring to the West End from the Young Vic which I felt I was very lucky and blessed to be given the opportunity and chance. It has been a whirlwind of a journey from meeting Susan Stroman to meeting the legend that is John Kander and David Thompson the writer working with Nigel West and working with a phenomenal cast who are incredibly talented and inspiring for me to be able to work with these guys.
It has certainly been an experience and I think anyone who has seen the show will have left touched and I feel being part of this show allowed me to be part of something special and the show will definitely leave its mark on the West End.
Also we did a cast recording which meant that I would be part of the West End Cast recording of the Scottsboro Boys which for my first job I could not have asked for anything better.
But none of this would have been possible without the ALW Foundation Scholarship and the support so I just want to thank the Foundation and Stephen Crockett, David Grindrod and the Lord Lloyd Webber himself for the help and the chance to make my dreams a reality.
“I am originally from Dublin, Ireland and I have loved musical theatre since I was a child. I began training with The Helen Jordan Performing Arts School until I was seventeen before going on to do a one year course at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in musical theatre. It was there that I played Dianne in our in-house production of “A Chorus Line”. I have been lucky enough to have performed professionally in some of Ireland’s best known theatres as well as overseas.
I went on to complete my BA in Communication Studies in Dublin City University. Although I enjoyed my course, my true passion was acting and musical theatre and always would be. I had wanted to train in the UK since I was a teenager.
I had previously heard of the excellent standard at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) and when I auditioned for the MA Musical Theatre course I had everything crossed that I would be offered a place! I can’t express how ecstatic I was when I received The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship. From the moment I had my first audition for the course right down to the final audition for the Scholarship wtih David Grindrod I knew RWCMD was the place for me and I was aching to go.
I worked on a variety of projects throughout my training from Shakespeare to musical theatre to music hall. All of these projects were grounded in working with generosity and truth, creating a great base to start building a character from.
Throughout the year I got to work on both my strengths and weaknesses in a supportive, encouraging environment. I learnt to make mistakes and accept that that is ok! “Cancel and continue!”.
What makes their training so special for me is their ability to nurture individually, giving you confidence in who you are as a person. This coupled with the strong work ethic they provide prepared me for this challenging, competitive industry.
I got the opportunity to meet very important and influential people working in the industry today which I am so grateful for.
During the year we were invited to sing at Victor Spinetti’s memorial. It was an honour that we were asked to perform in front of such high profiile friends of his, such as Sir Paul McCartney, Elaine Paige, Barbara Streisand to name but a few. I felt very lucky to be a part of this celebration of his life.
The highlight of this incredible year was singing for Andrew Lloyd Webber in February 2013 when he accepted his honorary fellowship award at our college. It was such a privilege. I felt extremely humbled and delighted to be able to thank him personally for the opportunity to train at RWCMD.
I’ll never forget the moment I heard I had been offered The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarhsip and I cannot express my gratitude enough. It has truly been a life changing year where I have made wonderful friends and worked with wonderful teachers.
I am delighted to say I will be making my professional debut as Sharon Rabitte/Cover Imelda in “The Commitments”, directed by Jamie Lloyed opening at The Palace Theatre. www.thecommitmentslondon.com“
“My love of dancing began at the age of 5 when I started Ballet and Tap. At the age of 16 I decided to study music and drama at GCSE level at my secondary school. This opened a new door for me and I found my passion for singing and acting. I furthered my studies at A level and was given the opportunity to play Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Mimi in Rent and Christine Dae in The Phantom of the Opera. My school was the first English school to do an amateur production of this and it was a huge success.
After leaving school with my A levels, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything other than musical theatre, so I auditioned at the renowned colleges in London and was lucky enough to be offered a place at The Urdang Academy. I was delighted when I was awarded the place but was not lucky enough to get funding at that stage in the audition process. I knew that going there would put my parents and grandparents under a lot of pressure to finance the course fees and that they could only afford to send me for up to one year.
Miraculously, after just a few weeks into my first year at Urdang, I was asked to audition for The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship in front of David Grindrod and I remember feeling very nervous about the audition but knew it would be my only chance to complete the 3 year course leading to the National Diploma in Professional Dance / Musical Theatre. I was over the moon when I was awarded the scholarship because it meant that I could continue my training at The Urdang Academy for 3 years.
I have absolutely loved my first year at Urdang and would not change anything about it. I am so lucky to be training there as the teaching and professionalism is outstanding and I have been selected to follow Track C from Year 2 in order to further develop my acting and singing.
I can’t thank The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and David Grindrod enough for awarding me the scholarship because, without it, I would not be able to pursue my dream of a career in Musical Theatre.
“I started dancing when I was 13 years old after performing in a production of The Wizard of Oz at a local theatre where I lived. From then I have always had the passion to perform and strived to take the next step of practical training, with the ambition of moving onto a university-styled performing arts college. Luckily I pursued this ambition and I am currently in the first term of my first year studing a BA (Hons) in Theatre Dance at London Studio Centre situated in North Finchley at the artsdepot. I am loving every minute of the training at this college and feel that I have got used to the life at London Studio Centre and toLondon itself. The teachers are amazing, my peers are friendly and it’s nice to be in an atmosphere where everyone has the passion to perform and strive to be the best they can be as a triple threat performer.
The audition process was a daunting thing for me but when I got the opportunity of being chosen to do an extra audition for The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship I was more than thrilled to be whittled down to the final few of the auditioning process. Then, when I found out that I was the person being awarded the scholarship, I was more than ecstatic that, with hard work and determination, I could succeed in things I never thought I would be able to. Without the help of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship I would not have been able to afford to train at such a well-established dance college. It helped with a large part of the tuition fees, which enabled me to accept my place at the college, and I do not regret doing so.”