Theatre Bristol: Bursaries

Do you want to be a Theatre Bristol Agent? At Theatre Bristol we want to shine a light on independent artists and producers who help lead and shape the future of the arts.

We know it can be hard for independents to attend conferences and events, and that industry gatherings are often only accessible to salaried staff. That’s why we offer help with tickets, travel or accommodation costs for ‘TB Agents’ - artists and producers who want to attend events to soak up new ideas, make contacts and represent the independent sector.

All we ask is that you write about your experience for or come up with another way to share your learning. You can find previous examples ​here​. We'll also send you a very short feedback form.

Theatre Britsol Agent Bursary opportunties in a nutshell:

  • Available for artists* who live and/or work in the Bristol area who want to attend events, such as conferences or festivals (not training)
  • Apply for up to £300
  • We can cover tickets, accommodation, travel and other associated costs including childcare
  • We ask TB Agents to share their learning in some way e.g. writing a blog, hosting an event
  • Deadline for proposals at the end of every month
  • We aim to fund twelve people each year.

Find out more and how to apply here.

Read about our previous TB Agents here.

I’m happy to report that  (I think) I’ve since secured a producer for the project, due in part to the inspiration and evidence that I gained at the conference.  I’d had the meeting in the diary but after the conference I was much more able to articulate the project’s relevance and value to her – Amy Rose, TB Agent

How do I apply?

Email or post your proposal (1 side of A4 max.) answering the following questions:

  1. Please tell us a bit about your practice.

  2. What, when and where is the conference or event you want to attend?

  3. Why do you want to attend this event?

  4. How will you share the learning, contacts, and ideas with other people in Bristol?

  5. How much money do you need? You can apply for up to a maximum of £300.

Proposal deadlines are at the end of every month​ starting at the end of April 2019. We will let you know the panel’s decision as soon as possible.

If you’re successful we’ll spread the word via and our newsletter that you are going to the event as a TB Agent in case anyone wants to find out more.

Email: ​
Post: Theatre Bristol, The Fire Station, 82-84 York Road, Bristol BS3 4AL

If you need some inspiration, here are a few UK and European events and  festivals:

Please note that this is not a bursary for courses or training.

Lift Festival, London, Spring-Summer
Vienna Festival
, Vienna, Spring-Summer
Cork Midsummer Festival
, Cork, Summer
Manchester International Festival
, Manchester, Summer
Dance Umbrella Festival
, London, Autumn
Fira Tarrega
, Barcelona, Autumn
Dublin Fringe Fest
, Dublin, Autumn
Fast Forward Festival
, Bristol/Wiltshire, Autumn
British Arts Festivals Association (BAFA) Conference
, UK, Autumn
Family Arts Conference
, UK, Winter
IETM Events
, worldwide, throughout the year

*Artists = writers, circus artists, puppeteers, dancers, live art artists, producers, directors, designers, technicians, funders, stage managers, musicians, composers, thinkers, administrators, bookkeepers, fundraisers, critics, enthusiasts, supporters… everyone who’s interested in live performance is welcome.

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