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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grant for CFT's Young Practitioners Programme

Chichester Festival Theatre’s Young Practitioners Programme has been awarded a generous grant of £19,000 over two years by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation – one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

The Young Practitioners Programme is open to 18-21 year olds based in West Sussex seeking to gain workplace experience and training within the cultural sector. The programme provides coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning over the course of an academic year.

The programme’s primary beneficiaries are young people from backgrounds and cultures that might place them at a disadvantage when starting out in their arts or cultural careers. It is designed to bridge the step into tertiary education or formal training, and is particularly targeted toward those who may find this step challenging.

We work with partners in the region working specifically with marginalised or disadvantaged groups of young people to actively sign-post individuals to apply who would otherwise miss out.

Since 2011, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has given £20.5 million in grants and performing arts scholarships, positively affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK and beyond.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “Engagement in the arts changes lives. The positive impact of the arts on health, social mobility and wellbeing is now irrefutable. I passionately believe that everyone in this country, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, should be able to participate.   

"I am thrilled my foundation is able to support projects that widen access, inspire creativity and deliver opportunities. Around the country, across the arts, many people are doing brilliant things to unlock talent and empower the next generation to succeed. We are proud to work with them.”

Applications for the Young Practitioners Programme for 2020/21 will open in June/July 2020.