All posts from 2012


A New Government Report on More Philanthropy To Fund The Arts

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation warmly welcomes a new government report which highlights the importance of philanthropy to the funding of the arts.

The report written by Roland Rudd, chairman of the Legacy 10 campaign, seeks ways to unlock the potential of charitable giving, particularly in view of the tough economic climate.

Please click here to read more.

Sadler's Wells Trust

Photo by Irven Lewis

 

Sadler's Wells is dedicated to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a grant to be paid over three years to Sadler's Wells to support Wild Card, a workshop project to support and develop young, active and dynamic emerging choreographers and producers by offering resources, mentoring from Sadler's Wells professionals, access to professional networks and ultimately providing an important platform to showcase their work.  The Foundation's grant will support two participants on the programme each year.

Please click here for more information.

Click here to read the press release.

www.sadlerswells.com

West London School of Dance - official opening of new studio

On November 6th 2012 Darcey Bussell cut the ribbon to officially open the studio together with Craig Revel Horwood.

You will see from the image above that the new studio looks amazing and has already proved invaluable for the large rehearsals of the Christmas production of "The Nutcracker".  A number of classes have also been moved to this venue where the professional dancefloor has allowed pointe classes to be taken there for the first time.

Photo copyright: JAB Promotions

Theatres Trust - First Grants Announced

Photo: Andrea Marchi

In 2012, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation pledged a grant of £125,000 to The Theatres Trust to start up a Theatres Protection Fund.  The Theatres Trust have this week announced that The Royal Court in Liverpool, Sleaford Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, and Wilton's Music Hall, the Half Moon Young Peole's Theatre and the Soho Theatre in London are the first theatres to benefit from grants awarded by the Trust's new Theatres Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme.

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English Heritage Angel Awards - Winners 2012

 

The winners of the English Heritage Angel Awards, founded last year by Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate the efforts of local people in rescuing their heritage, were announced at a gala ceremony in London's West End today (Monday 22nd October).  The award scheme is run by English Heritage and inspired by its Heritage at Risk Register.

Angel Award winners were as follows;-

Best Rescue of an Industrial Building or Site

- Max Sinclair for The Droitwich Canals, Wychavon, Worcestershire

Best Rescue of any Heritage Building or Site

- Cockermouth Shopfront Steering Group for Main Street, Cumbria

Best Repair of a Place of Worship

- Pauline  Burkitt and Simon Pleasley, Church Wardens for St Mary's Church, West Somerton, Norfolk

Best Craftmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue

- Station Developments for Tynemouth Station, North Tyneside

Voted for by English Heritage followers and Telegraph Readers

- Russell Savory, Friends of Stow Maries Aerodrome for Stow Maries World War I Airfield, Maldon Essex.

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Live Music Now

Photo by Tony Bartholomew

 

Live Music Now was founded by Yehudi Menuhin to bring live music to those for whom access is normally restricted and to support the most talented professional musicians at the outset of their careers offering tailored training and performance experiences in community settings.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a grant to be paid over 2 years to Live Music Now, to fund a 2 year programme to recruit, train and support 20 of the best emerging musicians to deliver workshops to children with special educational needs in 10 special schools.

www.livemusicnow.org.uk

The Old Vic Theatre Trust

Photo by Lucy Cullen

 

The Old Vic funds a huge variety of projects and workshops per year to support and develop careers of emerging actors, directors, producers and writers aged 18 to 25 who are committed to a career in theatre.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a one off grant to the "Old Vic New Voices" programme which is open to all from diverse backgrounds, offered free of charge, and includes the OVNV 24 Hour Plays, involving 50 participants, the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange and the OVNV Edinburgh Season.  Participants work with established practitioners - past mentors include Kevin Spacey, Imogen Knight, Michael Longhurst and Jill McCullough - to gain invaluable experience.

www.oldvictheatre.com

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

QEST is a charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, which exists to advance the careers and education of craftsmen and women of all ages.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a grant to be paid over 5 years to QEST to support one exceptional scholar per year in an educational scheme working with master craftspeople to learn important heritage skills such as stonemasonry, conservation in fine and decorative arts and silver-smithing.

Please click here for more information.

www.qest.org.uk

The Wales Millennium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and is a unique and lively performing arts centre.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a grant to be paid over 3 years to The Wales Millennium Centre's Creative Apprenticeship Scheme, which invests in, encourages and develops future generations of stage technicians, electricians and other behind the scenes roles through hands-on experience in house and on tour over the period of a year.  This is complemented by theoretical study leading to a formal qualification in Technical Theatre.  The Foundation's grant will fund one full time apprentice, including tools and external training costs, each year for 3 years.

Please click here for more information.

www.wmc.org.uk

Creative & Cultural Skills

 

Creative & Cultural Skills supports the skills and training needs of the UK's creative and cultural industries.

In September 2012, the Trustees agreed to provide funding towards master classes at The Backstage Centre to include technical theatre students, who will have the chance to experience real-time training with some of the world's best bands and theatre companies in a large-scale industry-standard venue.

Please click here for more information.

www.ccskills.org.uk

www.thebackstagecentre.com

 

The Royal Ballet School

Photo by Brian Slater / The Royal Ballet School

 

 The Royal Ballet School, founded in 1926, enjoys worldwide recognition as a renowned institution for classical ballet training.  Its Royal Charter, linking it with the Royal Ballet Companies, assures its purpose and its commitment to excellence.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a grant to be paid over three years to The Royal Ballet School to fund their Dance Partnership and Access Programmes to identify, inspire and nurture talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The primarySTEPS programme provides workshops and weekly tuition for 7 to 8 year olds at 32 schools in Blackpool, Dagenham, Swindon, Bury St Edmunds and Mansfield;  The aDvANCE Programme focuses on teenagers in state secondary schools and specialist dance centres, who participate in workshops and performances with Royal Ballet School students over a 12 week period.

Please click here for more information.

www.royal-ballet-school.org.uk

RADA Youth Company

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation are currently supporting the RADA Youth Company over 3 years.

Fifteen young people where involved in this year’s Youth Company project. The Youth Company members gave a sterling performance at the end of August in RADA’s Vanbrugh Theatre with a ninety minute abridged version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

 
89 tickets were sold for the matinee performance and 115 for the evening performance (146 capacity).
 
The feedback from Youth Company members was overwhelmingly positive.  Please find one example below:
 
“…I know I've given you an absolute earful already but I'd just like to say thank you again, for this incredible opportunity. Ever since I got your phone call way back when, I have been so grateful! Coming to RADA every Saturday made me feel absolutely elated! It's such a good scheme for young actors and I feel so lucky that I get to say I was a member of such a prestigious school's Youth Company. I have had the best experience with all the staff and company members and I'll never forget it. Once again, I'll say thank you to everyone involved in the Youth Company for seeing something in me at the audition because thanks to RADA, I have grown and learnt so much, met some amazing people and had the time of my life!” - Charlotte Plucknett, RADA Youth Company member
 

The JMK Trust

Photo by Paul Blakemore

 

The JMK Trust was founded in 1997 in memory of James Menzies-Kitchen, a promising theatre director who died suddenly at an early age.  The Trust now exists to support and nurture young theatre directors, running the annual JMK Award.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a one off grant to The JMK Trust to fund workshops for young and aspiring theatre directors at regional venues including Bristol Old Vic, Salisbury Playhouse, Traverse Theatre and Contact Theatre Manchester.  Each venue will be awarded a bursary to employ one young theatre director to assist on a production.  Alumni include Thea Sharrock, Joe Hill-Gibbons and Bijan Sheibani.

www.jmktrust.org

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre is a highly regarded regional theatre whose mission has always been to produce excellent theatrical experiences, to entertain, enlighten and engage audiences and, wherever possible, to reflect the diversity of Birmingham and the surrounding region.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a one off grant towards Birmingham Rep's "Foundry" programme, nurturing 6 directors, 6 playwrights and 6 theatre makers on a 12 month programme of workshops, master classes and mentoring forums.  At the end of the year 3 awards will be made: a commison for one writer, an assisting job on a main house production for one director and the provision of supported rehearsal space for 12 months.

www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Special Kids Inc.

Special Kids Inc. is a special needs school that places special emphasis on developing children's artistic abilities through music, drama, dance, arts and crafts.

In September 2012, the Trustees awarded a one off grant to Special Kids Inc. towards a new property and to equip the school with up to date teaching aids.  The grant from the Foundation will assist to provide a music room, dance studio and musical instruments.

The Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

The Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust in Bristol, winner of the 2011 English Heritage Angel Award for "Best Rescue of Any Other Category on the Heritage at Risk register" will be the recipient of a £500,000 grant as a result of a joint initiative between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This joint initiative, entitiled The Catalyst Programme, offers match funding to help arts and heritage organisations become more sustainable and resilient by building a new endowment fund or developing an existing one.

Arnos Vale Cemetery volunteers report that receiving the Angel Award was critical in raising their national profile in order to gain this significant finanicial support.

You can see a short film about The Angel Awards that was shot at Arnos Vale Cemetery by clicking on the link below.

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The Egg at Theatre Royal Bath

The Egg is the Theatre Royal Bath's award-winning theatre especially for children, young people and their families.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to provide funding to The Egg over 3 years towards intensive week long Junior Apprentice programmes to provide carefully structured work experience for up to 20 GCSE students per year.

Please click here for more details.

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Performances Birmingham

Performances Birmingham Generation Ladywood Project, run by Town Hall & Symphony Hall, this project aims to connect a generation of children from Ladywood primary schools to music experiences.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to provide funding to Performances Birmingham towards their Generation Ladywood project which gives children the chance to learn to play a musical instrument alongside professional musicians, learn to sing, perform on stage at Symphony Hall and attend at least two concerts each year.

www.thsh.co.uk

Company TSU Ltd

Company TSU Ltd is a theatre company in Teesside.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant towards Company TSU Ltd's development of a theatre skills workshop programme for young people who will have the opportunity to learn skills in research, documentation and presenting and be able to study for a Bronze Arts award.

www.companytsu.co.uk

Square Chapel Trust

Square Chapel is a thriving arts centre in Halifax.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to provide funding over 3 years towards Square Chapel Trust's Write to Record project supporting young people to gain skills in musicianship, song-writing, recording and performing.

Please click here for more details.

www.squarechapel.co.uk

Manchester Camerata

Manchester Camerata is Manchester's chamber orchestra.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant towards Manchester Camerata's creative training programme for young people in collaboration with professional musicians and artists.  The yearlong programme will involve 15-19 year olds from Salford, Oldham, Moss Side and Trafford who have an interest in music and leadership, providing training in arts management, peer mentoring, leadership and production towards an Arts Council Arts Award.

www.manchestercamerata.co.uk

Waters Edge Arts Ltd

The Edge is a vibrant theatre and arts centre in Chorlton, Manchester providing opportunities for all ages and backgrounds to become involved in the arts.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant to Waters Edge Arts in order to strengthen stability for the theatre.

Please click here for more details.

www.watersedgearts.com

Chickenshed

Chickenshed is an all inclusive theatre company in London that brings young people from all social and economic backgrounds, races and abilities together to create theatre.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant to Chickenshed's Inclusive Education Programme, providing theatrical and educational opportunities for up to 76 young people in North London, enabling them to study towards BTEC and Foundation degrees in Performance and Inclusive Theatre.

www.chickenshed.org.uk

The2Davids Theatre Productions

The2Davids Theatre Productions is a small inclusive theatre school for children and teenagers with both physical and mental health disabilities in Glasgow.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant towards The2Davids Theatre Productions running costs.

www.the2davidstrust.moonfruit.com

St Magnus International Festival

St Magnus International Festival is an annual celebration of the arts that takes place in Orkney.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant to St Magnus International Festival towards this year's intensive training courses in conducting, composing, writing and singing.

www.stmagnusfestival.com

West London School of Dance

West London School of Dance is a professional school that offers full and part-time tuition to children aged 2½ to 16 years old.

In May 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant to West London School of Dance towards the renovation and refurbishment of a community hall in Shepherds Bush into a performance and dance studio used by the school and accessible to the wider community.

www.wlsd.org

The Theatres Trust

Pictured above:  Theatres Trust Trustee, Penelope Keith, outside the Derby Hippodrome.

The Theatres Trust is a resource and advisory body for theatres throughout the UK, promoting the better protection of theatres and advancing the appreciation of the dramatic arts for the public benefit.

The Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to provide funding over 5 years to The Theatres Trust to help set up a Theatres Protection Fund which will make a number of grants to improve conditions, maintenance and quality of theatre buildings, especially theatres "at risk", for the benefit of audiences, user groups and performers.

Click here to read the press release.

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www.theatrestrust.org.uk

 

New for 2012

The Foundation believes that in order to maintain vibrancy in the arts, it is critical that the new generation of potential artists are nurtured and encouraged.  Recognising that these are difficult economic times to get a start in artistic life, the Trustees will prioritise projects that enable people to develop their abilities and careers, by providing professional training, apprenticeships and work place experience in all areas of the arts, from stone masonry to stage electricians.

The Royal Court Theatre

Today, Thursday 23rd February 2012, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces that they will donate £150,000 over two years to help fund the Royal Court Theatre's Studio programme, which aims to seek out, nurture and support emerging playwrights, enabling them to develop innovative, original and exciting new plays.

Click here to read full press release.

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Sunderland Heritage Quarter Community Interest Group

The Sunderland Heritage Quarter Community Interest Group is a regeneration project in the East of Sunderland providing music workshops and training for young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds with professional musicians at The Sage Theatre, Gateshead.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to The Sunderland Heritage Quarter Community Interest Group to help launch the project and fund musical sessions, venue hire and publicity.

www.sunderlandheritage.org.uk/quarter

 

Apollo Music Projects

Apollo Music Projects is a music education charity which brings live classical music to children in Tower Hamlets and Hackney through orchestra workshops and performances.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed a one off grant to Apollo Music Projects to enable the project to be completed in the current year.

www.apollomusicprojects.org

 

West Dunbartonshire Community Music Project

West Dunbartonshire Community Music Project (WDCMP) provides opportunities for adults with little or no formal musical training to get together with others to share the enjoyment of making music, to find or re-discover musical capabilities and take that music out into the local community.  Members have free access to instruments and equipment from their two bases in Clydebank and Dunbartonshire.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to provide funding over 2 years in order to increase the sustainability and community value of the project.

You can find more information about WDCMP on their facebook page.  Click here.

 

South West Music School, Exeter

South West Music School encourages and develops musically talented young people, regardless of their social or musical background.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to South West Music School, Exeter, to enable them to continue to deliver their programme of mentoring and high quality music tuition including master classes, workshops and residential courses, to children aged 10-18.  The Trustees praised the project for its provision of professional guidance to children in an area where specialist music education is limited and the well organised programme of tuition leaning towards progression in the music industry.

www.swms.org.uk

 

Shapeshifter Productions

Shapeshifter Productions offers a participatory community programme - "The Smiling Sessions" - which brings a quality music experience to the elderly in sheltered housing schemes in Waltham Forest, East London.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to Shapeshifter Productions towards "The Smiling Sessions" project.

www.shapeshifter-productions.com

 

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Annual Review

To celebrate the first year of grant giving at The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, we are publishing our 2011 Annual Review today which gives a synopsis of everything we have supported over the past 12 months.

We wish all our beneficiaries a successful future in the arts.

Please click here to see the Annual Review.

Sir John Soanes Museum

The architect Sir John Soane's house, museum and library at No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to the Sir John Soanes Museum towards the restoration of the1829 Memorial Shakespeare Gallery, reinstatiing original architectural features, including stained glass, to be seen by more than 110,000 visitors and scholars each year.

www.soane.org

 

The Irene Taylor Trust "Music in Prisons"

The Irene Taylor Trust "Music in Prisons" delivers intensive high quality music projects in prisons throughout the UK to help in the process of rehabilitiation, education and the forming of life skills.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to The Irene Taylor Trust "Music in Prisons - Sounding Out" programme which delivers music projects and enhances rehabilitation of ex-offenders who have successfully completed intensive music projects in prison.

Please click here for more information.

www.musicinprisons.org.uk

 

Half Moon Young People's Theatre

Half Moon Young People's Theatre provides a variety of courses and performance groups for young people aged 14-17 in Tower Hamlets.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to Half Moon Young People's Theatre towards their "Careers in Theatre" programme.

Please click here for more information.

www.halfmoon.org.uk

 

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra is Britain's leading orchestra for young musicians on the threshold of their professional careers, providing invaluable performance experience, professional coaching and opportunities to work with eminent conductors and soloists.  Auditions are held throughout the UK and participation in the orchestra is likely to increase chances of employment by 30%.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra towards the costs of performances during 2012/13.

www.ymso.org.uk

 

Tarbert Music Centre

Founded in 2004, the Tarbert Music Centre is located in a remote part of Scotland and provides access to expert music education for any school child aged 7 to 18 at a low cost and also provides instruments on loan.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to the Tarbert Music Centre, Argyll to enable the continued provision of this low cost expert musical education in a remote area, encouraging children from all backgrounds to participate and providing instruments on loan to those in need.

www.tarbertmusic.com

 

The Basement Studio

The Basement Studio in Bristol has 20 years experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.  It runs a range of free youth work and music activities for 13-19 year olds.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to The Basement Studio, providing free open-access music and performance skills sessions for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Bristol.  The Trustees were particularly impressed by the quality of the music provision offered and the encouragement young people are given to gain accreditation for their achievements.

www.basementstudio.co.uk

 

Friends of Burgh Schoolroom

Burgh schoolroom was built in 1835 just outside the churchyard of the Church of England parish church of St Botolph, Burgh.  It is owned by the church and since the school closed in 1875 it has principally been used by the village community.

In January 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awarded a one off grant to the Friends of Burgh Schoolroom towards the redevelopment and conservation of this 19th Century church schoolroom into a viable function room and meeting place to benefit the local community.

http://friendsofburgh.onesuffolk.net

 

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Andrew Lloyd Webber visits the college

On Wednesday 29th February, Andrew Lloyd Webber was in Cardiff for the latest auditions of ITV's "Superstar.  Whilst there, he took the opportunity to visit The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  As well as receiving an honorary fellowship from the college, Andrew also met with the musical theatre student, pictured above with Andrew, who has received their first Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship in Musical theatre.

Greenock Arts Guild Ltd - Andrew Lloyd Webber attends topping out ceremony

On Thursday 16th February 2012, Andrew Lloyd Webber attended the topping out ceremony at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.  The Foundation awarded a grant of £100,000 to the centre's youth theatre project last year.  Andrew was able to meet some of the young people of Greenock who are benefitting from this project.

Elliot McKelvie, chairman of Greenock Arts Guild Ltd and pictured above with Andrew, said "The topping out of The Beacon marks a hugely important step in a project which has taken eight years to develop.  We are now at the final stages of fulfilling our vision for a vibrant, inclusive focal point for arts activities in Inverclyde and beyond.  The Beacon is a wonderful example of how a community can pull resources to deliver a building which will be a prominent, new asset for the Scottish arts scene".

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