Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund – 2017

Funding opportunity

Ideas Fund Summit, 2016. Photo: Jeremy Freedman

Do you need support to help make your creative ideas a reality?

The Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund was established in 2015 to enable dance creatives to research, test and/or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas. This could be a new idea or the development of something you are already working on.

Awards of up to £5,000 are available and the fund is open to anyone over the age of 16 years with a great dance idea. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career – we believe ideas can be amazing whatever your experience. We just want to know you have the drive to make them happen. We welcome applications from dancers, choreographers, teachers, producers and creatives with an interest in dance. You can apply as an individual or as a company.

We will prioritise investment in high quality creative ideas that:

  • Introduce a new approach or demonstrate originality of thinking
  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach
  • Reveal a passion and commitment to helping make positive change
  • Has a connection to East London – whether it happens here or benefits people living here
  • Have clear aims for sustainability and long-term development

We have brought together a consortium of partners who include some of the UK’s and East London’s leading creative organisations. Not only will this consortium be awarding cash investments, it will also offer access to in-kind resources including rehearsal and desk space, and mentoring.

Please download the Application Guidelines and Application Form and submit your application to by 10am on Monday 20 February 2017. You will hear whether you have been shortlisted by Friday 24 February 2017.

If you would like to submit a video application you may do so, please see the application guidelines for full information. If you require any additional support with your application please contact the East London Dance office on 020 8279 1050.

All shortlisted candidates will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of experts and a live audience at the Dance Enterprise Ideas Summit on Friday 31 March, 2017. The pitch will be 3 minutes followed by 2 minutes for questions from the panel. Decisions are made on the day, by the panel and announced at the end of the event.

If you are not available on Friday 31 March then you are not eligible to apply for the fund.

In 2016 eight artists were awarded a total of £25,000, we can’t wait to see what exciting new ideas the artists of 2017 will apply with.


DateDeadline: Monday 20 February 2017


Location Successful applicants will pitch their ideas at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 31 March 2017

Download the Application Form here
Download the Application Guidelines here

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund Investing Partners:

Foundation for FutureLondon
English National Ballet
Sadler’s Wells
Dancers’ Career Development
Hackney Council & Discover Young Hackney
Redbridge Drama Centre
Theatre Royal Stratford East

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund Supporting Partners:

One Dance UK
Rich Mix
Studio Wayne McGregor
University of East London

The Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund is part of the Dance Enterprise Hub supported by Foundation for FutureLondon.


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