WOMAD offers training bursaries to festival professionals

WOMAD site crew, Charlton Park

Peter Gabriel’s World Of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Foundation has established a fund to help artists and festival production crews to extend their professional development during the pandemic crisis.

The fund is offering bursaries of up to £2000 to help fund up to 90% of training course fees, travel and accommodation costs relating to attending training.

The range of subjects that can be studied is extensive, including teaching skills, book-keeping, marketing and cultural sector training. Even practical skills such as electrical training or obtaining an Heavy Goods Vehicle licence are covered by the scheme. Applicants do not have to have worked at previous WOMAD events to be eligible. Applications must be received by the end of the year.

The WOMAD Foundation will also continue to support projects that bring people together, enrich lives and change perceptions. With the current crisis, the focus of this stream of funding has expanded to arts projects that will help groups that have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

The Foundation welcomes applications from groups that work with older people, adults and children with special needs, BAME communities, asylum seekers and migrants, people living and working in prisons, hospitals, social care establishments and schools with a high rate of eligibility for free school meals.

Funding for these projects has a limit of £5000.

Visit the WOMAD Foundation website for further information.

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