Cultural Playing Field

Discussing the BBC Performing Arts Fund by Robin Simpson
February 24, 2012, 12:48 pm
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On Friday morning I was at Broadcasting House in London to meet Miriam O’Keefe, the Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund. The Performing Arts Fund distributes the money raised by phone-voting on TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing. It runs grant programmes which are open to performing arts groups across the UK. Over the past year the fund’s focus has been on dance, they are about to launch a new community music scheme and next year they will be turning their attention to theatre. Miriam told me that the trustees of the fund are looking to get more exposure in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in order to encourage more applications from those places. We talked about how Voluntary Arts could help to publicise the fund’s programmes to amateur arts groups and how the BBC Performing Arts Fund could help us to promote our Running Your Group services, Epic Awards and Voluntary Arts Week.

Robin Simpson.

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