Top Up Fund: The Panel
Meet the panel chosen by IdeasTap to choose the winners of our brand-new Top Up Fund – our first member-run fund, which offers prizes of £500 to boost your creative projects...
Edward’s area of expertise is in film and television and he has produced films on subjects ranging from the Greek economic crisis to student communes in California. He was also on the development team of NYTs 2010 production S’warm. He wants “hard work and good ideas to be acknowledged and celebrated.” Here, here.
Becky is the Partnerships and Events Manager at the Lyric Hammersmith and so spends most of her time securing funding for one the country’s most famous theatres. She’s now looking forward to the opportunity to allocate some funding herself. She’d like to see “non-traditional projects receive funding [and] give opportunities to new participants; work which will engage people who do not traditionally access the arts”.
Chloe currently works for an accountancy firm and so has experience of the intricacies of putting financial projects together. She also studied theatre marketing at university. She’s passionate about educational arts and would like to fund projects that are “using the arts to speak to people, and the issues, that often get left behind.”
Steve is a playwright and is currently taking part in NYT’s Write to Shine programme. He has previously volunteered for a Shropshire-based arts project called Merelle that aimed to exhibit the work of disadvantaged people. He’s also worked for a fundraising agency promoting charities like UNICEF and Save the Children. He’s looking for projects that “either demonstrate innovation, or present something familiar to an audience in a completely original way.”
Andrew is currently the Producing Assistant for Punchdrunk and has previously worked at the Battersea Arts Centre. Despite his main area of passion and expertise being theatre, Andrew wants to “make sure that this Fund is provided for a type of cultural project not yet represented on IdeasTap.” He’s also looking to fund projects that are “thinking big, in execution and scope.”
Alan was one of the first ever people to receive funding from IdeasTap. He is looking to fund projects that are “the start of something, be that an artistic career or a new business/formation of a collective rather than supporting the end product of a process.” He is passionate about projects that cross disciplines and affect the wider community, rather than just the artists themselves.
Dave is a stand-up comedian by trade but also has experience of pitching shows to venue managers in London and Edinburgh. He’s also promoted a national tour of a comedy show and has auditioned performers. He’d like to fund “anything truly original.” He’s particularly passionate about new writing and would love the opportunity for creative writers to be given support.
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