Sky Academy Arts Scholarships



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What you win

Five IdeasTap members will win £30,000 bursaries and mentoring support from Sky.


The Sky Academy Arts Scholarships will be judged by a panel of independent industry experts alongside members of the Sky Arts and IdeasTap teams. 


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PLEASE READ: Sky Arts Futures Fund has been renamed Sky Academy Arts Scholarships BUT don't worry, absolutely everything else about the brief is unchanged. The application process and the terms and conditions will all remain exactly the same, so if you've already applied, you don't need to do anything. And if you've downloaded the application form and are in the process of filling it out, please continue to do so – the form hasn't changed. To find out more, visit the Sky Academy Arts Scholarships website or read more about it on IdeasTap.


For the third year running Sky, in association with IdeasTap, is giving away five £30,000 bursaries and mentoring support to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland. And this year, it could be you...

Sky Arts recognises that there’s an incredible amount of young talent in the arts today, but finding a way to get your work made is an ever-present challenge – so together we’re on the lookout for five more artists to support.

The scholarships are designed to help emerging artists from a range of different disciplines to develop their creative practice and take their work to the next level. In addition to the £30,000 bursary, winners are also paired with relevant business and creative mentors from Sky and their industry to support them along the way.

Producer Kate Whitley, one of our 2013 artists, said: “Winning has been totally transformative for my work - as well as the financial support, it has offered a wealth of knowledge and experience that I would never have come across otherwise. It has completely turned the project around and helped it grow in ways that I couldn't have even imagined!”

There have been 10 lucky winners to date: Daisy Evans, Phoebe Boswell, Felix Mortimer, Laurence Payot, Drew Roper, Lu Sisi, Mark Simpson, Sabrina Mahfouz, Aakash Odedra and Kate Whitley. Read more about last year’s winners…

Now for the important bit... we'll be giving away five bursaries in this round, and Sky Academy Arts Scholarships is open to applications from individuals working in the following fields:

• Performing arts: theatre-makers including directors, spoken word artists, puppeteers and live artists

• Dance: dancers and choreographers

• Music: musicians, composers, songwriters and conductors

• Visual art: including painters, sculptors, photographers, animators and digital artists

• Creative producing: do you bring together disparate parts of culture in exciting and innovative ways? This category is open to creative producers working in visual arts, theatre, film and performance/dance

• Creative writing: including playwrights, novelists, graphic novelists and poets – but not film or TV scripts

The five winners won't necessarily come from five different categories. Looking at all the applications, the judges will pick the five entries they believe to be the strongest overall.


To apply, you must be an IdeasTap member aged 18-30 on the closing date and either be a citizen of the UK or Ireland or have been resident in the UK or Ireland for the last five years. Either way, you must currently be living in the UK or Ireland to apply. You must only apply in one category – choose whichever category you think best suits your work.


Application advice
Keep an eye out for details of our online Q&As at the IdeasTap Spa, where we’ll be answering your questions and offering application advice over the coming weeks. In the meantime, for information on how to create a successful application, read our judges’ top tips.


About Sky Arts

Sky Arts offers an eclectic mix of the best contemporary and classical music, arts, biographies, chat shows, film, drama and comedy across Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 daily. Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground, supporting and investing in the best of innovative arts from leading organisations to emerging artists in the UK and Ireland. For more information on Sky Arts, please visit


Download the terms and conditions to ensure your application is eligible.


Applications close at 5pm on Friday 6 December 2013, but judges will be reviewing entries as they come in. Please do not leave it to the last day to apply – we are expecting a very high volume of applications, so if you experience technical difficulties or have any questions we may not be able to help you at that late stage.

If you have any technical queries, visit the help centre or ask questions below. The deadline is final and we will not accept applications by any other means.

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