Ian McKellen – Producer Grants
ABOUT THE GRANTS
In 2019, as a present to himself for his 80th birthday Ian McKellen went on a tour of the UK visiting 87 venues with a one-man show. The aim was to raise money for each venue he visited. Later that year the show transferred to the West End for 88 performances.
The final two shows were captured by the producing team in conjunction with NT Live. In 2021 the show will be broadcast by Amazon Prime for customers in UK and Ireland and will be available globally via NT @ Home.
All remaining profits from both the West End run and the future broadcast including any salary Ian would have received will be distributed to help emerging producers by providing a one-off grant. This grant is intended to form part of the capitalisation and also running costs by being used to pay actors wages. This grant can be up to £25,000 as long as the Producer pays the cast at least equity minimum but total actor salaries must be in line with industry norms in the venue where the work is being presented.
What’s The Aim?
- To support emerging producers and production companies.
- To allow producers to employ and correctly pay as many people as possible.
- To enable productions that would otherwise be financially unviable due to cast size. Grants will favour those productions that break even BECAUSE of this money.
- The grant is for producing plays – both new plays and revivals.
Who Can Apply?
- The Producer or Production Company must have already produced one production in the UK in a venue that is a member of UK Theatre or the London Fringe for more than 21 consecutive paid public performances.
- The producer or production company must have paid the cast and crew equity minimum or above.
- Your production must have a cast of at least 6 actors and 1 of these actors must be a recent graduate of an accredited theatre training course (graduated in 2019, 2020 or 2021)
Terms of the Grant
- If successful the grant will be paid to you the week before you begin rehearsals and upon proof that the remainder of the capitalisation is in place. The first funding round is in September 2021 so your pre-production period must begin after that.
- If successful then you are no longer eligible to apply for any future funding rounds. If unsuccessful then you may reapply in the future.
- Your work must be taking place in a venue that is a member of UK Theatre (this can be a single venue or as part of a tour).
- The grant will go towards paying actors salaries up to £25,000 and including any NI contributions or other costs related to salary. The grant can cover salaries during rehearsals and playing weeks. In your application you will need to outline how much you are paying people and for how long the contract will run.
- There is a possibility that your application might be eligible and yet you are still unsuccessful due to demand. Make sure you allow enough time between applying and start date or have other means of funding available.
- Your proposed production must commit to paying cast and crew appropriate union rates but may not be used to over inflate salaries.
- Grants awarded in sole discretion of the judging panel.
- By submitting your application you agree that ATG may keep your contact details on file
- All application forms and supporting documentation will be treated as confidential and will not be used for any other purpose except in considering the application for the grant. Only contact details will be held on file and all supporting documentation will be deleted six months after each funding round.
How to Apply
Upload a cover letter and also a one-page budget detailing the production spend and another page detailing the recoupment schedule if applicable.
5pm, 31st August 2021.
Grant decisions will be made no later than September 30th 2021.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by phone and some may be required to attend an interview.
Not all profits from the show will be distributed at once and further funding rounds will be announced in 2022. Sign up to be kept informed of further funding rounds.