Guidelines on making an application: please read carefully 

Who can apply; 

  • Dancers, dance teachers  and choreographers  whose circumstances have been affected  due to  COVID-19.  (see Eligibility Criteria for who we define  as an eligible  dance professional under this scheme). 
  • The Fund  cannot  provide any help towards ongoing business costs or business arrears. 

Eligibility criteria; 

Evidence of three years or more  in total (i.e. 36 months) as a dancer, dance teacher  or choreographer  in the  UK*.  Applicants  must  be able to  show  that  they were recently in  paid employment  in the dance  profession prior to the start of COVID-19  restrictions. 

  • Dancers and  choreographers  working in the following  dance styles are  eligible; 
  • Classical Ballet 
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Dance sports 
  • Street Dance 
  • South Asian Dance
  • Dance Teachers  teaching in the following dance styles are  eligible; 
  • Classical  Ballet 
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Dancesports 
  • Street Dance 
  • South Asian Dance 
  • Modern Theatre Dance 
  • At least 50%, of your  income  from the list above  must come from your dance employment  (within the last three years). 
  • Applicants with savings of more than  £6,000  will not be eligible  (unless being held for specific purpose, such as  HMRC  payment – evidence will be required). 
  • Applicants must live in the UK, and hold a bank account with an address in the UK. 

*Applications from those who have danced, taught or choreographed  professionally  for under three years  in the UK may be considered  if COVID-19 has prevented them reaching the three-year threshold (evidence of loss of work preventing them reaching the three-year threshold will be required).  D/deaf and/or disabled applicants who apply will be given priority. 

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