Nadia Rasheed

Curve’s Young Arts Entrepreneurs

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There’s a great opportunity from emerging artists aged 16-25 from across Leicester and Leicestershire with the Curve Theatre. The Young Arts Entrepreneurs (YAE) programme is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundationand and D’Oyly Carte Trust. They want young people capable of creating and running their own community arts project – eventually starting their own businesses. In the vein of Dragon’s Den, applicants will pitch an idea and also demonstrate talent, skill and prove that they’re ready to make a legitimate change in their community.

Throughout the programme participants will partake in business training (covering everything from finance to press and marketing) and be involved in a Mentors Scheme that ensures they get the best out of their project. By the end of the programme – which lasts for a year – they will also have completed the Institute of Leadership and Management qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. If you are selected for the programme, you will be offered up to £1,500 to support your project.

Projects of the past few years have covered an array of art forms – drama, dance, comedy, visual arts and more. Don’t be afraid if you have an idea that sounds different or unusual. This is your chance to implement change, gain useful skills and express yourself creatively to the fullest.

To find out how to apply and learn more about the programme, visit the Curve Theatre website.

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