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Directors to gain financial support from charity

Marianne Elliot Marianne Elliot has previously criticised pay levels for directors
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Directors working in theatre, film and TV who are facing financial difficulties are to be supported by a new charitable foundation.

The Directors Charitable Foundation, which will also focus on development and training, has been created using the resources and expertise of the Directors Guild Trust, Directors UK and recently formed Stage Directors UK.

Earlier this year, research from SDUK found that half of theatre directors earn less than £5,000 a year. Marianne Elliott has previously criticised directors’ pay.

Under the new charitable foundation, directors are who are struggling financially will be supported by a fund created by the body.

“The DCF will focus on helping train and develop talent, on promoting the art and craft of directing to a wider public and in due course on assisting professional directors in financial distress,” the organisation said in a statement.

It will receive core funding from Directors UK but will also raise funds.

Piers Haggard, chair of Stage Directors UK, said: “SDUK is delighted to be involved in the founding of this new charity to support the varying needs of directors in theatre, film, TV and other media. We look forward to playing our part in shaping the DCF over the coming years.”

Tom Roberts, vice chair of Directors UK, added that the body would “enhance the public’s perception of our skills, provide new educational opportunities and look after the welfare interests of the industry”.

The Directors Guild Trust and Directors Guild of Great Britain will roll their activities into the new body and cease operating as independent organisations.

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