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New charity to offer financial support to Scottish performing arts students

Choreographer Murray Grant, a trustee of the MGA Foundation Choreographer Murray Grant, a trustee of the MGA Foundation
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A charity has been launched in Edinburgh to support Scottish students who cannot afford to train in the performing arts.

The MGA Foundation will provide financial support to help with the fees required to attend a range of courses in singing, acting and musical theatre.

Applicants will have to be able to demonstrate a genuine financial need and the potential to excel within the performing arts.

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts has provided support for young people endeavouring to train professionally in Edinburgh since it was launched in 2010. The new MGA Foundation has been set up as a separate charity, which will broaden that access to include workshops, youth theatre and part-time and full-time training opportunities across the UK.

Choreographer Murray Grant, a trustee of the new charity, told The Stage that setting it up was important to him because he could afford to attend Bird College in London only after he was given a full scholarship.

He said: “Things are becoming more and more expensive and it is becoming a lot more out of the reach of a lot of talented people to be able to go to school and train.

“That is not just full-time training, but kids going to summer schools and workshops and things like that. We, as a charity, want to give as many opportunities as possible to young people from Scotland in the performing arts.”

In order to help the long-term sustainability of the charity, Grant said that those who were helped by it would be asked to commit to support it in the future.

He said: “We want to make it a kind of a family thing where once you have had the scholarship for the three years of training and then you are then doing a West End show or whatever, you can then contribute to the foundation.

“The hope is that, over the years, people who have been funded through the foundation will be paying for future generations in the way that we are doing it.”

Details of how to apply for support from the MGA foundation and how to make donations to it are available on its website.

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