Artistic Directors of the Future and Touretteshero are among the recipients of £4.3 million of funding from Arts Council England to be awarded to organisations that promote diversity in the arts.
The National Lottery funding has been awarded to 45 recipients as part of the Arts Council’s Elevate programme, which aims to “strengthen the resilience of diverse, cultural organisations”.
Originally set at £3 million, the budget for this round of Elevate was increased “due to the strength of the applications received”.
Touretteshero CIC, a project founded by theatremaker and comedian Jess Thom to increase awareness of Tourette’s syndrome, received £100,000 to help the company equip an accessible office and appoint new staff.
Artistic Directors of the Future, which is dedicated to increasing the number of ethnically diverse artistic leaders in mainstream theatre, was awarded £100,000 to establish a new business model.
Selina Thompson Ltd, established by artist and performer Selina Thompson, was granted £100,000 to help increase the size of its team and find a dedicated space in Birmingham, while Plymouth-based hip hop training company Street Factory CIC received £96,090 to fund exchanges and visits to other hip hop organisations.
Other recipients of the funding included Parents and Carers in the Performing Arts, Chester-based company Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, which helps support people recovering from addictions, and Bristol-based company Theatre Ad Infinitum.
Pegasus Opera Company, Scottee and Friends, Impact Dance foundation, Utopia Theatre and Second Hand Dance were also among the organisations to receive funding.
Abid Hussain, director of diversity at Arts Council England, said: “Supporting and nurturing diverse talent is a crucial priority for the Arts Council.
“Through Elevate we are investing in an exciting pipeline of diverse organisations that make a vital contribution to the country’s cultural provision, empowering under-represented voices.
“I’m particularly pleased to note the increased scale of our Elevate funding, which demonstrates our continued ambition to create a more inclusive cultural sector that produces work relevant to people from all communities and backgrounds.”