Applications Open to Jamie Watton Fund 2020

In July 2020, we relaunched The Jamie Watton Fund for 2020, in response to the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 on the lives of independent artists, many of who lost their entire incomes overnight. 

Thick and Tight, one of current Align artists. Photo: Rosie Powell.

Thanks to the generosity of all those who have donated to the fund, we are now accepting applications from South East based artists who have fallen through the gaps of emergency funding for small support grants of a minimum of £500. 

As things currently stand we will be able to support up to five artists in this way but we are still fundraising to meet our target so we can help many more.  Every day we are hearing from dance artists who are making difficult decisions to leave their careers in dance behind. Please do continue to share and encourage those who can to donate so we can support as many artists as possible and they don’t have to make that choice.

How to apply:

  • send us a video up to three minutes long OR an email of up to 300 words telling us why you need this financial support
  • include your address
  • tell us what emergency funding you received (if any) and the amount
  • applications should be sent to by the deadline Friday 6th November 2020

We want to make this offer as easy as possible so please do get in touch if you have any questions or if you need to talk to us about an alternative way of applying.

Application criteria:

  • We will prioritise those applicants who did NOT receive any emergency funding at all and fell through all the funding support gaps
  • You must be an artist based in the South East of England* whose practice focuses on dance/ choreographic movement
  • You must not have been furloughed from a full or part-time contracted position
  • You must not have received Arts Council England Emergency Funding as an organisation
  • You must have received £2500 or LESS from HMRC self-employment income support
  • You can apply if you received Arts Council England Emergency Funding as an individual (up to £2500) and/ or if you received Dance Professional Fund support
  • You can apply if you are in receipt of Universal Credit/ Job seekers allowance

Available funds are tight and we will only be able to support a small number of artists so we trust that applicants will be honest and only apply for the money if they absolutely need it. We will however continue to offer artists support in applying for other funds and grants through our Artist Advisory sessions. Should you be unsuccessful and feel you need further support please do get in touch with us by emailing and requesting a free advisory session.

A panel that includes freelance artists, some of whom also work for South East Dance in a part time PAYE capacity, will prioritise who receives funding – we will share the details of those who make up the panel as soon as it is finalised. 

*In this instance the South East corresponds with the Arts Council England region and does not include London. Further information available here