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Stage One and Perfect Pitch work together towards development of new British musicals

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 31 August 2022, Last Updated 31 August 2022

Stage One & Perfect Pitch announce that they will be working together to award new producers with financial support to help develop of new British musicals!

Stage One is a charity that supports commercial theatre producers across the UK and The Society of London Theatre, a not-for-profit organisation that runs Official London Theatre, has been one of their integral supporters since it began over 40 years ago. 

Perfect Pitch is a non-profit sister company to Global Musicals and is dedicated exclusively to creating, developing and promoting new contemporary British musicals.

Since 2000 Stage One have awarded new producers Bursary funds to support their careers and the development of new productions. This lets them focus on getting their production stage ready by financially supporting them at a time where they would otherwise have to be taking on other jobs and freelance work to sustain themselves.

The Stage One Bursary award offers producers a grant of up to £15,000 towards subsistence, company set up, rights acquisition and other overheads as well as mentoring from an experienced industry professional./

Producers whose projects align with the aims of  will be invited to apply for additional financial support of up to a further £15,000 which will also include access to low-cost development opportunities, subsidised workshop & rehearsal space, additional musicals mentorship (alongside the support provided by Stage One), access to musical focused networking events and access to industry pitching days to be the first to hear about new musicals in development and meet the creative teams involved e.g. BEAM festival 

 Andy Barnes from Perfect Pitch said: 

“Perfect Pitch are absolutely delighted to partner with Stage One and to offer additional value to their already brilliant work identifying and supporting the producers of the future. As a recipient of the bursary in 2005 I know the value of Stage One first hand and it is a testament to their early career support that we are now able to offer our own support and work together to ensure the producers of future new musicals represent the wide breadth of communities they come from, and are supported in telling new, contemporary, and relevant stories.” 

Joseph Smith from Stage One said: 

“We are so pleased that Perfect Pitch approached us with this idea, it is so time consuming, expensive and daunting creating a brand new musical and it is great that they will be able to compliment the bursary award with further expertise and financial support. We hope that through this we see truly diverse and brilliant work hit our stages in the coming years”. 

Applications for the Bursary scheme will open on 22nd August 2022 and close on the 19th September 2022. Producers working on a variety of different productions are encouraged to apply. To apply, please visit: https://stageone.uk.com/bursary/how-to-apply

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