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New Mo Siewcharran Fund grant receipts announced

The latest Mo Siewcharran Fund grants have been awarded to Oneworld Publications in Londonthe Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and Theatre Deli in Sheffield. The grant is awarded by the Fund set up in memory of former Nielsen Books Director, Mo Siewcharran, who died in June 2017.  

Commenting on the Awards, Mo’s husband John Seaton, said: 

“Mo felt strongly about supporting young people of colour to pursue creative careers and was a huge fan of both theatre and publishing. We are delighted to be supporting three more individuals over the coming months and are sure they’ll have excellent opportunities at these new host organisations. We are looking forward to supporting many more young BAME candidates to pursue their careers over the coming years.”

The grants will support a new editorial intern at Oneworld publications (currently being recruited here). On receipt of the grant, Juliet Mabey, Publisher at Oneworld, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Creative Access, who have been such a brilliant force working to make creative industries like ours open to all, and honoured to be doing so thanks to a generous grant from the Mo Siewcharran Fund. Together, we can transform publishing so that it is truly representative of the readers it serves, as it should be.” 

Hanna Streeter, Executive Director at the Orange Tree Theatre said:

“Having worked with so many brilliant Creative Access Interns while at Paines Plough, I’m delighted that with the generous support of the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund the Orange Tree can too develop young people from under-represented communities, while making the OT workforce and our creative industry richer for it.” 

The Fund is also supporting a Trainee Producer at Theatre Deli (currently being recruited here).  Jessica Brewster, Artistic Director at Theatre Deli in Sheffield, said ‘Widening representation is becoming increasingly important in the arts industry and is now a permanent strategy at Theatre Deli, so we are thrilled to have received support from the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund and Creative Access towards a BAME Trainee Producer, allowing us to expand our support for artists and creatives who want to change the world.’ 

The Fund was established by Mo’s husband, John Seaton, in order to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in the Arts. Each internship will last a minimum of six months and will support a young BAME candidate with a genuine passion for publishing or theatre. The Fund is supporting four interns per year for five years. Other publishing or theatre organisations wishing to apply for a grant in the future should email here. 

The timetable for the next round of applications is as follows: 

  • Deadline for applications 1st December 2019 
  • Companies will be informed 5th December 2019 
  • Internships must commence by 1st April 2020 

Please note only companies with less than £15million turnover will be considered for subsidies.