Announcing the latest Mo Siewcharran fund grant recipients
The latest Mo Siewcharran Fund grants have been awarded to Liverpool University Press, the Little Angel Theatre and The Stage Media.
The Grants are intended to support young Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates starting their careers in publishing or theatre. They are awarded by the Fund set up in memory of former Nielsen Books Director, Mo Siewcharran, who died in June 2017. Read more about why the Fund was set up here.
The Fund will support three six-month internships, all commencing during the last few months of 2020. The first to commence is a Marketing Assistant internship with Liverpool University Press.
“As the publishing industry belatedly looks beyond London to reflect the geographical breadth of the UK, it is essential to recognise that inclusivity is about people and not just postcodes. Liverpool University Press is honoured to receive a grant from the Mo Siewcharran Fund, which we will use to support a Liverpool-based internship for a BAME candidate who is passionate about publishing.” Anthony Cond, Managing Director, Liverpool University Press
The fund will also support a Puppetry Internship with Little Angel Theatre.
“Little Angel Theatre is thrilled to receive funding from the Mo Siewcharran fund in order to provide a comprehensive internship for a person of colour – an underrepresented group in the puppetry industry. We are committed to diversifying our staff team – both on stage and off stage, and we hope that this opportunity will help provide a vital stepping stone into the industry and help us to have a more exciting and diverse team. We can’t wait to get started.” Samantha Lane, Artistic Director, Little Angel Theatre
John Seaton, founder of the Fund, said: “We know how tough these past six months have been for small businesses and so we were delighted to be able to increase the size of the awards for this round of applications. Now, more than ever, with young people from under-represented communities being disproportionately affected by recent events, we are pleased to be able to continue to support talented individuals to access creative careers. We are thrilled with the three placements we have chosen; a regional publisher, an award-winning theatre and an exceptional opportunity for an aspiring journalist to train at two leading trade publications, The Stage and The Bookseller.”
The Stage Media group, which owns both The Bookseller and The Stage, will be hosting a joint internship for a budding journalist:
“We are delighted to be joining forces with The Stage, and again with Creative Access, to provide this important opportunity for a trainee journalist to come in and learn from both publications. It is a particular pleasure that the role will be part-funded by the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund, as Mo is remembered fondly by The Bookseller.” Philip Jones, Editor, The Bookseller
“We ran a similar trainee scheme in 2017; it was a huge success and we’ve wanted to repeat it ever since. We’re hugely grateful to Creative Access and the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund for making that possible. This will mark the first project that The Stage and The Bookseller have worked on together since our companies’ merger, underlining a shared belief in how important it is to improve diversity in arts journalism.” Alistair Smith, Editor, The Stage
Any theatre or publisher wishing to apply for the next round of submissions should email here for the application form (deadline January 4th 2021).