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Andrew Lloyd Webber pumps £100k into BAME training schemes

18 April 2017

More than £100,000 has been awarded to black, Asian and minority ethnic trainee schemes by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to address the “hideously white” theatre industry.

The money was awarded as part of a series of grants by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, totalling £606,933 to 17 organisations.

Following the foundation’s publication last year of a report that criticised the lack of diversity in the theatre industry, the grants focus on increasing access for BAME groups and communities as well as arts education and participation.

BAME arts charity Creative Access has received £45,000 to provide a training programme for paid interns. £30,000 was awarded to theatre company Rifco for a career development programme for British Asian artists aged 20 to 26.

Tara Arts and Hoxton Hall Trust, which received £30,000 and £18,000 respectively, will offer trainee positions in technical theatre, directing, sales and marketing.

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Tara Arts' Artistc Director Jatinder Verma said "Tara Arts is delighted to receive support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for its mission to turn its newly-renovated theatre in south London into a hub for multicultural theatre. The Foundation's support will enable us to develop the pipeline of BAME talent by offering opportunities for a range of talented young people to acquire key backstage skills that sustain theatre; complementing the opportunities we currently offer to BAME artists. We wholeheartedly support the Foundation's aim to place BAME talent centre stage."