The Sky Arts Ignition Fund, launched last year to support the work of young emerging artists, will award five grants of £30,000 to support the practice of five artists in 2013. The grant essentially operates like a salary, funding the artist for a year of (financially stable) work. Successful applicants will also be paired with mentors, provided by Sky, to help them develop their networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and commercial sectors.
The fund is open to those practicing in performing arts, dance, music and visual arts, as well as creative producers, but applicants must be 18-30 years old and must be currently residing in the UK or Ireland and be either a UK/Ireland citizen or resident in either country for the last five years. Note also that the fund is for activities, projects and the development of ideas that take place between March 2013 and March 2014.
Applications are made through the Ideas Tap website. The deadline is 5pm on 19 December 2012.