WOMAD Foundation Training and Professional Development Bursaries for Artists and Festival Production Crew application
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the arts and entertainment industry has been devastating. Thousands of self-employed people lost a year’s work almost overnight. At WOMAD many of our crew have worked with us for decades, many of our artists scrape a living touring the world for minimum return.

It is difficult to know what WOMAD can do to help the people we rely on in these difficult times when the festival itself faces enormous challenges and has already lost four festivals around the world, including the UK, since the pandemic was declared.

We know how skilled our teams are, how transferable many of their skills are to other industries and environments so we thought that one thing we could do was create a fund to support our community in gaining training to increase their chances of employment at a time when it is opportunities to show their considerable talents that they desperately need.

Some examples of what you could apply for support for - Training in associated skills including but not excluding to:
• IT
• Autocad
• Plant Licence
• Marketing
• Electrical training
• Becoming a trainer/teacher
• HGV Licence
• Achieving a personal licence
• Audience Development
• rigging
• Safety (NCRQ)
• Excel
• Book keeping
• trailer towing
• Attending an industry conference
• Cultural sector training
• Support for a work experience/internship opportunity.


For successful applicants, the WOMAD Foundation can fund up to 90% of the costs of training course fees, travel and accommodation costs related to attending training, and other costs related to professional development.

Bursary funds are limited and unfortunately, we will not be able to support every application. Bursaries of up to £2,000 are available (inclusive of VAT). Individuals can only receive a maximum of £2,000. Applications are limited to one bursary per person or organisation.

Deadline for bursary applications is 1st December at 5pm
Email address *
Full Name
Job Title
How long have you been working in events?
Name of business
Contact number
Email Address
What type of work do you do in the event industry?
Other (please specify)
Which of the following best describes your current employment status?
Clear selection
Other (please specify)
What activity are you applying for? (Max 200 words)
When will this activity take place? (Max 200 words)
Where will this activity take place? (Max 200 words)
Have you attended this event/course or activity before? Yes / no
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If yes to previous question, please say how you applied the learning from previous attendance and why it is necessary to attend again:
Have you attended any other events or courses in the last 2 years? if so what are they? (Max 200 words)
How will this bursary be used to support you in developing your business/career? (Please detail in reference to the above list (Max 200 words):
What would you like to be able to achieve from this activity? (Max 200 words)
How much bursary support are you applying for? (Max 500 words)
Please state how the bursary will be spent, with a total cost for each area of expenditure, and the sum of the bursary allocated for it. Leave areas that do not apply blank, and input a Total Cost and Total Bursary applied for at the bottom of the form. Please include exact costs where possible
Please explain how you fulfil the eligibility criteria and what circumstances make you feel you are eligible to receive bursary support: (Max 500 words)
How will you be paying for any other expenses? (my organisation, personal funds, other sources please specify) (Max 500 words)
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