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Ideas Tap

IdeasTap: Investing in the arts

IdeasTap work with Sky Arts to deliver the Sky Arts Ignition Series: Future Fund, offering creatives under the age of 30 the chance to win £30,000 of funding  for a year of your practice.

Sky Arts channels offer an eclectic mix of the best contemporary and classical music, arts, biographies, chat shows, film, drama and comedy across Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 daily. Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground, supporting and investing in the arts from leading organisations to emerging artists in the UK and Ireland through the Sky Arts Ignition Series. The Futures Fund is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series and offers five artists each year £30,000 plus mentoring to help you develop your creative practice.

“Talent and creativity is thriving in the arts today, but we recognise that people can’t fulfil their potential and pursue their artistic ambitions without support,” comments James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts. “Sky has long been one of the UK’s biggest investors in the arts, both on and off screen, but we think it’s vital to uphold that commitment right across the board – individuals who are just starting out are equally as important as organisations with a wealth of experience behind them. This is why we’ve launched Futures Fund as part of Sky Arts Ignition – we’re hoping that we will be able to support and nurture the next generation of Bussells, Kennedys, Emins and Cumberbatches.”

Whether you want to direct a piece of theatre, choreograph a new dance piece, write a play, record an album, create a sculpture, a live art performance or produce, Sky Arts will give you the time and money to make it happen. They’ll also pair you with a mentor from Sky and the arts to help you develop your networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector.

We invite you to submit an application in one of five categories; Theatre, Writing and Performance; Music; Visual Art; Dance; Creative Producer.

Written by Laura McFarlane, Partnerships Manager at IdeasTap

About IdeasTap

IdeasTap is a not-for-profit creative network that funds, connects and nurtures new talent. It was launched in December 2008 as the arts platform of The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust and has since given over £650,000 in direct cash funding to young creative people. Its membership currently stands at more than 72,000 young creative practitioners and its partners are Old Vic New Voices, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Magnum Photos, The British Film Institute, Sky Arts, Roundhouse, HighTide, The National Student Drama Festival, mac birmingham and The National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural. The website provides a platform for young creative people to connect, showcase their work and skills, find jobs, and promote events and exhibitions, as well as access unique industry-led opportunities.

For more information on IdeasTap visit


This blog is one of the blogs in the lead up to Nexters, PleaseFund.Us Social Collaboration event on the 26th September.

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