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Live Work Fund Awardee Rosie Elnile, photo by Manuel Harlan

Live Work Fund


The fund is closed for applications and we have announced the 33 awardees who will receive the Live Work Fund 2021. You can read more about them, here. A blog about the selection process can be read here.

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What is the Live Work Fund?

This new fund, worth £660k, is supporting 33 exceptional individuals over 12 months with awards of £20,000 to adapt their approach to making and sharing live work. The awarded artists, creatives and producers have no more than ten years’ experience, are based across the UK, and their practices pre-Covid-19 focused and relied on live performance. The 33 awardees have artistic practices based in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and performance as well as those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.

The Live Work Fund brings together Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust, four independent funders who share a common aim to substantially support individuals whose work relies on live performance following the impact of Covid-19. We understand the pandemic currently makes it hard to imagine a positive future in the arts, but we strongly believe that creatives hold the key to discovering and forging new ways forward. We are committed to a vibrant future for live work and to ensuring that right across the country outstanding artists, creatives and producers are able to transform and develop their practice to survive and thrive.

The Live Work Fund is designed to help prevent exceptional talent of all backgrounds from abandoning the development of their practice due to the impact of Covid-19 and create the space for reflection and experimentation. It will provide substantial support throughout 2021 to enable the selected awardees to take the time to think imaginatively about how they can adapt their professional practice and make a vital contribution to the future of their wider artistic community.

Awardees will also be support by Jerwood Arts expert staff for advice and introductions, and established mentors will be available to support career development, answer discipline-specific questions and signpost opportunities.


The Live Work Fund is run by Jerwood Arts. It brings together Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust, four independent funders who share a common desire to substantially support artists directly following the impact of Covid-19.

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting early-career UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, bursaries, fellowships, projects, programmes and commissions. We are committed to supporting artistic freedom of expression and being as inclusive as possible across all our work. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together through our exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London, as well as across the UK and online.

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity with a focus on research and education. Its aim is to support civil society by investing in excellent projects in science, health, heritage, humanities and the arts.

Since it was established in 1955, some £1 billion (£2 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 11,500 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK. We unlock change by contributing everything we can alongside people and organisations with brilliant ideas who share our goals.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. In 2019 we made grants of £36 million towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. We also have a £45 million allocation to social investments for organisations with the aim of creating social impact.

The Linbury Trust is an independent grant-making trust established in 1973 by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, and his wife Anya, Lady Sainsbury CBE. The Trust supports a wide variety of compelling and exciting projects across the world in the fields of arts, heritage and culture; the environment; and social and medical welfare.