GM Artist Hub Announce New Originate Fund

The GM Artist Hub has launched a new fund to support independent performing artists in Greater Manchester. The Originate Fund will offer 3 x £5,000 commissions for new work to be created in 2021. Expressions of interest are welcome until Sunday 10 January 2021.

We have been a member of the GM Artist Hub since its formation in April 2020 – helping independent artists access support, advice and opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Since its launch the GM Artist Hub has spoken to hundreds of creative freelancers about their needs and challenges during the pandemic. Through this, artists have highlighted the importance of funding that allows them to develop new work on their own terms, with support from partners who can help bring that work to audiences.

Our Talent Development Manager, Punam Ramchurn, said: “It’s really important that we continue to look after artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the climate of constantly changing circumstances, GM Artist Hub offers essential support for many local artists and creatives.”

The GM Artist Hub has delivered two other funds to date: the Revive Fund, offering hardship bursaries to excluded freelancers, and the Reboot Fund, offering funding and training to early career artists. GM Artist Hub’s funds have been made possible with thanks to a £60,000 grant from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Other participating venues and arts organisations are: Community Arts North West, Contact, HOME, The Lowry, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford, hÅb/Word of Warning and Z-arts.

Further opportunities will be announced in due course. For more information about GM Artist Hub and the Originate Fund visit

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