Sky Academy Arts Scholarships Creative Producing


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What you win

  • £30,000 / €40,000 towards the creation of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year
  • Mentoring from senior Sky staff and a senior individual from the arts industry
  • Support from a dedicated artist manager
  • Wider development support from Sky (marketing, budgeting, PR etc)
  • A short film about their project and practice


Stage 1: All applicants in each category will be assessed by two professionals working in that area of the arts industry

Stage 2: Successful applicants in each category will then be judged by the Ambassadors, senior professionals working in each area of the arts industry

Stage 3: Successful applicants will then be invited to a telephone interview with the Sky Academy team

Stage 4: The short list will be invited to interview at Sky in West London or Dublin.  The panel will include the Ambassadors and senior Sky representatives. 


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Sky Academy Arts Scholarships, run in partnership with Hiive, provide financial support and mentoring for five talented young artists aged 18-30 from across the UK and Ireland.  The aim of the scholarships is to give young people the time, space and money they need to develop their creative practice and unlock their potential.


Each artist will receive £30,000/€40,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from senior Sky staff and professionals from the arts industry.  Four scholarships will be awarded to artists from the UK and one scholarship will be awarded to an artist living in Ireland.


Artists are invited to apply with a project idea under one of the following categories: Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Music, Dance, Film and Creative Producing.  You can apply with either a written or filmed application providing answers to all questions are included in the submission.


Since 2011, Sky Academy Arts Scholarships have supported brilliant young artists from a range of artistic disciplines, from jazz drummers to dancers, to shadow puppeteers, allowing them to develop new artistic projects including solo visual art exhibitions and an award winning play at the Edinburgh Fringe, to the creation of a new music charity that puts on classical music concerts in unexpected places and a theatre company that tells stories without boundaries.

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  • Hiya, just got email saying the longlist was up? where is it? thanks

    avatar , , 06/05/16 , 49 AP

  • Hi there everyone! I hope we are all keeping well.
    Wanted to ask, I received a the May newsletter, and there is an announcement on the Longlist for the Sky Academy Arts Apprencticeship, however the link reveals nothing on the subject except the other news and opportunities.
    Are you able to direct us to the Longlist published?

    Best wishes


    avatar , , 06/05/16 , 48 AP

  • Hey! I've been holding off on some other funding opportunities until the short list for this gets released. Any idea when that will be? No worries, I just don't want to pursue something else until I know. :)

    avatar , , 03/05/16 , 36 AP

  • I just wondered if a long, or short list of successful candidates has yet to be released? I read that judging was taking longer than first anticipated and just wanted to check if anything had been emailed out to people? thanks :)


    BenHat , Designer , 02/05/16 , 44 AP

  • Hi Guys,
    I was just wondering when the people who are successful in this round will be notified? Apologies if this is stated somewhere and I've missed it. Cx

    avatar , , 29/03/16 , 54 AP

    • Hi Claire, will be publishing a longlist at the end of this week or start of next week and will be emailing all applicants with a link to the list.

      avatar , , 29/03/16 , 1,286 AP

      • hello, was just wondering if the e-mail has been sent out already to successful applicants :) xx


        lesley harley , Artist , 07/04/16 , 71 AP

      • Hi Lesley,

        The email has yet to go out - judges still going through applications. All applicants will receive an email. Apologies for the delay :)

        avatar , , 08/04/16 , 1,259 AP

      • Hello thanks Simon :) no rush just making sure I haven't missed it :) thanks xx


        lesley harley , Artist , 08/04/16 , 71 AP

      • Hi Simon,

        I understand that judging can take a long time to carry out but just wondered if applicants had been emailed yet with the long list as I've had some issue with my email lately and wanted to check I hadn't missed it :)


        BenHat , Designer , 26/04/16 , 44 AP

  • Waiting over 20 minutes for it save.. Is this normal?


    PadraigOGrady , Filmmaker , 10/03/16 , 110 AP

    • Hi Padraig, site is very busy at the moment, so the best trick is to save your answers and then re submit as you are more likely to get it in that way. I've also pushed the deadline back an hour to help people who experiencing delays

      avatar , , 10/03/16 , 1,286 AP

      • That's great. Thanks.


        PadraigOGrady , Filmmaker , 10/03/16 , 110 AP

  • please could you ellaborate on this question...i dont quite get it

    "Please summarise the start and finish dates and key milestones of your outcome/project"

    please hurry too...Apologies

    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 45 AP

    • Hi, these are the key dates that will shape your project. e.g. the kick off stage, research stage, project event etc They don't need to be set in stone now but an idea of when key events will occur is what we are looking for

      avatar , , 10/03/16 , 1,286 AP

  • Hi, could you tell me if there is a date when the winner will be announced? I'm just finalising the key dates and milestones section. Thank you!

    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 58 AP

  • It keeps saying to complete the answers for one of the questions when I have filled it out.

    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 41 AP

  • Hi,
    Just want to confirm that you got my application okay?
    Thanks a mil,


    OrlaORourke , Musician/music production , 10/03/16 , 66 AP


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