Opportunities Funding Funding for performing arts in Edinburgh Deadline: Friday 10 March 2017, 12 noonArea: Edinburgh The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a new Culture Project Fund which, in its first year, will support the creation of performing arts work. This new fund aims to stimulate and support artistic and cultural projects that benefit Edinburgh and those who live in and visit the city. The 2017/18 New Work fund will award grants to organisations based in Edinburgh for costs involved in developing new performing arts work. Awards of up to £5,000 are available out of a total pot of £45,000. Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture Convener, said: “Edinburgh has a long and strong reputation for creativity and excellence in the arts. Yet, while our established festivals, theatres, concert halls and galleries continue to thrive; a set of young and new resident artists and organisations are in need of support. “It is no secret the Council faces unprecedented financial pressures, but we are determined to put our Culture Plan into action and improve support for those working at the grassroots level. We need to identify new and collaborative ways of resourcing the sector, and this fund will go some way to support such talent. “While we recognise using our existing resources in new ways has some impact on regularly funded organisations, the result is the nurturing of more new work and emerging artists. This collaborative approach is to benefit the entire cultural sector here in the city.” A panel of industry specialists will review and recommend which projects will receive funding in March. For more information, visit the City of Edinburgh Council website.