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Need funding for your performing arts lessons?

National Youth Arts Trust bursaries are granted to young people between the ages of 7 and 25 who are unable to access opportunities in the arts due to their financial circumstances.

We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves.

Our bursary application service is open and the next deadline for applications is 23 January 2017.

To apply, please download an application form from our website and send your completed form, along with any supporting documents to: admin@nationalyouthartstrust.org.uk

For more information on our criteria and how to apply please visit our website.

“There are few options for young people who want to act and can’t afford the huge costs. The NYAT is one of the very few organisations that help support this voice in continuing the journey and without their support it just wouldn’t be possible.”

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“Since I can remember I’ve had a passion for music. My parents could not keep on affording the increasing costs of my tuition, so we applied for an NYAT bursary. If I hadn’t had your help this year I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my music. I’m very grateful as it’s very important to me and my future. Thank you.”

Music bursary recipient 

 

 


Season’s Greetings

From all of us at the National Youth Arts Trust, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us in 2016! Whether you’ve given vital donations, helped us fundraise, given your time and advice, or simply taken the time to read about our work – we cannot thank you enough!

This year we have launched a new youth theatre company in Hull, brought over 100 young people to the theatre (many for the first time), run a pilot drama project with young offenders in Cookham Wood, supported eleven young actors, musicians and dancers in their tuition and continued developing our youth theatre company in Ely.

In this Christmas newsletter, we shine a spotlight on a young cello player and the difference a bursary has made to her education. Plus, read about stage and screen actor Jonjo O’Neill who is running a half marathon in aid of our work!

And if you haven’t found a charity to support this Christmas – look no further!

Much of the work we do is supported by individuals who are passionate about nurturing future talent regardless of background. If you would like to make a difference to the future of the arts in the UK, please do consider making us your charity of the year in 2016 and donate now.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Music - Ada Mara.jpg“It seemed an impossible situation”

Ruby started her musical journey when Ruby’s mum enrolled her at a mini music class to help her with her dyspraxia. Ruby picked up a cello and with the help of a teacher, managed to get a basic sound of out it, and was hooked from then on!

Ruby says “I love to play with other musicians and make new friends. I like to learn new skills every week. I enjoy being around people who love music as much as me. I am studying grade three Cello this year and learning new scales and pieces.”

From a low income background, Ruby’s mum was unable to afford the fees for her Cello tuition, so she applied for an NYAT music bursary. “Quality tuition is very expensive and difficult to find. Classical music training and performance is often regarded as elitist and unnecessary. It seemed an impossible situation. The fact that NYAT considered funding applications three times a year was a life line to us. Ruby and I are extremely grateful to NYAT. Thank you.”

After receiving tuition, 100% of bursary recipients from 2015 are more confident, 100% are either continuing with their tuition or entering the profession and the majority of recipients have taken up extracurricular activity – including volunteering at their local theatre.

Please, if you can, dig deep and help support more young dancers, actors, and musicians like Ruby, to nurture their talents, despite their difficult financial circumstances.

Thank you!

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“Youth theatre changed my life”

Jonjo O’Neill is a stage, TV and film actor, with a passion for the arts and providing access to the arts for young people where it is out of their reach. Jonjo is running the Victoria Park half marathon on the 14th January and is very kindly raising funds to support NYAT’s work!

“I went along to a youth theatre class in West Belfast in 1991 and it changed my life. It was
a place where I felt different, where I could breathe in a way that I couldn’t at home, at school, or in the street. It’s increasingly easy for young people to slip through the cracks; kids from difficult backgrounds, without access to creative outlets. We have to invest in young people and creativity. The National Youth Arts Trust is a charity that focuses on providing those who are disadvantaged or in difficulty with access to creative outlets and opportunities.”jonjo-oneill

Jonjo is aiming to raise £2,000 to support young musicians, dancers and actors from low income or disadvantaged backgrounds, access training and creative opportunities in the arts. For example, £2,000 can help a young musician pay for one to one lessons, instrument hire, travel to and from classes and membership to learn in an ensemble with other young musicians for two years or more!

You can support Jonjo’s fundraising campaign here. Or text NYAT00 £5 to 70070.

Check out Jonjo’s training updates here, including a 15km run around Central Park NYC!

We must not let money stop young people from low income backgrounds from accessing creative opportunities. If you can, please help us reach this target.

Thank you!

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Do you know someone who is looking for support to access arts training? Our bursary scheme is open to applications! We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves. Find out more here.

p.s. Don’t forget you can raise free donations for NYAT whenever you shop online! Do your Christmas shopping online? We have a page with easyfundraising.org.uk so please do follow the link before you shop, find out more and help us raise vital funds for 2016. Thank you for your support!

Photo credits: Ruth O’Brien, Ada Mara, Jonjo O’Neill


Bursary applications open

Need funding for your performing arts lessons?

National Youth Arts Trust bursaries are granted to young people between the ages of 7 and 25 who are unable to access opportunities in the arts due to their financial circumstances.

We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves.

Our bursary application service is open and the next deadline for applications is 23 January 2017.

To apply, please download an application form from our website and send your completed form, along with any supporting documents to: admin@nationalyouthartstrust.org.uk

For more information on our criteria and how to apply please visit our website.

“There are few options for young people who want to act and can’t afford the huge costs. The NYAT is one of the very few organisations that help support this voice in continuing the journey and without their support it just wouldn’t be possible.”

Access bursary recipient

“Since I can remember I’ve had a passion for music. My parents could not keep on affording the increasing costs of my tuition, so we applied for an NYAT bursary. If I hadn’t had your help this year I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my music. I’m very grateful as it’s very important to me and my future. Thank you.”

Music bursary recipient 

 

 


Youth theatre auditions!

We are very excited to announce that we are running a new youth theatre company in East Hull starting in January 2017.

NYAT’s youth theatre company aims to inspire, unearth emerging talent, be a spring board for further education, a platform for new local voices and engage the young people in the community to develop a lifelong passion for the performing arts.

NYAT is inviting students aged 13-19 from local schools in East Hull to audition for this exciting opportunity to be part of a youth theatre company.

The youth theatre company will be run by experienced theatre practitioners and offers professional training in drama and acting techniques, theatre trips, performances for the local community and masterclasses from industry professionals.

Workshops will be held weekly on Mondays after school at the Archbishop Sentamu Academy and will cover a range of skills including script writing and devising work, acting techniques, physical theatre, improvisation skills, skills in movement and voice, plus confidence building and team work; helping the participants explore their creative potential in drama.

If you’re Hull based, please help spread the word!

We are passionate about helping young theatre makers have access to quality training opportunities and providing a positive and creative activity for teenagers in the East Hull area.

Auditions are on November 28th at 3.45pm at the Archbishop Sentamu Academy drama studios.

To register interest please contact: admin@nationalyouthartstrust.org.uk or 07891835589


“This has been life changing”

In our end of summer newsletter, the focus is on our youth theatre company in Ely and how your support is helping our young theatre makers grow in confidence, move onto higher education and develop a lifelong passion for the performing arts.

Our youth theatre in Ely has up to 30 members aged 13 – 19 who meet each week. The youth theatre exists to unearth emerging talent, make bold and exciting work, give a platform for new local voices and provide a positive and creative activity for teenagers in the area.


The National Youth Arts Trust helps provide access to the performing arts, at all stages, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds.


We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and we set up and run youth theatre projects in areas where there is little or no such provision.
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