Genesis Foundation launches £1m Kickstart fund for freelancers9:25, 15th October 2020
The Genesis Foundation, chaired by John Studzinski, has announced a new £1m Kickstart fund to support freelancers in the creative sector.
The fund will be rolled out in 2021 to mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation. It is designed to enable outstanding freelance artists to stay on their career paths and explore new possibilities in a world radically altered by Covid-19.
The fund will generate structured, project-based work opportunities, allowing freelancers to earn an income as they participate in future-facing projects. The first projects are expected to launch in mid-2021.
The panel for commissioning the projects will consist of Rupert Goold (artistic director of the Almeida Theatre), Kwame Kwei-Armah (artistic director of the Young Vic), and Marie-Sophie Willis (chief executive of The Sixteen).
John Studzinski CBE, founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said: ‘COVID-19 has changed the world for all of us. At this crucial juncture we cannot afford to risk losing a whole generation of outstanding creative talent through lack of opportunity. The pandemic has been especially challenging for freelancers in the arts and creative sector. The Genesis Foundation’s Kickstart Fund will bring vital new opportunities for creative professionals through exciting projects run in collaboration with respected arts organisations.’