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Bursaries support young local performing arts talent

Post by des fisher » Thu May 05, 2016 10:21 am

Young people who seek to pursue a career in the performing arts sometimes face huge challenges. Not only is there fierce competition for places in recognised colleges, but the costs of travel, living and accommodation on top of tuition fees and associated expenses can represent a daunting obstacle to prospective students and their parents.

In a bid to help home-grown talent fulfil its potential, the local charity, Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA) awards one-off bursaries of up to £1500 to a few carefully selected students each year.

FESPA bursaries are designed to provide financial support and encouragement to deserving students of the performing arts who either live in the area or have strong local connections and who have already obtained a place at a recognised institution. Each student is required to submit an application form and CV and specifically to explain how the bursary would be of help. References also have to be supplied.

In the last seven years, FESPA has awarded bursaries worth more than £38,000 to students of acting, dancing, music and stage management.

If you are hoping to start a specific performing arts course in the autumn this year, now is the time to submit an application. You can let FESPA know later if and when you receive a definite offer of a place. The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday July 31 2016.

To ask for full details and to obtain an application form, please email David Bunkell at FESPA@btinternet.com .
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