Z-arts Seed Funding 2024

Z-arts is on the lookout for new artists to support and help develop! We’re looking for artists who are making/want to make work for children and families in Greater Manchester.


Fund Information:

Z-arts is proud to announce 2 seed fund opportunities for artists to apply for, to help support them to create work and develop themselves artistically to make children and family work.

As part of this seed fund support, we are offering the following:

  • £1,000  in seed funding
  • 1 week in our ‘Artist Development Studio’
    *PLEASE NOTE: you must be able to complete the weeks work before Sunday 31st March  2024*
  • Artist support and insights from Z-arts staff members (including but not limited to: Artistic Director/CEO Liz O’Neill, Head of Programming Zoe Pickering, Artist Development Producer Isah-Levi Roach, Head of Marketing Helena Fewkes)
  • Potential feedback on performances
  • Hosting any sharing’s
  • Support with networking

We’re also open to tailoring the support to include other support options. These different options can be discussed with the successful applicants.


*Weeks Available for Support:

  • Week Commencing 26th February 2024
  • Week Commencing 4th March 2024
  • Week Commencing 11th March 2024
  • Week Commencing 18th March 2024
  • Week Commencing 25th March 2024 

The time and money can be used for the following:

  • Time to create a new performance
  • Development of an existing idea/performance
  • R&D of a new performance idea
  • Rehearsing space for an existing project


The work you’re proposing must have a target audience or seek to engage children aged 0 – 11 year old.
Please note: This fund has no requirement of a performance, sharing or anything like that. It is simply to support an artist to create and work on something without the pressure of sharing or performing.
Z-arts is particularly interested in work by diverse artists, both within the creative team and the castings (where applicable). Please tell us how diversity and inclusion has been considered within your work, in the application. Checkout “Z-arts’ Artist Development Criteria” for more information about what Z-arts is interested in supporting.



Application Process:

The application is in 2 parts. The initial part is completing the application form with all your personal/basic information. Upon completion of the initial section of this form, the second section of this form will then ask you to submit a 1-minute (max) video response. For this video response, please feel free to use the following prompt questions to help you complete your video application.

  • Tell us, briefly, what your idea/project is, that you want us to support.
  • What is the age suitability of your work?
  • How do you consider your work to be exciting or pushing boundaries?
  • Please tell us how your project addresses the lack of diversity* in children’s theatre?

Support with Application:

Z-arts will be hosting two ‘Artist Open Evening’ events to meet artists, understand their wants and needs, give a bit more information/answer any questions about the fund and support their application creation. These open evenings are free to attend and will be taking place while the fund is open.

The opening evening are as follows:

  • Wednesday 31st January 2024, 5:00pm – 7:00pm – In person, at Z-arts, in our Artist Development Studio – Booking Here
  • Thursday 1st January 2024, 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Online, delivered via ZOOM – Booking Here

Additionally we will also be offering 15/30 minute one to one sessions between 10:00am – 3:00pm on Thursday the 18th and 25th January 2024 and delivered via ZOOM.

Book a 1-to-1 with Isah here

If you’re having any issues with the application form or have any questions, problems, concerns or queries, please email Isah@z-arts.org and he’ll endeavour to get back to you asap.


Closing date for applications is Thursday 8th February 2024, 12:00pm (midday)