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The Opera Awards Foundation Artist Hardship Fund was established in 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as a way of supporting young and emerging artists severely financially affected by the closure of theatres and travel restrictions.

Freelance artists, beginning to establish their careers, are often not eligible for government support schemes and continue need practical support to fund their living expenses until performances can start again.

Our aim was to raise money initially to assist those who have been part of our bursary scheme and to date we have raised just over £20,000 for the fund, around half of the total applied for in the first round of grants. Our hope is to fully fund all applicants before opening the fund up more broadly to artists in need.

All donations are gratefully received. You can donate directly through JustGiving, or by adding a donation when you book for our 2021 Virtual AwardsThe more we raise, the more artists we can help.

Together, let’s support the next generation of talent.

To donate, visit: justgiving.com/campaign/opera-needs-you/

Please contact admin@operaawards.org if you prefer to donate by bank transfer or cheque.

Donations are eligible for Gift Aid. 

The Opera Awards Foundation is a registered charity no: 1151026

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