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dcms jerwood creative bursaries

Funded by DCMS and Arts Council England, and managed by Jerwood, this scheme offers talented arts graduates from less affluent backgrounds the opportunity to start a career in the arts.

The scheme made careers more accessible by giving up to 40 recent graduates, who could otherwise not support themselves through an unpaid internship, the chance to take up full- and part-time posts with a wide range of arts and cultural organisations for up to 12 months. The scheme made it easier for talented arts graduates to find jobs in a market where unpaid internships are common, and those from low income backgrounds are often at a disadvantage.

Placements were available across the country, with diverse organisations like the Manchester International Festival, Sage Gateshead, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Apples & Snakes and Punchdrunk all taking part. Graduates were in a variety of posts including production assistant, marketing assistant and assistant director, and the jobs were specially designed to give new graduates the very best start to their careers.

The scheme initially ran for two years until March 2012 and a reception to celebrate the pilot phase was held by the Jerwood Foundation in April. A decision on continuing the scheme will be taken following a full evaluation.

Find out more about the scheme on the Jerwood Charitable Foundation website.

Find out more about what it was like to be part of the scheme with first-hand accounts from bursary recipients in our Bursary Blog.