In association with Meridian Theatre Company, Interact, a leading exponent of theatre-skills in business, is offering one award of £20,000 and two of £10,000 to help realise a theatre production or tour. Interact is the only company of its type in the UK to gift aid its profits back into arts funding. The closing date for the applications is October 14. t: 020 7793 4145;
Visiting Arts and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation have launched a new series of awards which will support the creation of new work by Portuguese performing artists in the UK. The Portuguese Performing Arts Awards will fund UK performing arts organisations wishing to commission Portuguese artists not resident in the UK to come and work with their UK counterparts. Contact either Nelson Fernandez t: 020 7389 3019; e: firstname.lastname@example.org or Miguel Santos
t: 020 7908 7622; e: email@example.com
The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich is inviting members of the public to become mystery shoppers in return for free tickets to performances. In return for the tickets, they commit to attending an informal meeting to provide comment on all aspects of their Wolsey experience, from initial contact with the box office to post-show drinks in the bar.
Making Music has been registered as an Umbrella body for the Disclosure Service, run by the Criminal Records Bureau to help prevent unsuitable people working with young people or vulnerable adults. This registration means that music groups and societies are now able to apply for a low-cost service to check out their members. Contact Caroline Wright t: 020 7841 0113;
Museums and galleries are being invited to participate in ?Family learning weekend? from October 11-13, an event coordinated by the Campaign for Learning which aims to show families that learning can be fun and doesn?t just happen in a classroom. Support materials are available for anyone wanting to organise an activity in their area. t: 0117 966 7755;
The National Campaign for the Arts is hosting a series of meetings and advocacy seminars across England in September and October. The objectives of the meetings are to share information about current arts policy initiatives and NCA campaigns, and to offer an opportunity for feedback on the organisation's work to date. The meetings will give the arts community the opportunity to voice opinions on the direction that the NCA should take over the next three years. Contact Jackie Clayton t: 020 7333 0375;