Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Future Culture open call offers individual bursaries for professional development in arts and culture.

This is the third edition of the Future Culture bursaries programme, an initiative that enables cultural leaders from Russia to experience the arts sector in the UK, build professional links with potential UK partners and gain new skills and knowledge. During the first two rounds in 2017-2018, representatives of 30 Russian institutions in different sectors of the arts visited the UK to undertake short-term courses and/or research and meet potential partners. 

This edition is open to representatives from across Russia’s arts sectors, but, in celebrating the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019, especially invites leaders and senior managers from Russia’s music institutions and professions to apply for a bursary to further their skills and networks and have a notable impact on the development of the Russian music sector. 

How to apply

The application should cover your professional needs and goals, with an outline of how you will achieve these with an individual bursary in the UK. 

Successful applicants will receive a grant of £3,000 (before tax of 13%) to implement their professional development plans.

Applicant criteria

We are looking for:

  • leaders and senior managers representing Russian cultural and arts institutions and organisations across all cultural and creative sectors, including visual arts, performing arts, film and TV, literature and publishing, music, architecture, design, fashion, interactive entertainment and media and communications
  • entrepreneurs, promoters, and professionals working across different cultural and creative sectors
  • advisors and managers working in the cultural sector for local/regional/national bodies (e.g. city councils, urban and cultural regeneration initiatives and regional development organisations)
  • academics and people developing the infrastructure for cultural education
  • leaders and senior managers representing Russian music organisations and initiatives, such as directors, senior managers and curators of state and privately-owned music venues (conservatoires, phillarmonias, clubs and bars with curated music programme), agents, promoters and bookers
  • managers of artists, choirs, orchestras and music ensembles
  • music distributors, managers of streaming platforms, owners and managers of music labels
  • producers of live events, managers of classical and contemporary music festivals
  • academics working in higher music education establishments (e.g. conservatoires and music academies)
  • established music journalists, critics and producers of TV, radio and digital music-related projects.

Applicants should:

  • have a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the cultural and creative sectors, including the music sector
  • hold a senior position in their organisation (if applicable)
  • speak confident English (Upper-Intermediate/Advanced)
  • be a Russian citizen and hold a passport for foreign travel.

Candidates who already have a relationship with UK institutions or partners and did not receive grants in 2017 or 2018 will have preference. The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow will conduct the selection process in line with equality and diversity policies.

Examples of eligible activity

These include:

  • participating in a short-term course or training provided by a UK cultural institution
  • attending a professional cultural conference or arts festival in the UK
  • a short-term residency or secondment at a UK cultural institution
  • a series of meetings with existing or potential UK partners
  • a fact-finding visit or research trip for future UK-Russia cultural collaboration

Grants cover the following expenses:

  • travel and visa: UK visa, medical insurance, international economy flights tickets, expenses related to travelling around the UK (bus, train, plane)
  • accommodation in the UK (Airbnb or hotel)
  • fees for short-term courses
  • registration fees for conferences or forums, festival passes
  • tickets to concerts, exhibitions and lectures as part of the plan
  • purchase of relevant literature in English.

Please note that grants do not cover:

  • meals and per diems
  • in-town transport (public transport and taxis)
  • purchase of items for personal use (medicine, clothes etc).