Genesis Kickstart Fund Projects

The £1 million Genesis Kickstart Fund was designed to enable outstanding freelance artists to stay on their career paths and explore new possibilities in a world radically altered by Covid-19. The projects that were awarded grants have supported over 1000 creative freelancers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Here is an overview of all the projects supported by the Fund, click the artist/organisation name to find out more about them.

Theatre/Spoken Word

One Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia
Almeida Theatre / Josh Azouz

Desire Under The Elms
Almeida Theatre / Ebenezer Bamgboye

Almeida Theatre / Anthony Lau

Stupefaction R&D
august 012

Double A-Side
Beyond Face

Associate Artists Programme
Box of Tricks Theatre Company

Gulliver Exploded
Box Tale Soup

Sudden Connections
Bristol Old Vic

365 Days Remembered
Caitriona Shoobridge

The Walk (Pathway for Puppeteers)
Good Chance Theatre

Dido’s Bar
Dash Arts

I Am The Ghost Of Qandeel Baloch
Guleraana Mir

Meta vs Life
Hijinx Theatre

Building Back Better: a space to dream
Jennifer Tang

Mish Mash Festival
LAMDA / Emily Carewe

Snow White
Mat Fraser

Museum of Austerity
Sacha Wares

Landing Bolts 1.0
Sita Thomas

Stockroom Development Fellowship
Stockroom Productions

Bridge the Gap
Stage One

Rise and Fall and Rise Again
Stephanie Street

Future Company Managers
Sunita Hinduja


Spoken Space & Tara Band Night
Tara Theatre

Creative Exchange
The Mono Box

tiata fahodzi

Bradford 12
Tribe Arts

Destroy After Reading
Tuyet Van Huynh

Black Power Desk
Urielle Klein-Mekongo

Best Seat in Your House
Young Vic Theatre

For Such a Time as This R&D
Young Identity

Music & Opera

Follow the Lieder
Alisdair Kitchen

Bold Tendencies 22
Bold Tendencies

Snape Residencies, Emerging Artists
Britten Pears Arts

Burum R&D Welsh Jazz/Folk

Five Beacons of Light R&D
Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Debut Recording
Corvus Consort

Creative Juices RNCM & Double Bill project
Creative Juices CIC

Horizon Project

Ex Cathedra

2022 Commissions
Explore Ensemble

A Short Walk
Fieri Consort

JAM Music Education Resource
John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM)

Meet Our Ancestors
John Pfumojena

Kate Simko & LEO album
London Electronic Orchestra

Manic Street Creature
Maimuna Memon

Ives The Unanswered Question
Oliver Zeffman

Opera for Young Hearts

Peter Brathwaite

The Orisha Musical R&D
Robert Green

Graham Fitkin Loosening
Sacconi Quartet

Resistance Recording Project

Wild Sounds
Sophie Winter

Our Silences Are Your Silences

Blue Sky Counterpoint
The Cumnock Tryst

The Gesualdo Six in 360
The Gesualdo Six

Our Future In Your Hands
The Multi-Story Orchestra

All the Ends of the World
The Sixteen

Treephonia: Live & Play


Akram Khan Company

Costumes for The Forsythe Evening
English National Ballet

Dance and Binaural Sound
James Cousins Company

Acts of Queer Activism
Jonathan Watkins

Visual Art

Where I’m Coming From
_inventory platform

Something New From Repetition
Kleiner Shames

New Jerusalem: Inglan’ Is Mine !?
Nadeem Din-Gabisi

The Resident Platform
Strange Cargo

The Front Room
Valleys Kids

Nocturnal Creatures
Whitechapel Gallery

Guest Projects Digital
Yinka Shonibare Foundation

Digital Art


The Troubles Generation
Seen Fifteen

The TRACE Mentorship