sky_academySky has announced applications for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open. Now in its fifth year, the scholarship programme offers £150,000 to five emerging artists with a bursary of £30,000 each to fulfil a creative project of their choice. This year’s scholarships see the addition of Film and Comedy to the categories.

The Sky Academy Arts Scholarships will be delivered in partnership with Hiive.co.uk, a professional network for the creative industries, where users can submit their application. Hiive offers users a portfolio platform, job opportunities and access to a range of funding opportunities.

Open to emerging artists aged between 18 to 30 in the UK and Ireland, the Sky Academy Arts Scholarships give the five talented artists the time and support to develop their creative practice and take their career to the next level.

Since 2011, the Scholarships have supported 20 young artists. Each scholar receives £30,000 towards the development of an artistic project and living costs for one year, as well as high-level mentoring from senior Sky staff and individuals from the arts industry. Sky and Hiive will also offer developmental support, and each winner will receive a short film about their project and practice.

Previous winners include; poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz who’s Sky Academy funded play Chef won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh 2014, animator Drew Roper who has since opened Yamination Studios in Birmingham and visual artist Sarah Maple who will explore “Freedom of Expression” in her Sky Academy funded project due to be shown in 2016.

Applicants need to sign up to Hiive at www.hiive.co.uk, which is free to join, and can submit either a written or filmed application in the categories of Music, Dance, Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Film Production and Creative Producing. Applications will then be assessed by industry professionals as well as individuals from Sky, with winners announced at the South Bank Awards in June 2016.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts said: “Sky Academy has helped unlock potential in emerging artists and creative professionals with the Arts Scholarships for five years, and we’re incredibly proud of the amazing projects we’ve helped bring to life. We can’t wait to see this year’s entries, and we expect the judging process to be tougher than ever. The creative industries are immeasurably important to the UK economy, contributing over £76bn each year, so it’s vital we equip emerging talent with the tools they need to flourish. As well as the £30,000 funding, Sky Academy Arts Scholarship winners will also benefit from mentoring from industry professionals and Sky ambassadors, ensuring that the award helps their work reach the platform and audience it deserves.”

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.skyacademy.com