Sunday for Sammy - Helping young actors during COVID
Supporting Project A
The Covid 19 pandemic has caused havoc in the performing arts and has had a knock-on effect on our activities.
After consideration, we have decided that for the remainder of 2020 the Sunday for Sammy Trust will concentrate on providing vital support to Project A, the intensive 12 month drama course delivered by Newcastle Theatre Royal for young actors from our region. The future of Project A had been in doubt due to the financial implications of the theatre being dark.
We plan to resume our normal auditions and funding for individuals and projects in spring 2021 and will be accepting new applications from next January.
About the Sunday for Sammy Trust
Sunday for Sammy Trust was formed to help provide funding for creative, talented and enthusiastic young people from the North East who are looking for a career in performing arts.
The Trust raises money from ticket sales from the Sunday for Sammy concerts and the sale of related merchandise and also accepts gift donations from individuals and private companies. It then invests the money to provide grants for young actors, musicians, singers, dancers, comedy acts and other performers to help towards the cost of their training or equipment.
Applications for funding are welcome at any time of the year: applicants should aged 16 or over, and and each application must be supported by a letter of recommendation, either from a course tutor or someone equally able to comment objectively on the applicant’s ability.
It isn’t essential for applicants to be attending a training course - what we are looking for are enthusiasm, creative talent and determination. The applications are reviewed every six months and then auditions are held in Newcastle for the Trustees to meet and assess the applicants and to consider supporting them with a grant.
The Trustees are: Tim Healy (Chairman), Lynn O’ Sullivan, Ray Stubbs, Geoff Wonfor, Jason Cook and Paul Irwin. Administrator: Ray Laidlaw.