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Kevin Spacey and a new Ideas Fund for the creative industries
Old Vic director Kevin Spacey has thrown his weight behind a new scheme designed to seek out and create opportunities for young creative entrepreneurs. The scheme, entitled the Ideas Fund, will provide financial support for the very best young creative entrepreneurs.
The £1 million per year fund has been launched by IdeasTap, a charity and online magazine created by the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust. The organisation seeks to encourage new ideas and new ways of working between young people and organisations by offering ”inspiration, practical advice and links to the creative industry for young creative entrepreneurs and artists aged 16-25″.
Spacey will sit on an Ideas Fund judging panel that will evaluate all creative ideas submitted before June 30th. Winners will receive funding of up to £5K along with mentoring to help ensure their project is a success.
Spacey has for some time been a staunch supporter of Britain’s creative sector. In a New Statesman article in March he warned against reducing investment in grassroots creative infrastructure and insisted that if the creative industries are to continue to “lead the UK economy” then the current economic downturn must not be allowed to cast arts and culture as “luxury items”.
He stresses that the Old Vic is “passionate about helping young talented people reach their potential” and declares the Ideas Fund to be an “exciting and important new initiative”.
“The competition is fierce for people starting out in the creative industries and it can be tough for even those with exceptional talent to get their big break. This is why the Ideas Fund is such an exciting and important new initiative. I encourage everyone aged 16-25 with imagination and vision to get involved.” Kevin Spacey
Arts and culture remain, for Spacey, “a necessity in our lives, as individuals and as nations”. It is little surprise then that he is delighted to be involved in such a project.
For further information visit www.IdeasTap.com