Exploring professional development opportunities at Essex Dance Teachers Network © Rachel Cherry 2013
Following a successful first three years, Arts Council England has committed funding for Royal Opera House Bridge until 2018. This will be used to support networks and initiatives that expand and deepen arts and cultural opportunities for all young people across the region
Some key achievements to date*
- ROH Bridge has directly invested £493,000 in partnership programmes / £233,000 of which was in Essex and Thames Gateway
- Our investment has levered an additional £1,096,000 investment across the region
- 6,164 young people achieved Arts Awards and 52 local schools gained Artsmark status
*annual review 2013/14
How we invest
Working with a wide range of partners we help uncover new opportunities, support innovation and build resilience in the region.
All of the projects we co-invest in generate real impact in improving access and engagement and are designed to have a legacy far beyond our initial input.
A third of our budget is allocated for co-investment. We support projects that work with children and young people in areas of low cultural engagement and use the funds to attract additional investment.
We support the emergence of new networks and help strengthen existing ones, looking at professional development and local collaborations.
Research and Advocacy
We commission research into local needs and opportunities within the cultural and education sector. Identifying and celebrating good practice we then work strategically to strengthen the local infrastructure that will sustain it.
We work directly with teaching schools and their alliances, developing creative learning in schools and fostering relationships with the local cultural sector.
Arts Award Access Fund
ROH Bridge provides an access fund for supporting delivery of Arts Award. The funds can be used for visiting artists, residentials, materials and other relevant activities or resources.
Training and Conferences
We run and support a number of events focused on training and development and sharing good practice.
How to get involved
We do not currently offer an open call for potential co-investment opportunities.
Our regional programme managers work directly with local organisations to identify local needs, develop suitable partnerships and support investment.
To discuss our work or to connect with one of our regional programme managers please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org