ISPA Bursary Call-Out Manchester 2023

Supported by Arts Council England As part of the Manchester 2023 ISPA Mid-Year Congress, Co-creating the Future, there are a limited number of funded bursaries to support applicants to attend the Anthony Field Academy from 26 – 27 June and the full conference from 27 – 30 June 2023.



What is the ISPA Congress?

ISPA is a global network of more than 500 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe. ISPA members include facilities, performing arts organizations, artist managers, festivals, funders, consultants, and other professionals working in the performing arts. Twice a year, ISPA Congresses bring together performing arts leaders from across the globe to discover the next great idea and strengthen relationships, fostering connection and exchange.


What is the Anthony Field Academy?

As part of the ISPA mid-year congress, the host region delivers the Anthony Field Academy; an intensive arts administration program dedicated to developing the next generation of talent. Key to the program is that it is tailored to the needs of the arts community in which the congress is being held. The Anthony Field Academy in Manchester will focus on Co-creation and collaboration for better leadership and will invite emerging leaders with previous industry experience to join a one-and-a-half-day programme of activity and discussion. It will also be an exciting opportunity for attendees to build on their skills and experience and network with industry peers. The academy will also provide access to global professionals across regions and will help emerging leaders build relationships internationally and explore export work.


What bursaries are available?

There will be two types of bursaries available.

  1. Anthony Field Academy Bursary (available to those who are based in Greater Manchester only)
  2. Full Conference Bursary, including attendance at the Anthony Field Academy. (Available to those who are based in Greater Manchester and applicants UK-wide.)

Travel and accommodation will be provided for applicants outside of Greater Manchester.


Who can apply?

We welcome applications from people working in all areas of the Performing Arts industry including Managers, Artists, Producers and Directors.

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Based in the UK
  • Have 5+ years of industry experience (experience does not have to be linear)
  • Must have a background in Performing Arts.
  • Available from 26th June – 30th June (or 26th – 27th June for Anthony Field Academy) and be able to commit to the activity as part of the offer.

We particularly welcome applications from those currently under-represented in the industry as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.


How to apply

Please complete the short expression of interest form below and contact if you have any questions.

If you would like to submit a video or audio expression of interest, please submit to with the subject line ISPA Bursary Call Out. Videos and audio files should be no longer than 2 minutes.

Click here for the Expression of Interest Form 


Application Process

The deadline for expression of interest will be on Monday 29th May, 5pm GMT. We will inform you of your application status via email by Friday 2nd June.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.