The Theatres Trust Conference returns in 2024 with an exciting change of venue and more opportunities for networking and discussion.

They are keen to include as many voices in the conference as possible so have launched a bursary scheme offering free places to smaller theatres, freelancers and students.

‘Thanks to the support of Avison Young, we are pleased to offer a limited number of bursary places for Conference 24: Making Theatres Thrive on Tuesday 8 October at The Lowry, Salford and an optional half day theatre tour on Wednesday 9 October.

Bursary places are available for:

Students on higher education courses relating to the themes of the conference
Representatives from theatre venues in the UK with fewer than 10 permanent employees and not in receipt of regular arts council funding (ACE/Creative Scotland/ACW/ACNI). Maximum of one representative per organisation.
We strongly encourage disabled people and people who are from ethnically or culturally diverse backgrounds from across the UK to apply as we are committed to ensuring that diverse voices and experiences from the UK theatre sector are reflected in the conference programme, speakers and delegates.

Terms and conditions
Complete the Conference 24 Bursary Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and return them to

Deadline for applications – noon on Friday 12 July.

Decisions to award bursary places will be made by the Theatres Trust. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

We will aim to notify successful applicants by 2 August.

Applicants will need to confirm their acceptance within two weeks of being offered a place.

Successful applicants will receive a free ticket for the conference and travel expenses as follows:

Up to £120 travel expenses + 1 night accommodation if needed (accommodation to be arranged by Theatres Trust) for recipients from outside of Greater Manchester
Up to £20 travel expenses for recipients from inside Manchester

In return for a conference ticket and expenses, you must be willing to:
share your details with the sponsor
attend a networking breakfast and take part in a promotional photograph with the sponsors and other bursary attendees
be included in the attendees list.’

Full release here