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Please note the deadline for applications: 4 November 2021, 23:59hrs GMT. This means  that if you live in Japan, deadline would technically be on 5 November, 08.59hrs GMT+9 (daylight savings time). Please take note of the timezone and date.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for full details about this Grants programme and to find out about the eligibility requirements for applicants.

‘You can also join our online International Meet Ups to connect with other organisations in the UK and around the world applying for who are interested in applying for the grants on 20 or 21 October. Deadline for registration is two days before each seminar. Sign up at www.bit.ly/IMMsignup.’

List of Participating Countries and Territories:

UK in partnership with: Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine or Vietnam


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The Grant Agreement:

The British Council’s contractual approach in respect of the grant is set out here: Terms and Conditions of the Grant Agreement (“Grant  Agreement”).

By submitting a response to this call for applications, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of these guidelines and the Grant Agreement without further negotiation or amendment.

In the event that you have any concerns or queries in relation to the Grant Agreement, you should submit a clarification request to UK_ Collaboration (UK) CollabGrants@BritishCouncil.org    in accordance with the provisions of this call for applications by the application deadline. The British Council reserves the right not to make any changes to the Grant Agreement.

The British Council is under no obligation to consider any clarifications / amendments to the Grant Agreement requested following the application deadline.

For non-technical questions please email CollabGrants@britishcouncil.org. Please note we are expecting a high volume of enquiries to this mailbox and staff will endeavour to respond within three working days.

About the UK/Australia Season

The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. The Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The artistic programme ranges across theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, creative technology, architecture, music, literature, museums, broadcast, public engagement, and features numerous exciting cross-arts commissions. There will be a number of world, UK and Australian premieres. The nationwide programme will span city, regional and rural areas across Australia and the UK.

What is the UK/AU Season Alumni Digital Collaboration Grants?

This grant enables individuals from the UK and Australia who are alumni of British Council Australia programmes and delegations to collaborate digitally on international projects. This programme aims to develop exciting cultural collaborations between arts and creative practitioners, and to support long-lasting relationships between Australia and the UK.

Why a digital collaboration grant?

We have always supported international artistic collaboration through our work. In response to increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, and rising concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, we are now looking for new ways to foster these international connections.

The UK/AU Season Alumni Digital Collaboration Grants aims to address this challenge, and to reanimate conversations and collaborations which may have been paused due to the pandemic. Through a series of grants, we are supporting pairs of individuals in the UK and Australia to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange.

Who can apply?

Key eligibility information:

  • Lead Applicants must be Alumni of the following British Council Australia programmes or delegations:  Realise Your Dream, ACCELERATE, INTERSECT, Edinburgh Showcase, Unlimited, Design Connections.*
  • Grants are offered to individuals working in the following areas including drama, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion.
  • The grant should be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Australia for new digital/online networking and/or the development of art and cultural projects through various conversation or different platforms.
  • Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK based organisation/individual and one organisation/individual based in Australia one of which must be an Alumni

*this is not an exhaustive list of eligible British Council delegations. Please contact enquiries@britishcouncil.org.au if you have any queries



This year’s Musicians in Residence programme offers individual music creators a four-week (or equivalent) digital residency. Hosted by a partner organisation in the UK, residents will develop new ideas, experiment with their practice, and make new connections through engaging with the partners’ local cultural landscape.

Musicians in Residence is open to music creators of all genres. Music creators may be composers, songwriters, producers – any artists creating music regardless of how they define themselves.

We are offering one residency for a Brazilian music creator to be hosted by a UK partner organisation. Applicants must be based in Brazil.

The residency will be hosted by Oxford Contemporary Music with 101 Outdoor Arts, UK organisations based in Oxford, UK.

How to apply

To apply to this opportunity, please complete the following online application form by 23:59 BRT on Sunday, 7 November 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

يقدم برنامج الموسيقيين المقيمين لهذا العام إقامة رقمية لمدة أربعة أسابيع (أو ما يعادلها) للأفراد العاملين بمجال صناعة الموسيقى. تستضيف الفنانيين منظمة شريكة لنا في المملكة المتحدة، وتتيح لهم الفرصة لتطوير أفكار جديدة وتجربة .مشاريعهم الفنية وإقامة روابط جديدة من خلال التفاعل مع المشهد الثقافي المحلي للشركاء



يمكن للمبدعين من الموسيقيين في شتى المجالات التقديم في برنامج الموسيقيين المقيمين، حيث تتاح الفرصة للملحنين وكتاب أغاني والمنتجين -أو أي فنان يبدع في المجال الموسيقى بغض النظر عن كيفية تعريفه لنفسه. فالبرنامج مفتوح لمبدعي الموسيقى الذين يكتبون ويؤدون أعمالهم الخاصة ولمبدعي الموسيقى الذين قد يكتبون الموسيقى للآخرين ليؤدوها ولكنهم يلعبون دورًا نشطًا في تنظيم أي عروض بالإضافة إلى تأليف الموسيقى.


.نقدم إقامة واحدة لمبدع موسيقى مصري واحد في ضيافة منظمة شريكة لنا في المملكة المتحدة

كيفية التقديم


   البريطانية وهي دار إنتاج فني دولية مقرها في جلاسكو (Cryptic) تستضيف المشارك في البرنامج مؤسسة


لتقديم طلب للحصول على فرصة للمشاركة في برنامج "الموسيقيين المقيمين" ، يرجى إكمال نموذج الطلب بحلول الساعة 23:59 بتوقيت مصر / 21:59 بتوقيت جرينتش يوم الاثنين 15 نوفمبر 2021. ولن يتم النظر في الطلبات التي ترسل بعد هذا الموعد

This year’s Musicians in Residence programme offers individual music creators a four-week (or equivalent) digital residency. Hosted by a partner organisation in the UK, residents will develop new ideas, experiment with their practice, and make new connections through engaging with the partners’ local cultural landscape.

Musicians in Residence is open to music creators of all genres. Music creators may be composers, songwriters, producers – any artists creating music regardless of how they define themselves.

We are offering one residency for an Egyptian music creator to be hosted by a UK partner organisation. Applicants must be based in Egypt.

The residency will be hosted by Cryptic, an international producing art house based in Glasgow, UK.

How to apply

To apply for the Musicians in Residence opportunity, please complete the application form by 23:59 Egypt Time/21:59 GMT on Monday 15 November 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

This year’s Musicians in Residence programme offers individual music creators a four-week (or equivalent) digital residency. Hosted by a partner organisation in the UK, residents will develop new ideas, experiment with their practice, and make new connections through engaging with the partners’ local cultural landscape.

Musicians in Residence is open to music creators of all genres. Music creators may be composers, songwriters, producers – any artists creating music regardless of how they define themselves.

We are offering one residency for an Indonesian music creator to be hosted by a UK partner organisation. Applicants must be based in Indonesia.

The residency will be hosted by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a UK organisation based in Huddersfield, UK.

More details: https://www.britishcouncil.id/en/open-call-indonesian-artist-musicians-residence-2021-2022.


How to apply

To apply to this opportunity, please complete the following online application form by 23:59 WIB on Sunday, 14 November 2021. Late applications will not be considered.


Information Session

We are also holding an information session for potential applicants to ask questions on Thursday, 21 October 2021 on 14:00 WIB. Please register here to attend: https://bit.ly/MIR_ArtistInfoSession

This year’s Musicians in Residence programme offers individual music creators a four-week (or equivalent) digital residency. Hosted by a partner organisation in the UK, residents will develop new ideas, experiment with their practice, and make new connections through engaging with the partners’ local cultural landscape.

Musicians in Residence is open to music creators of all genres. Music creators may be composers, songwriters, producers – any artists creating music regardless of how they define themselves.

We are offering one residency for a South African music creator to be hosted by a UK partner organisation. Applicants must be based in South Africa.

The residency will be hosted by Brighter Sound, based in Manchester, UK.

How to apply

To apply to this opportunity, please complete the following online application form by 23:59 CAT on Friday, 19 November 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

RESEARCH*: Grants to undertake research between SSA and UK arts and creative sectors. Research may take the form of meeting with potential arts partners; finding out more about the arts ecosystem in a particular country; gaining an understanding of artistic trends; meeting artists and/or attending events and festivals. Applicants should share research outcomes in a public format of their choice, for example, a diary, blog, photoblog, an event, or a film. (Grants up to £5,000)

*Please note: RESEARCH is a rolling application. Applications are accepted from 02 August 2021 to 23.59 BST on 01 February 2022,. Applications will be reviewed and selected on a rolling basis every 1-2 months. Delivery period for proposed research should be one year from the date of contracting. An interim report is expected to be submitted 2 months after commencement of the proposed research.

For more information about this call please read all the information on our website, as well as additional supporting information on our FAQ which will be updated during the call.
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