The Arts Council of Wales is funding the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for an initiative to further pave the way for students to step out into the professional world.
The College has formed a Strategic Alliance with ACW which it says will build on the national conservatoire’s contribution to Wales’ cultural industries through the development of exceptional young artists, and to the wider cultural life of Wales through its public performances.
David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales said: “The high performing Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is a creative flagship for Wales and a key feeder of talent for our creative industries.
“Our alliance with the College is aimed at enhancing student and audience experiences, offering opportunities for early creative career development, and fostering creative collaborations.”
The Royal Welsh College’s annual NEW Festival will continue to develop and showcase new writing, with ACW funding supporting the commissioning of four new plays by some of the UK’s most exciting young playwrights, to be staged in the College’s Richard Burton Theatre and at The Gate Theatre in London in Spring 2017.
The creation of Pathfinder Awards will support exceptionally talented graduates of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama as they embark on the first steps of their professional career to contribute to the Welsh arts industry.
More about the annual NEW Festival: NEW
Main image: Cabaret, RWCM&D, 2016