In Good Company Secures Grant for Artist Development & Welcomes Rafia Hussain as New Strategic Partner

Published Monday 11th Sep 2023
In Good Company have successfully secured a grant of £98,884 from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants to support and enhance their activity for the next 12 months.

Ongoing support from our partner organisations and a grant from Foyle Foundation means that £89,000 of ACE’s funding will go directly to paying freelance artists via employment, commissions, projects and performance fees.

In addition to our core programme of support, the funding means we can also offer:  

  • Increased capacity for artist 121s  
  • Rounds of bursaries and commissions  
  • Workshops for creative & business development  
  • Performance platforms at Departure Lounge and Scratch Nights
  • More offers of employment for freelancers

This successful application followed both an unsuccessful NPO application and an unsuccessful Project Grant application, proving just how tough funding decisions are at the moment. We’re relieved and encouraged to see this investment in artist development and excited for the impact this will have on the wider sector in the Midlands.

A huge contributor to In Good Company’s success over the last seven years has been our Strategic Consultant, the very brilliant Emily Coleman. Sadly, Emily is moving on from IGC. She is making incredible things happen with Spymonkey and broadening her freelance capacity. Emily’s commitment to IGC and advocacy for theatre’s freelance workforce has been driven and determined, we’re hugely grateful for her tenacity and skill particularly throughout and following the pandemic.

As we wish Emily the best of luck on her future adventures we are beyond excited that our one of our associate producers has agreed to step into Emily’s shoes. Welcome to Rafia Hussain

Rafia is a fantastic Midlands based producer who collaborates with a diverse range of socially engaged artists and companies in the UK and internationally. She is an advocate for the role of the independent producer in the performing arts sector. Her experience spans producing small and middle scale work with organisations including Derby Theatre; One Tenth Human; Fifth Word; China Plate; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Tara Theatre. More about Rafia’s work can be found at Rafia has been working with IGC for a number of years in a consultant capacity and this feels like a natural progression to our relationship. We can say with confidence that Rafia has the commitment and dedication to IGC and the artists we serve.  

In Good Company will be working with Jen Sullivan our Creative Producer, Rafia and partners to expand our team and promote offers to artists in the coming months so keep an eye out for further announcements.  

We’re kicking things off with a package of support for Midlands-based practitioners intending to apply for DYCP funding. This will start with an online Understanding DYCP workshop on 28th September, followed by bespoke application surgeries and continued support up until the next round’s deadline on 14th December. – Find out more here! 


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