What were the Jerwood Producer Bursaries? 

The Independent Producers Bursary offer began in November 2015. It emerged from a belief that although independent producers are often the driving force behind a creative project, they are also often the people who are paid last, or not at all.  

There was a feeling that more could be done to support independent producers in their work – both practically, by offering things like hot-desking space and a ready supply of tea, and pastorally, by embedding them in the Ferment programme, where they could access advice and support. 

In 2016, Ferment also supported Charlie and Bethany to attend the Edinburgh Fringe, with accommodation and ticket stipends, to enable them to see and connect with artists that inspired them. 

Bursary Recipients 

Charlie Tapp (née Parker) – worked with Viki Browne, Shaelee Rooke, Neil Haigh & Idiot Child 

Bethany West –  worked with Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas, Sleepdogs and Still House 

Christina Poulton – worked with Strike A Light and Jonny Fluffypunk 

Toni Lewis – worked with Demi Nandhra and Fierce Festival