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£25,000 has been allocated to young Island creatives this year through The Mike Howley Trust after an overwhelming number of applications were received.

Mike Howley, who worked for many years as Director of Cultural Services for the Isle of Wight Council, died in May 2013, leaving part of his estate to provide funding for young creatives aged between 18-30 years old and living on the Isle of Wight.

The Trust receives applications each year to provide valuable funding for performance-related projects such as writing, recording, training, rehearsing and more. In previous years, the Trust has proved essential in kickstarting many young creatives’ projects, or even careers.

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This year the panel had planned to hold the ‘Mike Howley Trust Conversations’, allowing applicants to discuss their project with the panel. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, the application process was moved online. Regardless, the panel still received many applications requesting a total of over £93,000 but with only £25,000 to allocate some very difficult decisions had to be made, particularly as applications were very strong with lots of fantastic ideas.

Successful applications this year covered a wide variety of projects, from musical ventures to providing aerial skills classes. With so many positive responses from successful applicants, the Trust says it can’t wait to see how its support will benefit all the young recipients.

One of the successful applicants is Liam Burke (photographed). He said:

“This really does mean the world and it will help me take my career to the next level. It fills me with pride and enthusiasm to be able to begin putting this investment into the project, making it a success, creating art that will benefit the Island, and collaborating with it’s wonderful creatives”.


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