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Following a review of the scheme in 2012, the Government has confirmed that in 2014/15

  • Funding for the DaDA scheme will be approximately £14m
  • Students who are judged at audition as being the most talented and likely to succeed in the industry will be eligible to apply for means-tested support towards fees and
    living costs
  • New students who are offered awards will be funded to the end of their courses
  • Arrangements for DaDA students who received their awards for courses starting prior to 2013/14 will remain unchanged.

What are the Dance and Drama Awards?

First introduced in 1999, the Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) offer annual scholarships to exceptionally talented performing arts students studying at some of the country’s leading providers of professional vocational training in dance, drama and musical theatre.


Funded by the government through the Education Funding Agency (EFA), DaDAs offer reduced tuition fees and assistance with living costs for the duration of the course.


Students graduating from DaDA funded courses comprise a high percentage of all new entrants to the British performing arts industry.


The performing arts industry contributes over £3.5bn annually to the British economy.


Leading exponents of the dance, acting and musical theatre industries consider the DaDA awards a critical influence on the development of the performing arts in the United Kingdom.

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