Stand-up streaming service NextUp has launched a special bursary to broaden the range of comedians available on their platform.
The Grapevine Bursary is looking for performers of colour and/or identify as female or non-binary. The fund, which is open to stand-up performers worldwide, will financially support the filming of comedy specials.
NextUp's co-founder Sarah Henley says: "NextUp's goal is a fair and equal comedy world where any comedian regardless of identity can be given the same opportunity as others. We'd like a platform where young comics coming up through the ranks, see opportunities for themselves and are inspired to keep going. Whilst there's no shortage of comedic styles on our platform - the same currently can't be said for comedian diversity and we're actively working to address that."
Further information and application info can be found at nextupcomedy.com/grapevine. Applications close June 10th.
The company adds: "The NextUp team are always keen to talk to comics - if comedians don't fit this criteria, but are keen to have their show on NextUp, they're welcome to get in touch to chat things through."