A new pilot scheme has been launched to provide mentoring for British East and South East Asian (BESEA) artists in the performing arts.

The Tidal Rising Mentoring Scheme has been established by by a collective of of BESEA artists, creative practitioners working in the performing arts. The collective is multi-disciplinary, working across all types of media.

This new scheme is supported by Arts Council England, New Earth Theatre, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, East 15 Acting School, the London School of Musical Theatre, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the Musical Theatre Academy, the Oxford School of Drama, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

The Mentoring Scheme will see fifteen partnership set up and run across six months. All of those participating will be of British East and South East Asian heritage and will receive training to ensure they can make the most of their relationship. The scheme is open to artists, creatives and technical roles in the performing arts and will be free of charge.

The aim of the Tidal Rising Mentoring Scheme is to help combat the historic and systemic prejudices that BESEA artists face in the performing arts and wider UK society. There has been a huge increase in hate crimes towards people of East Asian and Southeast heritage in the UK since the pandemic began.

Talking about the news, Benedict Wong, actor and patron of Tidal Rising, said: “Throughout my early career, opportunities for guidance were limited. It’s an honour to be a patron of the Tidal Rising Mentoring Scheme where ESEA artists can share their collective experience, and together as a community we can grow, nurture and elevate.”

Applications are now open and will close at 23:59 on 15 February 2021. To find out more visit: https://tidalrising.com/