Find and support diverse talent
We are committed to developing the very best, irrespective of social, financial or cultural background. Recognising that there is a significant pool of talent who wouldn’t traditionally consider drama training to be accessible, we work with a network of over 50 scouting partners – from youth clubs to arts centres – to find diverse artists across the country. Those identified receive free auditions and travel support, removing initial barriers and giving them the very best chance of success.
Provide comprehensive scholarship support
A diverse student body is only possible with significant scholarship support, and we are committed to helping students navigate the financial challenges of living and studying in London. Over 50% of undergraduate students at Mountview are considered to come from low-income families, and receive funding for their tuition and / or living costs. Yet we are some way short of offering comprehensive support to all students in need and more investment is vitally needed.
Safeguard the physical and mental health of our students
Drama training is intensive and challenging, and for those students who haven’t been afforded prior high-level training, it can be difficult to adjust. As well as supporting those with disclosed mental health conditions and specific learning difficulties, we recognise that wellbeing and welfare provision is vital, so that all students can thrive throughout their training.
Make emergency grants for students
Coronavirus is having a devastating effect on artists throughout the country, and those at the outset of their careers even more so. Many of our students are facing unforeseen financial difficulties, with a sharp increase in requests for emergency grants which we predict will continue for some time as family incomes suffer. Investment in emergency hardship support ensures those most vulnerable are supported when it matters most.