foundation  /faʊnˈdeɪ.ʃən/  n.
An organisation that has been created in order to provide money for a particular group of people in need of help or for a particular type of study

Our impact

The launch of the MGA Foundation builds on a commitment to financially support students on part-time and full-time performing arts courses in Scotland, while also broadening access to encompass workshops, youth theatre and part-time and full-time training opportunities across the UK. We also work to facilitate this access through creating new training and performance venues and supporting existing providers.

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Some of the performers who received support from us during their training and development:

Ronan Burns, Musical Theatre Performer

Trained at: Arts Educational School, London

42nd Street (Theatre Royal), Annie Get Your Gun (The Crucible)

At a time where part-time training did not seem possible, they offered me funding which allowed me to pursue my dream! During my training, I grew not only as performer but as a person. Now performing in 42nd Street in the West End and I realise how important that time in my life was. The MGA Foundation was key to helping not only myself but many others start a career in the arts. Making vocational training available to those who can’t afford it is paramount. The MGA Foundation allowed me to start my journey – and now my dream has become a reality.

Thomas Doherty, Actor

Trained at: The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh

Disney’s The Lodge and Descendants 2

Photo: Disney

I could never have afforded to go to drama school without financial help, it just wasn’t an option for me. But thanks to the MGA Foundation I experienced three incredible years of training that pushed me further than I thought possible… I have a passion for acting, musical theatre and dance and now I’m making a successful career for myself in the profession. With the MGA Foundation there to support those who need financial help to pursue their passion, there really is no excuse for not going for it! I want nothing more than for young people in Scotland to feel like they can do anything they put their mind to. If it’s performing but you just don’t know where to go for financial help, then these guys will try to make it happen for you.

Rebecca Gilhooley

Trained at: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Izuka Hoyle

Trained at: Arts Educational School, London

Ross Bremner

Trained at: Bodyworks

John Lumsden

Trained at: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Abigail Stenhouse

Trained at: The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh

Rebecca Stenhouse

Trained at: The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh

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The funding was invaluable to me because it made the difference between being able to attend college and not. Since completing my course, I have been working professionally around the world for companies including Celebrity Cruises – none of this would have been possible without my training, and, of course, funding.