We are excited to announce our sponsors and partners for the 2021 global Funny Women Awards! Sky Studios is on board as our main sponsor, supporting the Stage Award and Comedy Writing Award. NextUp Comedy is sponsoring the Comedy Shorts Award, and heat Magazine & heatworld are media partners for the brand new Content Creator Award.
This year the prizes are HUGE – as well as cash prizes for the winners and runners up, heat Magazine is offering a ‘money can’t buy feature’ in its magazine and heatworld will feature each of our 10 finalists online. NextUp Comedy will produce original content. Leading comedy photographer Steve Ullthorne will shoot the Stage Award winner in his studio.
Entertainment agency Mick Perrin Worldwide will invite all the Stage Award finalists on a national tour of arts centres and theatres in addition to this tour Mick Perrin Worldwide will also offer the highest-rated international stage award act a prestigious place on their agencies roster plus produce and underwrite an Edinburgh festival run!
Mick Perrin, Managing Director and Agent for MPW Management said: “Funny Women is without doubt the finest platform in this country for discovering top female comedic talent. As both a fan and former judge, my aim is to give our full support to the Funny Women brand and, hopefully, enhance the overall experience by taking the finalists on a nationwide tour of arts centres and theatres. Developing comedic skills requires stage time in front of a live audience. Few, if any, of the finalists, will have performed in front of a large audience and none will have toured in venues across the country. This opportunity offers a rare and invaluable experience to budding female comedians and my company are delighted to be part of this historic event.”
For the first time ever Sky Studios is also offering a funded development prize for the winner of the Comedy Writing Award. Tilusha Ghelani, Comedy Commissioning Editor at Sky Studios said: “Sky Studios are proud to support the important work that Funny Women does by sponsoring this year’s Stage Award and Writing Award. For years, Funny Women have done an incredible job at finding the very best new female comic talent. Sky Studios are firm believers in supporting these new voices, so with our funded development prize this year, we hope to steer some of this exciting female talent onto our screens.”
Kay Ribeiro Entertainment and Features Editor heat magazine, sponsors of our brand new Content Creator category said: “Here at heat we love a good laugh, whether it’s at silly celebrity shenanigans or cutting-edge comedy – the more cheeky, irreverent and hilarious the better. We’re also big fans of championing new talent, especially inspiring females, so we are delighted to partner with Funny Women and The Content Creator Award. After the year we’ve all had, it’s more important than ever to have fun and look on the brighter, lighter side of life, so here’s to finding witty women who can tickle our funny bones and put big smiles on our faces.”
Sarah Henley, Co-Founder of NextUp Comedy said: “Equality is one of our core values at NextUp and we’re passionate about giving a platform to as many great women identifying comics as possible in a bid to level the playing field and increase representation. Funny Women have been flying this flag for many years, and we’re delighted to continue this partnership, supporting their efforts and streaming incredible talent to comedy fans at home.”
If that wasn’t enough we at Funny Women can also now announce our partnership with BAFTA Media Technology to use its exciting awards management software, Nucleus.
Bespoke jewellery maker Tatty Devine will once again provide unique handmade trophy necklaces for each of our category winners.
We are also proud to support TIME’S UP UK as our charity partner, an organisation that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for everyone, run by a group of UK-based women: actors, activists, producers, writers and others from the film, TV and theatre industries as a sister initiative to TIME’S UP in the US.
TIME’S UP UK Chair Dame Heather Rabbatts says: “We are delighted to be the charity partner for Funny Women, which we see as such an important platform for discovering female comedic talent. TIME’S UP UK has worked with comedy since its very beginning, in particular championing female comedy writers and we look forward to working together to both ensure safe and dignified work environments and to support the development of women in comedy.”
Funny Women founder Lynne Parker said: “The Funny Women Awards continue to be an incredible showcase for brilliant performers, writers and creators and last year’s ‘lockdown’ Awards didn’t disappoint. This year we will showcase even more amazing new talent in partnership with leading media and comedy brands, Sky Studios, heat, BAFTA, NextUp and Mick Perrin Worldwide. This support is a wonderful endorsement of our hard work and dedication and enables us to provide amazing opportunities and prizes. I am particularly proud and pleased that our new charity partner is TIMES UP UK. Talent should be the priority in the selection process, not sexual favours. If we are to have true parity in the comedy industry, we have to make sure that women can travel and perform in safety.”
This year we have had numerous entrants from all over the globe that include Italy, USA, Spain, Luxembourg, Iceland, Indonesia and the UAE! The heats are expected to happen in Melbourne, Los Angeles, Boston, Milan, Amsterdam, and Dublin as well as across the U.K. from the end of July. The final will take place at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre on 23rd September.
Thinking about entering? There is still time to register for the Awards here, but hurry, the closing date is 30th June!