Opportunities

Here you can find exciting current opportunities in the creative industries. This comprehensive guide includes commissions, events, funding, jobs, paid opportunities and much more. Categories include Music, Film, Business, Writing and Other.

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MUSIC

FUNDING Deadline 25th Jan (9am): Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund. It exists to support music creators to build their skills in order to take their career to the next stage. It provides grants of up to £1,500 to support you to develop your craft, add another string to your bow, hone your practice or take on another dimension to your work altogether. The fund is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. As an individual you may be an instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor, vocalist or singer songwriter etc. We can also support bands or ensembles consisting of 6 members or less. Transmission supports short periods of development, including online courses, 1:1 coaching, conference attendance, songwriting academies and masterclasses. It could support you to take an online course in sound production or mixing and mastering, attend a virtual masterclass with your hero, attend that conference that will inspire your next move, or allow you to connect with a musical mentor who will shape your future. To find out more about the Transmission fund and to apply, visit the Help Musicians UK website.

Event Jan.27th -7pm (online, free): Reset. Restart: live music in 2021, where do we go from here? By Business & IP Centre Leeds. This panel event is to support those in the music and creative industries, and will be discussing how to survive in these difficult times. A panel of music industry luminaries featuring David Gedge, DJ NikNak, Mix-Stress, Jay Taylor and Lola Mitchell, hosted by Martyn Walsh in a full and frank discussion on the future of the UK’s live music scene in 2021 and beyond… Panellists will be given the opportunity to share the ways they have developed their business model in response to pandemic, followed by a discussion of the future of the industry and Q & As. The music sector is one of the main sectors effected by the events of the last 12 months. This event is part of the BIPC’s Reset. Restart programme, to support businesses that have been impacted d by the pandemic. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Live Music discussion and to book your free place.

PAID TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE 5th February 2021 (5pm): Sound Generator. This new Research and Development programme seeks to develop artists and the work they present. Six artists will receive a £2,000 bursary and six months of support from March to September 2021. Sound Generator creates a space for artists to develop and test ambitious project ideas. Supported by this scheme, artists will be able to try out new approaches, learn from others and develop their practice. Your project could be indoors or outdoors, venue based or site specific, digital, installation or live, sound, music or multi-disciplinary. You may want to reach a new audience, work with the community or respond to the world we live in. It is designed for creators with 5 – 10 years professional experience who want to develop bold new ideas that extend their practice and discipline. Awards will be made to artists representing the full cultural diversity of the UK, with 50% to female artists. Visit Sound UK’s website to find out more about Sound Generator and to apply.

FUNDING Deadline 12th Feb (6pm): PRS Foundation – Women Make Music. Women Make Music is in association with AWAL and Glastry and supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music. Women Make Music offers grants of up to £5,000. Our funding includes support of:
• Creation of new music
• Music Creator fee (to cover your time and work)
• Touring and live performances featuring new UK music
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Women Make Music Fund and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE 12th Feb: PRS Foundation – The Open Fund for Music Creators. This fund is for songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers involved in the composition / writing process (or commissioning others). It supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. We understand that music creator needs are different given the current creative and career impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having across the music sector. As such we have adapted the Open Fund and Women Make Music to be more flexible in supporting music creator development needs.
The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000. Our funding includes support of:
• Creation of new music
• Music Creator fee (to cover your time and work)
• Touring and live performances
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Open Fund for Music Creators and to apply.

FUNDING Deadline 15th Feb (6pm): PRS Foundation – PPL Momentum Music Fund. The PPL Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5k-£15k for UK based artists / bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. Artists / bands applying for the PPL Momentum Music Fund must be at a crucial tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth as an artist with the potential to significantly develop their careers over the next two years. The activity that Momentum funding would support must take place in the UK. If you can answer yes to all the below questions you are eligible and should consider applying.
•  Are you an artist / band based in the UK?
•  Do you write or perform your own music (or play an active role in the creation of new music)?
•  Have you been profiled/featured in national press, media and received coverage in UK wide blogs as an artist/band?
•  Have you played shows or been asked to play multiple shows across the UK?
•  Do you have evidence of a strong fan base nationally and regionally?
•  Do you have at least one team member (e.g. a manager, booking agent, record label, publisher, PR/Plugger, and/or lawyer)?
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the PPL Momentum Music Fund and to apply.

DEADLINE Wed. 17th Mar. 2021: Apply to play at The Great Escape 2021. It’s one of the world’s most renowned festivals for breaking new talent. The 2021 festival will take place from the 12th-15th May in Brighton. Whether you are a band, a singer-songwriter, a rapper, DJ, collective or duo, it doesn’t matter, they want to hear from you. The Great Escape welcomes artists from every genre across the globe to apply for a chance to play at the world’s most renowned festival for breaking new talent. You’ll be performing with the beautiful seaside backdrop of Brighton, where 450+ acts will be filling over 35 venues. a great opportunity to meet key music industry figures who come to TGE looking for the next big thing. Previous artists who have performed at The Great Escape include Adele, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, HAIM, AJ Tracey, Vampire Weekend, Mura Masa, Skepta, Slaves, Charli XCX, Wolf Alice, Mac Demarco, Alt J, Foals, Loyle Carner, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Bon Iver, Lewis Capaldi and many more. To apply to play at the Festival visit The Great Escape’s website.

BUSINESS

Mon. 12 Oct 2020– Wed. 31 Mar 2021: (online, free): Reset. Restart. A dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are. We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why we’ve developed a dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are. Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, our Reset. Restart programme is here to help you transform, future-proof or grow your business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Join one or more of our series of ten monthly webinars for practical, jargon-free training and advice; network with other entrepreneurs and receive further tailored support from your local BIPC, in London or across our National Network. From product and service innovation and marketing to finance and new business models, our webinars cover ten topics to help you figure out the best way to transform or recalibrate your business. Visit Eventbrite to book on to all Reset sessions or pick and choose from the list. 

Ongoing: Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme. For ages 18-30. Got a business in mind or want to explore an idea? From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we’re here to help you become the best entrepreneur you can be. Our free Enterprise programme takes place in a centre near you and is broken down into three stages. If you’d prefer to learn flexibly with online mentor support, sign up to Enterprise Online.  

Ongoing: Business & IP Centre (BIPC Leeds). Whether you are taking your first steps in setting up in business, or looking to grow an established business, they have a wealth of information at their fingertips. They can guide you through the procedures required to help you protect the intellectual property in your products and services, provide access to specialist databases covering market research, company information, and patents and trademarks. You can book a free one to one consultation with specialists including business advisors, accountants and IP attorneys, and attend a range of free events and workshops to help you start-up and grow your business. They are based on the 2nd floor of Leeds Central Library.

Ongoing: Ad:Venture. Business start-up, loans & grants.

Ongoing: Doing Good Leeds. Funding for voluntary & community groups in Leeds.

Ongoing: Leeds Community Foundation. For charities & voluntary groups.

Ongoing: UnLtd. Finds, funds & supports entrepreneurs.

FILM & TV

DEADLINES Nov. 6th 2020 – Feb. 8th 2021: Sheffield Doc Fest. We welcome documentary and non-fiction works from all around the world, to be considered for launching or premiering as part of our 2021 official selection. Our film programme is an international platform to launch new work as part of a carefully curated programme which challenges trends, celebrates difference and enriches engagement. We believe in recognising plurality in the form, the origin and identity of filmmakers and artists, in order to be inclusive of less represented or more experimental methods of storytelling alongside mainstream productions. The festival screens over 180+ films of all lengths – with the 2020 programme encompassing works from 50 countries around the world, with 49 spoken languages represented. To submit your film to Sheffield Doc Fest visit their website and check the full criteria.

Event Wed. 27th Jan. 4pm – 5pm (online, free): BFI Film Academy at Digital Citiesby BFI Film Academy. Calling all short filmmakers! As part of the BBC Digital Cities Virtual programme, BFI Film Academy is bringing together a selection of fantastic filmmakers whose films have been chosen for Future Film Festival 2021. The Future Film Festival film programme is comprised of 45 films made by 16-25-year-old filmmakers, submitted from all over the world. These young filmmakers have all made extraordinary short films across a range of genres. Come along to hear them speak about their filmmaking process, how their career has led to making a festival-quality film, and more. They’ll offer top tips on how to develop and film your short, promote your work and submit to festivals. Visit Eventbrite to register for your free place on BFI Film Academy at Digital Cities.

Event Wed. 27th Jan (free, online): New Shoots – With Director Francis Lee & Sound Designer Johnnie Burn. Kick off 2021 in style with the first NEW SHOOTS online event of the year. SP co-founder Cath Le Couteur will be joined for a special online Q&A with Bafta nominated director Francis Lee (God’s Own Country, Ammonite) and award winning sound designer Johnnie Burn (The Favourite, Under the Skin). The pair will discuss the director / sound designer relationship, how sound can help form the narrative and tone of a film, and reveal their top tips for indie filmmaking. West Yorkshire filmmaker Francis Lee made a splash in 2017 with God’s Own Country which was the most successful British debut film, both critically and commercially that year. The film was developed and funded by BFI and Creative England and premiered at Sundance where he won Best Director. It went on to theatrical distribution worldwide winning countless awards including Best Film, Best Debut Screenwriter, Best Actor, Best Sound at the British Independent Film Awards and a nomination for the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film. Following the huge critical and box office success of God’s Own Country, Francis’ second feature film, Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, funded by BBC Films and BFI, was selected in Official Competition at Cannes, Telluride Film Festival and premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2020. It is due for worldwide release in 2021. Francis will be joined by multi-award winning sound designer Johnnie Burn. Johnnie started in commercials and went on to sound design and mixed many music videos working with icons including Madonna, Prince and David Bowie. In 2014 he spent a year mapping out the sound design for Jonathan Glazer’s extraordinary film Under the Skin. This ability to create highly detailed and realistic yet still filmic and emotionally spellbinding sound led him to meet director Yorgos Lanthimos in 2015 and to work on The Lobster, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and The Academy Award winning The Favourite. Johnnie has also headed up sound with Rupert Sanders on Ghost In The Shell (2017), had great success with Trey Edward Shults’ Waves (2019), and most recently worked with Francis on Ammonite. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the New Shoots film conversation.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME DEADLINE Deadline Fri. 29 Jan: ScreenSkills Pro-Create (for Black Film Producers). Are you age 18 or over? Do you have at least 1 film/TV credit? ScreenSkills Pro-Create is a year-long mentoring programme for Black Film Producers within the framework of the educational strand for S.O.U.L. Fest 2021. A cohort of 50 Black mentees will be matched with 10 Black mentors from the film industry, working together in safe spaces to allow their project to live and breathe without cultural restraints. They will be given opportunities through the festival to platform and showcase their talent. Visit Soul Film Festival’s website to find out more about Pro-Create and to apply.

PAID TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE 29th Jan: Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme. The scheme is for entry level talent who want to break into the media industry and are passionate about making television programmes. In 2021/22 we will be offering paid places at one of the UK’s independent production companies for 12 months. Our first cohort will open for applications in January with opportunities available across the UK, including Leeds. Applicants applying for this scheme may already have a degree in Film and Television (or related) or have some previous experience of the television industry through running, work experience or short term placements, but no more than 3 months. The scheme aims to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in in the TV industry, so we are particularly keen to hear from people with disabilities, people from the BAME communities and people living or working in Leeds (or the other locations listed). If successful, you’ll spend a week in TV Boot Camp to get things underway. Here, you’ll hear from graduates of the scheme and Commissioning Editors who’ll give you the lowdown on what it takes to succeed. Then your career in TV starts for real at your production company – but we’ll still see you once a month at Channel 4 for training to help your further your career. To find out more about the Production Trainee Scheme and to apply, visit the Channel 4 website. In addition Channel 4 are holding virtual workshops for people who want to find out more about the scheme, what makes a great candidate and how to take your first steps into TV production. These workshops will include former Channel 4 trainees and representatives from the indies taking part – for Leeds this will take place on Thurs. 21st Jan. To register for the virtual workshop to find out more about the scheme, visit this link on Channel 4’s website.

PAID OPPORTUNITY Deadline: Friday 29 January (5pm): Call for Participants: ‘Gratitude’ Short Film. If you are a creative, we’d like to hear from you! We are searching for five participants to feature in a silent short film, exploring their perception of gratitude. The short film will be approximately 15-20 minutes in length and will be accompanied with music by Sohrab Uduman and James Wilson. We actively encourage applications from all, including BME, disabled and LGBTQ+ artists. We will be in contact with all applicants in February 2021 with more information. The film is subject to funding; shortlisted applicants will receive £576 for participating. We expect filming to take place in summer 2021. Audio or video applications are also welcome; please submit these to gratitudefilmproject@gmail.com, clearly identifying who the applicant is. For any questions about the project, please contact James Wilson at gratitudefilmproject@gmail.com. For more information and to apply, please the Google Doc to submit your application.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION DEADLINE 31st Jan. 2021: Netflix Short Documentary Competition. Netflix is excited to announce this Documentary Talent Fund to find the next generation of filmmakers. Have you always fancied yourself behind the camera? Are you a film student? Have you got a burning idea that needs to be shown to the world? Did you train in filmmaking but then life got in the way? Then this is the opportunity for you. Whether you’ve picked up a camera before or have limited experience, do not be shy. The Documentary Talent Fund is designed to guide you through every step of the way: to nurture and encourage. The opportunity will be open to anyone across the UK and will give ten filmmakers, and their teams, the chance to make a short documentary film with a budget of between £20,000 and £40,000 each. All teams will be under the guidance of Netflix and other filmmaking professionals, to ensure that the final films are the best they can possibly be, and in a bid to open doors to those most under-represented in the industry. In their finished forms, each documentary must be between 8-12 minutes long and will live on Netflix UK’s social channels, with the potential for further development in the future. The brief for these fully funded short documentaries is “Britain’s Not Boring And Here’s A Story.” We want to encourage anyone with a great story to tell, to go for it. We are on the hunt for the bravest, wittiest, most surprising stories out there and we can’t wait to see what you’ve got! Visit Netflix’s website to find out more about the Short Documentary Competition and to apply.

AWARD DEADLINE 31st Jan 2021: The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award. One of the most significant documentary awards in the world, the main award is £80k and runner-up is £15k. Eligibility: Submissions must be the filmmaker’s first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit. Projects must be at the late development to early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund. Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying. Award money cannot be paid to an individual. Therefore applicants must either: provide proof of company viability; have a fiscal sponsor on board; have a nominated production company on board to create a dedicated project account for their film; OR confirm that they are willing to set up a limited company and dedicated project account if shortlisted. Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying. Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to pitch their project at Sheffield Doc/Fest (reasonable travel and accommodation costs are covered). In order that The Whickers remains the majority funder for the winning film, they ask that the budget for your 50 minute TV length version does not exceed £160,000. Visit The Whickers website to find out more about their Film & TV Funding Award.

Deadline 8th Feb: Sheffield Doc/Fest – Northern Focus (entry fees apply). Calling all northern-based filmmakers… We are delighted to announce our new film programme strand, Northern Focus. New for 2021, this strand exists to platform films made by filmmakers and artists based in the North of England, part of our commitment to champion, support and share new works by talent rooted in the North. The application process is the same for all film entries to our 2021 Film Programme. To find out more about submitting your film to Sheffield Doc/Fest visit their website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline Fri. 12th Feb. (5pm): Grierson DocLab. It’s a training scheme that helps new entrants thrive in the world of factual and documentary programme-making. The scheme takes place over the course of one year and is made up of: a six-day online training programme; a paid two or four-week placement at a UK production company; a match with an industry mentor; camera and editing training; a trip to Sheffield Doc/Fest; attending the Grierson Awards in November, plus networking and one-day training opportunities too. The programme is targeted at UK based young people aged 18-25 who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between. It gives trainees the knowledge, network and confidence to pursue a career in factual television. To find out more about Grierson DocLab and to apply visit Grierson Trust’s website. 

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline Fri. 12th Feb. (5pm): Grierson DocLab In Focus – Production Management. This scheme is for individuals aged 18 and over who want to pursue a career within the production management area of documentary programme-making. With eight places available, it is specifically designed for people with no previous experience in the television industry, as well as those who do have experience, and is also open to applicants returning to work after a break or looking for a career change. The programme will involve an intensive schedule with industry speakers covering a wide range of topics including budgeting, cash flow and production paperwork; health and safety and risk assessments; music and archive copyright clearances; managing and looking after personnel; understanding deliverables; how to embed diversity and inclusion into the production; as well looking at when to step up to the next level in a career. To find out more about the Production Management scheme and to apply, visit Grierson Trust’s wesbite.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline Fri. 12th Feb. (5pm): Grierson DocLab In Focus – Editing. The editing programme also has eight places available for those aged 18 and over, with some post-production experience looking to step up to Assistant Editor, who want to learn the art and craft of narrative storytelling. The programme will involve a rigorous schedule with leading industry speakers covering topics such as: managing the relationship with the director; insight and case studies from editors about how they have developed their respective careers; and how to enhance the story and challenges in the edit. This scheme will be an opportunity to develop and hone creative skills, moving from the technical ability to edit, to making artistic decisions in order to create the story in the edit. Candidates for the editing scheme are expected to be proficient in basic editing skills on Avid or Premier Pro at the time of applying. To find out more about the editing scheme and to apply, visit Grierson Trust’s wesbite.

FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE Feb. 26th: The INDIs Film Festival. Returning for the ninth edition, The INDIs (Independent Directions) Film Festival celebrates and nurtures young filmmaking talent through screenings, workshops, industry and networking events. With a particular focus on networking with other passionate young people who are interested in film as a career and art-form. The INDIs Awards champions and celebrates the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers up to the age of 25, and is a core of the wider festival. Films can be any genre, and be on any topic. We do accept films which look at or tackle challenging subject matters. The INDIs is presented by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, which also presents Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival. Awards / prizes: all eligible films will receive a nominee Laurel, shortlisted filmmakers will receive official selection laurels and the winner in each category will receive a winner’s laurel, and a trophy. Cash prizes are to be awarded to winners in each category, additional prizes have been sponsored by STICKS & GLASS, a fresh new post-production space located in Central Leeds. Visit Film Freeway to find out more about The INDIs Festival and to submit your film.

Bursary Deadline: Thursday April 1st 2021: ScreenSkills Bursaries. Age 18+? Apply for funding to progress your career. ScreenSkills bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to those looking to enter, progress in, return to, or transfer into the screen industries. You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to training, work and work-related activities, including training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software and travel. Visit the ScreenSkills website to find out more about their bursaries and how to apply.

Ongoing: Free ScreenSkills Online Masterclasses! Screen industry greats talk candidly about the secrets of their careers from their homes. TV commissioners reveal what makes a good pitch. Craftspeople share their top tips for success. These are videos of events commissioned during the coronavirus lockdown to encourage freelancers from the film, TV and animation industries in the time of crisis. Visit the ScreenSkills website to watch the masterclass videos.

Ongoing Funding: Genera Film Fund. Genera has been set up to provide an alternative way for short filmmakers worldwide to fund their work, offering up to £5000 per project. Note there are one off submission fees for each film you submit – the cheapest rates are in January. They are looking for: the strength of the story and vision, previous work and/or experience of applicant, and the viability of the project budget and production. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to provide them with:
• Script
• Budget breakdown
• Production timeline
• A short video (optional)
• Any additional information since applying
After reviewing shortlisted projects 1-5 will be awarded funding of up to £5,000. Visit Genera Film’s website to find out more about their short film funding and how you can apply.

Ongoing Funding: British Film Institute (BFI) Fund. The BFI uses National Lottery funds to develop and support original UK filmmakers and films, and to increase the audiences who can enjoy them. They seek to reflect the public in the films they support, the audiences who watch them, and the filmmakers, actors and crews who make them. Production and development funding: They provide support for the production, development and completion of feature films which fairly reflect people from different backgrounds. Distribution and exhibition funding: They support high quality British and independent releases, increase film choice for audiences and offer a springboard for UK film exports. Visit the BFI website to find out more about the different funding streams available.

 

WRITING

Event 27th January 7.30pm (free, via Zoom): Front Room Poetry with Yussuf M’Rabty. We are really looking forward to having Yussuf M’Rabty headlining Front Room Poetry. Front Room Poetry has really been about human connection during these challenging months. From our living room, to thirty, forty other peoples living rooms, bedrooms, gardens and cars, deep into the hearts and lives of others through the stories and poems that we’ve shared over Zoom. It’s felt personal and political, we are humbled to have had the opportunity to host some of the best poets in the UK, alongside our amazing local talent, some brave enough to test their voice for the very first time. Yussuf M’Rabty is a music producer, poet and founding member of Young Identity and Inna Voice poetry collectives. His art represents the mindset of a 1st-generation British-born musician re-learning his history and culture, trying to find his place and a universal language. It brings together the excitement of wanderlust, and the melancholy of being an outsider in both homeland and motherland. It is a multicultural medley which pays tribute to the diversity of Manchester. We also have a total of 10 slots available for the open mic on a first come first serve basis. To sign up for the poetry event and/or open mic slot, visit Bradford Producing Hub’s website.

Event Jan 31st 2021 (free, or pay what you can): Allographic Virtual Open Mic by Allographic. Open mic of poetry, storytelling, and any spoken word. come and show us what you’ve got: step up to the open mic or enjoy the talent on display (ideally both, of course!). Pretty much anything goes, as long as you respect the audience and the ethos of the evening! Bring your poems, stories, dramatic monologues (or duologues!), improvisation, hip hop, and anything else that fits the bill of spoken word. And if you fancy learning something new that afternoon, try out the Allographic Virtual Write-In/ Workshop, 2-5pm. Visit Eventbrite to book your place(s) on the Allographic Virtual Open Mic sessions.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline 31st Jan: Megaphone – Amplifying Children’s Writers of Colour. Support for writers of colour in England as they work on their first novel for children or teenagers. We offer a year of one-to-one mentoring and small group masterclasses to people of colour based in England as they write a novel for children or teenagers to a publishable standard. Megaphone is an Arts Council England-funded project run by children’s author Leila Rasheed and Commissioning Editor Stephanie King. There are SIX places on Megaphone Mentoring this year. One of these places is reserved for a BESEA (British East or South East Asian) writer who will be mentored by Maisie Chan of Bubble Tea Writers’ Group. Each place costs £300 but bursaries, discounts and flexible payment are available. This year, because of Covid-19, we will be running online via Zoom. Visit Megaphone’s website to find out more about the writing development opportunity and to apply.

COMPETITION Deadlines 31st Jan, 30th April, 31st July and 31st Oct: Short Stories. Entry Fee: £5. Prizes: £150, £75, £30. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on the website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short and long-listed stories from each competition will be published. The results will be announced on their website and social media within six weeks of the closing dates. Visit Cranked Anvil’s website to read the rules about the Short Stories competition and to apply.

DEADLINE 1st Feb. 2021: Life Writing Prize by Spread the Word. Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. The competition is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent. The winner of the Life Writing Prize will receive £1500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years’ membership of the Royal Society of Literature, and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. Two highly commended writers will each receive £500, a writing mentor and an optional meeting with an agent or editor. The top twelve writers will be offered publication on the Spread the Word website and in a Life Writing Prize booklet designed to showcase the Prize’s top writers to the literary world. Visit Spread the Word’s website to view the Life Writing Prize guidelines and to apply.

DEADLINE Sunday 7th February 2021 (midnight): The Papatango New Writing Prize – the biggest playwriting award in the UK. A new partnership between Papatango and English Touring Theatre. Remaining free, open to anyone in the UK or Ireland, and anonymously assessed, the 2021 Prize will expand to select three winners. Each will receive £2000, an audio production, and digital publication with Nick Hern Books. The winning plays will then tour across the UK in free listening stations. Feedback will be offered to all entrants. Visit Paptango’s website to find out more about the New Writing Prize and to apply.

PRIZE DEADLINE 11th Feb. 2021: Winter 2020 Flash Fiction Competition by Globe Soup. We’re looking for the best FLASH FICTION STORY of no more than 800 words. Our Flash Fiction Competition features a secret location in which all participants must set their story. It could be a club in London, a beach in Brazil, a restaurant in Nairobi, a forest in Tibet, a chalet in Switzerland… You only find out the location after you enter! Entries into the Globe Soup Winter 2020 Flash Fiction Competition can be written in any genre or style. The entries will be judged on the quality of the story, not how much the location features. Prize: £1,000. Entry Fee: £5 early entry, £8 general entry. To find out more about the Flash Fiction competition and to enter, visit Globe Soup’s website.

COMPETITION Deadline 12th Feb: Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition. For published and aspiring writers alike – enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk. To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that’s it. Unlike previous years, there’s no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you’re registered with the website. To find out more about the Short Story Competition visit the Writers and Artists website.

AWARD DEADLINE 18th February 2021: New Writing North Northern Writers’ Awards. Established in 2000 by New Writing North, the Northern Writers’ Awards supports work-in-progress by new, emerging and established writers across the North of England. The Awards support writers creatively as they develop their work towards publication, as well as helping them to progress professionally and navigate their way through the publishing industry.  The awards support both new and established writers to develop their work towards publication and to progress their careers as writers. For new writers, winning a Northern Writers’ Award can help to connect you to the publishing industry and to develop your work towards publication; for established writers, awards can help to buy time to write to support the development of new work and offer creative opportunities. With high-profile literary judges and support and interest from across the publishing industry, the awards are now recognised nationally as a major talent-spotting programme that identifies and supports great writing and writers. Browse our previous winners to see the published work that the awards have supported. You must be over 18 years of age to enter. Visit New Writing North’s website to find out more about the Northern Writers’ Awards and to apply.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Deadline 18th Feb: Word Factory Apprenticeship. We are seeking two emerging short story writers to be individually mentored by leading authors for FREE as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award running from July 2021 – March 2022. The chosen writers will be talented, supportive of our inclusive ethos and willing to participate in our activities. To qualify, they need to be living in England. They will have access to our events and masterclasses — a programme offering creative inspiration, writer development and collaboration between leading and emerging writers. The award is offered to two talented authors on the way to their first collection of stories or beginning to send work out for publication. Please Note: the scheme is not suitable for anyone with novels or collections already published or under contract (self-published and non-fiction books may apply). Visit Word Factory’s website to find out more about the Apprenticeship.

Events 23rd Feb and 9th March (free, online via Zoom): Write Together with Michael Donkor by Spread the Word. The theme for this workshop is: Characters within Settings. Participants should be prepared to test, experiment, play, either developing something they are working on or start something entirely new with the aim of making progress over the duration of the course. What participants can expect: warm up writing exercises, guided writing tasks and exploration of a wide range of literary extracts which will serves as a springboard for our own work, and tips about how to overcome those difficult moments within the writing process. The exercises will be designed to fit alongside the themes of the course, and help participants gain insight and knowledge on a particular aspect of writing. In the final session, writers will have the option to share their work, if they so wish. This course is open to all; however, it would particularly benefit writers at an early stage of their writing journey, or those who are at the beginning of a writing project – whether, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, all are welcome. It would also benefit writers who would like to have some engagement and find a place discuss writing issues and ideas, in light of the isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. To find out more about Write Together and to book your free place, visit Spread the Word’s website. 

PRIZE DEADINE 22 February 2021 (midnight): Brotherton Poetry Prize. The prize is now open for entries (entry fee £10), to celebrate and promote poetry and support new poets. The prize is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems (a chapbook or pamphlet does not count as a full collection). Entries to the competition should include no more than 200 lines of poetry in up to five individual poems. The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200. The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by Carcanet Press. All entrants who provide a UK postal address will receive a copy of the anthology on publication. The shortlisted poets might be invited to take part in a series of readings and events held by the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. All shortlisted poets will receive travel expenses up to £150 to cover expenses associated with the competition announcement. Expenses for UK-based poets associated with events may be reimbursed. Visit University of Leeds Poetry Centre’s website to apply to the Brotherton Poetry Prize.

Deadline Sun. 28th Feb: Burning Eye Books – Open Call for Submissions. They are seeking submissions for their 2022 poetry list. They’re looking for full collections and pamphlets from active performance / stand up / slam / spoken word poets in the UK. Submissions are free and open to all artists from early career to established. To find out more about submitting your poetry for publication visit Burning Eye Book’s website and read the guidelines.

COMPETITION Deadlines 29th Feb, 31st May, 31st August and 30th November: Flash Fiction. Entry Fee: £3 for 1 entry, or £5 for 2 entries. Prizes: £100, £25. The two winning entries will be published on the website (they may also publish a selection of highly commended entries on the website). The maximum word count is 500, not including the title. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short and long-listed stories from each competition will be published. The results will be announced on the website (and in our social media) within six weeks of the closing dates. Visit Cranked Anvil’s website to read the rules about the Flash Fiction competition and to apply.

AWARD Deadline 5th Mar: Windsor Fringe – Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. Amateur playwrights worldwide are invited to submit unpublished one act plays. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2021. Due to Covid in 2020, the performances were only available online. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged purely on the writing. Eligibility: only amateur playwrights are eligible and only one script per author accepted. Each script must be an original work and not previously published or performed. To find out more about the Award for New Drama Writing visit the BBC website.

PAID OPPORTUNITY Deadline 8th Mar & 7th June: Mslexia is looking for themed poetry and prose submissions for the Showcase (previously New Writing) section of the magazine. Winners are selected by our Guest Editors. We also make a small payment for most submissions we publish. We look for stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts (for theatre, radio or film) of up to 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions). Please note: we only accept up to four poems and two short stories per entrant. For issue 90 (deadline 9th March): we’re looking or pieces about artists and their subjects, about seeing and being seen, about paint, pencil and film. For issue 91 (deadline 7th June): the theme is about hidden depths and ancestry, about what nourishes and anchors plants and humans alike. Visit Myslexia’s website to find out more about featuring your writing in the magazine.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Deadline 30th April 2021: Open Poetry Competition. Ware Poets is running its 23rd annual Open Poetry competition, offering cash prizes for the winning poems (up to 50 lines), including one for the best sonnet, and publication of an anthology of prizewinning and shortlisted poems. This year’s intake will be judged by poet Kim Moore.
Prizes: 1st prize £600, 2nd prize £300, 3rd Prize £150, The Ware Sonnet Prize £150. Winners and commended poets will also be included in the Ware Poets Competition Anthology. Entry fee: £4 per poem. To find out more about the Open Poetry Competition visit the National Poetry Library website.

PRIZE DEADLINE 14 August 2021: Rebecca Swift Foundation – Women Poets’ Prize. The Women Poets’ Prize was launched in 2018, a year on from Rebecca’s passing. This unique award seeks to honour Rebecca’s two key passions: poetry and the empowerment of women. The Prize is awarded once every two years to three women poets. Each winner is carefully matched with a poetry mentor and offered pastoral coaching, facilitating a holistic body of support that nurtures craft and personal wellbeing in equal measure. The Prize also offers a programme of support and creative professional development opportunities with the Foundation’s partners: Faber and Faber, The Literary Consultancy, RADA, City Lit, Verve Festival, Bath Spa University, and The Poetry School. In addition to these opportunities which constitute the Women Poets’ Prize professional grant, each successful poet receives a cash bursary of £1,000. The Women Poets’ Prize is free to enter. To find out more about the prize and submit your poetry, visit Rebecca Swift Foundation’s webite.

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Deadline not specified, date posted 8th Jan. Got prints you’re looking to sell? Feature your prints on The Gallyry’s new shop. The Gallyry is a magazine and creative platform founded in 2019. In 2021, a new ‘shop’ feature will launch on the website to help people find cute prints by independent artists. If you’re an artist selling prints who would like to get your work out there, why not get in touch! A feature on The Gallyry will include an interview published on the online magazine, a feature on the online shop, and promotion across all social media channels. Due to the volume of form responses, we can only respond to those who we are interested in featuring at this time. Visit the Google Doc to express your interest in selling your prints through The Gallyry.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE not specified: Brixton Finishing School (free, online, open to all). Award winning Brixton Finishing School is launching a new, free, virtual, nationwide gateway to the creative, advertising, marketing and tech industry called the AD-Cademy. This 8 week virtual programme is designed to change the future of talent pipeline and deliver this upskilled talent to employers in the creative industry. Visit the Academy’s website to find out more and apply.

Events ongoing from 14th Jan. on altenative Tuesdays: Free Theatre and Playwriting Online Chat Service by Papatango. Got a burning question about writing your first play, becoming a producer, or applying for arts funding? Join a free online 1-2-1 chat session with a member of the Papatango team for help and advice on all things theatre and playwriting! Papatango champion the next generation of brilliant playwrights, especially those who might otherwise lack pathways into theatre. Each year we provide free training, performances or publication to over 4000 people, award thousands of pounds in bursaries and seed funding, and help anyone, anywhere, make or share in exciting new theatre. Because all you need is a story. Our online live chat sessions are held on alternate Thursdays. Visit Papatango’s webstie to join the Online Chat Service and to confirm their upcoming dates for sessions.

Events Mon 25th – Fri 29th Jan. (online, free): New year self-care for theatre makers & creatives, Lawrence Batley Theatre. The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield have partnered with theatre maker Victoria Firth on a free, week long experience for creatives to connect with their self-care needs. Over five 40 minute sessions via Zoom from Mon 25 – Fri 29 January Victoria will use reflective time, provocation, writing exercises and peer support to explore what wellbeing means to the creative process and provide you with practical strategies for putting it into place. This experience is suitable for professional creatives and will be of particular relevance to theatre makers, performance artists, solo artists, those who self-produce their work, explore auto-biographical material or use their own identity in performance. To get the most out of the experience we ask that participants are able to commit to attending all five sessions. For more information about New year self-care for theatre makers & creatives and to sign up, visit Lawrence Batley Theatre’s website.

Events 26th January and 1st Feb. 12:30 – 2:30: Group Facilitation Skills by Fall Into Place. Want to lead your own community group but feeling unsure where to start? If you are currently unemployed, our group facilitation skills workshops are free. This two part workshop shares skills on how to lead a group:
● How to create a safe space and build trust
● Useful ‘icebreaker’ techniques
● How to manage different personalities and challenges
● How to plan activities for different abilities
● How to manage time effectively
To book a place on Group Facilitation Skills contact Sarah: 07341 254 967 or email sarah@fallintoplace.co.uk

Events Tues. 26th Jan – Thurs. 28th Jan: BBC Digital Cities. Join us for three days of workshops, masterclasses, expert advice and more. Events range from how to start a podcast to using Facebook and Instagram to how to break into film. Visit the BBC website to view the full Digital Cities programme and to book your free places.

COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY deadline Mon. 25 Jan. (5pm): Chained Reactions. Ilkley Literature Festival (ILF) Fringe are hugely excited to be launching Chain Reactions – a collaborative, cross-artform digital project that encourages participants to develop and stretch their creative work in new ways, inspiring and enthusing each other, and giving audiences a fresh and exciting experience. Chain Reactions will include three stages:
Stage 1: Five new pieces of work will be commissioned across a range of art forms. These will be made available to view on our website and social media channels.
Stage 2: People living across the Yorkshire region will be challenged to get creative and respond to work featured in Stage 1, using a different artform than the original piece.
Stage 3: The chain reaction will continue and people living across the Yorkshire region will be encouraged to respond to works that were produced in Stage 2.
We are now looking for Stage 1 applicants to kickstart the project. In Stage 1 we are looking for proposals for creative provocations. We will commission five applicants based in Yorkshire to produce finished pieces of work for a fee of £200. The works should respond to the word ‘Spark’ and can take any of the following artforms: Dance, Spoken word, Film, Music, Poetry (max. 20 lines), Stage plays/monologues, Visual art (e.g. prints, sculpture, paintings, photos, textiles), Storytelling. Please be aware that we are not looking for highly-polished pieces, but something that will provoke and encourage a “chain reaction” and inspire others’ creativity. Chain Reactions is open to anyone based in Yorkshire, aged 18 years and over. The proposed piece must be original work. To find out more about Chained Reactions and to apply, visit ILF’s website.

COURSE starting 25th Jan 2021: Team Personal Development Programme by Prince’s Trust. Age 16 – 25 and not in education or employment? The Team programme is a 12-week personal development programme to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people through taking on a group community project, engaging in a residential, developing English and Maths skills and completing 2 weeks of work experience. Thanks to our amazing delivery partners we have adapted Team to be safely socially distanced in accordance to government guidelines. Please note, offer may vary on course location. To sign up to the Team Programme visit the Prince’s Trust website.

Ongoing events from 30th Jan. and throughout 2021: MACFEST – Muslim Arts and Culture Festival. Our incredible arts and culture festival begins this month, with fantastic events including literature, performance, comedy, art and more. The best thing is that most of our events are free. Visit Eventbrite to browse the range of events being held during MACFEST.

PAID OPPORTUNITY deadline Sun. 31 Jan (5pm): Artist Opportunity: “I Matter”, an upcoming exhibition at the Babylon Gallery. To matter: to be important or significant. Black Curator and Artist, Olu Taiwo, is seeking innovative creative responses to the theme of ‘I Matter’, specifically targeting artists and groups from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and communities residing in the UK. Olu Taiwo is currently taking part in the Babylon Young Curators Programme; a year-long professional development opportunity for young people aged 18 – 25. As a Babylon Young Curator, Olu is presenting an exhibition called ‘I Matter’ at Babylon Gallery in Ely, from 9 April – 3 May 2021. Work is sought from approximately 10 – 15 artists that best portray the theme. Responses to the theme should interrogate the powerful declaration, ‘I Matter’, and its recent complex iterations. The Curator is interested in work in any medium, including 2D, sculpture, installation, moving image, digital, spoken word, performance, interventions and interactive or participatory works and from either emerging artists or artists with established careers who wish to stretch their practice in response to the notion of ‘I Matter’. The submission may be new or existing artwork that has a close affinity with the ‘I Matter’ theme. Works should excite, inspire and entertain a diverse audience of all ages. In particular, the Curator is concerned to showcase work that connects to the importance of diversity as it relates to local traditions, customs, crafts or stories and portrays the skills and creativity of artists and creative practitioners. Each artist selected for the exhibition at the Babylon Gallery will receive an Exhibition Award or honorarium of £100. There is no fee to submit a response to the open call. The opportunity is open to students, emerging artists and established artists aged 18+. To make a submission artists are required to:
● Share details of the work they would like to be considered.
● Include photos, film, audio or written documents that illustrate the piece of work (up to 5 documents).
● Provide a 200 – 300 word statement in response to the ‘I Matter’ theme.
To find out more about the I Matter opportunity and to apply, visit the Babylon Arts website.

Events ongoing Feb. – April: Enrol Yourself. Enrol Yourself have 20 fully funded bursaries for people impacted by Covid-19 to join the Learning Marathon in 2021. The Learning Marathon is for adults from across sectors who want to create, stretch themselves or make something happen. Also a great way to connect to new people in these isolating times. Learning Marathon peer groups each have a theme, ranging from ‘conscious business’ to ‘home and belonging’ to ’21st Century fatherhood’ and beyond. Participants go on a quest to co-explore their theme. Most groups are fully remote, so you’re welcome wherever you are in the world. To view the full programme visit Enropl Yourself’s website. To find out if you’re elibible for a full bursary (free place), visit the Medium website. For any questions about Enrol Yourself, contact Zahra Davidson: zahra@enrolyourself.com

Events in Feb, dates TBC: Young Producers Programme by Wac Arts and Poet in the City. The programme begins in February 2021. Ever wondered how your favourite shows, gigs and festivals get made? Come along and learn how to do it for yourself. Producing experts Poet in the City will be delivering 4 2-hour workshops over two months covering Curating, Programming, Marketing and Production. You’ll then have the chance to support our Creative Producer in delivering the big Wac show next year. Visit the Wac Art’s website to sign up, then they’ll send you an application form.

Deadline 18th Feb: Poetry – a Shutter Hub Editions Publication. We’re launching Shutter Hub Editions in 2021, our new publishing house. Shutter Hub Editions will create a collection of beautiful printed publications, featuring themed and solo books for people who love photography to collect. We’d like to invite you to be a part of our first edition, which we want to fill with your images around the theme of poetry. While we’re not asking for actual written poems, we’d like you to think about things you see that are comparable to poems – images that express your feelings and ideas. We’ve all had so much to process, adapt to and take action on in recent months – we’d like this to be an opportunity for you to concentrate on work that gives you some respite, salve for your eyes and mind. We want to bring photographers together in print to present a publication that people can hold in their hands and spend time delving into for a moment of calm escapism. We want to explore poetryin all its connotations and bring them together in beautiful printed pages – what does poetry mean to you? All we ask is that you send us your best work so we can make a significant publication to be pored over and treasured forever! This will be a gorgeous book in its own right, but we also intend it to be a showcase for the photographers involved. We will promote it heavily across our networks, make it available to purchase in a variety of locations as well as directly from our online shop, and we will create a page on our website to allow people to connect directly with the photographers that are featured in the publication. To submit your images on the theme of poetry, visit Shutter Hub’s website.

COURSE starting 22nd Feb. 2021 (12 weeks, free and in Leeds): Get into Tech by Generation. Age 18-29 and not in eductaion or employment? Interested in a career in tech? Generation might be able to help! This 12 week free programme called AWS re/Start will teach you everything you need to know to become a Cloud Support practitioner – from the technical knowledge and coding languages to the employment skills that can help you into a career. Plus you’ll be connected with employers to interview for a role in tech and cloud after the programme! No prior experience is needed and you’ll also gain an Amazon Web Services qualification. To sign up to Get into Tech visit Generation’s website.

FUNDING deadline TBC, applications open March 1st: Art Business Accelerator Grant. Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork. Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator grants resources to invest in your art business as well as six weeks of career-building modules that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge and more. Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice. Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance. Grant Amount: 20 unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 each, a lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000), and educational resources/expert guidance. All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development. Eligibilty:
● Visual artists with a strong artistic focus in their discipline. We regret that we do not accept submissions for film/video, music, theatre, or dance.
● Artists that have demonstrated high artistic quality, innovation, and creativity with a track record of participation in the arts for at least 2 years
● Individual visual artists over the age of 21
● Open to professional artists worldwide
● All visual art mediums welcome to apply
To find out more abouut the Art Business Accelerator Grant, visit Artwork Archive’s website.

PRIZE DEADLINE Fri. 19th Mar. (at 23:59): Open Call for The Liverpool Plinth. Liverpool BID Company and dot-art are looking for the fourth artist to have their work installed on The Liverpool Plinth. The sculptor, who must live and work in the North of England, will see their work displayed on the site within Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront at Liverpool Parish Church. The Grade II listed Liverpool Parish Church, the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, has been a place of worship since the 13th century and overlooks the city’s famous Three Graces. The Liverpool Plinth is installed on the Chapel Street side of the church and is part of an annual project to enrich public spaces and use art to add colour and excitement to the public realm. Bringing together Liverpool BID Company, the Parish Church and dot-art, as part of the Public Art Strategy in place within the city’s Commercial District. The new sculpture will be chosen by the same process as the previous three; via Open Call. It is available to any artist working primarily in sculpture based in the north of England to submit existing work. The selected artist will also receive a £1,000 prize. To find out more about the Open Call for The Liverpool Plinth, visit Dot Art’s website.

Ongoing events Every Tuesday (Employability) and Thursday (Wellbeing), online and free: Employability and Wellbeing Sessions by Prince’s Trust. Age 16 – 25 and not in education or employment? Are you looking to boost your employability skills to secure that dream job? Or would you like to boost your wellbeing and learn some life skills? Our Employability and Wellbeing Sessions will cover a range of topics such as CV building, interview techniques, resilience, confidence, money management and communication – all vital for your future. Join us for every session or pick and choose those most relevant – the choice is yours! Sessions are held on Microsoft Teams and are completely free. To sign up to the employability and wellbeing sessions visit the Prince’s Trust website.

Ongoing: Development Awards by Prince’s Trust. Age 16-30? Development Awards are available to tackle financial barriers to education, employment or training for young people through cash grants. They could support:
• Course fees, tools or equipment.
• Transport to a new job until the first payslip.
• Obtaining vital photo ID or birth certificates.
• Interview clothing or uniform for work.
• And lots more!
Eligibility criteria applies, but please do get in touch to see if we can help! Visit the Prince’s Trust website to find out more and apply for the Development Awards.

Ongoing – Free resopurces from Bradford Producing Hub. Visit Bradford Producing Hub’s website to access free resources including: Online Training, Budgets, Working Outdoors, Applying for Funding, Risk Assessmen, Health and Safety, Reports and Research. There are also free online workshops available relating to dance, poetry, and theatre.

Ongoing – Leeds International Festival. A metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation. Every spring the festival brings together the brightest minds from Leeds and beyond for an eclectic programme of talks, installations, and parties that boldly confront the most significant challenges of our time and construct radical new visions of the future. They invite world-leading thinkers, creators, and pioneers to Leeds to share new ideas and discuss the world of tomorrow. They select the majority of the programme through an open call process, where anyone can submit an idea and have it realised. Due to Coronavirus the Leeds International Festival 2020 is postponed until further notice. Visit the Leeds International Festival website to find out more about the Festival and how you can get involved in 2021.

Ongoing – Leeds 2023 Our International Culture Festival. Leeds has the talent, the desire and the means to become a global destination. That’s why in 2016 we made a bid to become European Capital of Culture before Brexit halted our progress. Uniquely, Leeds took a deep breath and said ‘we’re going to do it anyway’. The programme for Leeds 2023 will shine a light on our people and their remarkable experiences of culture in and around our great city. 2023 are looking for ideas, opinions, support and participation. If you live and work here this is YOUR Leeds 2023. They need:
• Major funding to build on the generous £12m already committed by Leeds City Council
• Smaller funding pots that combine to make amazing things happen
• Creative collaborators to work with and learn from
• Thoughts and opinions from all sections of our communities
• Volunteers and mentors to help realise the incredible ambition of Leeds 2023
Visit the Leeds 2023 website to find out more about the Festival and how you can get involved.

Ongoing events Thursdays 12pm – 2pm: Drawing Room: Virtual Drop in and Draw by Leeds Libraries (free). We miss our Drawing Room, but we can still inspire you with collections, explore media and share your art. Join Leeds Central Library’s Drawing Room on Instagram or Facebook at noon to see a beautiful image from the Leeds Central Library Collections. We will then invite you to respond in whatever medium you choose and share online.

Ongoing events June – December (free, online): African Theatre to Your Home. Utopia Theatre are launching their new Creative Hub on Mon 29 June. The Hub will bring African theatre experts together to offer courses, workshops and events online. Visit Utopia Theatre’s website to register your interest.

Ongoing: Arts Soup small grants. Open Source Arts is offering new support to the local creative community. An Arts Soup is a democratic micro-grant scheme. Whereby you as the audience choose between 4 different artist’s pitches at a live event. The winner then goes home with a pot of cash collected through the ticket sales to help them realise their project. Visit the Open Source Arts website to check applications are currently open, and to pitch your idea for a small grant to help you create your art project.

Ongoing – National Lottery Funding: They fund projects in Arts, Sport, Heritage, Charity, Voluntary, Health, Education & Environmental Sectors. Every project makes a real difference to lives and communities across the UK. Visit the National Lottery website to find out about their current funding opportunities.

Ongoing – Arts Admin: They usually offer bursaries throughout the year (although they are currently suspended for Covid-19. They do a great email summary of all available funding. Visit Arts Admin to sign up to their E-Digest.

Ongoing – ArtsHub: Visit ArtsHub to find out about open call exhibitions, commissions, competitions etc. 

Ongoing – Curatorspace: Free website. Visit Curatorspace to find out about opportunities, open call exhibitions, artist funding etc. Paid opportunities are indicated with a green button.


JOBS

Note: Email jobshops@leeds.gov.uk to request support with job searching, applications, CV’s & interview preparation. For ideas on where to find music related jobsFor ideas on where to find film/TV related jobs.

DEADLINE Jan.22nd 2021: Rare – Creative Fellowship with Google (freelance roles). Google are inviting three creatives to join their Brand Studio team as part of a paid 9 month program called the Creative Fellowship. The Creative Fellowship is a global program for emerging creative talent that offers ongoing mentorship, helpful networking opportunities and hands-on experience across Google’s various in-house creative teams. Google Brand Studio is a team of designers, creatives, filmmakers and developers who create and deliver experiences that help people get to know and understand the Google brand. They have three positions available: designer, filmmaker and creative technologist. The program is for emerging creative thinkers (0 – 3 years of creative experience) who have a passion for making things and telling stories. We’re looking for individuals excited to bring their voice and craft to Google’s creative teams. Each creative team is looking for something different so we encourage you to apply as you are, with work that best captures your craft. The program will run from April 2021 to December 2021, and is designed to be fully remote. Laptops and Wi-Fi reimbursement will be provided during the program. If and when it’s safe to return to the London offices, we’ll revisit our program’s plans. As of now, everything will be held over Google Meet. To find out more about the Creative Fellowships and to apply, visit the Rare with Google website.

DEADLINE 24th Jan: Programme Coodinator (Freelance), Leeds Dance Partnership. Leeds Dance Partnership supports and celebrates dance in Leeds and beyond, led by world-class organisations and independent dance artists based in the city. We support building Leeds reputation as the UKs main centre for dance outside of London. We are now looking for a (Freelance) Programme Coordinator through until December 2021. The Programme Coordinator will work alongside the Director to develop, manage and support our programme activity of commissions and events which support our vision of ‘Leeds is Dance’. Working closely with our partner organisations, working groups and networks, this is an exciting role which is key to the success of Leeds Dance Partnership. The ideal candidate will be experienced in coordinating successful cultural programmes/activities and will have worked in the performing arts or cultural development sector with some knowledge about dance.   You will have excellent organisation, budgeting, time-management and administrative skills coupled with the strong communication and interpersonal skills needed to sustain relationships with a range of partners, stakeholders and individuals. Contract: Freelance working 2.5 days a week through until December 2021. Pay: £180 per day. To find out more about the role and to apply, visit the Northern Ballet website.

DEADLINE Thurs. 28th Jan (9am): Assistant Producer for Bluecoat, Liverpool’s Centre for the Contemporary Arts. Part of the Weston Jerwood Fellowship Programme. Salary: £19,500 full time. Hours: 37.5 per week – flexible working can be negotiated, but some evening and weekend working will be required. Contract: 12 month fixed term contract. Bluecoat is recruiting an Assistant Producer to support a new programme of exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists and to work as part of the wider Programme Team. This exciting new role involves working to support artists from the Liverpool City Region to show existing artworks in our public gallery for the first time. The postholder will also contribute to other activities (exhibitions, events, visits with studio holders) and work with colleagues across the organisation to engage with audiences. We are looking for a candidate with a strong desire to work in the arts, but no prior experience in visual arts or galleries is required. Experience and skills will be gained through the post. We are looking for individuals who are good at working with others, have excellent organisational skills and strong attention to detail. We’re interested in the perspectives and life experience that the candidate brings to the role. This role is specifically aimed at people who have experienced social and/or economic barriers to employment in the arts. To find out more about the Assistant Producer role and to apply, visit the Bluecoat website.

DEADLINE 29th Jan: Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme – Researcher role. Salary: £22k. Location: Leeds. The scheme aims to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in the TV industry. They’re particularly keen to hear from disabled people, people who come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds and anyone from lower socio-economic groups who are from (or currently living / working) in Leeds. Channel 4 will be offering places to 14 individuals to work as a Researcher with independent production companies on a year-long contract. As a researcher, you’ll be involved with all different aspects of TV development and production, and you’ll also be given world class training and support alongside. A good researcher watches a lot of television, is interested in people and can build good relationships. They have a keen eye for detail and are able to acquire an in- depth knowledge of any subject they are tasked with. They are persuasive and demonstrate tenacity to get the job done. To find out more about the Production Trainee Scheme, Researcher role, and other roles available – visit Channel 4’s career site.

DEADLINE 31st Jan. 2021: Marketing Manager (Venues, Events and Festivals) for Futuresound Group. Location: Leeds. Salary: based on experience. We are looking to hire an experienced and hungry marketing manager to contribute to our steps out of forced inactivity into a rapid expansion plan for the return of live music events in 2021. Our busy in-house marketing team services all the companies in our group providing branding, artwork, and roll-out of marketing operations to strict deadlines and your role will be as the manager that steers this team to become a creative force in a new post-pandemic world. You will need to have a love for live music that you just can’t shake, and a passion for events that bring people together under the same feeling. You’ll need:
• A knowledge of music in all scenes, branding and genres
• At least 3 years experience in a marketing role in music, hospitality or the arts
• Detailed understanding of digital marketing in particular Facebook and Instagram advertising and direct marketing (email marketing)
• Experience of supplier and stakeholder management in marketing
• A sociable and enthusiastic personality with a commitment to get the job done
Visit Futuresound Group’s website to find out more about the Marketing Manager role and to apply.

DEADLINE 31st Jan. 2021: Musical Directors required for Stagebox. Location: Yorkshire. Stagebox is always looking for brilliant industry professionals in Leeds, Manchester & nationwide willing to travel for weekly cover positions to lead sessions with our talented members. Get in touch if you’re a vocal coach, musical director, choreographer, director or industry professional. Email Belynda Galliard for more information on the Musical Director roles: belynda@stagebox.uk

DEADLINE 4th Feb (noon): Early Career Creative Programmer – South Asia Gallery Performing Arts. Manchester Museum is delighted to announce this new opportunity as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2020-22. Applications are welcome for a creative, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic Early Career Creative Programmer with an understanding of South Asian performing arts, history and culture, and a love of performance and live art. This role is designed for someone at the beginning of their career, with between two and five years of experience, have begun to develop their own artistic or creative practice and be from a lower socio-economic background. Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, is creating an exceptional new South Asia Gallery; the first specifically dedicated to exploring the experiences, stories and cultures of South Asian diaspora communities in the UK. It is being developed in a landmark partnership with the British Museum and co-produced with a ground-breaking Collective of residents, artists, community workers, academics, designers and writers from the diaspora. A vibrant, social space, the Gallery will be animated by South Asian rich heritage of performance and storytelling. At its heart will be a bespoke performance space for drama, dance, music, poetry and spoken word. Applications are welcome from all, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation, or transgender status. All appointments will be made on merit. Contract: fixed term contract for 12 months. Job interviews will be held on Monday 15 February and Tuesday 16 February 2021. Salary: £19,612 pro-rata (at 28 hours per week). To find out more about the Creative Programmer role and to apply, visit Manchester Museums website.

Events 8 – 12th Feb. (online, free): Leeds Apprenticheship Festival 2021. Last year we ran the event from the First Direct Arena attracting over 6000 visitors, this year we are going virtual so you can see and hear what exhibitors have to say from the comfort of your home. We have some fantastic employers lined up who are keen to talk to you about their available apprenticeships for 2021. This is your opportunity to find out about all the different types of apprenticeship on offer, get advice from our Information, Advice and Guidance team and ask lots of questions! Find out more about the Leeds Apprenticheship Festival and events being held by visiting their website.

DEADLINE 15th Feb. (10am): Resident Designer for Leeds Playhouse and Tutti Frutti Productions. Calling Set & Costume Designers – are you creative, driven and interested in telling stories? Then join us full time for one year from April 2021. You will be a Set & Costume Designer in the earlier stages of your career. You will be imaginative, passionate about visual storytelling, and a good collaborator. You will share the ethos of Leeds Playhouse and tutti frutti that art should be accessible to and inclusive of everyone and want to join us in working to achieve these aims. You will be interested in a wide-ranging opportunity – to work in and learn from a large building-based theatre organisation, as well as to spend time within a small touring theatre company. You will be generous spirited, hard-working, creative and curious. You will be flexible and open to making the most of all of the opportunities that may arise throughout the year. You will be locally rooted to Yorkshire. You will have been born and/or raised in Yorkshire or have chosen to live and work in the region. This opportunity is supported by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries run by Jerwood Arts. Salary: £19,500. To find out more about the Resident Designer role, visit the Leeds Playhouse website.

DEADLINE Sun. 28th Feb: Various roles available for Rural Fest. Are you 16 to -25, based in North Yorkshire and interested in working in Live Music Events? Apply to be on their Production team for Rural Fest 2021 as part of the NYMAZ Youth Voice programme. Join the team to produce the second Rural Fest as part of the international festival Make Music Day. Last year saw our super team broadcast live performances from 7am – 11pm all online. We reached audiences across the world, and 2350 people on the day from 1958 separate devices. Visit Nymaz’s website to find out more about the Rural Fest roles available and to apply.

DEADLINE Sunday 19th Sep. 2021: Become a Music Teacher. Musicians required to teach guitar, drums, piano or singing. No previous experience necessary. This is a self employed vacancy for a music tutor. Become A Music Teacher are looking for individuals nationwide to run music teaching businesses with our full support. Key skills:
• Ability to play or sing to a reasonable level
• To be patient with students
Have good social skills.
• Be able to teach all age groups on a one to one basis
Have no criminal convictions.
Lessons can take place at either your home, studio or at students homes. When applying please leave your name and contact details including an email and telephone number. Visit Become a Music Teacher’s website to find out more about the role and to apply.

Ongoing: Leeds Employment Hub. If you’re currently out of working we can support you to gain a job, training or plan your next steps, even if you are already studying or in education. Since April 2019 over 8000 people have accessed our services and we have supported over 5000 people into work. Our Employment Advisors can offer:
● Individual support tailored to your needs
● Careers advice and guidance
● Opportunities to learn new skills
● Tips on CV writing and completing application forms
● Interview practice
● Access to local job and apprenticeship opportunities
● Opportunities to hear from a range of local employers
● In-work support (for up to 6 months in your new role)
● Information and guidance on self-employment
● Advice on benefits calculations and managing debt
Visit the Employment Skills Leeds website to receive support form the Leeds Employment Hub.

Ongoing: Youth Music Next Gen. Age 18 – 25? From journalists to content creators, they’re offering paid freelance opportunities to young creatives who are building a career in the music industry. They launched the Next Gen programme at the Youth Music Awards 2019 in association with Hal Leonard Europe, where a group of young people worked the event as photographers, runners, social media pros, illustrators, hosts and more. Hear from them about how it felt to be paid for their work in their blog. Visit the Youth Music website to read the blog and find out how you can pitch your ideas.

Ongoing: Music Tutors. To become a music tutor with MusicTutors.co.uk, you will first have to send them an application via the website form. Their recruitment process ensures that their students get lessons from high quality, professional and ceritifed (enhanced DBS) music tutors. After applying, you will be notified on what will happen next. Visit Music Tutor’s website to find out more and apply.

Ongoing events Fridays: Employment Surgeries for Creative Careers (free, online). Age 18-30? Create Jobs have teamed up with Creative Society to support more young people with their creative careers by hosting one-to-one employment surgeries. Every Friday you can get help from a member of the team to support you with your creative career during lockdown. Book your half hour slot to get help with with: job hunting and careers search, applications and interviews, and also advice for employees, furloughed staff and the self-employed. You can also get guidance to other services out there to support your health and well-being. Slots are available for the following Friday session only. Visit the Create Jobs website to double check sessions are still running, then drop them an email to book your slot.

Ongoing: National Careers Service – The Skills Toolkit. Free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills. Courses include: Business and Finance, Coding, Computer Science, Digital Design and Marketing, Personal Growth and Wellbeing, Professional Development, and more. To find out more about the The Skills Toolkit courses and undertake them for free, visit the National Careers website.

Ongoing: Yorkshire Circus are on the hunt for performers and workshop leaders to join the community. We have a busy schedule of events and activities booked in across the country and are looking to expand the community. This is where you come in! We are looking for people who want to benefit and grow the circus community of Leeds and wider Yorkshire. There are many ways in which this can be done:
●  Professional performers (individual or as a group) from a wide range of circus disciplines, whether it be aerial, fire, LED or general circus walkabout acts and performances. Preferably with a fully costumed ready to perform routine.
● Workshop leaders who can teach a wide selection of ages and abilities in general circus skills such as juggling, staff twirling, diablo, poi, flower stick and much more.
● People with the drive to make circus part of their career. Either those wanting to take their first step into circus performance or wanting to share skills with others who may never have tried circus before.
We want to hear from all members of our community, if you can bring something you believe will bring a unique and exciting opportunity that is not covered above please don’t hesitate to contact our Circus Development Officer Joe. In return we offer fair paid work for those selected, a training space for you to work in, training opportunities and workshops to learn new and exciting skills to compliment your repertoire and a place in our circus family, running regular community events and a chance to socialise with other like minded circus individuals. Visit the Open Source Arts website to find out more about the Circus opportunities and to apply.

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