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.

Please note: Our site contains links to and from other websites. Studio12 and Leeds City Council do not necessarily endorse or support the organisations that are linked to or from our website. We cannot guarantee that links will work all of the time, and we have no control over the content or availability of the linked pages on other websites. We aim to keep this page as up to date as possible, however please check details yourself before applying for opportunities, some of which may be paused or cancelled due to the pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guide which outlines support for artists – funding, industry advice plus health and well-being information. If you’re a Studio12 member and need some help or advice in submitting an application for any opportunities or funding, please get in touch: studio12@leeds.gov.uk


MUSIC

FREE COURSE deadline not specified, date posted 11th May: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology by Higher Rhythm. Higher Rhythm is a high-profile music industry organisation with decades of experience training real pros. We are a leader in music industry development across the Yorkshire region. Higher Rhythm has also have delivered stages featuring established artists at South By Southwest in the US (the biggest music industry event in the world) plus several UK festivals. We regularly make music for record labels and successful music artists, and support hundreds of aspiring music industry professionals every year to further their careers.
We also run two pro level recording studios, a radio station (Sine FM), a global music distribution service, a record label, and are linked into a wide range of music festivals and venues. These real industry connections are what set us apart from a college. There are free places for ages 16 and over. On the course you’ll study inside a real music organisation, use pro level studios and recording equipment, learn from established industry experts, and link into Higher Rhythm’s music industry networks. You’ll also attend Masterclasses with established music industry professionals, gain vocational experience working in a pro studio and at live music events, and receive free entry to festival showcases, gigs and music industry panel events. Duration: Two full days per week over two academic years, plus additional learning enrichment activities. There are only 12 course places available each year so act fast if you want to study with us! To find out more and to apply for a free place on the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology course, visit Higher Rhythm’s website.

FUNDING workshops Jun. 8th – 29th: Youth Music NextGen Fund. (Scroll down to deadline Fri.  Jul. 9th to find out more about this fund). Throughout June, we’re hosting a series of workshops, where you can find out all you need to know about the fund and how to apply.
• Tuesday 8 June – Introduction to Youth Music NextGen with Elijah & Domenica
• Tuesday 15 June – How to get paid: an introduction to PRS for Music
• Tuesday 22 June – Hooversound Recordings: Starting a record label during a pandemic with Naina
• Tuesday 29 June – Becoming self sufficient as a creative with Andy Musgrave (Founder of Supernature and Manager of AJ Tracey)
Visit Eventbrite to book your free places on the NextGen Funding Workshops.

Events Tues. Jun. 15th (free, online): Music Advice sessions with Come Play With Me and Launchpad. Looking for advice on how to navigate the music world or want a sounding board for your big release plan? Book in for a 30 minute 1-1 session (3pm – 6pm), or join our Open Zoom to talk through general queries (6pm – 7pm). Visit Facebook to book your free music advice session.

AWARD DEADLINE Fri. Jun. 18th (5pm, £10 entry fee, submissions open now): The Ivors Composer Awards. Each year The Ivors Academy invites entries for The Ivors Composer Awards, which is when Ivor Novello Awards are presented to recognise contemporary UK classical, jazz and sound art. Eligible composers or sound artists must be a UK national or ordinarily resident in the UK from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. The work must have received its first UK public performance between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. In the context of The Ivors Composer Awards, the Academy defines first UK public performance as:
• A concert performance of the work, accessible to the UK public
• A live, or pre-recorded, streamed performance of the work accessible to the UK public
• A performance of the work broadcast on a radio station accessible to the UK public
• The appearance of the work on a commercial recording available in the UK, if the recorded release signifies the work’s premiere
There are additional rules and entry requirements which are available to read in the Rules and Guidelines Booklet. The Academy advises anyone interested in entering a work to read the rules in full before starting an entry. For 2021 the Academy is inviting entrants to submit works into one of seven broad categories covering classical, jazz and sound art. If appropriate the Academy will change award categories after entries have closed to ensure the Ivor Novello Awards presented later in the year recognise the contemporary music heard in the UK during the pandemic. Anyone can enter an eligible work, including the composer themselves. The Academy has published Award Access Guidelines to improve access to its awards and remove barriers to entry. The Ivors Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music. The awards presentation is in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage. To find out more about the The Ivors Composer Awards visit the Ivors Academy website.

FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE: Jun. 21st: Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management by Opera North.
The Fellowship provides early career professionals in music engagement with a year of practice-led research in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds, before progressing to the next stage in their career. The programme runs September 2021 – August 2022. Through this combination of practical experience and academic study, the programme is assessed and accredited as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Performing Arts Management. For at least two days a week, the Fellow will be based at Opera North in Leeds, within the Education department at the new Howard Opera Centre. This includes:
• Gaining an understanding of the purpose of Education in a music organisation; who it seeks to engage with, why, and the strategic planning process
• Learning how partnerships and relationships are developed with diverse communities and schools
• Supporting activity managers in the project management and delivery of their work
• The Fellow will also spend two days a week studying at the University or researching off-campus
We particularly welcome applications from students who have graduated since 2019/20. You are unlikely to be shortlisted if you graduated before 2020 or have already experienced a comparable paid internship. The fellowship is fully funded, including:
• A monthly bursary of £1,350
• University of Leeds Diploma fee covered
To apply, you are required to:
• Have a demonstrable interest in project management and arts engagement
• Have a minimum of 2:1 at honours degree level
• Evidence of musical understanding and experience; a background in classical music is preferred
• An active interest in the arts, music education, and their place in society
For further information about the Fellowship and details on how to apply, please visit the Dare You website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Jun. 25th (midnight): New Voices 2021. Please note: You must be age 18 or over to apply, not in full or part time education, and able to provide two recordings of your works. New Voices is our artist development programme that supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music. Each project is unique from composer to composer and year to year and that excites us. Each year we support eight composers over 18 months with coaching, mentoring and a financial grant to create a new piece of work and share it with new audiences. New Voices is a unique opportunity for composers to take essential time to explore and develop their work. Whether you live in an urban or rural environment, whether you trained at a conservatoire or are self-taught, whether you produce electronic or acoustic work, or whether you have many years’ experience or consider yourself ‘emerging’. We know there isn’t one model that will or should fit everyone.
This programme is open to composers and music-makers of all backgrounds and genres. Successful applicants are enrolled on an 18 month programme and receive an artist grant, a production grant, and access to coaching, mentoring, and one to one support with an allocated Creative Project Leader. All shortlisted applicants will be eligible for our Seed Award. You will spend six months in the Discovery Phase — exploring ideas and developing your work. This is followed by 12 months of the Activity Phase, where we support you to realise and deliver the project you have envisioned. To find out more about New Voices and to apply, visit the Sound and Music website.

FUNDING DEADLINE Mon. Jun. 28th: PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund. PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund is an opportunity for composers with a strong track record, giving direct access to funding at pivotal stages in their career. A contribution of up to £10,000 is available to composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK and have the potential for greater impact in the UK and overseas. Managed by PRS Foundation in partnership with Jerwood Arts The Composers’ Fund supports up to 15 composers per year who can make the case for the kind of support that would enable them to make a significant step change in their career. Previous projects have included recordings, the promotion and performance of existing works, international co-commissions and development, performer collaboration, residencies, sabbaticals or childcare costs and project or promotional support. Previous recipients include the recent Award winners Charlotte Bray, James Weeks, Hilda Paredes, Gavin Higgins and Erika Fox. Eligibility:
•  Composers with a strong track record in their field who are at a point in their development where access to funding could help move forward their career.
•  Composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK and have the potential for greater impact in the UK and overseas.
•  Composers writing primarily for live performance.
•  Composers must be based in the UK and must be members of PRS for Music or in a position to join.
•  Composers who are able to demonstrate critical acclaim and who have tangible potential to achieve significant profile.
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Composers’ Fund.

EVENTS Fri. Jul. 2nd – Wed. 15th Sep (online, free): Conversations and Coping Strategies by Help Musicians UK. There’s a lot to deal with right now. As the music industry begins to return to a more familiar rhythm, the change and uncertainty of what comes next may leave you feeling anxious, or perhaps struggling with self-doubt or bouts of low mood. If you’re a performer, composer, sound engineer, or hold any other career in the music industry, join Help Musicians to build a toolbox of coping strategies across six online sessions, each tackling a different issue you may find yourself grappling with.
• Managing stress, worries and anxiety | Friday 2 July 2021, 11.15am
• Managing low mood | Friday 16 July 2021, 11.15am
• Dealing with self-doubt | Friday 6 August 2021, 11.15am
• Dealing with uncertainty | Friday 27 August 2021, 11.15am
• Coping with change | Wednesday 1 September 2021, 11.15am
• Building confidence | Wednesday 15 September 2021, 11.15am
Visit the Help Musicians UK website to find out more about the Conversations and Coping Strategies events and to book your free places.

DEADLINE Mon. Jul. 5th (9am): Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Awards by Help Musicians UK. Studying at a leading performing arts college can be vital for future generations of performers to achieve their potential, but with living expenses and tuition fees rising the costs can be astronomical. We believe that a musician’s financial position shouldn’t be a barrier to delivering their full potential so we’re delighted to be able to remove some of the financial burden for Musical Theatre students through the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award. Students who wish to study Musical Theatre (Voice and Musical Direction) can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 towards study and living costs for the next academic year (2021/2022). This support is for Musical Theatre students studying singing or musical direction who are either wishing to complete their final year of undergraduate study or undertake a postgraduate degree in September 2021. To apply for Help Musicians Opera & Musical Theatre Award you must be:
• A UK resident, in financial need
• Able to demonstrate that you have the musical potential and ambition to create a successful and sustainable career within the music industry
• Intending to study either a musical theatre or opera course at postgraduate level. We will also accept applications from final year undergraduate students for musical theatre courses only.
• Intending to study one of the UK conservatoires or performing arts colleges in Help Musician UK’s list, which includes Leeds Conservatoire amongst others.
To find out more about the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Awards and to apply, visit Help Musician UK’s website.

DEADLINE Mon. Jul. 5th (9am): Sybil Tutton Opera Awards by Help Musicians UK. Intensive postgraduate study can be vital for future generations of musicians to achieve their potential, but with living expenses and tuition fees rising the costs can be astronomical. We believe that a musician’s financial position shouldn’t be a barrier to delivering their full potential, so we’re delighted to be able to remove some of the financial burden for Opera students through the Sybil Tutton Opera Award. Students who wish to study Opera can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 towards study and living costs for the next academic year (2021/2022). This support is for Opera students who are hoping to start a postgraduate degree or move in to a second year of postgraduate study in September 2021 at one of the leading UK conservatoires listed in Help Musician UK’s guide, which includes Leeds Conservatoire amongst others. Visit Help Musician UK’s website to find out more about the Sybil Tutton Opera Award.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME DEADLINE Jul. 8th: BBC Open Music. Open Music brings new creatives and musicians of all genres, styles and backgrounds from across the UK to the BBC; designed to develop new collaborations, exciting ideas and reflect today’s audiences in live orchestral music. Participants will receive:
• A matched mentor at the BBC from your discipline – including high profile BBC presenters, production staff & sound engineers working on some of the biggest events at the BBC, and BBC Concert Orchestra musicians for those taking the music pathway
• Bespoke opportunities depending on your area of interest including masterclasses , training days and hands on experience to gain new skills
• A chance to network, build contacts and form relationships across the radio and music industry
• The opportunity to work with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Proms & other BBC teams in building, shaping, delivering (and possibly performing in!) a BBC Prom in 2022.
Is Open Music for me?
• Do you want to build your knowledge, skills and contacts within the BBC and the radio and music industry?
• Do you have a passion for sharing music with others?
• Do you have a desire to learn, be curious and collaborate? Then Open Music could be a great fit for you.
Open Music is open to anyone from the UK aged 18-plus (at 6 September 2021). We are particularly interested to hear from those from Black, Asian or ethnically diverse communities. You don’t need any formal qualifications or any experience of working with orchestras or orchestral music but an interest in the creative industries and audiences is essential. Open Music will be a minimum of 12 days work over a year’s timeframe, starting Monday 6 September 2021. If successful, participants will take part in a minimum 12 paid days spread across 12 months (plus travel expenses for those outside of London). Visit the BBC website to find out more about Open Music and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE Fri. Jul. 9th: Youth Music NextGen Fund. The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen. We’ve launched the NextGen Fund to help emerging musicians and behind the scenes creatives take a step forward in participating and changing the music industries. Built for creatives with a stack of ideas but a lack of finance, the fund is open to 18–25-year olds (and under 30s who identify as Disabled). Successful applicants will use the money to launch a creative project, idea or business. We want to support the future of the music industries. Singers, Rappers, Songwriters, Producers, DJs, A&Rs, Managers and Agents, right through to roles that have yet to be defined. We would especially like to hear from people who have never applied for funding before. This fund is about supporting people to take their first steps into the music industries. You can apply to develop a project that you can run and deliver yourself. Here are some examples of ideas:
● A creative music project: a Single, EP or contribution towards an album campaign. The music can be already made or in the process of being created.
● A music-based business: starting a record label or music platform.
● A platform that supports underrepresented voices and perspectives:
● Supporting leaders that build communities and help facilitate others in pursuing their creative goals
As well as funding time for you to pursue your idea, we can also cover costs linked to:
● Career development – Training, Mentoring and Networking
● Audience development or marketing
● Equipment and Software
● Business development
Please note we are not funding any projects including live events or touring in this first funding round. We hope that we can fund these in future rounds depending on the situation with COVID-19. All projects need to be released within a year of being awarded the funds, and ideas that aren’t accessible to the general public cannot be funded. For example, it couldn’t fund a training course with no project outcome. To find out more about the NextGen Fund and to apply, visit Youth Music’s website.

DEADLINE Wed. Jul. 20th: Minute Masterpieces – Call for Entries. Ever fancied trying your hand at composing music for a full orchestra, but not sure you’re quite ready to write a full-length symphony yet? Well, Opera North might have just the opportunity for you. We are seeking emerging and yet-to-be-discovered composers from all backgrounds and traditions to write new 60-second pieces on the theme of ‘Home’ for our award-winning ensemble, the Orchestra of Opera North. These Minute Masterpieces will form part of our celebrations around the opening of the Howard Opera Centre, our new headquarters in the heart of Leeds, later this year. Up to six successful compositions will each be recorded by the Orchestra, performed live for an audience as part of the 2021/22 Kirklees Concert Season, and receive a commissioning fee of £500. The judging panel will comprise Opera North’s Music Director Garry Walker, Director of Orchestra and Chorus Phil Boughton, Professor Rachel Cowgill, Professor of Music, University of York, and award-winning sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun. Through the competition, Opera North hopes to build sustained relationships with emerging composers, leading to further commissions. To apply you’ll need to submit a sound file, and full score where possible, together with a brief CV or description of experience. If you are unable to supply a score, the panel will judge the work on your sound file alone. To find out more about Minute Masterpieces visit Opera North’s website.

DEADLINE Aug. 1st (23:59): Dina Young Producers – free training & workshop program – learn how to run events! To address the diversity gap in our industry we are looking to engage 18 – 30 year oldLGBTQ+, female, non-binary participants and POC. Events take place every Wednesday from 6th Oct – 1st Dec (and occasional evenings) in Sheffield. ‘Young Producers’ is an opportunity for a small group of young people to participate in a training programme working towards the creation of their own event in November in Sheffield. We are looking for 6 people aged 18-30 with a passion for music who will bring their own ideas and vision to this exciting project. The Young Producers will receive:
● 10 days of training, workshops and professional visits to learn about curation, production, design, budgeting, artist liaison & and marketing from established event & festival creators.
● £16 per day towards travel and lunch.
● A £1,000 budget to create a music event
● A certificate listing the experience gained.
● Future production opportunities with Dina and partners.
Running alongside the training will be an exciting program of seven events produced by DINA that the Young Producers will have the opportunity to shadow on. To find out more about the Young Producers program visit the Dina Venue website.

FUNDING DEADLINE TBC (applications open in June): RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Composing for Dance – Drummond Fund. We are pleased to offer grants of up to £25,000. Recognising the increasing challenge and expense of staging dance with live music, we hope this grant will enable practitioners to activate plans that may not otherwise have been possible, making a difference to their progress and profile. Who can apply: UK-based professional dance artists, choreographers, companies, festivals or venues with at least two years’ standing, looking to commission a composer to write new music for performance that will involve live instrumental musicians or singers. Alternatively, the application can come from a composer so long as they have plans and performance outcomes taking shape with a choreographer and dancers. Applicants should express why a project like this will have worth for themselves and/or their company and their audience, and what they hope to achieve with it that they have not previously. The composer may be an emerging or established artist but must have some proven acumen for writing music of character and distinction for live instruments or singers. If you would like to undertake a project like this but would like our help suggesting and introducing a composer with whom you could collaborate, we are happy to chat. How the grant be used: We recognise that all practitioners are different. Some may simply value the means to pay a composer to write music for them. Others might want to devote some initial funds to research and development, so a composer and choreographer can experiment and test new ground together, before embarking on a piece. Others may need help to hire musicians and stage the ensuing performances, or capture it digitally to share with wider audiences. In your application, you should give us a picture of all your major project costs, how you would like to assign the RPS Drummond Fund’s support to these, and where you intend to find the remaining funds. Visit the RPS website to find out more about the Drummond Fund.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Launching in July: Keychange (for women and gender minority artists and innovators). Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Would you benefit from being part of an active network of brilliant talent from across the world?
Apply for export opportunities, training, mentoring, showcasing, and promotion globally. Keychange supports women and gender minority Artists and Innovators to take part in an extensive talent development programme of showcases, panels, workshops, mentoring and creative sessions. The year-long programme takes place at 13 festivals across Europe and Canada, including 2 full network meetups in February and September. As well as exporting opportunities, the Keychange talent development programme helps participants to get to the next stage in their career through targeted training. Our partnership with shesaid.so on our we.grow mentoring programme helps to build confidence and address any barriers they might face with personal one-on-one support; inspiring and empowering participants with direct access to experienced role models. Our Capacity Building Programme, presented by Chimes, offers bespoke panels, webinars, workshops and group sessions featuring speakers from organisations such as Ableton, The Orchard, Twitch, Music Declares Emergency, TikTok and more. Each participant gets a travel bursary so they can attend at least 2 international Keychange events. At these events they will have access to a bespoke training programme featuring inspirational speakers and development opportunities. In partnership with shesaid.so, each participant will have the option to take part in the online peer-to-peer mentoring programme, we.grow. As well as being part of our international movement for equality, with new connections to partners, sponsors, signatories and Ambassadors, a significant part of the programme is engaging with (and collaborating with) the 74 participants who are part of your cohort. The more you put into Keychange, the more you will get from it! Visit the Keychange website to find out more about the talent development programme and to start planning your application.

ONGOING FUNDING: Do it Differently Fund by Help Musicians UK. Musicians really benefit from support which enables them to focus on three key areas of their career at the same time: their creative portfolio, their business development and their health & wellbeing. Which is why we provide support that covers each of these vital aspects. Music creators can apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. To help musicians build long-term, sustainable plans around their creativity, we also facilitate one-to-one advice sessions from professionals in the music industry on topics chosen by you in your application. When musicians are busy creating music, it can be challenging to notice when things aren’t quite right. As well as the above, supported artists will also receive a health consultation from a specialist to talk through and address any issues. The Do It Differently Fund  is for professional UK musicians of all genres and disciplines aged 18+, with a focus on independent music creators who are controlling one or more aspects of their career (e.g. self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing). You can be a solo artist, composer, group member, songwriter, producer or a multidisciplinary artist. Awardees receive:
•  £3,000 in financial support towards creative output
•  One-to-one business advice sessions tailored to your needs and delivered via experienced music industry professionals, as coordinated by ThinkMusic
•  One-to-one health consultation with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) professionals, covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a professional musician in an occupation creating, performing, or highly technically skilled in music. You must be over 18, based in the UK and have a UK bank account, and be able to demonstrate that you have less that £16,000 in available assets. If successful, it takes 8-10 weeks from when you’ve applied to when you will receive your first payment, so we ask that the activity you want us to support starts at least three-months after you apply. Visit the Help Musicians UK website to find out more about the Do it Differently Fund and to apply.


BUSINESS

Events June 2021 – March 2022: Screen Growth Programme by Creative Enterprise (online, free). Are you interested in starting a creative business? Are you a start up looking for some guidance and support to grow your business? Are you an established SME looking for investment and exit strategies? Or do you simply want to learn more about the different stages of running a business? The programme will guide you through the different stages of owning and scaling a creative business in chronological order of growth with monthly webinars led by experts in the industry. No prior experience or knowledge is required.
Session 1: The first workshop will take place on Tuesday 29th June at 10.30am, focussing on the fundamentals of starting your creative business to ensure you are on track for success. You can register to attend and learn more about the session and other topics the programme will cover.
Session 2: Financial planning
Session 3: Market research and getting to know your audience
Session 4: Marketing
Session 5: Routes to market
Session 6: Creative Networking in a Digital Era
Session 7: Management and leadership
Session 8: Sales and Pitching
Visit the Creative England website to find out more about Screen Growth Programme and to register for your free places.

EVENT Thurs. Jun. 17th (online, free, 5pm – 6pm): Introduction to BIPC Leeds City Region – Support For You And Your Business by Business & IP Centre Leeds. BIPC Leeds is opening its doors and expanding its business support services into the rest of West Yorkshire – find out how we can help you! The Business & IP Centre Leeds is supporting a thriving community of bright and inspiring people around the Leeds City Region by partnering with libraries in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. If you’re a budding entrepreneur then make sure you come along to this free webinar to find out about the range of services on offer to help get your business idea off the ground! If you’re looking to start or grow your own business, join us for this session where we’ll be giving an overview of how the BIPC can support you:
•  General Business Start-up Support: What resources can help you if you’re thinking about starting your own business.
•  Market Research: Market research helps you find out about your potential customers and the market they are in. Come and find out about the different resources we have available.
•  Company Information: Including financial reports and mailing lists, so you can get in touch with other business you may want to work with or to find suppliers of the products you need.
•  Intellectual Property (IP): If you’ve got a business you’ve probably got IP. Find out how we can support you with copyright, patents, registered designs and trade marks.
•  Funding Resources: If you are a start-up or you want to expand your business, you may want to look for funding. We have resources that can help you locate loans and grants.
There will also be a few short demonstrations of some of the databases the BIPC has on offer that you can use to access a whole world of information to help you start and grow your business. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Introduction to BIPC Leeds City Region event.

Event Fri. Jun. 18th (free, via telephone, from 3:30pm): Tax and Bookkeeping Advice Sessions by Business & IP Centre Leeds. This advice session is for people/business located in the UK only. Simon Young is the founder and managing partner of Aysgarth Chartered Accountants, the Leeds city centre firm of accountants. Simon has spent his career either working in or assisting small and medium sized businesses. From this depth of experience Simon is able to offer clients the advice and support they need – from setting up and growing the business, to understanding taxes and implementing their planned exit strategy. In this 30 minute 1:1 phone consultation Simon can provide free advice about your tax and bookkeeping needs. Visit Eventbrite to register for your telephone session and the BIPC Leeds team will be in touch with you to arrange an appointment.

Event Thurs. Jun. 22nd (online, free, 5pm – 6pm): Market Research: What, Why and How by Business & IP Centre Leeds. If you have a business idea and are looking to understand your customers and competitors then market research is key – we can show you how! If you are looking to start or grow a business then you need to understand your target market and market research can help you to do this. Market research might not sound fun, but it is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the success of your business whether you’re just starting out or already established. So if you’re an inspiring entrepreneur then make sure you come along to this free session where we’ll be covering some of the basics of market research including:
• What is market research and why it’s important
• Different types of market research
• Resources available to help you with market research
• Demonstrations of some of the free market research databases available through BIPC Leeds City Region
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Market Research event.

EVENT Thurs. Jun. 24th (online, free, 5:30 – 6:30pm): Webinar: The Enterprise Club – Making Tax & Bookkeeping Less Painful by Business & IP Centre Leeds. If you’re a start-up or SME you’ll need to have an understanding of tax and bookkeeping. This session provides an overview of bookkeeping and tax for businesses at the early stages of their start-up journey. Delivered by Simon Young, Aysgarth Chartered Accountants. Simon is a Chartered Accountant who has had extensive experience of working both in the accounting profession and in industry. Simon’s specialities include: Looking after Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, and keeping Owner Managed Businesses the backbone of the UK. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Making Tax & Bookkeeping Less Painful Webinar.

EVENT Tues. Jun. 29th (online, free): Webinar: The Enterprise Club – Marketing, Getting the Basics Right by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Get to grips with marketing basics – presented by award winning Rich Sutcliffe founder of Agency for Good. This session focuses on the importance of marketing for all businesses. It is especially useful for businesses just starting out on their start-up journey including those who are focusing on marketing for the first time. Marketing and digital can help you to achieve great things. It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated – you simply need the right tools and knowledge to make it work for your budget, audience and goals. This session focuses on the importance of marketing for all businesses. It is especially useful for businesses just starting out on their start-up journey including those who are focusing on marketing for the first time. Delivered by Rich Sutcliffe, Agency for Good – an Ethical Marketing Agency. Agency For Good delivers a range of marketing and digital services to startups and non-profits across Yorkshire. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Marketing Webinar.

EVENT Mon. Jul. 5th (free, via telephone, from 3pm): 1:1 Patent Advice with an Attorney – 30 Minute Phone Consultation by Business & IP Centre Leeds. This advice session is for businesses located in the UK only. Intellectual Property specialists TLIP are delivering free 1:1 advice about patents via telephone consultation. An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone running a business, or anyone with an idea for a business. In this 30 minute 1:1 phone consultation a Bailey Walsh Patent Attorney can provide free advice about protecting your inventive product or process using patents. Visit Eventbrite to register your interest for the 1:1 Patent Advice with an Attorney, then a member of the BIPC team will contact you to arrange an appointment.

EVENT Wed. Jul. 7th (online, free, 5:30pm – 6:30pm): The Enterprise Club – Use Social Media to Boost Your Sales and Enquiries by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Identify your target customer groups on Social Media:
• Understand how best to tell your target customers something relevant
• Provide online value and solve problems to generate more sales
• Can building your own Personal Brand boost your company sales even further?
Delivered by David Donaldson founder of digital marketing agency – BuzzLogic. David is an international speaker, speaking at global expo’s on topics related to Marketing, Social Media and Branding. David works with the top Universities across the United Kingdom to consult them on the structure and delivery of their Digital Marketing degrees, as well as being a keynote speaker at the Financial Services Expo. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Social Media session.

DEADLINE Jul. 9th: Roundhouse – Accelerator Programme 2021. Note: Some of these events may take place at the Roundhouse, London – please check with the Roundhouse what your travel commitments will be before applying. Age 18-30? Ready to take the next step for your business? The Self Made Accelerator programme is a free three month course specifically designed for creative entrepreneurs. Through weekly workshops, mentoring, pitch practice, peer to peer learning and free onsite desk space, this programme aims to get you ready to take yourself and your creative business to the next level. At the end of the programme you will take part in pitching evening where you will present your business to industry professionals for the opportunity to secure support. You should apply if:
• You have started your own creative business, be it part time or full time, but you don’t have a business plan or guidance on how to grow it.
• You have established a brand that distinguishes your goods or services from those of others, you have some traction through sales or customer engagement, but you don’t know how to create a cohesive brand identity so that your business can thrive and not just survive
• You are able to dedicate at least two days a week to the programme for its 12-week duration. One of those days will be mandatory and the other you’ll be expected to either work on your business or work on the programme workshop deliverables.
• We are keen to welcome applications from social impact companies
If you are successful in getting a place, by the end of this programme you will have:
• Created a business plan
• Developed pitching skills and produced a polished deck
• The skills to talk to potential investors, partners and/or funding bodies
• Developed practical business skills from experienced mentors and experts
• Developed transferable skills, such as digital skills, presenting, networking & collaboration
• Benefited from peer to peer learning and support
• Created opportunities to reach new markets and generated new leads
What is included in the Self Made Accelerator?
• A dedicated day every Wednesday for pitch training and curated workshops hosted by industry experts
• Free onsite co-working space
• Participation in the Roundhouse Self Made Masterclass events at no cost
• 1:1 surgeries with business professionals
• One-on-one support from the Roundhouse team
• A Pitch Evening at the end of the programme
Visit the Roundhouse website to find out more about the Accelerator Programme and to apply.

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

Interested in writing scripts for Film / TV? Then also scroll down to look at opportunities under the Writing section.

Various deadlines: Open quarterly for entries until further notice (see below). British Comedy Guide – BCG Pro Video Contest. The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for the best scripted video sketches, which are two minutes in length or shorter. Each month, a panel of judges will select a sketch, which will be awarded £100 and shared with over 150,000 comedy fans via British Comedy Guide’s social media platforms. Submissions which showcase a great funny script, and have good picture quality and sound, are most likely to win. Archive content is accepted – you could have filmed the sketch at any time, but it must still feel relevant today. It is free to enter and you may submit one project into the contest for consideration in each entry window. You may use your entry opportunity to submit a project on behalf of a team/collective, as long as all involved have consented for the video to be submitted. All entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Entry windows run for 3-month periods: April – June, July – September, October – December, and January – March. Ergo, you can submit up to 4 entries in each calendar year, one per quarter. To find out more about the BCG Pro Video Contest and to enter, visit the British Comedy Guide’s website.

FREE COURSE deadline not specified: Future Goals – TV Production Skills Course (free, online). Course provider: Leeds Trinity University. Start date: Coming soon. Course length: 6 weeks – part time on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Progression routes: This course can help you become a Production Secretary, Junior Production Co-Ordinator, Production Co-ordinator or Production Manager. Course description: This course is designed for anyone and everyone – from a beginner with no TV experience at all to those wishing to re-enter the industry. It is an introduction or refresher to the important role of TV Production Manager – ideal for anyone with a flair for organisation, an eye for detail and a desire to work as part of a creative team. Taught entirely by TV professionals, this course will outline all key aspects of the role you’ll perform to make sure a TV Production runs smoothly and successfully – from arranging transport and accommodation to keeping filming crews safe on location. The course will consist of online workshops, exercises and Q&As with industry professionals.
You are eligible to join a course if you are over the age of 18, employed, furloughed, at risk of, or facing redundancy and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York. Please note: Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully funded (free). Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost. To support those who have been made redundant due to the COVID-19 crisis, [re]boot courses are now available. Places for the unemployed may be limited however and proof of redundancy will be required. To find out more about the TV Production course and to register your interest, visit the Future Goals website.

SUBMISSION Deadlines Mar. 1st – Aug. 3rd: Barcelona International Short Film (BSF) and Video Festival. The Festival will screen in Barcelona in November 2021. All of the films will have English Subtitles. An international jury will select the winning categories including, Best International Short Film or Video 2021, which will receive 1,000 Euros. BSF is an international, juried short film festival, created in 2017 and based in Barcelona, Spain. BSF screens outstanding short film, animation, docs, experimental and video art. We understand that some short film and video blur the lines of typical film festival categories, so we also enthusiastically encourage non-traditional and experimental formats. The stories of and by women, girls and non-binary people are underrepresented in film festivals, so we want to encourage submissions from anyone self-identifying as a woman, non-binary and/or anyone telling stories about women, girls and non-binary people. To find out more about submitting your film to Barcelona International Short Film and Video Festival, visit the Film Freeway website.

COMPETITION deadline Jun. 14th: Depict Short Film Competition (free to enter, films must not exceed 90 seconds including titles and credits). Depict is Watershed’s international short film online competition running since 1998 as part of Encounters Film Festival (Bristol, UK) – one of the world’s leading international festivals for short film, animation and virtual reality, and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and the European Film Awards. We want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in as long as you show originality, imagination and are able to connect with audiences. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is ONE simple rule: your film must be 90 seconds or less in duration. To get some inspiration, check out our archive of 20 years of shorts at depict.org. Depict is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. We do not accept advertisements. Only films completed since January 2020 may be submitted. Whilst we do not have a premiere policy, we positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict. The maximum number of entries per individual is five. Please note that only the director(s) will be credited on the website and any other promotional material. In the case of shortlisted and/or winning co-directors, multiple prizes may be granted at the discretion of the organisers. Prizes include:
• £2,500 (GBP) Cash Awards thanks to sponsors including The Royal Photographic Society and Aardman Animations.
• Career development support from NFTS, BFI NETWORK, BAFTA and Channel 4’s Random Acts.
• Invaluable exposure and promotion through depict.org and at Encounters Film Festival (currently planned for 18 – 26 Sept 2021, subject to change) including a Festival pass with all the trimmings, tickets to the Depict Showcase & Awards.
• A 1 year subscription to IMDbPro
• Winning shorts get complimentary BBFC certification and captioning and are made available for theatrical / virtual screenings to exhibitors across the UK.
To find out more about the Depict Short Film Competition visit the Film Freeway website.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Jun. 14th (midnight, but submissions open now): #OneMinuteTwist Short Film Competition by Raindance and Fimzie. Everyone loves a good unexpected twist… So how about trying out your own in this new exciting short film competition! Make a short film with an unexpected twist! Up to 15 winners will be selected to have their shorts hosted on the Filmzie platform for the span of 30 days. First, shoot a film following these conditions: it can’t be longer than 60 seconds and it must feature an unexpected twist. Second, post the completed film on Instagram, including @raindancefilmfestival and the hashtag #OneMinuteTwist, e.g. “Hey @raindancefilmfestival and @FilmzieOfficial, here’s my #OneMinuteTwist.” Submissions over 60 seconds will be ineligible. Opening titles and closing credits are included in your runtime. Your film must be made after January 1, 2021.

Event Jun. 15th (online, free, 12:30 – 2:00): Meet the Producers with Andrea Cornwell & Oliver Kassman by Short Circuit. Would you like to know more about the role of a Film Producer? Then join Short Circuit for an Online Chat and Audience Q&A with Producers Andrea Cornwell and Oliver Kassman. We will be talking about their careers to date, their collaboration on the highly acclaimed Saint Maud and what they plan to do next. There will be plenty of time for audience questions which can be submitted ahead of time or during the live event. BIFA winner of Best British Independent Film and BAFTA nominated Saint Maud is the story of live-in nurse Maud who arrives at the home of Amanda, a famous dancer now frail from illness and trapped in her grand, isolated house. At first Amanda is intrigued by this religious young woman, who provides distraction from her failing health. Maud, in turn, is bewitched by her new patient. But Maud is not all that she seems. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Meet the Producers event and to book your free ticket.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Jun. 22nd: Apply to FLAMIN Animations. Film London and Arts Council England present FLAMIN Animations, a new programme of commissions for four early-career black-identifying* artist animators living in the UK. Part of FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network), the programme aims to support artist animators as they take their first steps into a career working with the moving image, with development support and funding for a new work. The four new 1-3 minute animation commissions will be shown on the Film London website in winter 2021 and FLAMIN will support the selected artist animators in getting further exposure for their work. We are looking to commission black-identifying* practitioners as a considered acknowledgement of the underrepresentation of black-identifying artists within the art, film, and animation industries. As part of Film London’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and our increased commitment to diversity and equality, we are committed to greater inclusivity in all our programmes. There will be additional activity in 2021 for applicants who are unsuccessful in getting one of the four commissions. All applicants will be invited to an online introduction to Film London with a chance to connect with key staff. Depending on application numbers, this will extend to peer group building, mentoring and advice, talks by guest artist animators and more.
*Artists and Creatives of African or Caribbean Descent: Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage who identify as such. What does the programme offer each artist animator?
•  £2,500 to create a new animation
•  Development support and advice from the FLAMIN Team
•  Bespoke mentoring opportunities from animation professionals in the art and film industries
•  Ongoing profile and promotion through Film London’s newsletter and social media channels as a FLAMIN alumnus
Who is eligible to apply?
•  Artists / animators – should be experimenting with animation
•  Artist animators must be 18-25 years old
•  For black-identifying* artists
•  Artist animators should have a UK address
•  Current students are not eligible
•  No formal education in animation or art is necessary
•  FLAMIN is open to people working in partnerships
Visit Film London’s website to find out more about the FLAMIN Animations commission opportunity.

Event Jun. 28th (online, £6): Getting It Made – UK Award Winning producers Tell You How, by Norfolk Screen. Norfolk Screen is thrilled to be hosting this spectacular line-up of award-winning BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe UK producers, all of whom have delivered some of the most memorable, engaging and inspiring Films and TV productions of the last 30 years. This event will share valuable insight into what it takes to be a successful producer – finding, developing and financing award winning content for the screen. There will an opportunity for the audience to ask some questions at the end. Our esteemed panelists are: Oscar nominated producer Debra Hayward (Bridget Jones Baby, Love Actually, Atonement, Les Misérables), BAFTA and Emmy winning producer Hilary Bevan Jones (The Boat That Rocks, Esio Trott, State of Play, Deep State) and Oscar & BAFTA winning producer David Parfitt (Shakespeare in Love, Much Ado about Nothing, The Madness of King George, My Week with Marilyn, Red Joan, The Father). This event will be chaired by Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London. To find out more about the Getting It Made event and to book your ticket, visit Eventbrite.

DEADLINE Jun. 30th (submissions open now, small entry fees apply): Women X Film Festival. For short films directed, written or produced by women or non-binary filmmakers. The festival taking place 10 – 12 September 2021. With Women X, our goal is to help break down the barriers that underrepresented voices face in the industry. Not only does our weekend-long festival showcase an amazing array of short films from women and non-binary filmmakers, it also brings together people from all across the globe to revel in their love of cinema and support each other in a safe and inclusive space. After the success of 2020, we’ll be bringing back a great variety of workshops, panels, networking opportunities and self-care spaces to supplement our official film selection and ensure that Women X’s culture remains intrinsically connected to community and the championing of one another. All winners will receive a physical award. There is a huge range of categories to submit your film under, from Best Writing to Best Sound – visit the website to find out about the other categories. Summary of rules: All films must be directed, written, or produced by a woman, female-identifying or non-binary filmmaker. Short films by men are accepted if at least one of the three roles above (director, writer, producer) identifies as female or non-binary. Films must be less than 20 minutes in length. Films must have been completed after January 2016. To find out more about the Women X Film Festival and to submit your film, visit the Film Freeway website.

RARE OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Jul. 15th: BFI Film Academy Specialist Course – Film Programming and Audience Development (a generous bursary scheme covers any costs that will enable you to take part). A specialist course providing hands-on experience in exhibition and distribution. The BFI Film Academy Specialist course is a month-long programme taking place both online and with in person sessions at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. 16 to 19 Year-olds from across the UK get to learn about film programming, marketing and distribution and eventually put on their own film festival at the Showroom Cinema. We offer a generous bursary scheme to cover any costs that will enable you to take part. You will be mentored throughout your time at the residential, and will get the chance to meet various industry professionals on a daily basis who can give you tips on how to kick-start your career in film. The course will be delivered by Showroom Sheffiedl online, with a final residential weekend at Showroom Sheffield. There are 40 places available and the course runs from various dates between 31 July and 22 August 2021.  In order to apply you must:
• Be aged 16 to 19 years old on the first day of the course.
• Be a UK resident
• Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
• Be able to commit to the duration of the course
• Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts
• Not have previously attended a BFI Film Academy Specialist or Craft Skills course.
Visit the BFI website to find out more about the Film Programming and Audience Development course and to apply.

SUBMISSION Deadline Jul. 23rd (free entry): Short Film Opportunities with Outdoor Events Company Adventure Cinema. Reel Solutions are delighted to be working with Adventure Cinema, who are incorporating short films into the fabric of their ambitious summer 2021 UK event screenings programme. Adventure Cinema events are taking place in Cardiff, Newcastle, Leicester, Swansea, Nottingham, London, Huddersfield, Bristol, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Northampton and Manchester. There will be a number of screenings in each location over Thursdays – Sundays and, in each, Adventure Cinema are creating an event on Thursdays dedicated to short films from local filmmakers. Some shorts will also be selected to screen alongside feature films on other nights. Reel Solutions are supporting Adventure Cinema in the submissions process and welcome submissions from small filmmakers, who would like to see their films on the big screen in their region. If you have made a short film in or close to one of the towns and cities below, we would be delighted to receive your submission for consideration. We are considering short films of all types, genres and lengths. We are working to films being suitable for audiences aged 15 and under. We do not charge for submissions and a fee will be paid for each film selected for the programme. Payments: Short films up to 5 minutes in length: £20. Short films of 5 minutes to 20 minutes in length: £30. Short films of over 20 minutes in length: £40. Visit the Reel Solutions website to find out more about submitting your short film.

DEADLINE Aug. 6th (submissions open now, £4 entry fee): BFI Future Film Festival. Are you a filmmaker aged 16 to 25? Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the 15th BFI Future Film Festival, in February 2022? We’re inviting filmmakers to submit their work to the BFI Future Film Festival, the UK’s largest film festival for young people. This year we have a number of cash prizes up for grabs to support your next film and your career. The format of the 2022 festival is yet to be decided, but we’re committed to making it as accessible as possible to all filmmakers based in the UK and internationally. The format will be decided in line with government guidance closer to the time. If your film is selected, you will be invited to attend the festival at the BFI Southbank in London, UK or online. If the festival is held in-venue, you’ll be allocated a limited number of tickets for screenings of your film for contributors, family and friends. If you’re selected, we’ll keep you updated on the festival’s format so you can best plan your festival attendance. Your short must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter. You must have been aged 16-25 when you made the film, and films must not have been completed earlier than 6 August 2019. Before you apply, please read the rules and terms. Prizes are awarded in a huge range of categories from Best Film to Best New Talent to Best Director – visit the website to see the full range of categories. There are a range of prizes (including cash) up for grabs. Visit the BFI website to find out more about the Future Film Festival and to submit your film.

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

Ongoing: An Introduction to Screenwriting – free online course. Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their course in Creative Writing. You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. You will explore key principles as they’re expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas. This free online course is now open to join at any time. Visit the FutureLearn website to book your free place on the free Introduction to Screenwriting course.

Ongoing: TYPE! Micro Plays. TYPE! is a new, free bookmark magazine championing bold new writing. It is looking for short/micro plays or screenplays to feature in the next edition. Do you have a playlet or flash screenplay you would like to share? Send in your script (2-5 minutes in length), a brief bio and contact details via the TYPE! submissions page, which also contains guidance for other work you may be interested in sharing. It is free to submit, and as TYPE! is free to read, it cannot pay for submissions or chosen work but it will work with writers to promote the piece and their other writing. TYPE! also requires written confirmation that submissions are original work. Submission carries no guarantee of inclusion or feedback. Visit the TYPE! website to submit your Micro Play.

Ongoing events the 1st Monday of each month until Sep. 6th (online, free): The Poetic Muse: Poetry Readings. Poetry Readings invites anyone to share their poetry, give informal feedback to each other and network in a creative and safe setting. If you’d like to perform, let us know when you sign up. Spaces to read your poetry are limited per session and are at a first come first serve basis. You will be notified via email if you will be performing at the event. Performers should make time to join Zoom’s waiting room 5 minutes before the event starts. Facilitated by The Poetic Muse’s Director, Ricardo Reverón Blanco. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Poetry Reading workshops.

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE not specified, date posted 14th June: Livity – Paid Writing Opportunity. We’re looking to commission a series of youth targeted editorial features exploring whats happening in the digital world today. Whether it’s something being spoken about in culture that connects to digital skills, like new sporting events, games, cultural news or music, or your own unique ideas – we want to hear your ideas. Your editorial will be featured and pushed across the This Is How website + Instagram. Visit Livity’s Typeform to express your interest in the paid writing opportunity.

COMPETITION Deadlines 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.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY Deadline Jun. 18th (23:59, free to enter): Screenwriters’ Fellowship by Netflix in association with Sky. A new talent initiative that will offer up to six successful applicants the opportunity for a year long programme of professional development. This fellowship, for each writer, will include a bursary of £22,568 to write a spec script for an original idea over the course of a year, monthly development events and workshops, and a paid placement in a writers room of a Netflix or Sky series. We are looking for applications from writers of Black, Asian and other racial and ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented in the High End TV and film industry. Each submission will be assessed by an experienced script reader. Shortlisted applicants will then be interviewed and selected by a panel of industry experts. The Fellowship offer will include:
● A bursary of £22,568 over 12 months to write a spec script for an original idea.
● Paid placement in a writers’ room on a Netflix or Sky show, including the opportunity to write a shadow script and receive feedback on it.
● Credit for writers’ room participation.
● Production shadowing, details of which will be COVID-19 dependent.
● Regular development workshops and events.
● Allocation of an industry mentor.
● Three mentoring meetings with Bisha K Ali over the course of the year; beginning, middle and end of programme.
We’re looking for dedicated writers with an authentic and original voice in all scripted genres, so we’ll need to see an example of your work – this means submitting a script. All the rules and information you need to know regarding the Fellowship can be found on the Netflix Screenwriters website. If you are chosen to join the Fellowship, you must be available to take part in the Fellowship for 12 months starting from 13 September 2021. To find out more about the Screenwriters’ Fellowship visit the Netflix Screenwriters website.

EVENT Sun. Jun. 20th (online, free, 7:30pm – 8:40pm): Who / What is British? – Poetry with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan & Rheima Robinson. Two celebrated Northern poets in the spoken word scene, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Rheima Robinson will talk poetry and belonging and disrupt the narratives of who/what British really is? Performing and drawing on their critically acclaimed works, each poet will engage the other in a scything conversation about the underbelly of British values in the wake of Brexit, The Windrush Scandal and the hostile environment and what it means for artists hailing from 3rd generation immigrant families to navigate these societal values against their own. The session will be led by Tchiyiwe Chihana, (Migration Matters Festival, UBI Lab Network, African Voices). With supporting sets and conversations with Diyo Mulopo and Sughra Begum. This event will be broadcast on our website, including a Q&A with the artist. Only those those attending via Zoom will be able to submit a question to the artists. Visit the Migration Matters Festival website to tune into the event, or to register for a place via Zoom.

SUBMISSION Deadline Mon. 21st Jun. (applications open now): The Time Being – Call for submissions by Sweet Talk Productions. BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Sweet Talk Productions to make three 15-minute radio programmes showcasing the work of writers between the ages of 16 and 21. These are currently scheduled for broadcast on Fridays 8th, 15thand 22nd October 2021. Sweet Talk Productions are looking for original short stories of either: a) 450-550 words or b) 900-1100 words. Please ensure that your submission conforms to one or other of these categories. (This will make it easier to fit multiple stories into each programme.) Initially submissions will be divided into Group A (For ages 16-18) and Group B (Ages 19-21). Each broadcast story will be read by a single reader, but beyond that, please don’t overthink the ‘radio’ part. Storytelling is what they’re after, written as well as you can. As to what story you tell… You decide! Eligibility: This is a series for new voices – for writers who have neither previously published a book or stand-alone publication nor had their work broadcast on national radio. Please do not submit a story that has previously appeared online or in print, or has been recorded/filmed for YouTube, Soundcloud or similar platforms. Only submit one story please. To find out more about The Time Being and to submit your story, visit the Literature Works website.

COMPETITION Deadlines 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.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Aug. 22nd: Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour. A contest for aspiring writers age 18 + from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds seeking to break into publishing. The annual prize will award £500 to a previously unpublished author, and is intended to nurture and provide opportunities for aspiring novelists, promote diverse fiction across the broader literary landscape of Britain, and support Morley College’s ambitions to build an annual festival celebrating diversity in Britain. Applicants should submit a manuscript of the first 30 to 50 pages of an original novel, as well as a three-page maximum outline of the whole plot of the novel. To find out more about the Morley Prize visit the Morley Gallery website.

COMPETITION Deadline Aug. 26th: The University of Southampton – Green Stories Writing Competition. Green Stories Writing Competitions solicit stories that embed green solutions in the context of an engaging plot aimed at a mainstream audience. It is run by the The University of Southampton and is free to enter with prizes. Anyone (any country, any age) can enter as long as the entry is in English and it has not been published/produced. Writers are asked to write stories that present positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like, or integrate green characters, policies, solutions etc. in the backdrop of an otherwise mainstream story. Green Stories Writing Competitions are aimed at students as well as other writers to create a cultural body of work that showcases what a sustainable society might look like. Research by Dr Denise Baden has demonstrated that solution based stories, or stories that smuggle in green ideas/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story are more likely to inspire greener behaviours than catastrophic tales of climate change. The next competition asks for TV/Radio play scripts. The winning entry will receive a free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary Consultancy, plus will be sent to production companies for consideration. Visit the Green Stories website for more information on the Writing Competitions and to apply.

DEADLINE Sep. 2nd: The Jericho Prize for Children’s Writing 2021. The Jericho Prize for Children’s Writing is a brand-new competition, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It’s open to unpublished and self-published Black-British writers over the age of 18. This year, they’re looking for writers with great stories to inspire children aged 4 years plus and 7–9 years old. Send in your finest finished manuscript for a chance to win a £500 cash prize, exclusive access to publishing industry professionals, and much more. To find out more about the Prize for Children’s Writing visit Jericho Prize’s website.

OTHER 

DEADLINE not specified, date posted 17th June: Leeds 150 – What will your generation’s legacy be? Age 18-25 and from Leeds? In 2043, it will be 150 years since Leeds was formally granted city status – how will you shape your city’s future? Leeds150 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Leeds to address the question: “What will the legacy of our generation be?” Because after all, you are the generation who will shape the city when it reaches 150. Leeds150 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. By doing Leeds150 you will:
● Learn skills and tools to practice leadership in your own context including team building, problem solving and communications
● Build connections with your peers and established leaders from across Leeds
● Earn a micro-credential badge that you can display on your LinkedIn profile and CV
● Have the opportunity to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions
Dates: June 24-25 and 28-29, 2021. All sessions will run from 09.30–13.30. Location: 4 hours each day via Zoom. Cost: free. Visit the Common Purpose website to find out more about Leeds 150 and to apply.

Ongoing events Apr. – Oct. (tickets £8): Leeds Black History Walks by Geraldine Connor Foundation. Created by Joe Williams and presented by Heritage Corner, this walking tour exposes unseen narratives and recent history to provoke questions and inspire the people of Leeds. The walk begins on the steps of the iconic Parkinson Building on Woodhouse Lane. The morning walk takes place from 11am-1pm. Upcoming Dates: Sun. 25th April, Sat. 5th June, Sat. 3rd July, Sat. 4th September, Sat. 9th October, Sat. 23rd October. To find out more about the Leeds Black History Walks, visit the Geraldine Connor Foundation website.

Ongoing: Future Goals Free Digital Courses (online). Boost your skills during lock-down through a range of free courses. Leeds Trinity University, West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and Go Train are currently offering free online courses, perfect for those who have been furloughed or are looking for a new project whilst at home. There are also courses now available from September which will be held in the classroom. You will receive one to one support from local tutors and industry professionals. Flexible to your needs, courses are delivered in the evenings or at weekends in most cases. You are eligible to join a course if you are over the age of 18, employed, furloughed, at risk of, or facing redundancy and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York. Please note: Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully funded (free). Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost. Visit the Future Goals website to browse the digital courses available and to sign up to one for free.

FUNDING deadline not specified: Prince’s Trust Development Awards. Age 16 – 30 and from West Yorkshire? The Prince’s Trust have funding of £175 – £250 available to help you make the next steps into work, education or training. You are eligible if you are studying less than 14 hours a week or not in compulsory education, unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week.  Development Awards can support:
● Accredited course fees up to Level 3 (A-level equivalent)
● Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job or qualification
● Job licence fees
● Transport to a new job until your first pay slip
To find out more about the Development Awards visit the Prince’s Trust website.

Ongoing on alternative Thursdays (10am – 12pm): 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 webstite to join the Online Chat Service and to confirm their upcoming dates for sessions.

DEADLINE not specified, date posted Jun. 1st: Free Digital Drama Workshops for LGBTQ+ 18 – 27-year olds, by Inky Cloak. Queer theatre company Inky Cloak are running weekly digital drama workshops for LGBTQ+ people aged 18 to 27 this summer, with the support of Arts Council England (ACE), and we have a limited number of spaces available. The Saturday morning sessions (11am–1pm on Zoom) feature drama games, improv, devising and writing to help participants make short solo pieces that we will programme in a virtual show to livestream in the middle of August. Absolutely no experience of writing or performing is necessary to take part. All the sessions are free for all young people (18 to 27) who identify as LGBTQ+. Maintaining digital connections and exploring creativity have proved highly effective ways of building resilience and looking after our mental health during the pandemic. The sessions are led by queer theatre-maker Vicky Olusanya, and facilitated by Inky Cloak artistic director Martin Moriarty. Vicky directed Taste of Love in 2018 and The Quest in 2019 for Arcola Queer Collective and has extensive experience in participatory theatre. Vicky and Martin jointly led a similar set of digital drama workshops for LGBTQ+ elders last year, which culminated in the successful livestreamed show, We Were Seized by the Spirit of Love. In addition, we have a number of visiting queer artists, who will be sharing their own perspectives, especially about making work rooted in their own experiences. To find out more, please contact martin@inkycloak.co.uk

FUNDING DEADLINE Jun. 27th: The Elephant Trust. The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 with a view to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the United Kingdom. The Trust was set up to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions/galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities. Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. The fund can’t support:
•  Arts Festivals
•  Group Exhibitions
•  Charities organising community projects
•  Students
•  Educational or other studies
•  Residencies or research
•  Symposia or conferences
•  Theatres
•  Catalogues
•  Projects taking place outside the UK
To find out more about the funding, visit the Elephant Trust’s website.

PRIZE DEADLINE Mon. Jun. 28th (10am, free to enter): Open Call – The 3am Project, It’s Not Your Birthday But… We are seeking words or artworks that respond to the ideas of sleepless nights and nocturnal offerings. Taking inspiration from Frank Baker’s restless and conflicted letter, penned at 3am to his love Isabel in 1939 after an ambiguous encounter, we are calling for works that explore the things that keep us up or come to us in the middle of the night. What swims in our psyche after dark that must be expressed? What are you called to say or create with urgency at 3am? What stirs us from slumber or reaches us in hazy moonlit interludes? Works can interpret this brief in any way they choose. Eligibility: We welcome submissions from writers and artists across a broad spectrum of disciplines and experience. Young artists/writers, students, early career artists/writers and those with a more established practice are all encouraged to enter. We are seeking high quality, engaging work that clearly responds to the brief. We also have a specific open call for Young Creatives (under 25’s). Prizes & Visibility: We invite submissions from visual artists and writers, with separate prizes for each category. The winner of each category will receive:
•  £750
•  An exhibition opportunity (details to be confirmed)
•  An exclusive invite to a vast and incredible archive of wonder!
There will be a public exhibition and events, therefore visibility opportunities will be offered for creators of a range of selected works. Additional prizes for runners up. This Open Call is part of the Lost Letters Project, a heritage project delivered by It’s Not Your Birthday But…using the arts to make contemporary creative connections to the past through letters written over the last 200 years, from the archives at Surrey History Centre. The project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. To find out more about the Open Call visit the It’s Not Your Birthday But website.

FUNDING Events Jun. 28th – Jul. 1st (online, free, 10:30 – 12:00pm): Radar – Arts Council England Small Project Grants. A series of four intensive workshops over four days with Cat Harrison and Michael Norton, producers at Artsadmin. So, you’re a performance maker or live artist who has worked on a few projects and you’re getting a sense of how money and support would enable you to do more. You’ve got a specific idea for a project, and you’re ready to take the step towards finding funding from Arts Council England. Now what? We’re here to help. We’re offering a series of free workshops focusing on Arts Council England’s small projects grants (under £15,000). Each session will cover a different section of the application: quality, engagement, finance and management. You can book for one session, or all four. Throughout the week, we’ll also go over frequently asked questions about the application process, and cover what we’ve learned over the years applying for this fund. You’ll get a chance to work in small groups to develop your project application and talk with Artsadmin producers Michael Norton and Cat Harrison about the challenges and barriers you might encounter as you apply. Their expertise is in projects that focus on contemporary performance, interdisciplinary art and participatory performance, so our examples and materials will focus on these areas.
Session 1: Quality. We’ll focus on describing who you are, and what it is you’d like to make. We’ll offer exercises on how to describe your work clearly (and stay within the character count) and look at how your project lines up with the values and priorities of the Arts Council. We’ll practice how to explain what you do and how to start the story that your application is telling, and what you might want to include in the supporting document.
Session 2: Engagement. We’ll think about who your work is for, what these audiences or participants will experience, and how you’ll make sure they find out about your project. We’ll cover frequently asked questions around engagement for projects at different stages, like how to talk about R&D proposals and what to do if you don’t know who your audience or participants are.
Session 3: Finance. We’ll focus on all the money questions around Arts Council England’s small projects fund. We’ll offer some templates for a budget and demystify some of the financial jargon like income, in-kind, expenditure, contingency and overheads. We’ll also offer some tips on inputting amounts into the application portal.
Session 4: Management. We’ll focus on who your partners are, what you’ve done already, activity timelines and the evaluation. We’ll consider what exactly a ‘partner’ means, offer some tips on what to ask for from them, and what to do when your project doesn’t seem to have any. We’ll also give some attention to the evaluation, one of the most important (but often overlooked!) steps of the application.
Visit the Arts Admin website to book your free places on the Arts Council England Small Project Grants information sessions.

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Mon. Jun. 28th (5pm): On Value – Field 2021. Field is a conversational residency for creatives in the north of England, designed to create space to talk, reflect, listen and be listened to. It is artist-led and part of our ongoing conversational practice. When the pandemic hit, last year, we took the opportunity to create a space we’d long felt the need for: a place to step away from the pressure of creative projects and business planning, and discover new paths for thinking. Field 2021 will take place at East St Arts in Leeds from 6th to 17th September, and virtual participation is also possible if being there doesn’t suit you. The theme is value. Each weekday, there’s time for informal chat in the mornings, a checkin of sorts and an opportunity to reflect on the day before. Then, each afternoon there’s The Conversation: a space for a few creatives to talk through the issues on a topic of mutual interest, and for the rest of the group to listen to their discussion and then join in.
Is Field for me? Field is space: to listen to each other and learn from the conversation. It requires curiosity and kindness, a desire to listen to perspectives unlike your own. It strives to create a safer space for braver thinking in sometimes uneasy discussion. If, especially given the last year, you’ve had enough of talking: no, Field  is not for you. Field is space to think, to embrace uncertainty and discover something through the act of conversation. It’s time, a fortnight to step away from the everyday and let your thinking shift a little. It’s an opportunity to share some of that thinking through writing for a publication. Field isn’t a chance to platform or broadcast definite answers, but to understand nuance in how we create a more equitable future among the environments we work and live in. Everyone should be there in a spirit of discovery, an enthusiasm to overcome challenges and forge new partnerships. We’ll try to curate a group which includes people working in different parts of live performance, with different lived experiences and from different backgrounds. We will curate a group which spans artists based across the North of England, those living and working rurally as well as those based in metropolitan cities. Each of the afternoon Conversations will be joined by some guests from the salaried part of our sector (mainly NPOs) – Field invites a willingness to talk with individuals, not their job titles. We are offering ten freelance creative practitioners, all based in the north of England and working in the performing arts, £1,000 each to take part. This money is to support your time participating in and responding to the conversations. We’re able to help with travel and/or accommodation for those participants for whom a commute isn’t fairly easy (there is also the option to take part virtually if you prefer). Visit the Two Destination Language website to find out more about On Value – Field, and to express your interest in taking part.

FUNDING deadline next Jun. 30th, then ongoing: Grand Plan Fund. We’re a new charity offering three £1,000 grants a month for people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new creative project. It can be anything: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs — whatever you want. Here are the basics: We want to help you to get your idea for a creative project off the ground. We’re supporting artists and creatives who identify as people of colour and are based in the UK. You need to be at least eighteen years old. There’s no maximum age. Your project doesn’t need to cost exactly £1,000 but we’re not looking to part-fund projects which cost much more than £1,000 to realise. Applications are assessed by an independent panel of judges, and we’ll award three grants a month. We hope to increase this number over time. The only two things we ask if you’re successful are:
1. We’d love to see your realised project and share it on our platforms. But no deadlines or fixed expectations from us.
2. Please credit us if and when you share your project publicly. This will mean more people can find us.
Follow Grand Plan on social media for updates about the fund. To apply for the fund, visit the Grand Plan website.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Jun. 30th: Win a £4,500 for a studio space with the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) Studio Prize 2021. The ACS is offering one student or recent graduate £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in a UK city of your choice. Simply submit a PDF portfolio of your work along with a short statement before the deadline to be in with a chance of winning. The Prize is open to all final year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Fine Art and other creative courses. Artists who have graduated from such a course within the past four years are also invited to apply. The Studio Prize was established by ACS in 2017 to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers. ACS is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company dedicated to the collection of intellectual property right royalties on behalf of visual artists. With a community-interest focus, it is proud to fund a large number of bursaries and prizes for artists throughout the UK. Visit the ACS website for more information about the Studio Prize 2021.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Jun. 30th: Artist, Iniva for The Hepworth Wakefield. Future Collect – Open Call for Year 2 Artist. Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and The Hepworth Wakefield are excited to announce an open call for expressions of interest from artists of African and/or Asian descent, British born or based, to undertake a major new commission. The commission is offered through Future Collect, a partnership project initiated by iniva to reimagine the future of public collections at major art galleries and museums in the UK. The Hepworth Wakefield is iniva’s partner for the second year of Future Collect, which was established in 2019 with generous support from Art Fund, Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Future Collect has three key aims:
1. To produce outstanding new artwork by an artist of African and Asian descent, British born or based, to be subsequently accessioned into museum and gallery collections to better reflect the breadth of contemporary British society.
2. To transform curatorial practice around commissioning within major British art galleries and museums.
3. To cultivate a new generation of young people and their families to be self-assured visitors to galleries and museums.
The new work will be displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield in spring 2022 and will then be acquired by the gallery and accessioned into its collection. As well as giving an opportunity for an artist to be collected and exhibited by a major British institution, the commission will contribute to a wider public debate on collections and whose heritage is being preserved. A public programme will be developed with input from the artist, which underpins the critical context for the commission, accessing the specialist collection at the Stuart Hall Library through artist-focused study days and reaching the wider visual arts sector through curator days and a conference. This commission opportunity is open to artists of African and/or Asian descent, British born or based, working across all media. The artist’s commission fee is £10,000 paid in three instalments and the production and materials budget is £15,000, plus agreed expenses to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence. An acquisition fee for the final work will be offered depending on the nature of the work and to be ne-gotiated with The Hepworth Wakefield and funders. To find out more about Open Call commission visit The Hepworth Wakefield website.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Fri. Jul. 2nd (11.50pm): Contemporary Art Award by Refresh Art Award. A fresh new art competition giving representation to everyone who enters. Calling all makers / painters / illustrators / sound designers / sculptors and all other creatives! The Refresh Art Award was set up in 2017 as a biannual art award to showcase contemporary artists who were making art about the world around them, and not just fruit bowls, flowers and hyperreal portraiture that sells. After our first show in 2019, we are back in 2021 to create the next snapshot of the true face of contemporary art now. Refresh are proud to be borderless and open to international entries. The competition isn’t open to photorealistic portraiture, photography, film or animation. Prizes:
We’ve got a £3k prize for our main award. £300 prize for Our Times and £300 Drawing Special Mention.
We’ll put on a final show in London in November 2021 for all the shortlisted artists. Shortlisted artists in the final show get paid, and have the opportunity to sell their work with promotion from us and no commission taken.
Every single artist who enters will be in our website gallery during 2021, plus feature in ad hoc social media advertising.
The fee for 1 entry is £10 and £6 for each subsequent entry. Artists may submit up to 4 works. The exhibition for short-listed artists will take place on Thurs 4th – Sunday 7th November 2021. Visit the Refresh Awards website to find out more about the Contemporary Art Award.

COMMISSION DEADLNE Jul. 2nd: Leeds-based Workshop Leaders for KIOSK Mobile Makerspace, by East Leeds Project. KIOSK is a mobile makerspace designed by Leeds-based artist Emma Hardaker, commissioned by the East Leeds Project and fabricated with assistance from Duke Makes. KIOSK is mobile autonomy, disruptive architecture, an intervention in public space. A co-machine. Sculpture on wheels. It takes making to the people, spreading joy and inspiration through opportunities to take part in hands-on creative workshops. Small-scale and on wheels, KIOSK can be transported for use in a range of indoor and outdoor settings. From parks to gardens, galleries to living rooms and many places in between – flexibility and accessibility are key to its success. Vibrantly decorated and modular in design, KIOSK unfolds in situ to reveal work surfaces, display areas, storage, seating, an A-board and a flagpole to facilitate and inspire everyone to get creative! We are inviting expressions of interest from artists and makers based in the Leeds area who feel inspired and excited about working with us on this project. We would like to hear from you with ideas for new workshops or existing ones that can be adapted for KIOSK. Ideas for new activities do not need to be fully formed at this stage. We will work together to shape a programme of workshops matched to our partners across Leeds. The aim of all workshops will be to offer a safe, relaxed and sociable space for being together, where participants can meet and make collectively over conversation. KIOSK will offer free hand-on creative workshops led by artists and makers. There will be two parallel strands of activity:
1. Day-long large scale public events such as local fairs and galas, with quick and easy activities that are open to everyone without booking
2. Half-day or full-day pre-booked workshops for smaller groups, tailored to their interests and access requirements
Budget: Day rate for an artist with 3+ years’ experience: £230. Day rate for an artist with 5+ years’ experience: £285. Eligibility: In the first instance we are inviting expressions of interest from practitioners with at least 3+ years experience of working directly with participants. This may include public or private settings (e.g. galleries, museums, schools, community centres) and/or for people with additional access requirements. There are no restrictions on media provided you propose to use KIOSK as a base for your workshop. You might use printmaking, collage, textiles, sculptural practices or activities that use the environment as a starting point, for example through drawing, photography, sound-based work or digital media. You do not need to have graduated from formal education to apply and the only restriction on age is that applicants must be over 18. As the project develops beyond this pilot phase, we aim to offer developmental opportunities for less experienced practitioners to take part. To find out more about the KIOSK mobile makerspace and to submit your ideas for activities, visit the Curator Space website.

DEADLINE Mon. Jul. 12th (10am): Designers of the Future. Age 18 – 24 and based in (or have a connection to) Leeds? Not in employment or education? Looking to develop a creative career? Designers of the Future is a new free part-time 5-week creative course by Lord Whitney, an artist-led studio based in Scott Hall Mills close to Chapeltown and Little London. It’s designed to provide practical designing and making experience, and to support the development of interpersonal skills and the initial confidence required to kickstart a creative career. Lord Whitney believes that there is no “standard route” into the creative industries but with curiosity, inventiveness, and resilience, anyone can pursue working in a creative role. The course will provide practical designing and making experience, as well as share industry knowledge and help instil the interpersonal skills needed to develop in the creative industries. The course will include 2 x 3-hour sessions per week on Wednesdays and Thursdays, ending with four days of making and photoshoots on-site at Scott Hall Mills. Applicants can apply to enrol on either the morning or afternoon session courses (both are the same). For more information about Designers of the Future and to apply, visit the Lord Whitney website.

FUNDING Applications opening Aug. 5th: Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) by Arts Council England (ACE). The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage to research, have time to create new work, travel, training, develop ideas, network or find mentoring. Funding activity: Research and development opportunities, building new networks, creating new work. Grant range: £2,000 – £10,000.
Eligibility: Individual artists and/or creative practitioners. You can find full eligibility criteria in the guidance for applicants. The fund supports the following artforms: Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Literature, Combined Arts, and Museum Practice. To find out more about the DYCP fund and to apply, visit the ACE website.

AWARD 5th Edition Opening in August (entry fees apply): Boynes Emerging Artist Award. The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an independent, international artist- run online art competition with a 4th Edition prize pool worth over $90,000+ USD and completely artist-run. We accept all 2D mediums from drawings to paintings to photography, etc. There is no set theme for our competition, we simply require you to submit the best in your portfolio. Our goal is to give artists a platform for their work, and exposure for emerging artists worldwide. This artist-run award began with a prize pool worth $5000 USD and a 1st Place cash prize of $500 USD on the 1st November, 2019, today we have just closed off our 4th Edition with a prize pool worth $90,000USD + and a 1st Place prize of a PR Team worth $15,000 USD. We are proud to have held firm and true to our dedication to increase our prize pool as support and participants increased. And we look forward to substantially increasing our prizes in our 5th Edition!
The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is a dedication to emerging artists all over the world. Our goal is to grow our community and in turn support for all emerging artists, from your fellow artists. This award was created to support, promote and connect emerging artists all around the world and work to enhance the profile of young and/or undiscovered talent. Whether it be a financial support through the art award or exposure, we will continue to work with all our artists. Simply entering the award and winning is not the end of your journey with us, similarly “losing” does not mean we did not notice your artwork. Everyone that enters is not just regarded for the award, we also look for talented artists to promote through our blog, social media channels as well as to expose to any artistic opportunities we are made aware of.
The entry fee for the 4th Edition is $40USD (around £29) for up to 3 images and $10USD (around £7) for each additional image (max 10 Images). The Early Bird Entry fees are $30USD (around £21) for up to 3 images and $7USD (around £5) for each additional image (MAX 10 Images). Visit the Boynes Artist Award website to find out more about the Award and to apply.

Ongoing FUNDING / various deadlines: Apply for £3,000 through the Leeds City College Arts Fund. Arts Fund aims to facilitate the career development of emerging creative practitioners by providing funding for significant work in the early years of their careers, when self-funding projects is often a barrier to creating new work. We are particularly interested in applicants who have not received national funding. The Arts Fund aims to support creative practitioners working across the full spectrum of disciplines including visual arts, theatre, film, dance, music, literature, and digital media. Arts Fund supports projects that will engage Leeds City College stakeholders. The works created should involve Leeds City College students either in the production or display of the work, or engage them within the creative process. The project should engage an audience, which could include Leeds City College staff and students, the local, regional, and national arts community, and members of the public. We expect a visual record to be created in order to archive Arts Fund projects, and presented at Quarry Hill Campus as a legacy to the Arts Fund. This could be in the form of photography, video, object, or other visual content. Visit Leeds City College’s website to find out more about the Arts Fund and to check when applications next reopen.

Ongoing events monthly (free, online): Art Lab. A monthly meet-up for artists and art practitioners to discuss their work, concurrent ideas and critical thinking. It’s open to anyone who would like to attend and contribute constructively. Art Lab is for sharing ideas, mutual learning, peer support and networking. The format is two/three presentations by artists / practitioners about their work / ideas / interests: 20-30 minute presentations followed by Q&A. Art Lab welcomes all art practitioners at any stage in their career and operates a safe space policy. Art Lab is coordinated by Halifax based artist/curator/writer Alice Bradshaw. Visit Art Lab on Facebook to find out more about Art Lab and their upcoming events.

Ongoing / various deadlines: Submit to the MASS. The MASS is a monthly online collection of discursive art, articles, opinions, prompts, thoughts, and questions, gathered in response to global issues. Released on the last day of each month, the MASS aims to provide a space for reflection, criticism, and a platform for art as activism the Mass is a non-monetised publication (we are not down with the capitalist agenda), and is free to access by all. Everyone is welcome to submit to the MASS: artists, thinkers, writers, worriers – people with opinions prepared to be critical. All we ask that submissions are offered in a spirit of openness. Our open calls are live, all submission dates are 5 days before the end of the month by midnight. We accept all types of work (text, audio, video, visual, ephemeral, surprise us). Visit the MASS website to find out more about submitting your work.

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 resources from Bradford Producing Hub. Visit Bradford Producing Hub’s website to access free resources including: Online Training, Budgets, Working Outdoors, Applying for Funding, Risk Assessment, 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.


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DEADLINE not specified, date posted Jun. 16th: Artist Practitioners for Breeze Leeds (Leeds City Council) this Summer. Calling all Artist Practitioners – the Breeze Team are delighted to announce the Summer Breeze series is back. Between 26th July 2021 to 3rd September 2021 (Mon to Sat) Breeze will be delivering a series of free family events. across Leeds. (Dates & Venues to be announced shortly). Summer Breeze is a series of free events for young people, touring across parks around the city providing young people with something fun to do, experience new things and make memories. Summer Breeze is made up of fun inflatable, sports and games, information providers and the arts zone. Within the Arts Zone we look to offer a variety workshops for young to take part in. To do this, we need you! Our event will be broken down into 3 sessions – 12 – 1:45 / 2 – 3:45 / 4 – 5:45 (Max Capacity 300 young people per session). Each workshop will be provided with a 6×3 Marquee with a capacity of 6 young people. To give everyone the best opportunity activities should last no longer than 10minutes. If you have experience delivering workshops to young people and you have availability this summer we want to hear from you. Send us your ideas with a breakdown of costs (time and materials) via email to Laura.Hobman@leeds.gov.uk Alternatively give us a call, we’d love to hear from you 0113 3783167. Note: Prior to booking we will require your Public Liability and Risk assessments – which should also include covid-19 safety measures. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call Laura or Darren on the above telephone number. We look forward to hearing from you.

PAID APPRENTICHESHIP DEADLINE TBC, applications open soon: BBC Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme – Fast Track (for ages 18+). Start Date: January 2022. Scheme duration: 2 years. Locations: Scotland and England. The Fast Track Journalism Apprenticeship is for people from all backgrounds and walks of life who are curious about the world and hungry to tell the stories happening around them. If university is not for you this is your chance to get first class journalism training with the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world. On this scheme you’ll get two years mix of study and learning on the job leading to an Apprenticeship and the industry recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. You’ll be based in one of our newsrooms around the country and will work alongside BBC teams to learn how to create and deliver quality news content for multiple platforms including online, digital, radio and television. You could be finding, sourcing and securing suitable guests and contributors; carrying out in-depth research across a range of media stories; compiling information and writing briefs (summary documents) for your team; finding stories for diverse audiences; assisting with interviews or filming and editing packages. The scheme takes 2 years to complete, after which time you should have the skills and training to take on a Journalism Researcher role at the BBC. We are more interested in your potential than previous experience or training. The top things for us are natural inquisitiveness, storytelling ability, originality and creativity. In terms of qualifications you need to have English and Maths at GCSE / National 5’s at grade 4 / C or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths. What we’re offering:
• Competitive salary £14,400 per year (£18,810 if your apprenticeship is in London).
• 25 days holiday a year with an option to buy or sell days to suit you.
• First-rate training throughout the scheme led by specialists and senior BBC journalists.
• A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
• A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
To find out more about the Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme and to apply, visit the BBC Careers website.

DEADLINE Jun. 18th: Gallery Technician for National Videogame Museum (Sheffield). This is an opportunity to get hands on with and deepen your understanding of dozens of systems and consoles spanning 40 years of videogame history. A knack for troubleshooting computers, or taking things apart might be useful, but your ability to look up problems, follow tutorials to fix them, and record that information for others is essential. You’ll be present when the galleries are open to the public, so confident communication is a necessity. Communicating with other members of staff to understand technical issues and try simple fixes, as well as communicating with the public who may have questions about the games or consoles, or an interest in what you’re doing. Training will be provided, but a certain amount of self study (during work) is expected. This may include following Raspberry Pi tutorials, learning how to use Linux, practising soldering, or researching issues with equipment. Hours: 20 per week. Salary: £11,500 per year. To find out more about the Gallery Technician role, visit the National Videogame Museum website.

DEADLINE Mon. Jun. 21st (10am): Marketing Assistant for Opera North. Join a team that is collaborative, creative and always looking for the next and best new idea. As a Marketing Assistant at Opera North, there’s a new challenge every day so being flexible, collaborative, a listener, a contributor and a problem solver is vital. You’ll be keen to learn on the job, working across events and projects, working on multi-channel campaigns with a major focus on email marketing, as well as being extremely organised and offering administrative support to the team. The successful candidate will be both creative and analytical with an aptitude for digital marketing that they are keen to develop in this role. Salary: £18,000 – £19,000 per annum. Interviews: Week commencing Monday 28 June. Visit Opera North’s website to find out more about the Marketing Assistant role.

Event Jun. 23rd: Drama Inclusion Facilitators for The National Youth Theatre (Kickstart). The National Youth Theatre are recruiting Drama Inclusion Facilitators as part of a new project which is taking place in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and London. They are looking for creative and inspiring young people who are interested in developing their drama facilitation skills alongside supporting disabled and/or neurodiverse young people to access the arts. This opportunity is for people aged between 18 – 24 years who are currently receiving Universal Credit. Funded through the Government’s Kickstarter scheme, this paid job placement is for six months. We are looking for creative and inspiring young people who are interested in developing their drama facilitation skills and supporting disabled and/or neurodiverse to access the arts as part of our exciting new Inclusive Practice Collective. These job placements will run from August 2021 – January 2022 and are a great way to help you launch your career in the creative industries. There is an online open evening taking place on the 23rd June 2021, 6pm – 7pm, where you can learn more about this opportunity and ask questions. For more information about the Drama Inclusion Facilitators role pleach contact  michelle.temperley@nyt.org.uk
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the online open evening to ask questions about the Drama Inclusion Facilitators role.

DEADLINE Jun. 25th: Learning Facilitator for National Videogame Museum (Sheffield). The National Videogame Museum is recruiting Learning Facilitators to support our Learning team across our range of workshops and activities. In this role, you will facilitate a variety of STEM, arts and heritage activities related to videogames and game making, both digital and analogue, and provide advice and support for family visitors and school groups to help them make the most of their visit. This is a key role for representing the Museum in which you will also implement the museum’s health and safety as well as safeguarding requirements and fire regulations, as necessary. We are looking for an outgoing and approachable individual, who can communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and ages with patience and enthusiasm. You will be proactive and will seek solutions to problems as they arise. Hours: Casual, mixture of midweek and weekends. Salary: £9.13 per hour. To find out more about the Learning Facilitator role, visit the National Videogame Museum website.

DEADLINE Jun. 25th (12pm): Digital Marketing Officer for Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Contract: full-time / permanent. Salary: up to £25k dependent on experience. We have an exciting opportunity within Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Marketing and PR Team as Digital Marketing Officer, to tell YSP’s diverse stories, raise brand awareness and build upon our digital presence. With responsibility for creating and managing content for YSP’s social media platforms, website and e-newsletters, you will have a real passion for inspiring audiences through engaging social and digital media campaigns. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for the creation, display and appreciation of modern and contemporary art – located in 500 acres of historic-designed landscape and five indoor galleries. Offering a unique platform for a range of practitioners, from major figures to emerging artists, it provides access to an important collection and extensive learning opportunities. YSP was awarded the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2014 and welcomes over half a million visitors each year. We are looking for someone who really enjoys engaging and working with people, is highly organised and can communicate clearly with colleagues and external contacts. This is a varied and challenging role in a dynamic team, providing an opportunity to join a unique and inspirational organisation at an exciting time. To find out more about the Digital Marketing Officer role visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s website.

DEADLINE Mon. Jun. 28th (midday): Assistant Producer – (Freelance) for Andro and Eve. Contract: Freelance – 10 days. Fee: £120 per day. Benefits: Three x 1 hour life coaching sessions with an independent life coach. Contract Period: Mid July – mid Novemeber 2021. We have recently been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to produce another zine. Working with zine and textile artist Seleena Laverne Daye and poet Ella Otomewo, we will collect the stories and creative work of LGBTQ+ people from across the North of England for inclusion in a zine to be published in Autumn 2021. We are looking to recruit a freelance Assistant Producer to work with us on our new zine project and other performance / engagement projects in development. We use the term ‘producer’ to mean someone who makes things happen. This role will assist with the work of programme production and marketing. It is intended that this role is offered as a way for those relatively new to the arts or events industry to gain valuable experience in producing. As part of this contract we will also be offering the successful candidate three x 1 hour coaching sessions with an independent life coach to be used in whatever way feels useful for you at this point in your career. If you are interested in supporting processes to make creative projects happen, have a good set of organisational skills, and experience in using social media to reach customers, audiences or communities, then this role could be for you. As well as supporting a wide range of artists, our team have lived experiences that enable them to support inclusive practices. We particularly encourage applications from those currently under-represented within the UK arts sector, including those of Black, Asian or other Global Majority ethnicity, those who have faced socio – economic barriers, those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and those who are disabled or neurodiverse. To find out more about the Assistant Producer role visit Andro and Eve’s website.

DEADLINE Jun. 28th: Marketing Officer for Lawrence Batley Theatre (Huddersfield). We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for theatre to join our busy Marketing & Communications department. You will contribute to all aspects of the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s marketing and communications, developing sales, building new audiences and raising the profile of the organisation. We’re looking for:
  At least 12 months marketing experience preferably within an arts organisation.
  Strong IT skills.
  A demonstrable understanding of and passion for live performance.
  Strong copywriting and proofreading skills.
  Experience in digital marketing, particularly web-based content management systems and social media.
  Able to plan and deliver marketing campaigns in line with agreed budgets.
Salary: £15k – £20k. To find out more about the Marketing Officer role, visit the Lawrence Batley Theatre website.

DEADLINE Jun. 28th: Project Manager (freelance) for Northern Jazz Promoters. Applications are invited for the freelance post of Project Manager – Jazz Promoter Trainee Scheme. Fee: £8,750 for approximately 50 days’ work. Northern Jazz Promoters are looking for a dynamic, organised and collaborative arts manager to lead the delivery of a workforce development project built around the skills development of new and experienced jazz promoters in the north of England. This is an amazing opportunity to work with a variety of key individuals and organisations across the northern jazz sector to create new training opportunities, help develop the careers of the next generation of promoters and ensure the sustainability of the sector in the longer term. With funds secured and a delivery plan in place, you will be responsible for putting the plans into action and overseeing all elements of the project. We’re looking for a great communicator, with experience of managing partnership projects across multiple organisations. More than anything you should have a love for music (in all of its forms), be passionate about the transformational power of the arts and culture on the lives of people and be able to advocate for this both in person and through digital channels. The post will be directly contracted to Northern Jazz Promoters, supported by Jazz North. This post is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s National Project Grants. For more information and how to apply for the Project Manager role, visit the Northern Jazz Promoters website.

DEADLINE Jun. 28th (midnight): Freelance Creative Workshop Facilitators for Grimm & Co. Grimm & Co are recruiting Associate Artists to join our pool of freelancers, to plan and deliver workshops using the Grimm & Co methodology. We are looking for people with experience of delivering creative workshops and of working with children and young people. This is a freelance role for self-employed artists. Our sessional artists are typically paid £25 per hour when leading workshops and learning programmes, £100 for a half day and £200 for a full day. Equal opportunities are at the heart of Grimm & Co. Our team and their range of experiences is fundamental to Grimm’s success, and we are passionate about representing the communities we serve. But we are aware that we have work to do. We cannot wait to welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to the magical realm. Grimm & Co is keen to receive applications from artists who feel they are representative of South Yorkshire-based communities and who can bring new experiences to Grimm & Co. We welcome applications from creative practitioners across a range of fields, including:
• Spoken word
• Prose
• Poetry
• Script writing / screenplays
• Journalism / blogging
• Song writing
• Video and film production
• Comics artists / graphic novelists
• Sound design / podcasts / radio
• Drama practitioners
• Editing / copy writing
• Therapeutic writing
• Games design (digital and physical)
• Digital story telling (digital fictions, interactive games, apps and websites)
• Debating, reports, manifesto writing
• Any other form of writing and literature. Please note that we interpret “writing” in a
broad sense, as we encourage the young people we work with to reflect on how
words, literacy and communication inform and shape almost all elements of life. To find out more about the Freelance Creative Workshop Facilitator roles visit the Grimm & Co website.

DEADLINE Jun. 28th: Graphics & Marketing Assistant for Neon Workshops (Wakefield). Hours: part time. Salary: £20k – £25k pro rata. As a collaborative, creative neon studio no day is the same. We are looking for a confident and creative Graphic Designer who is passionate and keen to learn. You will get to work on a variety of projects across technical detailing for bespoke neon commissions, through to artwork for print and digital. Day-to-day creation templates alongside visual assets and becoming a brand guardian for our online and offline platforms. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via email. We will then send you a full job specification: info@neonworkshops.com

DEADLINE Wed. Jun. 30th (9am): Participation & Event Coordinator for Music in the Round (Sheffield). The Participation & Events Coordinator is a role that has evolved from focusing mostly on activity on schools and with families, to one that is involved in creating and presenting events for a range of audiences. This is due to a recent shift in expanding our programme of activity that goes beyond the concert hall, complementing the performances with events that enable people of all ages and backgrounds to get closer to the music. The person who is recruited will join us at an exciting time as we focus on fully integrating all our strands of activity in the concert hall and local communities in partnership with venues and organisations in Sheffield. This is a part-time permanent position of 3 days per week, interviews will take place the week commencing Jul. 5th. The salary for this role is £12,600 per year. Visit Music in the Round’s website to find out more about the Participation & Event Coordinator role and to apply.

DEADLINE Wed. Jun. 30th (9am): Assistant Producer Placement at Leeds Playhouse. Leeds Playhouse is a large organisation that produces theatre, supports artists, and engages with communities across West Yorkshire. At Leeds Playhouse, through our Furnace Programme, we develop locally rooted artists and theatre workers across three career stages – entry level, early and established. We have a paid placement for an Assistant Producer to work part-time for a three-month period at Leeds Playhouse. During this time, the Assistant Producer will primarily work on two projects led by Black artists and writers. These projects are: Supporting the setting up and early stages of a new, ambitious commission by Leeds based theatre maker Pauline Mayers. Pauline’s interest is in reframing spaces and histories through experiential art and culture to help her audiences re-examine shared histories and enable lost voices to be heard. Her new commission with Leeds Playhouse, created in co-production with Fuel, will work with 12 Black female artists to respond to and reclaim the spaces at Harewood House, a stately home built with proceeds from the slave trade. Supporting the producing of Jitney, August Wilson’s classic play, in a new production directed by Tinuke Craig in the Courtyard theatre at Leeds Playhouse co-produced with Headlong. Because these two projects form a significant part of this placement, we are particularly interested in hearing from people with African or Caribbean heritage or with extensive experience of focused work with people of those heritages. What might the placement include? The placement sits within the producing side of the Artistic Planning department. It might include, but is not limited to:
• Participating in meetings about programming and the development of future projects.
• Reading scripts and pitches from companies and artists and feeding back to the wider Artistic Planning team.
• Being involved in various inter-departmental working groups such as our monthly Access and Inclusion meetings.
• To work on the key administration areas in the producing department including drafting of standard contracts, creation of contact sheets, headshot sheets, performance schedules and other artistic administration tasks.
• To supporting casting on productions where necessary including availability checking.
• Collating and processing invoices for the producing team.
• Securing accommodation and travel for artists working at Leeds Playhouse.
• Sourcing rehearsal space as required and within budget allocation.
• Maintaining databases of approaches and explore visiting company options in line with guidance from the wider programming team.
• Preparation of deal memos and contracts in conjunction with the Senior Producer.
• To work with the artistic team to produce any workshops or Research and Development that take place as part of the wider Artistic Planning team. This placement is between 2nd August and 30th October 2021. We anticipate that completing this work will require around 14 hours work each week which is roughly equivalent to two days a week. There will be some tasks that you need to carry out at specific times, including at weekends and in the evenings. Fee: £2,100 paid on a freelance / invoice basis. We will also pay up to £100 of travel expenses across the contract. To find out more about the Assistant Producer Placement and to apply, visit the Leeds Playhouse website.

DEADLINE Jul. 1st: Non Traditional Life Drawing Tutor for Assembly House. Our sessions are a non-judgemental celebration of bodies in a fun friendly and supportive environment. Our main ethos is to make art accessible and take life drawing away from the perceived exclusivity of traditional sessions, we encourage all ages and abilities to attend. We challenge traditional sessions by responding each week with a different theme from a local artist to navigate the session. We are looking for local creatives to lead a two hour paid life drawing session for one event in the year, the sessions must include a theme or idea that will create an interesting and fun new way to draw whist looking at the figure. There is no need for formal teaching experience or any art background but must be confident in leading a large group session. Suggested sessions could include and not limited to movement, sound, drag, poetry and performance. The sessions are held at Left Bank Leeds every Thursday starting the 20th May. Visit Arts Council England’s website to find out more about the Drawing Tutor role.

DEADLINE Jul. 2nd (12pm): Communications & Engagement Officer for Leeds 2023. Leeds 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for the city and region. Our ambitious and ground-breaking programme will transform people’s perceptions of Leeds, confirming it as an international centre of cultural activity and cementing its reputation as a cultural giant in the world. Showcasing creativity across all forms of culture, we will partner with local, national and international artists, creatives and storytellers to deliver a series of world-class signature events across the year. From dance to design, art to architecture, poetry to pop, sculpture to sport, there will be something for everyone! We’re on the lookout for a creative Communications and Engagement Officer who can help us attract as many people as possible to participate in our landmark year of culture! We want somebody who has a great understanding of the needs of our diverse communities and can connect them with our programme to ensure LEEDS 2023 is as inclusive as possible. The position is within the LEEDS 2023 communications team but will work closely with our Communities, Collaborations and Partnerships Producer, our producing team and external partners. To apply you’ll need at least 2/3 years’ experience working in a similar cultural environment (within the cultural or heritage sector, or community sector with a focus on cultural engagement. Contract Type: Fixed term to Dec 2023. Salary: £25,000 – 30,000 per annum (dependent on experience). Visit the Leeds 2023 website to view the full job description for the Communications & Engagement Officer role and to apply.

DEADLINE Fri. Jul. 2nd (5pm): RTYDS Assistant Director Placement (Bradford) – part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. Love theatre? Into Drama? Would like to be a director but not sure how to get started? Freedom Studios is offering a paid opportunity for a new director to do an 8-week Placement with us as Assistant Director on Kamal Kaan’s new play ‘Aaliyah (After Antigone)’ working with Co-Artistic Director, Alex Chisholm. This will be a digital/live hybrid show, made here in Bradford. Aaliyah is a version of Antigone by Sophocles set in contemporary Bradford. We encourage anyone with a strong interest in theatre and/or screen work to apply. As a Bradford based theatre company we welcome applications from directors based in Bradford or with a strong connection to the city. The commitment would be full time from 12th until 23rd July then 13th September to 22nd October 2021. We are particularly keen to hear from new directors from South Asian, Black, East Asian, or other backgrounds currently underrepresented in theatre. The Assistant Director will be paid £500 per week for the 8 weeks of the Placement. Interviews will be the week commencing Monday 5th July. We will aim to start the placement Monday 12th July. To find out more about the Assistant Director Placement visit Freedom Studios website.

DEADLINE Tues. Jul. 6th (noon): Diversity Project Manager for Come Play With Me (CPWM). CPWM is looking for an experienced manager to support us on our journey to ensure everyone feels empowered to build their own career in music, irrespective of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or socio-economic background. You will have a demonstrable and proven track record of empowering and enabling diverse voices and project delivery. As an innovative, solutions focussed manager, adept at creating conditions for positive collaborations and facilitating inclusive conversations and as a respected leader, you will be able to support CPWM through the next stage of our progression delivering and supporting new projects. Time commitment: 26.25 hrs / week (0.7 FTE). Contract: 2 years. Salary: £31,000 (pro rated). To find out more about the Diversity Project Manager role visit the Music Glue website.

DEADLINE Jul. 9th: Creative Officer. Salary: £4,800.90 pa. Location: Homeworking option. Hours: 7.5 hours per week. Contract: 2 years fixed term. Royal Armouries Trading and Enterprises (RATE) is the commercial arm of the Royal Armouries Museum, the National Museum of Arms and Armour. RATE plays a crucial role in supporting the museum with its income generation activity. We are investing in our digital businesses and IP management and want you to join us. We are seeking talented people with backgrounds in IP management, Design, Film Photography a media creation, Licensing, Image and Film Libraries, SEO and e-business development. You will be an experienced designer for web and print with additional skills in photography and video. Be working to create content across our commercial businesses. This could include assets for our online shop, online picture library and other commercial sites. Creating photography, video and design for marketing communications campaigns.  You will work with our retail product design team on new product development and with our IP team on the creation of new IP properties. In addition to your talent and expertise in your area we are looking for people who share the attitudes of this team. A passionate focus on meeting customer need for both internal service to museums colleagues and external customers. A target focused mind-set and an innovative problem solving approach. A passion for creating and delivering the best content for our audiences that expands our brand’s reach and drives profitable growth to reinvest in the museum. This is a 2 year fixed term part time position working 7.5 hours per week, 1 week day out of 7.  Option to work from home with travel to Leeds and other sites as required for location specific work (photography and filming) weekend, bank holiday and evening working may be required. Visit the Cloud Online Recruitment website to find out more about the Creative Officer role and to apply.

DEADLINE Jul. 18th: Trainee Registrar. The Royal Armouries, Leeds Museums and Galleries, and the University of Leeds are offering a unique opportunity for an exceptional candidate interested in the work of museum registrars. This successful training project is looking for an individual interested in developing a career as a museum registrar. The collaborative programme encompasses practical hands on experience in both museum organisations, and a programme of academic study to help support the trainee as part of the MA Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds, culminating in a Post Graduate Certificate in Art Gallery and Museum Studies  This is a funded fixed term traineeship working 25 hours a week over 4 or 5 days, running from September 2021 to August 2022, Weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working may be required. Salary: £13,000 per annum. Location: Leeds. Hours: 25 per week. Contract: fixed term. Visit Cloud Online Recruitment to find out more about the Trainee Registrar role and to apply.

DEADLINE Aug. 31st: Virtual Choral Workshop Leader, Leeds Vocal Movement. Leeds Vocal Movement (LVM) is an un-auditioned SATB choir based in Leeds. Our choir aims to bridge the gap between youth choirs and choral societies and we provide musical opportunities for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. LVM are looking for talented musical professionals to work alongside our choir and create engaging virtual workshops which give our community the opportunity to learn more about choral music. This year we have funding available to create three bespoke virtual workshops. What we’re looking for: We love working with anyone who is as passionate about choral music (of any genre) as we are! We welcome proposals for any type of workshop you would like to run, as long as it fits into our model:
● A live session of between one and two hours, led on a virtual platform, allowing our members and the public to learn directly from you. This session should be structured to include some content which we can record and retain to share with our members in the future.
● Creation of any supporting materials for your workshop, including any recordings or backing tracks (we have excellent contacts who can collaborate on this area).
While we are open to any suggestion, we are particularly keen to host a workshop on music-reading for singing, and any genre-specific workshops.
Fee: We have provisionally set aside £350 for the creation and delivery of the session, with an additional £200 for post-production. We can negotiate within these bounds if you are interested in both delivering and editing the session yourself. Visit the Leeds Vocal Movement wesbite to view the full job description for the Virtual Choral Workshop Leader role and to apply.

DEADLINE Sep. 1st: Singing Teacher, Drama Teacher, Dance Teacher for Stagecoach Performing Arts Sheffield. Stagecoach Sheffield are expanding… Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity? We are a dynamic Performing Arts School with a leader who is passionate, positive and values energy. Are you a skilled Singing, Drama or Dance teacher that understands children needs? Or are you a Triple Threat with skills in all three disciplines? If you are any of the above then we want to hear from you, we are looking to fill both new positions and expand our pool of dep teachers. Please email your CV and cover letter to sheffield@stagecoach.co.uk

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 from 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 certified (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: 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 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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