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, Other and Jobs.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE not specified: Futuresound are looking for local artists to add to the line-ups of upcoming shows across Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and across Yorkshire! Artists performing original music live can submit their music for consideration. Payment will be offered for all performances, the amount will vary per show. Visit the Futuresound website to submit your music.

Event Sep. 19th (4:30pm – 5:30pm, tickets £20): Kanya King CBE. Kanya is an internationally renowned entrepreneur and the CEO, founder and visionary behind the MOBO organisation. She has helped bring Black music from the margins to the heart of mainstream British music culture, and has established herself and the MOBO brand as a champion of diversity, inclusion and recognition. We’ll talk about being a woman in the music industry and the challenges of being a Black woman in a very white and male dominated industry. What are the goals now that mainstream music is being held more accountable for its diversity? This event is part of Leeds International Festival – visit their website to book your ticket for the Kanya King event.

Event Tues. Sep. 21st (free, online, 3pm – 6pm): 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. From 4pm-6pm you can book a 30-minute 1-1 slot with a member of the Launchpad or Come Play With Me team to discuss general enquiries, career and release planning. From 6pm-7pm we host an open Zoom call to answer questions, and can specifically cover topics around available funding from organisations such as PRS Foundation, Help Musicians & Arts Council England. These sessions are useful if you’re looking for advice on:
• Releasing your first single
• Taking the next step in your career
• Creating and implementing a release plan & more
• Opportunities, and funding that may be available to you
Visit the Launchpad website to book your free Music Advice session.

FUNDING AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Sep. 30th (midnight): The Artist Development Programme by iuvlive. Do you want £5k of funding and music career guidance? Applications open twice a year for one month. We take one act in each application round. 2021 Dates: Applications close 30th Sept. 2022 Dates: Round 1 – applications open 1st March / close 31st March. Applications open 1st Sept / close 30th Sep. Programme was born out of a desire to help further acts careers via our platform and networks. Each year we select two acts and offer our expertise and guidance over an 18 month period. We have a budget of £5k to spend on what we call hard costs such as mixing, mastering, PR, plugging, tour support, videos etc. A lot of what we do comes from the expertise we have as a team and from being able to utilise our contacts to your benefit. Our team collectively have over 50 years of music industry experience that includes working with internationally known R&B, Rap and Grime artists and running labels like Def Jam UK. We can assist with:
• Creating new work and honing a sound
• Finding the right producers and artists to collaborate with
• Setting up writing and production sessions
• Digital health check with do and don’ts and on-going support
• Performance advice and live bookings
• Looking at image and stage show set up
• Organising a live band if required
• Helping to source a live agent, lawyer and management
• Help with release of material
• Music videos and / or other online content
• Marketing strategy and devising a marketing plan
• Finding and paying for the right PR and plugging team
• How to apply for funding as an artist
Creating industry awareness
What we want in return: We strive for artists on the programme to become successful in their own way and, in return, we ask that you act as advocates for the Programme beyond the period of support and where needed. Visit the iluvlive website to apply for the The Artist Development Programme.

SUBMISSION deadline Thurs. Sep 30th: Apply to play at Manchester Jazz Festival 2022.We’re busy planning for our event set to take place in late May 2022 and now we want to hear from you. We’re a contemporary jazz festival and we champion artists playing original work – especially those living and working in the north west of England. We are brave in our programming, constantly on the lookout for up and coming talent, and often give a platform to new and surprising music. The Festival gives priority to:
Contemporary jazz and jazz-related music
•  Artists based in the north west of England
•  New and/or original work
•  Artists showcasing unusual or unique work/collaborations
•  Artists who help us present a diverse, fully representative programme
Visit the Manchester Jazz Festival website to apply to play at the Festival.

DEADLINE Sun. Oct. 3rd: Call out – She Makes Music by Brighter Sound. We’re offering musicians and sound producers the opportunity to take part in a creative online music course with artists from Ukraine. Part of our gender equality programme, this international collaboration with MusicUp in Ukraine is open to women and people from marginalised genders in the North of England. We want to hear from people who are interested in collaborating and developing an international community of women musicians, producers and managers. As part of a group of 30, you’ll take part in:
• Online sessions on music management, marketing and music production
• Webinars on royalties and gender issues in music with guest speakers
• Group mentoring and feedback sessions
Within the group of 30, you’ll be split into 6 groups to:
• Spend two days coming up with ideas for a new track
• Collaboratively create one new musical composition per group
This course will take place across October 2021 via zoom.
Who can apply:
• Musicians and sound producers of any background, discipline or genre with a strong track record of writing, producing and performing, and a growing online presence
• People aged 18+ (there is no upper age limit!)
• Women and people from marginalised genders – we use an inclusive definition of the words ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, gender non-conforming, cis-gendered, or trans
• People who are based in, or have strong links to, the North of England (by the ‘North’ we mean the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions)
Applicants should:
• Have at least 2 years experience in creating music
• Have experience collaborating with other artists
• Be interested in bringing their music to an international level
• Have the capacity to work online, recording their own instruments and/or voices
• Be keen to develop inclusive and artistic practice
• Be curious and generous – willing to share experiences and learn from others
To find out more about She Makes Music and to apply, visit Brighter Sound’s website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Mon. Oct. 4th: 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? 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 developement 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 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 apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE Wed. Oct. 13th: PRS Foundation Hitmaker Fund. The Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production with grants of between £5k – £10k. In recognition of a gender gap in recent applications, this current round (deadline of 13th October 2021) of the Hitmaker Fund is only open to eligible women and gender minority applicants. The next round (early 2022) will be open to all eligible music creators of any gender identity. Applicants for this current round must be:
• Women or gender minority (including writing duos or collectives where at least one member is a woman or gender minority creator)
• Songwriters (behind the scenes creators of new music who don’t also perform or produce), or
• Producers (those working on production who contribute to the songwriting process and are acknowledged as writers)
You can spend the funding on:
• Time to create
• Training / Skills courses at places such as Point Blank / SSE
• Creative / Professional development (with detailed evidence)
Studio hire
• Purchase of equipment / software / hardware (covers up to 25% of costs)
• Tracking
• Maternity leave and child care
• International activity that could build your profile and benefit your creative development (evidence based activity including songwriting camps, meetings, sessions)
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Hitmaker Fund and to apply.

EVENT Thurs. Oct. 14th (11am – 6pm, free): Yorkshire Music Forum Convention 2021. Yorkshire Music Forum Convention returns in 2021, back in person at Belgrave Music Hall, to support the region’s music industry. Yorkshire Music Forum Convention will feature panels, a keynote and meet the experts sessions, put together in collaboration with Launchpad, DMF Digital, Arnold Brown Ltd and Music:Leeds. Panels and speakers TBA. Sign up now to hear when we announce more details. The day of talks will be followed by an evening gig, more info will be announced soon. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Yorkshire Music Forum Convention.

DEADLINE Oct. 15th: Mentoring Opportunity by Manasamitra. Are you an emerging female composer of colour, interested and/or working in cross-cultural or fusion music? Manasamitra delivered an extremely successful pilot project in 2020 after revising logistics and the delivery process to factor in COVID-19 restrictions. Manasamitra is once again offering this unique mentoring opportunity to six young women, preferably living and working in the North of England who are at an early stage of their music careers and who are interested in developing their composition abilities within a cross-genre environment. You will need to be interested in working with other music forms to create something genuinely new and original. Artistic Director / Composer Supriya Nagarajan will work with the successful mentees in both group and one-to-one situations to develop new works for public presentation. Bursaries are available. For details and further information: contact Jacqueline Greaves on jacqueline@manasamitra.com

FUNDING deadline Mon. Oct. 18th: PRS Foundation Open Fund For Music Creators. The fund supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others. The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000. Funding can support:
• Creation of new music
• Music Creator fee (to cover your time and work)
• Touring and live performances
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Open Fund and to apply.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE Tues. Oct. 19th (10am): Come Play With Me – Artist Submissions. At Come Play With Me we work to shine a light on some of the amazing artists based in Yorkshire and now we’re reopening our submissions to platform a new selection of artists and bands. This time we’ll be putting together a compilation album showcasing women, people of marginalised genders and LGBTQIA+ artists from around the county. What we’re offering:
• One track per artist/band to be included on an approximately 12 track Come Play With Me compilation album, which will be released on 12″ vinyl (or an alternative equivalent if more suitable to the majority of artists on the release) and digitally.
• All tracks will be mastered by a professional engineer, TBC.
• A professional marketing and press campaign from Hanglands.
• Support from our team before and during the release period, including group mentoring sessions.
Visit Come Play With Me’s Linktree page to find out more about the Artist Submissions and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE Oct. 22nd: 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.

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Nov. 15th: Call Out for Digital Artists And Musicians, by Syntropy States. We’re passionate about the role that art and music can play in people’s health and happiness and we want to help digital artists and musicians play a meaningful role in helping to heal our broken, stressed society. And that’s where you come in. We’re looking for artists and musicians who want to share their work in meaningful ways to help social wellbeing by creating accessible art and music that provides a way to relax, reconnect and revitalise in an accessible way. Specifically, we are seeking to commission 14 short audio visual videos to be hosted on our forthcoming app “Syntropy”. Syntropy is a new and exciting way for the digital arts to not only entertain, but to also serve as an effective and widely available digital health tool.
We have two categories of video – “Relax” and “Breathe”… Relax is videos which employ art and music in ways specifically designed to relax and calm the viewer. Breathe is videos which employ art and music in ways specifically designed to assist the viewer to engage in Breathwork – i.e the art and music must pace the viewer’s breathing at a pace which creates a state called Coherence (or resonance). Artists can submit multiple samples to Relax and Breathe whether this is music, visuals or both. Payment: £200 will be awarded in the form of £100 for the art and £100 for the music. If you create both the art and the music you get £200. If you create either just the art or just the music, you’ll be paid £100. Visit the Syntropy States website to find out more about the Call Out and to apply.

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.

ONGOING FUNDING: Help Musicians Transmission Fund. Musicians at any point in their career can really benefit from learning new skills, taking time to hone their craft or working with peers and mentors to grow and develop as creators. This strand of support can provide up to £1,500 to help you take advantage of opportunities that enhance your skills or artistic practice, available whenever you need it. This could be a virtual conference to learn more about the industry, an online course to enhance your skills, one-to-one coaching or an online masterclass with an expert, or perhaps some time to work with a mentor. This support is specific to your career needs, so you can specify opportunities relevant to your own circumstances and ambitions. – whatever you need to feel confident in making your next move. Eligibility: Applications are open to professional UK musicians aged 18+ of any genre or discipline. As an individual you may be an instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor, vocalist or singer-songwriter etc. Bands or ensembles consisting of six members or fewer are also eligible.  Visit the Help Musicians website to find out more about the Transmission Fund and to apply.

ONGOING FUNDING: Help Musicians Fusion Fund. Collaboration between musicians and creatives such as lighting designers, choreographers and visual artists can make music even more powerful. However, financing these activities can be a barrier to making them a reality, which is why Help Musicians can provide financial support to help develop new ideas and create a collaborative end product with music at its heart. Musicians can apply for up to £5,000 to undertake a UK-based collaboration between themselves and another non-music artists, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc.
There should be tangible results of the collaboration, such as a body of work created for an upcoming recording or a new performance. Ultimately, the project should push the boundaries of what you do as a music creator or performer, exploring or testing something that you are not currently able to achieve without support. Eligibility: Applications are open to professional UK musicians aged 18+ of any genre or discipline. As an individual you may be an instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor, vocalist or singer-songwriter etc. Bands or ensembles consisting of six members or fewer are also eligible. Visit the Help Musicians website to find out more about the Fusion fund and to apply.

ONGOING FUNDING: MOBO Help Musicians Fund. If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can provide financial support to help you create music, develop your business skills and drive your career forward. The MOBO Help Musicians Fund exists to facilitate these opportunities for musicians making Hip Hop, Grime, R&B, Soul, music of African origin, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel. 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. You could apply for financial support towards a new EP, a series of single releases, a marketing plan around new music or perhaps some content creation to accompany your release. 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 relevant to your career path.
When musicians are busy creating music, it can be challenging to listen to their bodies and notice when things aren’t quite right. As well as the above, supported artists will also receive a health consultation from a BAPAM specialist to talk through and address any issues.  Eligibility: Applications are open to UK musicians aged 18+ working in music of black origin. The MOBO Help Musicians Fund has 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. Visit the Help Musicians website to find out more about the MOBO Fund and to apply.


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. Sessions: Marketing, Routes to market, Creative Networking in a Digital Era, Management and leadership, and Sales and Pitching. Visit the Creative England website to find out more about Screen Growth Programme and to register for your free places.

Event Tues. Sep. 28th (online, free, 5pm – 6pm): Market Research – What, Where and How with BIPC Leeds City Region by Business & IP Centre Leeds. 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.

Events Sep. 28th – Mar. 2022 (online, free): Screen Growth Programme by Creative England. Through this monthly, 10-part, open access programme we will walk through the different stages of owning and scaling a creative business in chronological order of growth, led by experts in the industry. Whether you are a creative individual considering starting a business, an early-stage start up, or a seasoned SME looking for investment or to scale, there is practical and helpful business advice for everyone.
• Sep. 28th: Marketing
• Oct. 26th: Identifying and reaching new markets & Routes to market for screen businesses
• Nov. 29th: Creative Networking in a Digital Era
• Dec. 14th: Managing Unexpected Growth & Management and leadership
• Jan. 25th: Writing a great pitch in 60 seconds & Sales and Pitching
• Feb. 22nd: Fundraising and investment
• Mar. 29th: Exit strategies
Visit Creative England’s website to find out more about the Screen Growth Programme and to book your free places.

Event Oct. 5th (online, free, 5:30pm – 7pm): How to Finance and Grow your Business by Create Jobs. Many of today’s biggest and brightest companies (including Google, Facebook, and Airbnb) used venture capital in their early days to fund and grow their ideas. Europe is now the fastest-growing region of venture capital investment globally, and the UK start-up community is driving much of this growth. In fact, in the first half of 2021, £12 billion was invested by venture capital funds into UK startups. But what exactly is it and how does it relate to your ideas? The team at Orrick want to speak to you, the next generation of founders, entrepreneurs, and creators about the venture capital industry, how it relates to growing your side-hustles and businesses, and the journey of a venture capital-backed company from “seed” to “unicorn” status. In the session, you will learn about:
• The venture capital industry and how venture capital firms work
• The different ways that companies are funded and how they grow
• How venture capital deals come together and raise money for your ideas
• The types of deal terms that are negotiated between startups and venture capital firms (including breaking down some of that jargon!) from both an entrepreneur’s and venture capitalist’s perspective
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the How to Finance and Grow your Business event.

Event Oct. 8th (online, free, 10am – 11:15am): Product photography and styling from home by Business & IP Centre Leeds. An introduction to professional-level photography for business needs such as websites, social media or other marketing communications. In this session leading design and craft photographer Yeshen Venema will give an overview of why photography is so important and how to style your product photos – no matter what your skill level is, or what equipment you have. If you aim to use photographs for marketing regularly and are short of resources, you’ll love these actionable tips! Topics will include:
• Different types & styles of photography and what works best for different purposes.
• What styling is and why it is important.
• How to make the most of your photos.
• Studio, home, and location photography.
• Product vs Lifestyle vs Cutout photography.
• When and why you would bring in a professional.
• DIY – pointers for doing it yourself and tips on styling, lighting, equipment and training.
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Product photography session.

EVENT Oct. 12th (free, 10am – 12:30pm at Horsforth Library): Start-up Leeds – Building the Foundations for a Successful Business by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Understand how to successfully establish your business through a range of theory and practical advice. In our second Start-up Leeds session, we’ll be covering how to build the foundations for a successful business through managing and setting expectations and understanding your motivations. In this interactive session, you’ll be guided through the expectations, capability and motivation model to help take your business to the next step. In this workshop, you’ll:
• Gain an understanding of the theory and practical advice behind building your own business
• Draft your own business plan, including clear objectives and how to measure performance
• Develop an action plan for building your skills through a skills audit
• Get tips for remaining motivated and focused
Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Start-up Leeds event and to book your free place.

EVENT Wed. Oct. 13th (online, free, 5pm – 6pm): Market Research pt2 – Market Research Bites with Leeds City Region 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! In this webinar there will be several ten minute demonstrations of various key market research resources available across the BIPC Leeds City Region. These resources use graphs, charts and written analysis that give you an insight into industry and consumer markets. This knowledge can help you learn about market trends and to prepare for market changes. These databases can also give you insights into developing new products and services and help you hone in on your target market. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Market Research event and to book your free place.

Event Tues. 19th Oct (online, free, 1pm – 1:45pm): Goal Setting by Roundhouse (for ages 18-30). When you set intentional goals, you’re more likely to reach them. In this short session, you’ll learn tried-and-tested goal planning strategies that will help you to achieve everything you want to. Lara Sheldrake will take you through her tried and tested goal planning strategy session and facilitate a 45 min brainstorming session where you will have the opportunity to work on your long and short terms goals. Reflect on the wins as well as the things you can improve on before finally setting SMART goals broken down into actionable and achievable steps. Lara is a speaker, mentor and the founder of Found & Flourish, an online membership, media and events platform for women in business. She is on a mission to make business accessible and less lonely for entrepreneurial women. Through the power of community and collaboration, Found & Flourish empowers women to upskill, connect and truly flourish. Lara writes and speaks on the topics of business, motherhood and community. She is also a business consultant and offers a range of consultancy and mentoring services to women in business. Visit the Roundhouse website to book your free place on the Goal Setting event.

EVENT Tues. Oct. 26th (free, 10am – 12:30pm, at Horsforth Library): Start-up Leeds – pricing your products and services by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Learn how to set the prices for your business through a blend of real examples and theory. In our fourth workshop, we’ll be delving deeper into pricing strategies and how to add value to your products and services. Find out how to calculate costs, understand value and whether discounts and incentives are right for your business. In this session, you’ll:
• Learn how to calculate costs and put together a price list for your business
• Understand how to position your products
• Create a plan for offering discounts and incentives within your pricing
• Find out how to deal with external economic factors, such as recessions
Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Start-up Leeds event and to book your free place.

EVENT Tues. Nov. 2nd (free, 10am – 12:30pm, at Horsforth Library): Start-up Leeds – Forecasting your Cash Flow by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Get practical advice for understanding the money coming in and out of your business. In our fifth workshop at Horsforth Library, we’ll be taking a closer look at cashflow forecasting and what you need to consider for your own cashflow forecast. A cashflow forecast is a useful tool for guiding your decisions and helps you see what money you have coming in and going out of your business. In this session, you’ll:
• Gain an understanding of the cashflow forecast, using a worked example to see how it works
• Identify the different costs for your business, including variable costs and fixed costs
• Draft your own cashflow forecast
Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Start-up Leeds event and to book your free place.

EVENT Tues. Nov. 9th (free, 10am – 12:30pm at Horsforth Library): Get to Grips with tax and Bookkeeping for Your Business. In our sixth interactive workshop, we’ll be getting to grips with tax and bookkeeping and looking at what systems you should have in place to get things right. Find out how to approach bookkeeping structures, how taxes work for different business types, and understand VAT. In this session, you’ll:
• Understand what legal status is right for you and your business
• Learn how to register a trade with HMRC
• Understand how to set up and maintain your own bookkeeping system
• Find out how to file tax returns
• Calculate personal income tax, corporation tax and national insurance
• Understand how financial accounts equate to money you can take out of your business
Visit Evenbrite to find out more about the Get to grips with Tax and Bookkeeping event and to book your free place.

EVENT Tues. Nov. 16th (free, 10am – 12:30pm at Horsforth Library): Start-up Leeds – Introduction to Marketing by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Understand the importance of marketing for your business and get the skills and confidence to develop your own marketing strategy. In our seventh interactive workshop at Horsforth library, we’ll be looking at marketing and how to develop and implement your own strategy to connect with your customers, communicate your key messages and measure your results. In this session you’ll:
• Understand the fundamentals of marketing and learn how to prepare your own marketing plan
• Find out how to do your own research to understand your competitors and target audiences
• Get to grips with the different tools for implementing your marketing, including websites, social media and advertising
• Learn how to measure performance and monitor success
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Start-up Leeds event.

EVENT Nov. 23rd (free, 10am – 12:30pm at Horsforth Library): Start-up Leeds – Protecting Your Business Through Copyright and Trade Marks by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Find out how to protect your business and intellectual property through copyright and trade marks. Understanding your intellectual property and how you can protect it is important for businesses and creators, find out how in our interactive workshop. In our final Start-up Leeds session at Horsforth library, our Business & IP Centre Leeds team will be providing an overview of the two most common ways of protecting your business through understanding copyright and registering trade marks. In this session, you’ll:
• Find out how having a trade mark can help protect your brand
• Learn what can and cannot be registered
• Learn what copyright means for you and your business, how it protects your work and how long copyrights last
• Understand how to ensure you’re not infringing on anyone else’s trade mark or copyright.
Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Start-up Leeds event and to book your free place.

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! Visit the Prince’s Trust website to find out more about how they can provide you with free support for your business ideas. You can also visit the Prince’s Trust website to access a range of free business resources including finance, marketing, business plans and more.

Ongoing: Business & IP Centre (BIPC Leeds). The BIPC team are based on the 2nd floor of Leeds Central Library and provide a vast range of free services. 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. Visit the Leeds Gov UK website to find out more about the Business & IP Centre Leeds. You can book a free one to one consultation with specialists including business advisors, accountants and IP attorneys. Visit Eventbrite to view the fantastic range of free BIPC events and workshops that will help you start-up and grow your business.

Ongoing: Ad:Venture. Ongoing: Ad:Venture. Finance Brokerage & Grants: As new and young businesses will require finance to grow, AD:VENTURE will offer a variety of financial support including access to grants and loans. AD:VENTURE Growth Grant: For businesses trading up to 36 Months (Or pre-trading). The Growth Grant supports young businesses that trade primarily with other businesses (B2B). Business grants are available between £1000 and £25,000 to support capital growth costs, with businesses required to contribute a minimum of 50% of eligible costs.​ Businesses must be able to show they have the aspiration and capacity to grow and create employment.​ Growth ambition should be evidenced with a sound business plan and a cash-flow forecast. You’ll be given impartial advice to help you decide what the best finance option for you and your business really is. You’ll get support from your advisor on finance brokerage and assistance navigating the funding landscape, helping you achieve your growth goals. Visit Ad:Venture for information about business start-up, loans & grants.

Ongoing: Doing Good Leeds. Visit the Doing Good Leeds website to find out about funding for voluntary & community groups in Leeds.

Ongoing: Leeds Community Foundation. Visit the Leeds Community Foundation website to find out more about funding for charities & voluntary groups in Leeds.

Ongoing: UnLtd. – Funding for Social Entrepreneurs. More people than ever are stepping up to tackle the world’s problems. Could you be one of them? We know social entrepreneurs offer some of the best solutions to loneliness, community resilience and our nation’s long term economic, social and cultural health. During this pandemic we need hope, togetherness and trust, which amazing individuals and community groups are stepping up to provide. UnLtd will get behind these efforts by finding, funding and supporting social entrepreneurs throughout the UK who are serving our local communities and combating isolation. We will also support social entrepreneurs whom we have invested in – who are already contributing so much to our society and economy – but have been most severely affected by COVID-19. UnLtd’s social entrepreneur investees are all SMEs and all serving vulnerable communities. We will get behind these social entrepreneurs and help them not just survive this crisis, but go on to thrive once more as our country recovers together. We are committed to 50% of our Awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across our funding programmes. Visit the UnLtd. website to find out about support and funding for social entrepreneurs.



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

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITY deadlines 13th and 26th September. The Pitch Film Fund. Entry fees: Free if you apply before Sep. 13th, or £20 if you apply before Sep. 27th. The Fund exists to give emerging filmmakers a chance. We offer an array of training and support and have £40,000 to spend on two short films, offering you the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of everyone from Monty Python to Martin Scorsese in making a film inspired by the Bible. We are open to filmmakers of any background. The 2022 Fund will make two films, falling broadly under the categories of Comedy and Drama, but there is freedom to explore genres within this. The Pitch judges include the director of the National Film and Television School, while finalists have gone on to make internationally praised feature films, securing agents, managers and a roadmap for their career.
To apply: To start with, simply upload a two-minute video pitching your short film. It can be either a Comedy or a Drama, but it must be based on a Bible story, theme or book. Check out the section Why The Bible? if you want to find out … um, why the Bible. The top ten entrants will pitch in person to a panel of industry experts at The Pitch Final at the National Film and Television School in January. The judges will then choose one outstanding pitch in each category which will be funded from the £40,000 production pot, and made with The Pitch production team at Reel Issues Films. Visit Enter the Pitch’s website to find out more about Pitch Film Fund and to pitch your short film.

FREE events Mon. Sep 20th – Friday Sep. 24th (online, free): Channel 4 and NFTS (National Film & TV School) Online Masterclass & Training Sessions. A week of Masterclasses, Training sessions and workshops – all intended to support indies and freelancers in the UK Nations and Regions… Learn from numerous exciting names in the UK television landscape. Channel 4 has identified Working in Scripted as the theme for the week as this is a key priority. NFTS has responded with world-class training sessions for the independent production sector. Programme overview:
Monday: 10:00 — 11:00 Monday Masterclass: – Aisling Walsh
Monday: 14:00 — 15:30 Writers’ Rooms: Managing One, Working In One, And Putting Them Together – Melissa Iqbal
Tuesday: 10:00 — 11:00 Scripted Development – Deanne Cunningham & Gemma Boswell
Tuesday: 12:00 — 13:00 Next Steps for Your Scripts – New Writing North
Wednesday: 10:00 — 12:00 Comedy Writing: Finding The Tone – Ed Amsden & Tom Coles
Wednesday: 12:00 — 13:00 Representation Beyond ‘Positive Role Models’ – Marcus Ryder
Wednesday: 14:00 — 16:00 Storytelling – Hazel Marshall
Thursday: 10:00 — 12:00 Why You Need a Post Production Supervisor – Gemma Nicolson
Thursday: 12:00 — 13:00 C4 Drama outside the M25 – Caroline Hollick and Gwawr Lloyd
Thursday: 14:00 — 15:30 Working with a Script Editor – Andrew Ellard
Thursday: 16:00 — 17:00 Complying drama – or how to get away with murder! – Danielle Jenkin and Ritu Emmerson
Friday: 10:00 — 11:00 Producing Roles in Scripted – Rienkje Attoh
Friday: 14:00 — 16:00 DAVID & GOLIATH: Challenges facing independent producers in a world of change and conflict – Dr Angus Finney
Visit the NFTS website to find out more about the programme of masterclasses and training, and to register for your free sessions.

RARE FREE TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY deadline Sun. Sep. 26th (5pm): BFI Film Academy Leeds Course. Now in its tenth year, our fully accessible course will help young people develop the knowledge and skills to make a career in film a reality. The course is designed to train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film. No experience is necessary. The BFI Film Academy Leeds offers training for every film industry role, from writing to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture. As part of the course participants will get to make a short film and gain the NCFE Level 2 qualification ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’. What the course includes: The chance to make a film in a team, masterclasses by film professionals, access to industry equipment and to be part of our growing Film Academy network offering year-round events, online resources, further training opportunities and more! The course runs from October – December 2021 at Leeds Town Hall, with weekly evening sessions and an intensive filmmaking week in October half-term. To apply to the BFI Film Academy Leeds Course, visit the Leeds Film website.

AWARD AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY deadline Oct. 1st (entry fee £40): Studio21 Script Competition. We’re looking for a pilot script for an international drama that will appeal to audiences and coproducers worldwide. The competition connects emerging writers with the global content business, offering the winner a £10,000 development option and unique opportunity to connect with the global drama business through C21Media’s Content London in December.
The winning project will be developed by Studio21, supported by an advisory board made up of the most creative showrunners and television executives in the business including Chris Albrecht, who built HBO with shows like Sex and the City and The Sopranos to Netflix’ former head of international programming and a raft of leading showrunners who have created and run series from Criminal Minds to Rome, Shameless, Spooks, This Life and many more. Studio21 will connect the project with the right coproducer, platform, channel or partner.
From the pool of submissions a shortlist of 21 scripts will be selected and from these six finalists will be chosen to present their script to the global drama business at Content London 2021, or through the Content London digital initiative. This audience includes key commissioners from digital platforms including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, to broadcasters from ABC, BBC and C4 to YLE, and ZDF, attending Content London. The Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition is produced in association with C21Media, Content London and Script Angel. Each finalist will also receive a free consultancy session from Script Angel.
Eligibility: Anyone with a great series idea, a brilliant pilot script and a burning desire & talent for writing – new writers and experienced writers alike are welcome. Non-represented and represented writers are welcome to submit. The script competition is open to international applicants. Writing teams (of up to 2 people) are welcome to submit their project. Visit Studio 21’s website to find out more about the Studio21 Script Competition.

Events Nov. 3rd – 18th: Leeds International Film Festival. The largest film festival in England outside London. Founded in 1987, it is held every November at various venues throughout Leeds. Visit the Leeds Film website to find out more about the International Film Festival and to view the programme.

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Nov. 15th: Call Out for Digital Artists And Musicians, by Syntropy States. We’re passionate about the role that art and music can play in people’s health and happiness and we want to help digital artists and musicians play a meaningful role in helping to heal our broken, stressed society. And that’s where you come in. We’re looking for artists and musicians who want to share their work in meaningful ways to help social wellbeing by creating accessible art and music that provides a way to relax, reconnect and revitalise in an accessible way. Specifically, we are seeking to commission 14 short audio visual videos to be hosted on our forthcoming app “Syntropy”. Syntropy is a new and exciting way for the digital arts to not only entertain, but to also serve as an effective and widely available digital health tool.
We have two categories of video – “Relax” and “Breathe”… Relax is videos which employ art and music in ways specifically designed to relax and calm the viewer. Breathe is videos which employ art and music in ways specifically designed to assist the viewer to engage in Breathwork – i.e the art and music must pace the viewer’s breathing at a pace which creates a state called Coherence (or resonance). Artists can submit multiple samples to Relax and Breathe whether this is music, visuals or both. Payment: £200 will be awarded in the form of £100 for the art and £100 for the music. If you create both the art and the music you get £200. If you create either just the art or just the music, you’ll be paid £100. Visit the Syntropy States website to find out more about the Call Out and to apply.

BURSARY Deadline Mar. 13th, 2022 (applications open now): ScreenSkills Bursaries – apply for funding to progress your career. For ages 18 and over. A ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant to remove the obstacles to getting into the screen industries or progressing your career once you’re in. You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to work and continuing professional development, such as training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software and travel. Read the bursary guidelines to understand exactly what’s covered. Bursaries are supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds, by industry contributions to the Film, High-End TV, Children’s TV and Animation Skills Funds. You can apply for a bursary if you:
●  Currently work in the UK screen industries, or can demonstrate your intention to work in them
●  Are eligible to work in the UK
●  Are 18 years old or above
●  Have a UK bank account
●  Priority is given to freelancers rather than those with continuous contracts.
Visit the Screenskills website to find out more about the Bursaries and to apply.

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), and 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.

ONGOING COMPETITION (quarterly deadlines, free to enter): 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. 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.

Ongoing: ScreenSkills Information and Resources: Browse research, masterclasses, career maps and other useful information published by ScreenSkills and trusted partners. Filter according to your interests. Visit the ScreenSkills website to access the information and resources.



SUBMISSION deadline not specified, date posted 13th Sep: Write for Off/Stage Zine. After the success of the pilot 3 issues, Tribe Arts are gearing up to relaunch soon. We’re looking for writers, reviewers, critics and arts journalists who have a love of, or specialism in, British black & Asian theatre and culture, to work with us on a freelance basis. If you’re interested, send us a brief covering letter detailing your name and location, along with a short statement explaining why you want to write for Off/Stage, and attach this with any links or samples of your work. Visit the Tribe Arts website to apply to write for Off/Stage Zine.

Podcast Series Launching Sep. 9th: Write Your Novel – a new podcast on the craft of writing. Write Your Novel is a new 8-part podcast series aimed at helping you, the writer, develop your novel draft. Created by novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton, the series features award-winning writers reading from their books and conversations with the authors around an element of craft. Each episode ends with a writing exercise focusing on the technique the writer discussed. The exercises encourage you to write, re-write, and read. Write Your Novel aims to act as a way in for writers at all stages of writing and may be listened and re-listened to in any order as you read and write along. We encourage you to read or re-read the author’s books for even more examples of the techniques at work within the novel. As you listen, read and write along, please participate in our Discord community. Let us know how your writing is going, what techniques you’ve tried, what you’ve learned about yourself, the work you’re writing, or your own writing practice. Let’s write together and draft your novel. Visit New Writing North’s website to find out more about Write Your Novel.

PRIZE DEADLINE Sep. 20th (free entry): Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize by Streetcake Magazine. Fancy winning some mentoring, feedback, publication & books? The streetcake experimental writing prize 2021 is now open for submissions! If you’re an 18+ year old UK or EU resident, you can enter for free! Send us your short fiction, visual poetry & poetry. Closing date September 20th. Prizes include: Personalised mentoring sessions with our talented judges and editors, online mentoring, performance opportunities, workshops, publication and book bundles. Our prize is partnered with Writers’ Centre Kingston, Comma Press, Fly on the Wall, Selcouth Station Press, Spread the Word, Knives Forks and Spoons Press, Story Machine Productions, The 87 Press, Pamenar Press and Poem Atlas. There are two age categories (18-30 and 31 and over) in each category of short fiction and poetry, which means there are four overall first place winners (we also award second-fourth places in each category). Visit the Streetcake website to enter the Experimental Writing Prize.

Event Wed. Sep. 25th (10:30 – 5:00pm): Northern Lights Writers’ Conference 2021. Location: Waterside Arts, Greater Manchester.Tickets £25 (in-person) / £15 (Watch At Home). Creative Industries Trafford presents this popular conference which returns with a blended edition mixing in-person talks and panel discussions, with online advice and creative workshops. This year, we are geared towards helping writers of all levels understand the business and craft of writing whilst trying to stay creative through the challenges of the COVID-19 era. Featuring special guests Kate Mosse OBE (bestselling author of The Burning Chambers Series as well as the multimillion selling Languedoc Trilogy) and Sophie Willan (writer, Alma’s Not Normal), alongside authors and publishing industry experts, this is a day full of advice, inspiration and insights to move your writing career forward. Visit the Creative Industries Trafford website to find out more about the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference.

Event Mon. Sep. 27th (6:30pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom): Writing Short Stories Online Workshop with Sarah Schofield. Ticket prices: £7.50 (if booked without Conference ticket) / £5.00 (if booked with Conference ticket). Creative Industries Trafford presents this online workshop as part of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference 2021. Writer Sarah Schofield (Comma Press, Salt Publishing) leads this introductory session to exploring how short stories work and what makes them unique as a genre. This session will discuss specific examples, the basics of crafting short fiction and look at what makes a great short story; how do they work and how do short stories affect us? The event will also compile a resource toolbox of ideas, starters and stimuli for writing short fiction. Visit the Creative Industries Trafford website to find out more about the Writing Short Stories workshop.

Events Mon. Sep. 27th – Thurs. Sep. 30th 2021 (1pm – 5pm, via Zoom): One-to-One Writers’ Advice Sessions by Creative Industries Trafford. Ticket prices: £7.50 (if booked without Conference ticket) / £5.00 (if booked with Conference ticket). These 45-minute advice sessions for writers as part of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference 2021. Get your writing career questions answered in individual sessions which can be booked with: Adam Farrer (writer, spoken word performaner and editor, The Real Story), Melissa Welliver (Young Adult speculative fiction), Jazmine Linklater (writer and poet, writing facilitator) and Tilda Johnson (Golden Egg Acadamy, Childrens’ Book Network). These sessions tend to be popular so book early. To find out more about the Writers’ Advice Sessions visit the Creative Industries Trafford website.

Event Wed. Sep. 29th (6:30pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom): Developing Believable Characters Writing Workshop by Creative Industries Trafford. Ticket prices: £7.50 (if booked without Conference ticket) / £5.00 (if booked with Conference ticket). Creative Industeies Trafford presents this workshop, led by Aisling Caffrey, as part of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference 2021. Story development and good dialogue rely on tension – but how do we create believable scenes with characters who are multi-faceted, who are more than good or evil? Why do we sometimes find it easy to like the bad guys? This fast-paced workshop will explore character arcs, dialogue and how to create empathetic characters, with participants developing a scene by the end of the session. To find out more about the Writing Workshop visit the Creative Industries Trafford website.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Sep. 30th (entry fee: £3 – £5): Verve Poetry Festival Competition 2022. The competition is now open and taking submissions on the theme of Beginnings – reflecting both on change and loss, new starts and new ventures over the past year. With every beginning, there is also an end, and not all that is new is for the best. Verve is looking for poems that will engage with one or all of the issues, concerns, challenges, and changes that accompany the start of something. This year’s judge is poet and playwright Caroline Bird. Caroline will read all the entries and choose 3 winning poems and 21 commended poems to feature in the anthology. Caroline will also attend and host the Beginnings Poetry event at Verve and introduce the attending poets.Poems must be no more than 80 lines long excluding title. Visit Verve Poetry Festival’s website to find out more about the competition and to apply.

FREE TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Sep. 30th (submissions open now, for ages 18+): Northern Short Story Academy 2021/2022 by Northern Short Story Festival.  Do you want to take your writing to the next level? This is a rare development opportunity for short story writers in the Yorkshire region. Places on the scheme will be limited. The Academy is a development programme aimed at helping and supporting short story writers, resident in any part of Yorkshire, who have already shown serious commitment to short story writing, and who want help and support to develop their work further. Over the last two years we have supported 18 such writers, could you be one of our next intake? Perhaps you have published a few stories already (in print or in online magazines) or had stories placed or longlisted in competitions. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! Successful applicants will participate in a monthly workshop critique group, where they will read and critique each other’s stories and if it is possible to take part in NSSF events in 2022.
The programme will last six months from January-June 2022, led by writer and creative writing tutor Anna Chilvers. The meetings will take place in Leeds on a Monday evening, or on Zoom if face-to face meetings are not possible. Participants should be willing to meaningfully engage with others’ work by giving helpful and constructive critique. They should also be willing to accept critique and advice on their own work. To apply you’ll need to send a writing sample of 1,000 words. You’ll also need to show a commitment to short story writing and why you think now is the time for you to access this opportunity – this could be courses you have taken, workshops you have attended, or a group you go to. If you are self-taught, it could be the books you have read, or the number of hours you have spent writing. Visit the Northern Short Story Festival website to find out more about the Northern Short Story Academy and to apply.

PAID OPPORTUNITY AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Fri. Oct. 1st (5pm): Channel 4 Screenwriting Course. The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script. Writers will be expected to write an original C4 / E4 one-hour drama series or serial pilot episode, and 2-3 page outline / pitch for the series / serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will meet at least twice with their script editor and should complete a 2nd draft script before the 2nd weekend of the course. Completed, 2nd draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend.
Dates: 22nd & 23rd January 2022 and 11th & 12th June 2022. Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both these weekends (in London) and are free to write at least two drafts of an original one-hour television drama between 24th January and 1st June 2022.
Drinks Evening: There will be a drinks evening at Channel 4 in London on the evening of Tuesday July 6th 2022 (TBC) for the course writers to meet industry producers, script editors, literary agents etc.
Briefing Session: Successful writers will be invited to a briefing session at Channel 4 in London on the evening of Thursday December 9th 2021 (before the course begins in January 2022). This is to give them a sense of the current remit for Channel 4 and E4.
Eligibility: Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television writer or theatrical release as a feature film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).
Fee: Writers will be paid a fee for participating in the course and for completing two drafts of a one hour script. All writers will be required to grant Shelley Productions a first option for Channel 4 to acquire all rights in their script and will be told within six months of delivery whether Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option. Visit the Script Consultant website to find out more about Channel 4’s Screenwriting course and to apply.

COMPETITION Deadline 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 Oct. 31st: The 2021 National Poetry Competition. It’s one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over. Judging this is is Fiona Benson, David Constantine and Rachel Long. Ten Prizes: First Prize: £5k, Second Prize: £2k, Third Prize: £1k, Commendations: £200. Visit the National Poetry website to submit your poem.

FREE TALENT DEVELOPMENT COURSE DEADLINE opening mid-October: Harper Collins Author Academy. The Harper Collins Author Academy trains and support writers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds to help them become commercially successful in the publishing environment. They’re looking for passionate aspiring writers for their next cohort. During the 6-week online programme, you’ll gain all the tools you need to succeed in the publishing industry. The Academy offers three courses, covering three different genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, and Writing for Children. The courses will run remotely for 6 weeks, with weekly live-streamed tutorials and access to other course materials. Additional on-demand masterclasses cover the fundamentals of publishing as a business, and you’ll be supported by a mentor throughout. Once you’ve put your thoughts into words, you’ll learn how get your work ready for publishers. Our courses offer crucial insights across a range of industry topics, including:
● Turning an idea into a solid book proposal
● Working with agents, editors and publishers
● Contracts, copyright, and royalties
● Genres and formats
● The craft of storytelling
● Author branding
To find out more about the Author Academy visit the Harper Collins website.

COMPETITION Deadline 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.

Ongoing: Voice Contributors – Write for Voice Magazine. Featuring the latest news and reviews, we’re passionate about supporting young people to have their say. Voice hosts a wide range of perspectives from the next generation, from writing and videos to photos and podcasts. Our aim is to bring you contemporary, thoughtful and provocative pieces for young people aged 16-30. We believe arts, culture, politics and tech are all interconnected, and we explore those connections through interviews, features and comment pieces. Our team interview leading cultural players such as choreographer Akram Khan, comedian and actor Dane Baptiste, singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan, comedian Tim Vine, Ed Sheeran’s vocal coach Georgia Train, and flagship cultural institutions such as the BBC and the Crafts Council. At Voice, we cultivate a national network of young journalists and commentators. Our reporters cover major festivals like Edinburgh Fringe, UK City of Culture, and Brighton Fringe where Voice is the Youth Media Partner. We run regular workshops with guest speakers, such as Mozilla Festival House at the Royal Society of Arts with online vlogger and VICE Political Correspondent Rants N Bants.
We are currently recruiting for new Voice Contributors to join the team. If you have a passion for art, culture, politics or technology, and have strong opinions that you want the world to hear, then you should consider applying! Being a Voice Contributor means that you get your work professionally edited, allowing you to build up a portfolio to show off. You also get access to press tickets and the can help shape the editorial direction of the magazine. The Voice Contributor programme runs for a minimum of 10 months, and there are opportunities to pitch for paid commissions later on. Visit Voice Magazine’s website to find out more about the Voice Contributor programme and access the details on how to apply.

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.

Ongoing: AZ Mag are looking for QTIBPOC writers to pitch their story. Whether it’s a piece exploring Culture & News, Music, Arts and Fashion, they want to hear from you – note that you can still pitch to us even if your topic doesn’t fit into one of these categories. We are looking for insightful topics related to being QTIBPoC or being Black/PoC so please ensure that you look through the website thoroughly and do not pitch topics that have already been covered. Your pitch should be no longer than 300 words. Please explain why it is an important subject that should be covered and how it would be suitable for AZ Mag’s readership. Where possible please send us examples of your previous work or a link to your blog. We’d also like to know who you are so a short bio and links to your social media accounts should be included. If no one from the AZ Mag team contacts you within 6 weeks, your pitch has been unsuccessful. Visit the AZ Magazine website to submit your writing (where possible include examples of your previous work or a link to your blog).


DEADLINES not specified: Tribe Arts Northern Collaborators Network (NCN). Tribe Arts is inviting artists and practitioners of colour to be part of a unique new collaboration network – NCN. NCN is a playing space, a making space, a dreaming space. We can make great things happen when we do it together. Round 1: Actors/Performing Artists, Round 2: Producers/Directors, Round 3: Writers. Applications are currently open for Round 1. Visit Tribe Arts website to register your interest in the Northern Collaborators Network.

Events Sep. 19th – 25th (various Leeds locations, (ticket fees apply): Unseen Histories Festival by Assembley House. Unseen Histories is a month-long festival, running throughout September, of artworks and events exploring Black British history in Leeds. The festival is curated by Black artists in and around the city, with support from Heritage Corner, pioneers of the Leeds Black History Walk and Assembly House, an artist studios and project space in Armley, Leeds. Festival programme:
• Sunday 19th Sept: Four BFI Film Shorts, Leeds Industrial Museum
• Saturday 25th Sept: Event Finale, Holbeck Walk and Event Finale at Assembly House
For tickets and more information on the Unseen Histories events please go to the Book When website

Events Mon, 20 Sept 2021 – Thu, 30 Sept 2021 (online, free): Leeds 2023 Game Jam. LEEDS 2023 is hosting a 10-day Game Jam! It’s time to test, collaborate and prototype some extraordinary new ideas. Part of Leeds Digital Festival 2021, this is a 10-day event during which game developers, artists, students, hobbyists, and anyone else interested in getting involved can come together to develop an interactive experience, digital artwork, or game. We want everyone to get involved. That’s why our Game Jam is open to anyone across the UK and internationally who is interested in collaborating, learning new ways of working or that wants to prototype extraordinary ideas. You could be an expert game designer wanting to test out innovative ideas or ways of working, or this may be your first time even thinking about making something like this. You can bring any creative expertise, skills, or training you have or learn new skills throughout the process. You may want to make the music, design the code, think about user experience, or help with the story – it’s up to you! Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Games Jam and to register for your free place.

EXHIBITION deadline Sep. 20th: Annual Arts and Minds Exhibition. This year, the exhibition will once again be hosted online on the Arts & Minds website and is brought to you in partnership with CuratorSpace. All submissions by Arts & Minds members will be accepted providing the artwork does not contain any obscene, derogatory or abusive material or imagery, and submissions can be of work in any medium or size. If you are not currently an Arts & Minds member, you can join for free. Entries are limited to one submission / image per Arts & Minds member and can be made through the CuratorSpace website.
If you would like to sell the work you are exhibiting you can either provide a link to your website or online shop or we can forward any sales enquiries to you by email. Please note any sale of work is done by arrangement between you and the buyer and Arts & Minds and CuratorSpace are not responsible for the selling or buying of any work included in the exhibition. The exhibition will go live on the Arts & Minds website on the 18thOctober 2021. Visit the Arts & Minds website to join the network for free before applying for the Annual Arts and Minds Exhibition.

Event Tues. Sep. 21st (online, tickets – donation): ‘How to Podcast Like a Pro’ Digital Event by Assemblage Youth Collective. Join presenter and producer, Kate Whitaker, for an hour long session on how to set up a successful podcast, in discussion with Assemblage founder Tascha von Uexkull. They will discuss how to find that next big idea to set your podcast apart from the rest in the exciting ever-growing podcasting industry. There’ll be plenty of practical advice, from technical set-ups, formats and editing. Plus, Kate explains how to find killer guests, how to market your podcast and how to tell a compelling narrative. Finally, there’ll be top tips on how to reach a global audience and how to get your podcast heard by the big names such as BBC Sounds and the British Podcast Awards. At the end of the session, there’ll be a chance to ask questions and chat about the exciting world of podcasting! Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the ‘How to Podcast Like a Pro’ event and to book your place.

PAID opportunity deadline Sun. Sep. 26th: Scratch Night performance opportunity for Rural Arts. Rural Arts is excited to launch our very first scratch night as part of our artist development programme Flourish. The Scratch Night will take place on Saturday 11th December at Rural Arts’ base, The Courthouse in Thirsk. There are four 20-minute performance slots available for artists and companies to perform an excerpt of new work in development which is adventurous, engaging and distinctive. We’re accepting applications across all performing arts disciplines. We are particularly interested to hear from artists and companies within North Yorkshire, and those with protected characteristics, or who are currently under-represented within the performing arts industry. Alongside a fee of £100, those selected will receive one day free rehearsal space at The Courthouse, feedback on the night from a live audience, and support from our team. Visit the Rural Arts website to find out more about the Scratch Night opportunity and to apply.

Events Wednesdays, 29 Sep, 27 Oct, 24 Nov, 6.30pm (tickets £4): Drink & Draw at The Tetley. Join us for Drink & Draw, a relaxed drawing class hosted in The Tetley Bar & Kitchen on the last Wednesday of every month. The next session celebrates the transition from summer to autumn, and explores different ways of drawing plants and botanicals. We’ll use a range of drawing tools, such as pencils and found natural objects, to experiment with different drawing styles. This event is intended for adults. Visit The Tetley’s website to book your place on the Drink & Draw workshops.

PAID TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY deadline Wed. Sep. 29th (5pm): Reader In Residence for Metal (in Peterborough). Metal is delighted to announce a call-out for its Readers in Residence programme, in response to the Radical Reading Room. Quick overview:
• Six Readers in Residence for local and national artists, activists, academics, writers, collectives and collaborators at any stage of their career.
• Each Reader will be awarded £1,000 fee, and a £1,000 programming pot. A further stipend for travel and accommodation will be made available for those living outside of the local area.
• A minimum of two live events to be programmed around the themes or topics of the books
• Spend a minimum of 7 days in the Reading Room (this can be consecutively or spread across a month)
What is the Residency: An opportunity for applicants to engage in a short time of focused research that explores their relationship to the themes and topics of the books. This could be through a project they are currently working on, or through a new line of exploration. A key outcome of the residency is for the readers to programme at least 2 in-person events to engage with the local public, through using both Metal’s existing networks and forging new relations with different community groups. Programmed events could be, but not limited to, hosting a dinner that is held with members of the public and/or community groups, an ‘in conversation’ interview with an author whose work is featured in the Reading Room, a participatory workshop, film screenings, scratch pieces, and more. Be creative! A key question to consider when crafting ideas for events is how can we engage new audiences with complex concepts and challenging ideas? The offer is open to artists, activists, academics, writers, collectives and collaborators at any stage of their career. Three of our Readers in Residence are allocated to people who work and/or live in Peterborough and the surrounding villages, with a further three being allocated to applicants from across the wider UK. To find out more about the Reader In Residence, visit Metal’s website.

Event Sep. 30th (online, free, 18:30 – 21:30): What it takes to be represented by an art gallery by Laura I.Art Gallery. Are you an artist searching for your dream career? Join our webinar and find out what it takes to be represented by an art gallery. Multi – Award Winning Laura I. Art Gallery invites artists at all stages of their career to a free conversation about what artists need to know to get representation from an art gallery. According to the Statista Research Department in the UK there are about 1,597 galleries and around 37 thousand visual artists which makes the competition very high. Most artists will go through decades of their career and never get a gallery representation. Successful artists are not always the most talented of all other artists but they have the right eye to know what a great opportunity looks like. Join us and you will find out more about techniques you can use to know when an opportunity is well suited to you. “We have a very different way when selecting artists but saying that there are common tips and rules that you need to know in order to guarantee you an exhibition and why not more”. At the event you will find out why you should choose a gallery to represent you and what’s best for your career to be an entrepreneur or to let the gallery work for you. Book a place at our event for an opportunity to ask your own questions. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Representation by an Art Gallery event, and to book your free place.

DEADLINE Fri. Oct. 1st (midnight): Digital Residencies. IMT (Image, Music, Text) is inviting applications from artists working in multimedia art practices to join our new Digital Residencies programme. The aim of Digital Residencies is to provide a focused environment for the development of artistic and professional practice, as well as providing a sustainable form of making artistic research and practice public. The successful applicant will join IMT, along with three other artists invited by IMT for this project.Digital Residencies is an experimental project which works with audience subscriptions, with proceeds shared between residency artists and IMT (through our non-profit status). The residency will allow an open studio approach, giving artists the opportunity to talk about their practice “behind the scenes” to subscribers as well as access to the inner workings of a contemporary art gallery in London.
The artists will be supported over the course of the project with skillshares. This includes mentoring in the development of their work by curators Dr Kirsten Cooke and Dr Mark Jackson, and in professional practice, with an emphasis on social media marketing with Director Lindsay Friend. What kind of content will we be producing? We don’t yet know, but we have many ideas! Each artist will have their own take on this, which will mean each residency will be unique! IMT have always taken a collaborative approach with the artists we have worked with, and we will be working with residency artists in creating material that enhances their practice and develops their professional and social media presence. The Digital Residencies will launch on the 3rd of November 2021 and will last for one year. Visit the IMT website to find out more about the Digital Residencies and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE Oct. 4th: (free to enter) Jerwood Arts 1:1 FUND. This new fund offers awards of £2k for two early-career practitioners (artists, curators and producers) to connect, experiment, learn from each other and share ideas. The 1:1 FUND is designed to offer an injection of support for two practitioners who want to work together. You can apply to strengthen an existing collaboration, or to explore a new one. Your work together can happen either in-person or remotely, and you can work together for some or all of the time.
The 1:1 FUND is designed to support (re-)connection, experimentation and learning after the isolating impact of Covid-19. We want the 1:1 FUND to build the confidence of early-career practitioners and open the door for future projects by supporting new and existing collaborations to exchange ideas, skills-share and research together. There is no expectation of a final or fixed outcome. We know that opportunities for early-career practitioners to work together in a supported way, without the pressure to produce new works or find match funding, are increasingly rare.
Jerwood Arts is piloting new approaches to identifying the early-career artists, curators and producers we support. The 1:1 FUND selection will be made using a random number generator. The application form focuses on eligibility criteria and requires fewer text-based answers than our previous funds. Applications will be reviewed by Jerwood Arts staff to check they are eligible only if they are chosen by the random number generator. This is part of our ongoing effort to remove bias from our selection processes and to explore more sustainable and inclusive approaches for both practitioners and funders. If the selected applications meet the eligibility criteria for this fund, they will be awarded £2k funding each. Visit the Jerwood Arts website to find out more about the 1:1 FUND and to apply.

PAID OPPORTUNITY deadline Mon. Oct. 4th (5pm): Call Out by TheatreState, Shout Out UK and Chapel FM. Are you 16-21 with a connection to Seacroft? Do you care about the world? Take part in this project and be an influencer of change.
• Learn to make podcasts and create influential digital content
• Interview famous politicians and inspiring activists
• Go on an all expenses paid trip to London
• Meet other creatives like you
• Work with professional artists, sound engineers & animators
• Have your work broadcast worldwide
• Get paid £300
You don’t need to know anything about politics or podcasting. You do need to have a passion for making the world a better place and a love of creativity.
Visit TheatreState’s website to find out more about the Call Out and to apply.

DEADLINE Wed. Oct. 6th (midnight): Creative Associates for Leeds Playhouse. We want to redefine our relationship with our current freelancers and expand our reach by offering support to a whole new group of creative facilitators as part of our new Creative Associate programme. It aims to set out a clear road map for freelancers – both old friends and new – highlighting our commitment to developing an even more mutually beneficial relationship through:
•  Clear lines of communication
•  Consistent support, information and reassurance
•  Development, sharing and training
•  Early notification of recruitment opportunities
The scheme does not represent a guaranteed offer of freelance work, and is not a way of engaging new or existing participants in our Creative Engagement programme. It is also not a place to develop new work – it’s solely about helping creative facilitators develop their practice. Should membership result in paid work with the Playhouse on a programme that requires a DBS check, associates will be expected to comply.
Who it is aimed at: All Leeds-based freelancers who have an interest in delivering work that creatively engages with diverse communities. This includes all the freelancers currently working on our engagement programmes.
What the offer is: Our Creative Engagement programme comprises a wide variety of projects and events. Examples of where we are eager to expand our freelance team include: Community Outreach Workshops; Youth Theatre and other youth programmes; in-school facilitating and other education programmes; and many more. We want to offer freelancers an evolving year-long programme of events, training and networking. We are aiming to run the pilot Creative Associate programme from September 2021 to August 2022. We will then review the pool each year and adapt the offer accordingly. Visit the Leeds Playhouse website to find out more about Creative Associates and to apply.

FUNDING Deadlines Oct. 7th & Nov. 4th (noon): Leeds Inspired Small Grants. They accept applications for arts projects grants of between £100 and £1200. Leeds Inspired small grants are available to fund arts projects and events which bring the city alive and make Leeds a great place to live and work. Applications to the Small Grant Scheme should fund new activity, kick start new elements to existing activity or assist projects in reaching a new or wider audience. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 2-3 weeks. Projects must allow adequate planning and preparation time after receiving a grant decision before activity begins so apply with lots of lead in time. Applications are welcome for non-profit making projects or events that work with artists:
• Individuals (you will need to demonstrate your previous experience of running similar
projects and budgets)
• Arts organisations
• Community or voluntary groups
• Commercial organisations who wish to run a non-profit arts project
• Groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main
responsibility for managing the application and any grant)
We fund activities which increase access to arts and enable people to take part fully and with greater confidence:
• Performances
• Exhibitions
• Participatory arts project work
• Arts workshops
• Events and arts education activities
• Research and Development
• Online arts based activity (remember, online content must be arts focused)
Visit the Leeds Inspired website to find out more about the small grants and to apply.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Oct. 8th: Call Out for 2 Immersive Performance Artists for R&D, Sheffield Theatres. The Blanket Fort Club is an interactive and immersive sensory theatre experience for the very young and those with complex needs. Two characters, the founding members the Blanket Fort Club, embark on imaginative escapades with audience participants, who help them realise the value of friendship and togetherness. As part of the projects sensory DNA, we are also working closely with theatre designer, Kevin Jenkins, whose observations and responses during sessions will help shape the world of the piece. Sheffield Theatres are looking for two performers for two days of creative exploration and a realisation of the ideas. The development days will culminate with a celebratory reading and portfolio share with an invited audience. This will be part scripted, part devised and responsive to you, your unique talents and skills. We are looking for actors with a playing age of 16-28, who are playful, enjoy the collaborative process and shine when engaging with young audiences. If you have multi-performance skills (singing, playing instruments, basic puppeteering) this is advantageous but not a prerequisite. We are particularly interested in hearing from performers and artists who are under-represented in the arts sector due to their socio-economic status, ethnic background or disability and from people with lived experience of migration. Fee for two days work: £350. Dates of engagement: 23 and 24 November, 2021. Venue: Sheffield Theatres Studio. Contact learning@sheffiledtheatres.co.uk more information and details about applying.

FUNDING deadline Oct. 10th: 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.

Event Oct. 13th (tickets £15): Embroidered Portraits with Textile Artist Hayley Mills-Styles at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In this workshop Hayley Mills-Styles will guide you through the basics of hand embroidery and applique to create a stitched portrait. You will learn some stitches like back stitch, stem stitch and French knots, combining them with fabric to create an embroidered portrait.
Hayley is a Yorkshire based textile artist specialising in embroidery. She works in her home studio by the sea in Scarborough. Using fabric and thread, she creates textile drawings and objects that tell stories. These stories often have an autobiographical theme, exploring mental health and personal memories. She has been stitching since childhood and loves to pass on these traditional skills with a contemporary twist. Her work has been exhibited in museums and heritage sites throughout the north including Whitby Museum, Sunny Bank Mills and the Thackray Museum of Medicine.
All materials and equipment will be provided so all you need to bring a printed photo to use as inspiration for your embroidery. This workshop is suitable for people with no embroidery experience as well as experienced stitchers who want to try something different. Suitable for adults and children aged 12+. Visit Eventbrite to book your place on the Embroidered Portraits workshop.

SUBMISSION Deadline Oct. 14th: International Call Out for Art by ArtMaze Magazine. Art Maze Magazine is an independent artist-run and ad-free specialist international print publication dedicated to discovering and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art, which reflects modern society and its environment, provokes conversation and action; fosters innovation and diversity of mediums which make today’s art scene so intriguing and versatile. Artists are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textile, installation, any mixed media, digital, performance and film (only jpg + link to video) etc. All visual art mediums are welcome. There is no specific theme for this call for art. Physical and digital copies of ArtMaze Mag are distributed worldwide via select bookshops, galleries and through ArtMaze’s online store. More information can be found here: https://artmazemag.com/shop/
Selected artists will be asked for high resolution images and will be published in the next print and digital issue of ArtMaze Magazine. Each selected artist will receive a 2-page spread in print and digital magazine including biography & statement, website, and 2-5 featured artworks. All published artists will receive a complimentary digital issue of the magazine and will be promoted on our website/social media. Physical copies of Art Maze Magazine are printed to the highest quality in United Kingdom. Visit the Art Maze Magazine website to submit your work to ArtMaze Magazine.

EVENT Fri. Oct. 22nd (online, free, 2pm – 3pm): Before Windrush – Black People in Leeds and Bradford, 1708 – 1948. Free but booking required – this talk will take place in-person at the Central Library (3rd Floor Sanderson Room), but may move online if circumstances change. People of African heritage have been making Leeds and Bradford their home for over 300 years. This talk by Danny Friar explores the lives of Black people living in Leeds and Bradford prior to the arrival of the Windrush in 1948. The result of new research, the talk will shed new light on a long forgotten local history and ties in with the exhibition of the same name. Visit TicketSource to book your free place on the Before Windrush talk.

DEADLINE Oct. 29th (5pm): Bradford Producing Hub (BPH) is recruiting members to join the Creativity Council. The Creativity Council is a group of 15-20 people from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. A bit like a committee or a steering group, they have meetings, discussions and workshops to imagine how live performance and creativity can make Bradford a better place to live and work. BPH consults with the Creativity Council regularly to gather feedback on our programmes, activities and funding grants. Ultimately the Creativity Council is in charge of selecting the projects and artists we fund via our Make Work grants. The Creativity Council is very much connected to the communities in Bradford, and they make sure we are serving the needs of the people in Bradford. We’re currently recruiting up to 5 people to join the Creativity Council. We are particularly interested in hearing from young people from African, Caribbean and South Asian heritage and Disabled people, but we would love to hear from everyone. We want all kinds of people to be part of the Creativity Council. To apply you need to be age 18 or over. We are looking for people who:
● Do or don’t work in the arts, and either do or don’t consider themselves to be creative.
● Have or haven’t done something like this before, and want to get stuck in, attend the meetings and personally develop.
● Enjoy watching all kinds of live performances.
● Are passionate about seeing more exciting events happening in Bradford.
● Are positive about Bradford’s cultures, communities and potential.
What you get in return:
The Creativity Council is fully supported, training is provided, and expenses are covered. This includes:
● Providing for any access needs.
● Providing food and drinks at meetings and events.
● Helping to cover direct costs, such as transport or childcare.
● A contribution of £50 for each official meeting attended (up to £250 per year).
● All costs for trips and visits will be fully covered, including travel, tickets and food.
● Access to the entire programme of creative training and development being developed by BPH.
Visit BPH’s website to find out more about the Creativity Council and to apply.

FUNDING / COMMISSION deadline Oct. 31st: New Conversations Egypt – apply for uk-egypt creative partnership grants. Farnham Maltings and Orient Productions are offering 5 grants of up to £6k to support the development of new, collaborative performance works that are created and presented without meeting in person. Selected projects will also have the opportunity to be presented as part of D-CAF and Arab Arts Focus 2022. The fund is open to Egypt and UK-based individual artists, collectives, independent companies and producers of theatre and dance, but we welcome applications from collaborations across art forms. These collaborative project grants will bring together artists who would not otherwise be able to connect and co-create, to test ways of developing an international dialogue and presenting work imaginatively together without travelling. Projects must begin at the earliest on 1 January 2022 and be completed by 30 June 2022. We will be hosting an information session on Tuesday 12 October with more details on the programme and how to apply. Visit the Farnham Maltings website to find out more New Conversations Egypt and to sign up to the information session.

AWARD Deadline Mon. Nov. 22nd (entry fees apply): Boynes Emerging Artist Award 5th Edition . The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an independent, international artist run online art competition. We accept all 2D mediums from drawings to paintings to photography, etc. This year we also accept sculpture. 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. Our 4th Edition had a prize pool worth $90,000 + and a 1st Place prize of a PR Team worth $15,000.We look forward to substantially increasing our prizes in our 5th Edition!
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. Entry fees: £45 for 3 images, £60 for 5 images, $88 for 8 images, or $100 for 10 images. You get a 15% discount if you meet the ‘Early Bird’ deadline of Tues. Aug. 31st.
Visit the Boynes Artist Award website to find out more about the Award and to apply.

FUNDING applications opening Summer 2022: Young Change Makers Fellowship Programme by Virgin. This is a call to young people who are working to change their community for the better. In our communities, there are many social issues that seem impossible to fix and often they don’t get the focus or funding they deserve. Through our work, we’ve met young people with the talent and drive to tackle these issues head on. Their thinking is clear and their passion for social change is obvious. We want to provide funding, mentoring and leadership development to young people who have the potential to change society for the better starting in their local community; the places and spaces they call home. If that sounds like you, we’d love to help you make a difference. Eligibility: You must be between age 18-25, live in the North East, North West, or Yorkshire and the Humber, and be passionate about growing your idea and developing your skills as a change maker. Tell us about the issue in your community you want to change and what you’ve done so far to start that journey. If you’re accepted onto the Programme, you will:
● Get a grant of up to £10,000, paid monthly over a period of six months. This will give you the time to develop and launch your idea.
● Get a travel bursary to cover the cost of up to four weeks travel to research other community driven projects like yours. This can be in the UK or abroad.
● Access a supportive peer group of exceptional young people committed to creating change.
● Have a mentor to help you develop as a leader.
● Meet social entrepreneurs who’ve created successful initiatives that drive change.
● Be introduced to other organisations who can help you after you’ve completed this programme.
● Help us to choose the next group of young people to join this programme.
Visit Virgin’s website to find out more about the Young Change Makers Fellowship Programme, and to start planning your application before the next round opens.

Ongoing FUNDING: 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.

Ongoing FUNDING: 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 FUNDING: GUAP x Dr. Martens – GUAP Fund. The GUAP Fund is back! For the first release of the year, they’ve teamed up with Dr Martens to support aspiring graphic designers and illustrators who could use some extra support towards training, equipment, software and more. They’ll be selecting 3 talented creatives to be granted £300 each over the next three weeks! Applicants must be able to demonstrate they are in need of financial support and have been actively creating. Visit the Monday Forms website to apply for the GUAP Fund.

Ongoing FUNDING: 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.

Ongoing FUNDING: F*ck Being Humble Fund. F*ck Being Humble has launched a 12 month partnership with Yellow Zine offering funding, regular free Q&As and discounted products to support creatives from the African, Caribbean and Asian diaspora. Over the next year, F*ck Being Humble will donate £100 each month to a creator from the Yellow community to support them to pursue, launch or action their own ideas and passion projects. For a chance to win all you have to do is fill out a form. Visit the Yellow Zine website to apply for the F*ck Being Humble Fund.

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 FUNDING: 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 events (free, no booking required): Drop in & Draw at the Drawing Room. Location: Art Library, Leeds Central Library. Dates: weekly on Thursdays during term time, 12pm – 1pm. Bring your sketchbook and come along to a relaxing hour of drawing in the beautiful Drawing Room. Art books are available for inspiration and to borrow for free. There will also be props and a weekly theme. This is an untutored session some materials are provided but you are welcome to bring your own or purchase from the Art Library.

Ongoing events (free): Craft Group, Reboot! Location: Drawing Room, Art Library, Leeds Central Library. Dates: weekly on Tuesdays from Sep. 14th 1:30-4:00 pm, until December 14th. Enjoy a cupper and catch up with friends or come for the first time and see what you can learn this autumn in our friendly, weekly group and enjoy some traditional crafts such as rag rugging, crochet, knitting and more. Discover online resources such as Libby as well as the many arts and crafts books and magazines we have, to support your learning. Donations may be required for refreshments and materials for regular sessions.

Ongoing Events (Pay as You Feel): crAFTERworkshop in the Drawing Room at Leeds Central Library. Decompress and chill in the Drawing Room with your unfinished project or your next crafting adventure! Get help from others, delve into the inspirational Art Library books and resources. Start something new , share a skill or simply find a space to get on with your craft and listen to a great playlist! Pay as you feel to gain access to sewing machines , overlocker and hot drinks. Also there will be wine, for sale! We accept cash card / contactless. We’ll meet (after work) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 5pm – 7pm. These sessions are for ages 16 and over, and the sessions are unstructured. Visit TicketSource to book your place on the crAFTERworkshop(s).

Ongoing: Artists to Watch 2021 by Art Connect Magazine. The Magazine features artists, interviews and resources. Get insight into the work of exciting contemporary artists, tips, ans inspiration. Every month we work together with 3 international curators to seek out exceptional artistic talents from around the world who will become ArtConnect Artists to Watch for 2021. Take part in our open call for Artists to Watch for the chance to win exciting prizes that are sure to get you noticed. Awards: winners take center stage on ArtConnect with features on our platform, social media, newsletter, and more!
● Front Page Promotion: Your art will be the first thing people see when they visit ArtConnect for a whole week. Nearly 100,000 visitors a month means a lot of new people just waiting to discover your art.
● Solo Magazine Feature: Stand out with a solo feature in ArtConnect Magazine, a dedicated page that prominently displays your work along with a short interview to let the world know who you are.
● Curatorial Review: If selected, one of our exciting international guest curators will provide a short review of your work and share their take on what made you stand out from the crowd.
● Social Media: We share each of the winning artists on our Instagram to instantly reach tens of thousands of followers who appreciate art
● Dedicated Newsletter: Winners are announced in a dedicated newsletter that gets sent directly to the inbox of more than 25,000 art professionals and enthusiastic art lovers worldwide.
● Apply early and stand out: Featured submissions – apply early for a chance to get featured in a weekly selection on the front page of our website and our Instagram stories.
Visit the Art Connect website to submit your work to be featured in the magazine.

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.

Ongoing from Oct. 5th 2021: Collective by the High Rise Project. Collective is a new community coworking space by The Highrise Project. It’s a space for people to be creative in a supportive environment. To work on a project or take part in a class – come on your own or with a group. We can supply basic art materials or you can bring your own. We can also provide creativity prompts if you need a little help getting started. Space is available on a free or PAYF basis. Tea and coffee is provided. Armley Community Hub, 2 Stocks Hill, Leeds, LS12 1QU. Open every Tuesday, 10am – 4pm from 5th October 2021. Visit the High Rise Project’s website to find out more about the Collective community coworking space.

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: Leeds Adult Acting Classes by ActUpNorth. We’ve revolutionised the tired method of actor training and are now the first port of call for those looking for Adult Acting Classes in Leeds, Yorkshire and the North East. Students travel from as far as Newcastle and Hull to attend our weekly classes in Leeds.
All of our students follow a carefully devised training programme where they are regularly observed and have the chance to work with industry professionals including Casting Directors, Agents, Producers and Directors.
Workshops will cover a range of mediums and techniques with a focus on acting for screen. Most sessions will involve working on TV scripts from current or recent TV productions. In addition, students will get to work on screen using our HD Cameras and view their work back. We feel this is a useful tool and helps the student identify areas for future improvement. Our students in Leeds have had great success locally, nationally and internationally.
Each term is made up of 12-16 weeks and is further broken down into 3 modules, each module lasting around 4 weeks. Therefore it may be possible to join the programme at various times throughout the year. The minimum commitment to study with us is one term. If accepted onto the programme you will be invited to join a 1 x 2 hour class per week. Fees: classes are charged at £18 per 2 hour class and include the costs of all the additional guest tutor classes. Fees are payable 4 weekly in advance at £72. Discounts are available when paying for the entire term up front. Visit ActUpNorth’s website to find out more about their Adult Acting Classes.

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 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: 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 – 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.


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

PAID work placements (for ages 19 and under, deadline not specified): Better Futures by PATH. Are you or someone you know, from a Black, Asian or other minority background and interested in a paid work placement? PATH Yorkshire is currently working with a number of employers to develop placements on our new Better Futures project. You will train on-the-job with an employer for up to 12 months and also work towards a suitable qualification. Placements are in a specific role within a certain sector or industry. A training course complements your work placement experience. Visit PATH Yorkshire’s website to apply for Better Futures.

DEADLINE not specified, date posted 21/09/21: Crew members needed for The Music Consortium. The Music Consortium continues to grow from strength to strength and offers services to clients such as Festival Republic, LS-Live, Litestructures, MCD, Prism and more. The Music Consortium works on Festivals of all shapes and sizes such as Latitude/Longitude, Lollapalooza, Leeds Festival and will be supplying labour for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The Music Consortium is at the forefront of changing the Event Industry into a safer and fairer working environment for all, and we need new and passionate people to join us. As The Music Consortium continues to develop and expand it’s client base we need to increase the number personnel we can call on. This will enable us to service these new clients as well as being able to continue providing the same high standards our existing clients have come to expect. To apply it’s likely you will need a valid driving licence and access to your own vehicle. Visit The Music Consortium’s website to apply for a Crew member role.

FREE COURSE deadline not specified: Boost Your Confidence with Team by The Prince’s Trust. If you’re unemployed and between 16 and 25, you can meet new people, gain new skills and train on our Team programme. Three out of four people on Team go on to work or college courses within three months. Join Team, our 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. When you come on board, you’ll be challenged to:
• Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
• Take part in an action packed residential trip
• Get two weeks’ work experience in something you’re interested in
• Develop your English and Maths skills
As part of the course, we also spend some time developing your interview and CV skills to ensure your confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step. It’s completely free and won’t affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance. Visit the Prince’s Trust website to find out more about the Boost Your Confidence course and to apply.

DEADLINE not specified: Distribution Driver with own small van/large car. For HowDo?! Yorkshire and based at Bread+Roses, North Parade, Bradford. Salary: £10.50ph + expenses + pro-rata holiday pay. Contract: Ongoing / casual (freelance or zero hours), with a three month probation period. Flexible working Monday-Friday, usual hours 8am-6pm. Approx. 5 working days per month on average. We distribute flyers, posters and brochures to community locations across Yorkshire. HowDo?! serves diverse communities and helps arts and community organisations build new audiences, encouraging regional cross promotion and creating a greater sense of cultural activity in Yorkshire. Job purpose: Driving on prearranged routes delivering printed material to community locations in a local area of West Yorkshire. Often a physically demanding role, driving long days (9am-5pm), working independently. Worker must own their own small van / large car. Full training of distribution service provided and additional vehicle wear + tear expenses paid. We seek an experienced driver, with exceptional local knowledge, a clean driving license, and a passion for the arts and/or other local culture such as sports, community and voluntary sector or similar. Key responsibilities:
• Delivering packages of flyers and magazines to community locations in any one of 26 areas across Yorkshire.
• Passionately promoting our client’s events.
• Keeping notes on the job & add new venues so that we can update our master database.
To apply for the Distribution Driver role, visit the HowDo?! Website.

VOLUNTEER DEADLINE Fri. Sep. 24th: Light Night Volunteers. Looking to update your CV with something creative? Live events are back, and you have the chance to be part of one of Europe’s largest illuminated festivals. From Millennium Square to Victoria Gate, South Bank to the University, Light Night Leeds 2021 is showcasing cutting edge video mapping, interactive installations and spectacular street art. Volunteer roles include: Visitor Support, Artist Assistant, Photography / Videography, and Social Media. Light Night wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers each year. If you join our festival volunteer mailing list, you will be the first to know about all the latest news and how you can get involved with our year-round calendar of events, including: Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival, Independent Directions Film Festival, Leeds International Beer Festival, and The Rugby League World Cup. Visit the What’s On Leeds website to volunteer for Light Night and to sign up to the mailing list for future volunteer opportunities.

DEADLINE Mon. Sep. 29th: Company Administrator for Transform. We are looking for someone with a passion for ensuring arts organisations operate effectively and efficiently. This role is designed for someone interested in setting up and running the administrative and financial systems that help arts organisations function. You will be excited about working within the context of a small and ambitious organisation and leading on the financial and operational administration that enables Transform to run effectively.  You will be dedicated, diligent and highly organised – with a hawk eye for numbers and detail. This is an exciting time to join our growing team, as we further evolve Transform as a bold, adventurous and open-hearted international performance festival for the Leeds City Region. Leading with an international approach, we are building a festival model that centres inclusivity and care, is co-created with younger people and communities and reflects the ideas and energies of those across the city and globe. Salary: £23k – £26k per annum pro rata (depending on experience). Hours: 32 hours a week over 4 days. Contract: 18 months (with potential of extension). Location: Leeds City Region or commutable distance. Visit Transform’s website to find out more about the Company Administrator role and to apply.

DEADLINE Fri. Oct. 1st: Creative Learning Coordinator – Drama Specialist for Grimm & Co. We are now recruiting for an organised, enthusiastic and experienced Drama Specialist to help us deliver a specific and exciting learning programme. Working closely with our two Creative Learning Managers, you will help create and deliver our schools residency project entitled Chapter & Verse, which is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund. The project aims to empower teachers in risk-taking, enhance their creative practice and develop investment in learning. Part time: 24 hours per week. Salary: £21,902 per annum, pro-rata. To apply you’ll need:
● Experience of delivering high quality creative learning programmes for children, young people and families, with a particular focus on literacy/creative writing
● Experience of working with and supporting young people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diverse range of needs
● Experience of delivering in role, ensuring that the facilitation and objective remains clear, yet using characterisation to emphasise purpose and output
● A valid driving license
Visit Grimm & Co’s website to find out more about the Drama Specialist role and to apply.

DEADLINE Oct. 1st: Primary Music Teacher for Learning Music (Dewsbury). Payment: £150 – £175 per day. Learning Music is seeking to appoint a Primary Music Teacher to teach lessons for one of our clients, a primary school in Dewsbury. Working across all year groups, you will principally deliver music lessons with a broad approach ensuring all elements of the national curriculum are covered. With certain year groups, a specific instrumental focus (ukulele) will be taken – so a little prior experience of basic ukulele, or if not, a willingness to learn the basics, will be important. The postholder will also lead 2 x 30 minute extra-curricular groups.
About the organisation: Learning Music is an independent music education agency. We work with partner schools across the country to deliver inspirational curriculum lessons, instrumental lessons, vocal lessons and ensembles. Our fundamental belief is that all pupils should receive a first class music education and we work with schools to achieve this vision as their specialist adviser and provider.
About the ideal candidate: Passionate about inspiring students of all ages and backgrounds through excellent teaching and learning, you will have some prior experience of teaching music in a formal setting. Your engaging style and ability to bring music to life will inspire a love of music among your pupils. Visit Learning Music’s website to find out more about the Primary Music Teacher role and to apply.

DEADLINE Mon. Oct. 4th (midday): Freelance Stage Manager for Cast Theatre. Contract: Required dates: 18th- 22nd October 2021: R&D. November 22nd – Dec 1st: Rehearsals. Dec 2nd: Show opens. Fee: £2k. (Plus travel expenses if traveling over 30 miles). Cast is a professional arts organisation in the heart of Doncaster, based in a twin auditoria theatre venue and presenting performance throughout the year. We are seeking a multi-skilled stage manager, preferably with experience of working in small spaces with digital animations to join our creative team on Wish, a 20-minute performance for babies ages up to 18 months. Cast is looking for a stage manager with some or all of the following experience and skills:
● Experience of working alongside digital animations, immersivly and/or in very small spaces.
● At least 1 years’ professional experience in small scale theatre
● A base in Yorkshire preferred
● Experience of running multiple elements of the show (You will need to operate LX, Sound, Digital and move some set pieces as there will be no room for any other staff in the space)
Visit Casts’s website to find out more about the Stage Manager role and to apply.

DEADLINE Mon. Oct. 4th: Freelance Lighting Designer for Cast Theatre. Cast is a professional arts organisation in the heart of Doncaster, based in a twin auditoria theatre venue and presenting performance throughout the year. We are seeking a lighting designer, preferably with experience of working in small spaces with digital animations to join our creative team on Wish, a 20-minute performance for babies ages up to 18 months.
You will need to be available for one day in R&D, and all days at the end of the rehearsal period including tech/dress and opening day (November 29th – December 2nd). Essential Dates: 1 day in week of October 18th – 22nd 2021 R&D, November 30th – December 1st December Rehearsals,Dec 2nd – First performance day.
Fee: £800.00 total fee (£150 for R&D day, and £650.00 for design and rehearsal days. Plus travel expenses if traveling over 30 miles. If you are required to attend on any other days in the R&D or rehearsal periods, we will negotiate an additional fee. Cast is looking for a lighting designer with some or all of the following experience and skills:
Experience of working with digital animations, immersively and/or in very small spaces.
At least 1 years’ professional experience in small scale theatre
A base in Yorkshire preferred
Visit Cast’s website to find out more about the Lighting Designer role and to apply.

DEADLINE Oct. 8th: Youth Theatre Director for York Theatre Royal. Salary: £25,500. Hours: 40 per week. Primary Objectives of the Job: To lead on the development of the work of York Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre including: maintaining the existing cohort of Youth Theatre participants; expanding Youth Theatre capacity in new locations across the city; actively seeking to recruit young people from diverse backgrounds and taking overall artistic responsibility for Youth Theatre output. Hours: 40 per week. To apply you’ll need:
• At least 3 years’ professional experience of devising and delivering theatre or arts projects for children and young people
• Experience of directing children & young people across different age ranges
• Experience of Arts Award in both a delivery and advisory capacity
• Understanding of theatre skills, practice and pedagogy
Visit York Theatre Royal’s website to find out more about the Youth Theatre Directos role and to apply.

DEADLINE Oct. 10th: National Coordinator, AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges). The role involves overseeing artists’ residency schemes in host universities and the management of supporting projects, eg. AA2A artists membership group, access to museum collections and our employability programme, which focuses on self-employment. As part of the AA2A team of three people, you would be required to work from home on a Mac (computer provided). We’re looking for someone with a degree, preferably in a visual arts subject, with experience of setting up and managing visual arts projects, conversant with a wide range of digital platforms and able to develop content for websites, newsletters and social media. It’s a permanent contract with a nine month probationary period. Core hours are 728 a year (average 14 hours a week) paid at £15.00 an hour. This includes statutory leave entitlement. An additional 7 hours a week may be available (payable at the same rate) by negotiation, but only up until June 2022. Core hours will normally be worked over a minimum of two, non-consecutive days each week. There may be occasional working from employer’s home office in Sheffield (one day every 3 months if required). AA2A is a social enterprise company and an ACE NPO & SSO with a funding agreement expected to run until at least April 2023. Visit the AA2A website to find out more about the National Coordinator role and to apply.

DEADLINE October 11th: Youth and Community Dance Intern for Yorkshire Dance. Yorkshire Dance is seeking an enthusiastic person with experience of working in the dance/ arts sector to join their thriving Youth and Community team. This internship aims to be a broad introduction to Youth and Community Dance practice and administration. The youth & community Dance intern will assist with co-ordination, planning and delivery of all aspects of Yorkshire Dance’s Youth and Community programme. If you have a passion for supporting children and young people to encounter dance and the arts, this could be the job for you! Salary: £18,525. Hours of work: 37.5 per week. Interviews will take place at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds City Centre (or over Zoom is required) on Monday 18th October 2021. To apply you’ll need work experience (paid or voluntary) in dance or arts sector. To find out more about the Youth and Community Dance Intern role, visit Yorkshire Dance’s website.

DEADLINE Mon. Oct. 11th (5pm): Community Music Worker for Chapel FM Arts Centre (Leeds). Chapel FM Arts Centre (a project of Heads Together Productions) is searching for a Community Music Worker to plan and deliver courses and workshops on using music to help people from our community and beyond (especially young people) develop their voices and confidence, share visions for their community and connect with the wider city and world beyond East Leeds. This work includes teaching basic and intermediate performance skills, song-writing, talking about music on the radio and in podcasts and creating audio documentaries, organising live performances involving music and other music-related skills.
In addition, the Community Music Worker will collaborate with other staff and volunteers to develop wider music offers at Chapel FM Arts Centre including providing mentoring on professional development for young musicians, helping programme live music performances, utilising our East Leed FM radio resources to showcase other music projects in Leeds and beyond and to strategise about how music can link up with other art forms such as radio, creative writing and theatre to help us tell stories about important issue about and for our community in East Leeds.
While strong music performance skills are important, it is not essential to be experience in any particular instruments or genres of music. Rather, the core requirements are to be a confident facilitator (or teacher) of arts participation classes and workshops (especially with young people ages 11-25), be able to cultivate young peoples’ interest in music and have a strong interest in the social challenges and aspirations of communities like East Leeds. This post is 21 hours per week) and is offered on a salary scale between £19,380 – £25,840. We will be arranging remote interviews with long-listed candidates in mid-October and in-person interviews with short-listed candidates in late October or early November.
Desired experience for this position includes:
• Experience of facilitating and/or teaching music courses, especially with young people in an informal participatory arts context and/or in a more formal classroom setting.
• Experience helping musicians and the wider public think about music in bigger social and community contexts. For example: organising or participating in events exploring links between music and gender, race, class, issues such as the climate emergency and other topics.
• Experience of interacting with communities, especially less privileged ones, through the arts or other participatory projects.
• Experience of collaborating with other arts and third sector organisations on projects, festivals and other events.
Required skills and abilities for the position include:
• Ability to create and deliver a lesson plan, taking into account the interests, experience, ages and backgrounds of the participants.
• Curiosity about the wider music scenes in Leeds and elsewhere and enthusiasm for setting up new projects and collaborations.
• Ability to talk confidently in public, either in-person or on-air.
Desired skills and abilities for the position include:
• Ability to help participants with song-writing and composing and interest in exploring how to link original music with radio and podcast shows.
• Ability to implement risk assessments for participants, attend to safe-guarding issues and to communicate with parents and carers of youth participants.
• Ability to be curious and stay informed about events happening in our community and beyond, especially within the arts and third sector.
Visit Chapel FM’s website to find out more about the Community Music Worker role and to apply.

DEADLINE Wed. Oct. 13th (noon): Sound Artist for Young People’s Project in Leeds for TheatreState. TheatreState is looking for a freelance Sound Artist to support a journey into politics, podcasting & content creation for young people aged 16-21 in Leeds. The Sound Artist will support the Lead Facilitator to work with a group of 5 young people to design and record content for a podcast about their journey into politics. Content will be imagined and created by the group but will likely include interviews with high-profile politicians and inspiring activists, conversations with peers, music, spoken word and sound effects. You will have a track record in creating podcasts, audio work and sound design for a range of creative projects. You’ll be a fun, engaging presence with excellent communication skills and experience working with young people. You’ll be locally based (Leeds or commutable distance) with a valid DBS certificate or the ability to acquire one with our support. This is a freelance contract with a fee of £1,500 (based on approximately 10 days work at £150 per day). You’ll need to be available on 25th & 26th October and on Monday evenings from 8th – 29th November in Leeds, plus remote work to suit your own schedule. We’re committed to ensuring our pool of collaborators is representative of the range of participants we’re likely to be working with and therefore are particularly keen to hear from applicants who identify as any of the following:
• Under 30
• From a ‘lower’ socio-economic backgrounds
• Of the Global Majority
• Disabled & Neurodiverse
To apply, please email info@theatrestate.org with a CV and cover letter of no more than 1 side of A4, telling us a bit about yourself, what interests you about this opportunity and what makes you the right person for the role. Alternatively, send us a short video of no more than 3 minutes in length, detailing the same. Interviews will be held the week commencing Oct. 18th.

DEADLINE Mon. Oct. 25th (9am): Arts Engagement Coordinator for Tutti Frutti. Tutti Frutti productions was founded in Leeds in 1991. Our work is aimed specifically for children aged 3+ and their parents/carers for which we have built up a high quality product and excellent reputation. We are looking to recruit a part time (2 days) Arts Engagement Coordinator. This role will be supporting us in our new arts engagement in the Harehills area and beyond. The job would be ideal for someone who loves community working, has a passion for the arts, and wants the best for all children. Perhaps they are at the start of their career or someone who wishes to develop their skills or return to work or try something new. Duration:  5 year contract. Hours:  2 days a week (15 hours) working flexibly with the team. Salary:  £22k pro rata (meaning £8,800 per year working 2 days a week). Contract:  Fixed term 5 year employee, but can be Freelance if required. Start date: as soon as possible. Zoom/In person Interview Dates: Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 November 2021. If anyone has questions about the role, you can email mosa@tutti-frutti.org.uk at any time, or on Tuesday 5 October 2021 between 10am – 5pm you can pop into Shine or give us a call on 0113 388 0027. Visit the Tutti Frutti website to find out more about the Arts Engagement Coordinator role and to apply.

DEADLINE Dec. 20th: Distribution Worker for HowDo?! Yorkshire and based at Bread+Roses, North Parade, Bradford. Salary: £9.50ph plus expenses plus pro-rata holiday pay. Contract: Ongoing / casual (freelance or zero hours). HowDo?! Yorkshire is an arts marketing company specialising in leaflet and flyer distribution in Yorkshire. We distribute flyers, posters and brochures to community locations across Yorkshire. From cafes and bars, through to community centres, libraries, galleries, theatres, universities and chip shops, HowDo?! serves diverse communities and helps arts and community organisations build new audiences, encouraging regional cross promotion and creating a greater sense of cultural activity in Yorkshire. Our regular clients include Bradford Council, Leeds Council, Science & Media Museum, Henry Moore Institute, Northern Ballet, Opera North, National Trust, Leeds Film Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Harrogate Museums, and Compass Art Festival.
We are looking for confident and hardworking distribution workers to work with us promoting regional arts events and distributing printed flyers. You will work as part of a team, often with a delivery driver, sometimes independently using public transport to deliver flyers and print media to community locations across the Yorkshire region & occasionally neighbouring areas. We also offer door-to-door distribution and hand-to-hand promotions on the street, the role includes some administrative duties such as distribution reports and trip research. Each distribution run includes hundreds of locations and the job can be complex and physically demanding. You will gain experience in organising and communicating as part of a team, and you will get to know Yorkshire. Key responsibilities and accountabilities:
Confidence promoting regional arts and community events.
For this position, you should be creative and comfortable working independently, ideal candidates will be accustomed to a quick paced, physical job.
● Extremely hard working and diligent.
● Passionate about the arts and/or other Yorkshire culture such as sports, community, etc.
To apply for the Distribution Worker role, visit the HowDo?! Website.

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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