Opportunities

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

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MUSIC

Visit our Music Industry Guide for ongoing opportunities: funding, talent development schemes, Leeds music communities, advice on performing and getting paid, career and industry guidance, music jobs and much more.

 

GIG DEADLINE Mar. 10 (applications open now): Visit the Tramlines website to apply to play at this year’s festival in Sheffield. 
https://tramlines.org.uk/explore/apply-to-play/?fbclid=IwAR03PAIX8q7r2EZvfrC8VxMV7kdDsb541dMbw9au953v4l9IU-JK-ga4oiY 

GIG DEADLINE not specified: Apply to Play, Beat-Herder 2024 (Lancashire). Are you a band or an artist? A DJ or other performer? Can you offer a workshop or a walkabout performance? Visit Beat-Herder’s website to register your interest in a gig at this year’s festival. 
https://entertainers.beatherder.co.uk/ 

Ongoing: Free Online Advice Sessions by Launchpad. Launchpad offers one to one Online Advice Sessions to emerging artists and music industry professionals across Yorkshire. 

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 Launchpad’s website to book a free online advice session. 

https://www.launchpad-music.com/advicedropins 

FUNDING DEADLINE Mar. 11 (applications open Feb. 12): Women Make Music Fund by PRS. The fund supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music. The following are all considered by PRS Foundation to be Women Make Music music creators: 

– Songwriters 
– Composers 
– Artists, bands, producers and performers who are involved in the composition / writing process. 

You can apply for up to £5K. Visit the PRS website to find out more about the fund and to apply. 

https://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/all-career-levels/women-make-music-2/women-make-music-application-stages-and-deadlines/ 

DEADLINE Mar. 14 (opens for applications Jan. 29): Power Up by PRS Foundation. This ambitious, long-term initiative which supports Black music creators and industry professionals and executives, as well as addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music sector. Creating a long-term network across the UK, each year the Participant Programme will support: 

20 x Black music creators (artists, songwriters, composers and producers who are involved in the creative process and may be working in any genre, based anywhere in the UK) 

20 x Black executives and industry professionals (industry professionals working in any sector of the music industry, anywhere in the UK. This includes employees and entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals) 

Participants power up through:  

Grant support of up to £15,000 
Capacity building and mentoring 
Access to partners 
Marketing support  
Taking part in the long-term POWER UP network 
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more and to apply. 

https://prsfoundation.com/power-up-participant-programme/ 

FUNDING deadline Apr. 2 & Oct. 7: Composers’ Fund by PRS Foundation.PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund is an opportunity for composers with a strong track record, giving direct access to funding at pivotal stages in their career.  

A contribution of up to £8,000 – £15,000 is available to composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK and have the potential for greater impact in the UK and overseas. Managed by PRS Foundation, The Composers’ Fund supports up to 15 composers per year who can make the case for the kind of support that would enable them to make a significant step change in their career. Previous projects have included recordings, the promotion and performance of existing works, international co-commissions and development, performer collaboration, residencies, sabbaticals or childcare costs and project or promotional support. Visit the PRS website to find out more about the fund and to apply. 

https://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/next-steps/the-composers-fund/ 

FUNDING deadline Apr. 8 and Sep. 30: Open Fund for Music Creators. The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding music creators of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career with grants of up to £5K. Funding can support: 

Creation of new music 
Music Creator fees (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) 
Equipment (not exceeding 20% of the total project budget) 

Visit the PRS website to find out more and to apply. 

https://prsfoundation.com/the-open-fund-for-music-creators-guidance-faqs/ 

FUNDING DEADLINE Apr. 15 (applications open Mar. 8): The Hitmaker Fund by PRS Foundation. 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. It was launched in 2017 as a response to the long-term career needs of those working behind the scenes. A summary of what the fund can support: 

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) 

Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the fund and to apply. 

https://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/next-steps/the-hitmaker-fund/guidance-and-faqs-2/ 

FUNDING DEADLINE May 20, Aug. 5 & Nov. 4 (applications open Apr. 22): PPL Momentum Fund by PRS Foundation. The fund offers grants of £5k-£15k for UK based artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the fund and to apply. 

https://prsfoundation.comacfunding-support/funding-music-creators/next-steps/ppl-momentum-music-fund/ 

EVENT Fri. Jan. 19 (9am – 5pm): I Know A Place Conference by Come Play With Me. Location: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. We’re back at everyone’s favourite community-led venue for the 8th edition of I Know A Place! There’ll be in conversations, workshops, networking opportunities, stalls, panels, free stuff and fun stuff as we champion diversity in the music industry.Ticket price categories include free entry, donation, and pay it forward. Workshops include:
● Get Played, Get Paid: Join PRS for Music, Graft and Amy Illingworth from Sunflower Thieves as they discuss their songwriting process, the business side of songs, and the Get Paid Guide, a new one-stop guide on the data required to get paid for your musical works.
● On the Record: Focussed on giving an insight into the world of music journalism, this workshop will see a handful of  journalists offer advice and guidance on developing everything from interview techniques, to getting to grips with editing, deadlines and finding your own voice. Visit the Ticket Pass website to view the full conference line up and to book your tickets.

FUNDING deadlines 19 Jan, 28 June, & 15 November: Youth Music Next Gen Fund. The fund is for early-stage musicians and wider music creatives (e.g. producers and DJs) to invest up to £2,500 in their own projects and make their ideas happen. The fund is aimed at those whose lack of finance holds them back from pursuing their goals. You can apply to develop a project that you can run and deliver yourself, e.g.
● A creative music project: a single, EP or contribution towards an album campaign
● A music-based business: starting a record label or music platform
● A platform that supports underrepresented voices and perspectives
We can also cover costs linked to:
● Training, mentoring and networking
● Audience or business development or marketing
● Equipment, software and marketing
Eligibility: Open to people aged 18–25 (or up to 30 if deaf or disabled). Visit Youth Music’s website to find out more about the fund and to apply.

GIG DEADLINE Jan. 30: Apply to Play at Sound City (Liverpool). Over 17 editions of Sound City, we’ve showcased more than 3,000 emerging artists to over 400,000 fans and key industry figures, winning a stack load of awards along the way and helping to catapult hundreds of acts on the road to media coverage, record deals, hit albums and sell-out tours. Visit Amplead’s website to apply to play at Sound City.

GIG DEADLINE Feb. 16: Apply to Play at The Great Escape Festival (Brighton). Visit the Great Escape’s website to apply to play at the Festival.

FREE EVENT Fri. Mar. 1 2024 (10am – 6pm): Launchpad Conference. Join a day of discussion, learning and networking, with speakers from the local music scene, and those working on a national and international level. If you are involved in music in any way and hope to gain a better understanding of the music industry – as an artist, producer, manager, promoter, student, or enthusiast, come along to find out more from leading experts and professionals. Location: Leeds Beckett University. Tickets: Free or PAYF. Visit Launchpad’s website to find out more about the line up and to book your ticket.

FUNDING rolling deadlines: Develop Your Music with Help Musicians UK. We offer financial help to develop your skills, grow your portfolio and build a career. Apply for up to £5,000 towards:
● Record and release: create your next release and get your music out into the world.
● Skills and professional development: training, mentorship or other learning opportunities.
● Touring and live: take your performance to the stage and bring it on tour.
Visit the Help Musicians UK website to find out more about the funding and to apply.

ONGOING: Funding Information by Help Musicians. Thinking of applying for funding from Help Musicians UK? Visit their website to book a free 20-minute phone call with them.

BUSINESS

FREE EVENT Dec. 14 (9.30am – 1pm): Artificial Intelligence (AI) Masterclass with Frame x MAIA by Business & IP Centre Leeds. Location: Leeds Central Library. This workshop is aimed at established businesses and those with the resources or knowledge to make practical use of AI.  The event will help you understand AI and the essential steps to prepare your company for utilising data. Immerse yourself in hands-on activities and practical exercises on AI and its immediate benefits. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the event and to book your free place.

Ongoing: Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme. Age 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! The free programme begins with an information session, followed by a workshop covering planning and marketing, sales, budgeting and tax. Then it’s time to start building your business. We’ll help you to plan and test your ideas, give you the opportunity to apply for funding, in addition to further support. Visit the Prince’s Trust website to find out how they support for your business ideas. You can also browse our free business resources.

Ongoing: Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Leeds. Thinking about setting up a business or developing an existing one? From the first spark of inspiration to successful launching and growing your ideas, we have a wealth of information. We’ll support you to learn new skills, access exclusive resources to research your market, protect your products and services, and get specialist one-to-one guidance and support. The BIPC team are based in Leeds Central Library. Visit Leeds City Council’s website to find out more about BIPC Leeds. Visit Eventbrite to view the upcoming free BIPC events.

Ongoing: Funding and support by Ad:Venture. For new business start-up or growth, visit Ad:Venture’s website

Ongoing: Funding for voluntary, charity and community groups in Leeds. Visit the Doing Good Leeds and Leeds Community Foundation websites.

Ongoing: Funding for Social Entrepreneurs.  Visit UnLtd’s website.

FILM & TV

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

Visit our Film Industry Guide for ongoing opportunities: awards / funding, talent development schemes, career and industry guidance, jobs / work experience opportunities and much more.

 

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline Feb. 8: BBC Ignite. Ignite is open for applications for fresh, bold and innovative new animation ideas. Successful creators will receive funding to co-develop their idea in partnership with us, developing it into an industry standard proof of concept which we will then consider for a potential commission. We’re looking for submissions from sole creators over the age of 18, collectives, animation studios, production companies or anything in-between, where creatives would like to co-develop with us rather than engage with the BBC via the usual commissioning process. You may be taking your first steps into animation, be a long-standing industry professional with something you’ve always wanted to explore, or a production company or animation studio with an exciting new idea. Whatever your level of experience, we want to see your proposal. We’re looking for UK-centric ideas that appeal to children of all ages with living breathing characters in a world that children will love, and ideas with a potential to run to multiple series. Visit the BBC website to find out more about the scheme and to apply. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/ignite-animation 

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline Feb. 23: Grierson DocLab. The Grierson DocLab core programme has been running since 2012. Aimed at UK-based 18-25 years olds who want to pursue a career in factual TV or documentary, the programme equips 12 successful candidates with the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections to take their first steps into the industry. Eligibility: This is a new entrant programme so no previous experience in the industry is required, you just need a passion for documentaries and/or factual television and a demonstrable desire to work in the sector. If you have more than three months’ experience in the industry, you are not eligible to apply. Visit the Grierson Trust website to find out more about DocLab and to apply. 

https://griersontrust.org/grierson-doclab/core-2024 

DEADLINE Fri. May 24 (submissions open now): BFI London Film Festival (LFF). Submit your short, mid-length or feature films. Entry fees are cheaper if you submit by March 27. The LFF showcases exceptional British filmmaking alongside international work, and the programme spans features, shorts, fiction, documentary, artists’ moving image, restorations, animation and films for families, alongside titles destined for awards-season glory. Visit the BFI website to find out more about the festival. 

https://www.bfi.org.uk/explore-our-festivals/68th-bfi-london-film-festival-submissions-are-open?mc_cid=2a1e420b73&mc_eid=7361ae46f2 

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME DEADLINE TBC (applications open in 2024): WFTV (Women in Film and TV) Kay Mellor Screenwriters Lab. This 5-day writers’ lab is a fully-funded opportunity for screenwriters taking place at the Arvon Foundation in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The 2023 programme consisted of craft writing masterclasses, tutor-led workshops and independent writing time. Across the week there will also be evening sessions with special guests from the industry, including Happy Valley creator and writer, Sally Wainwright OBE. 

Eligibility: The Lab is an opportunity to spotlight and develop emerging female writers who have some writing experience and are looking to achieve their first screenwriting credit in Film or TV, whether that is finding an agent or pitching their project to an independent production company. 

The lab is for writers who do not yet have any industry writing credits (in either feature film or TV) and are actively working on a script (or more than one project) that is at final draft stage and who have further speculative ideas for future projects, which have the potential to be developed in production. Writers will be required to select one of their scripts to develop and work on across the week. The script/screenplay selected by the writer can be a series (episode), feature film or short film for either Adult or Young Adult audiences. Visit WFTV’s website to find out more.  

https://www.wftv.org.uk/screenwriterslab?mc_cid=2a1e420b73&mc_eid=7361ae46f2 

DEADLINE Feb. 6: Sheffield DocFest’s Meet the Market. Our MeetMarket for documentary projects, is now open for entries. We welcome projects in either development, production, post-production, or rough cut stage seeking partners and supporters. Head to our website now to find out what you need to prepare for your application. The MeetMarket will take place on Thursday 13 & Friday 14 June 2024. If selected, you will need to be available on these days for one-to-one meetings. Visit Sheffield DocFest’s website to find out more and to submit your project.

SUBMISSION deadline Mar. 1 (applications open now – the earlier you apply, the cheaper the submission fee): Sheffield DocFest. Entries are now open for Sheffield DocFest, taking place from Wednesday 12 – 17 June 2024. We welcome documentary and non-fiction films of all lengths and from all around the world, that wish to be considered for premiering as part of our 2024 official selection. You can submit short films under 40 minutes, or mid-length to feature films over 40 minutes. Our 2023 Film Programme was made up of 122 films (86 features and 36 shorts) – to get inspired, take a look at the films selected on our website. Before applying, we strongly suggest you read our Film Entry Guidelines for more information about what we’re looking for and our eligibility criteria. Visit Sheffield DocFest’s website to find out more and to submit your film.

BURSARY deadline May 31 2024 (you can apply now): ScreenSkills Bursaries – apply for funding to progress your career. For ages 18+. 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. Money can be spent on training fees, access, accommodation during training, travel to training, driving lessons, childcare, software and equipment. Read the bursary guidelines to understand exactly what’s covered. Visit the ScreenSkills website to find out more about the bursary and to apply.

FILM SCREENINGS Wed. June 12 – Mon. June 17: Sheffield DocFest. Sheffield International Documentary Festival is held annually in Sheffield. Visit Sheffield DocFest’s website to view the festival programme and to book tickets.

WRITING

Visit our Writing Industry Guide for ongoing opportunities: career guidance, writers’ communities, courses, talent development schemes, awards / bursaries / competitions, and publishing.

ONLINE EVENTS Feb. 5, Feb. 19 & March 4: Adapt – Develop Your Skills for the Screen. Through a three-part series of webinars, learn from Oscar and BAFTA-winning screenwriters about how to adapt your own novel, play or short story for the screen. Cost: £15 (for access to all three webinars). Visit New Writing North’s website to find out more.  

https://newwritingnorth.com/event/adapt/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Spring%20programme%2024&utm_content=Spring%20programme%2024+CID_c5c52ccd33dedc863a60d61ef32724b9&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Book%20tickets%20for%20ADAPT 

SUBMISSION deadline Feb. 12: Northern Writers’ Awards. Submit your work to win cash prizes, mentoring, career support, and more. There are a range of categories you can submit your writing to, including poetry. Visit the New Writing North website to find out more. 

https://newwritingnorth.com/northern-writers-awards/awards/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Spring%20programme%2024&utm_content=Spring%20programme%2024+CID_c5c52ccd33dedc863a60d61ef32724b9&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Enter%20the%20Northern%20Writers%20Awards 

PAID OPPORTUNITY deadline Feb. 19: Photoworks Writer in Residence 2024. Photography+ is Photoworks’ quarterly online magazine. Read by international audiences, the digital publication showcases new writing, imagery, and perspectives on photography. Each issue focuses on a different theme, exploring how photography crosses over with everyday life. The Writer in Residence will work closely with the Photoworks Editor, Diane Smyth, to meet deadlines and deliver four articles of approximately 1000 words. 

The successful writer should have a working knowledge of contemporary photography as well as a willingness to look beyond photography for inspiration. This opportunity suits an early-career writer looking to gain experience writing and publishing online. Photoworks is based in the UK, but writers are welcome to apply from all over the world. This is pa aid residency with a fee of £300 per article, with expected outputs of four articles plus online or in-person meetings with the Photoworks team. The opportunity is open to all and runs from April 2024 to March 2025. Visit the Photoworks website to find out more and to apply. 

https://photoworks.org.uk/opportunities/photoworks-writer-in-residence-2024/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=289791709&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9qbJsVZsKi1oQhc-oCzDHmcsWhtgsteREZ1vjmozgcg4oDD9q5qsjvMwpm-fcMqxDptyL4_tMF38zEICV8Aqg-dfXrYPDzXP-IPCZM3Kb0k31hEuQ&utm_content=289791709&utm_source=hs_email 

 

SUBMISSION deadlines the end of each month in January, May & September (free entry): Strix. Strix is a magazine of poetry and short fiction, launched in May 2017. In its first issue, Strix contributors have featured twice in Carol Rumens’ Guardian Poem of the Week blog and the magazine itself was shortlisted for Best Magazine in the Saboteur Awards in 2018 and 2019. Submissions for Strix #12 are open throughout the month of January – they’re looking for poems and stories. Visit the Strix website to find out more. 

https://www.strixleeds.com/submit 

SUBMISSION deadlines the end of each month in January, May & September (free entry): And Other Poems. And Other Poems is an online poetry magazine edited by Tom Bailey and Laurie Ogden. Submissions are now open for the Spring issue. All forms, themes and styles are welcome. Visit the And Other Poems website to find out more.  

https://andotherpoems.com/submissions/ 

SUBMISSION deadline Jan. 31 (free entry): Butcher’s Dog. We publish great poetry – there is no other theme. We also operate a best practice policy whereby poems of great promise – that are perhaps a little dog-eared – will still be longlisted. As experienced editors, we may suggest changes to improve poems in terms of their musicality and meaning, (as well as the basics of spelling, punctuation, and grammar). Visit the Butcher’s Dog website to find out more. 

https://www.butchersdogmagazine.co.uk/submissions 

SUBMISSION deadline Jan. 31 (free entry): Propel Magazine. This online literary magazine was founded in 2022, featuring the work of poets based in the UK or Ireland who have yet to publish a first full length collection of poetry — showcasing exciting new poetry at an impressively high standard and acting as a free and open resource for editors, readers and curators alike. Visit Propel Magazine’s website to find out more. 

https://propelmagazine.submittable.com/submit 

SUBMISSION deadline Jan. 31 (free entry): Dust Poetry Magazine. The magazine was founded in January 2020 and publishes issues of new poetry online. The work in Dust is unsolicited and international. Open for Issue 11 – no theme. Visit Dust’s website to find out more. 

https://www.dustpoetry.co.uk/submissions 

AWARD DEADLINE Feb. 12: The Northern Writers Awards 2024. Wherever you are in your writing journey, if you’re based in the North of England, you could win cash prizes, mentoring, career support and more. Visit the New Writing North website to find out more about the awards and to apply.

COMPETITION deadline Feb. 24: Film the House. The scriptwriting & short film competition is back — connect with MPs, tackle issues, and fuel the future of filmmaking. The competition is run by MPs to find the filmmakers raising awareness of the importance of protecting intellectual property (IP) rights among creators, legislators and the general public. It is an exciting way of highlighting the value of the creative industries and IP rights, whilst nurturing the next generation of UK filmmakers.
Prizes: All shortlisted entrants will have the opportunity to network with industry experts and parliamentarians at the winners’ ceremony at the House of Lords. The winners in each category will receive a certificate of classification of the British Board of Film Classification and a trophy. To apply: Scripts must be 3 – 20 pages. For short film submissions, the entrant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the film’s screening. Visit Film the House’s website to find out more about the competition and to apply.

COMPETITION deadline Feb. 28 2024 (applications open now): Emerging Spirit Script to Screen Competition by Spirit of Independence (SOI) Film Festival. Got a script that’s burning a hole in a drawer? Or an idea you’d love to turn into a film? We will support a filmmaking team to make their script a reality. Along with partners, we will provide the competition winner with a package of resources that will support them to turn their script into a short film during 2024. Their finished short will also be guaranteed a screening at the SOI film festival in September 2024. Prizes:
● Minimum £500 cash
● Free equipment hire, use of post-production facilities and editing support
● Free colour grading and
visual effects
● Mentorship by a BFI Network member
The winning 2022 script played prestigious festivals such as Aesthetica, Frightfest and Leeds International Film Festival. To apply: Scripts must be no longer than 12 pages. Visit SOI’s website to find out more about the competition and to apply.

COMPETITION deadline April 1: The Rialto Nature & Place Poetry Competition 2024 (now open). The Rialto are working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative and The University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge. First prize £1000, second £500 and third £250. An entry fee applies. Visit The Rialto’s website to find out more about the competition and to enter.

OTHER 

COMMISSION deadline Feb. 16: Hapax Magazine – Open Call. The editors of Hapax Magazine are currently seeking submissions of interest from artists and curators who would like to apply for a commission (£500 each) to create a new photographic project or curated selection for publication in their biannual magazine. Visit Hapax Magazine’s website to find out more and to apply. 

https://www.hapaxmagazine.com/new-page-1?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=289791709&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8YD09k-kj-1suThEzNTfIrztAU33MEBaHEar4cZH0QiTmFt-YZQe5Zll19cR6a-RqN42lX2IPH8NeEzckWt_qVmpJBYXs6r8u4N7Bx8Nu58SjxBFo&utm_content=289791709&utm_source=hs_email 

FREE ONLINE COURSES deadline not specified: Click Start Courses by University of Leeds. Age 18-25? They are offering a wide range of online courses to help you improve your digital skills. A limited number of scholarships are available, which gives three months of free access to young people in the UK who are underrepresented in tech careers. If you are not eligible, you can still access most of the course material for free for a limited time. Courses include How to Get into: AI (Artificial Intelligence), web development, cloud computing, software development, Python programming and more. Visit the University of Leeds website to find out more. 

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/click-start/doc/click-start-online-courses?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery 

AWARD DEADLINE Feb. 13 (entry fees apply): World Illustration Awards 2024 by Association of Illustrators (AOI). Professional and new talent Illustrators, commissioners, agents and tutors are invited to submit work created, commissioned or published since Jan. 2023. This globally-recognised competition is judged by global illustration industry professionals. Selected entries are shared on the @worldillustrationawards Instagram account. Two overall winners will be presented cash prizes to the value of £1K – 3K. Visit the AOI website to find out more about the awards. 

https://theaoi.com/world-illustration-awards/?utm_source=Artsadmin&utm_campaign=14d1df103b-Artsadmin+Anchor+Issue+1090&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_48c680cd56-14d1df103b-295044400 

AWARD DEADLINE Mar. 18 (applications open now): Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. The awards are a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. They particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography. 

Eligibility: for UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition. Two artists will receive a full package of support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts to create new work over a 12-month period, including: 

£10,000 artist fee & £5,000 production budget 

Access to a £5,000 printing budget from print partner Spectrum Photographic 

Mentoring support from a high-profile international pool of experts for at least 12-months 

Curatorial support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts 

A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Arts programme at Jerwood Space  

A UK touring exhibition 

Visit the Jerwood Arts website to find out more about the awards and to apply. 

https://photoworks.org.uk/opportunities/jerwood-photoworks-awards/ 

DEADLINE Feb. 25: The Podcast Pitch is back for a 2nd edition. This joint initiative with The Whickers is open to applications from audio producers around the world, who are at any stage in their career. Five finalists will pitch at Sheffield DocFest 2024 for the chance to win £5000, the runner-up will receive £2000. Visit The Whickers website to find out more. 

https://www.whickerawards.com/apply/the-podcast-pitch/?utm_source=Sheffield+DocFest+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=be05b92b6b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_10_23_02_36_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-4d409fee6c-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D 

COMPETITION DEADLINE March 31: iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA). The awards have been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the best iPhone photographers worldwide. Entries are open to photographers using an iPhone or iPad. Photos should not be published previously anywhere (although posts on personal social media accounts are eligible. The photos should not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop. It is OK to use any IOS apps. Award categories: Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Citylife/Cityscape, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, People, Portrait, Series (3 images), Still Life, Travel, Other. Prizes: There is a wide range of prizes available – visit the IPPA website for more details. 
https://www.ippawards.com/the-competition/?v=79cba1185463 

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME deadline Feb. 25: Podcast Pitch Award 2024. The Whickers have launched the second annual Podcast Pitch Award in partnership with Sheffield DocFest. The winner will receive a £5,000 production award and the runner up £2,000. Five finalists will also receive a free pass to Sheffield DocFest in June 2024, 1 night accommodation, a contribution of up to £400 per project towards their travel expenses and access to top industry professionals and commissioners of the audio world.
Eligibility: Open to all podcast creators. The Podcast Pitch follows the growing global trend towards solo, episodic listening to factual audio on the move. Single episode proposals will also be considered. To apply: Submit four minutes of original taster audio recording. You’ll also need to have an executive producer on board. If applicants reach the finals they will be invited to pitch at Sheffield DocFest in the UK in June 2024. Visit the Whickers Awards website to find out more about Podcast Pitch.

SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY (ongoing): Upload by BBC. Upload is your chance to showcase your creativity on the BBC, with content showcased every day on local BBC radio stations and on our social / online platforms. Whatever you create – comedy, fiction, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, videos, poetry, reviews, diaries, anything – we’d love you to upload it! Upload any kind of content: audio, video, text or images. We’ll check everything uploaded and what catches our attention will go on air or on our digital platforms. Whether it’s your first creation or you’ve been quietly making stuff for years, upload it. Don’t worry if you’re not quite sure where it would fit or if it’s polished. We’ll get back to you if we’d like to showcase your work, and we might even help you add some extra touches. Visit the BBC website to find out more about Upload and to submit your work.

Ongoing FUNDING: Leeds Inspired Small Grants. Small grants of £100 – £1,200 and main grants of £1,000 – £10,000 are available. Their funding supports arts events and projects in Leeds. We have funded over 650 arts projects, working with a wide range of audiences, artists and communities across Leeds. Grant surgeries (informal phone calls) are available for you to talk through your project idea before applying for funding. We can discuss your project and you can ask any questions you might have about the form or grants scheme. Visit the Leeds Inspired website to find out more about the grants and to apply.

Ongoing FUNDING: Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) by Arts Council England (ACE). Grant range: £2,000 – £10,000. 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. The fund supports the following artforms: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, and combined arts. 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 £10 – £500 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, 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: National Lottery Funding. They fund projects in Arts, Sport, Heritage, Charity, Voluntary, Health, Education & Environmental Sectors. Grant amounts vary depending on the fund. 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: Furnace Social Club by Leeds Playhouse. A free network for Yorkshire artists aged 18+… Join our community to meet people and spark new collaborations. The benefits of signing up include free rehearsal space and industry focused workshops, access to creative opportunities, and more. Visit the Leeds Playhouse website to find out more about Furnace Club and to join.

Ongoing: Future Goals Skills Connect (online, free): Join a free digital course in marketing and content creation, web design and development, virtual production, event production, and much more. Visit the Future Goals website to browse all the digital courses available and to sign up.

Ongoing: Collective Creative Space (free). Collective is a new community coworking space by The Highrise Project in Armley. It’s a space for people to be creative in a supportive environment. You can attend on your own or with a group. We can supply basic art materials or you can bring your own. Visit the Highrise Project’s website to find out more about the Collective creative space.

Ongoing: Artsadmin. Visit Artsadmin to sign up to the weekly newsletter for artists (includes funding, commissions, and workshops).

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

Ongoing: Curatorspace. Visit Curatorspace to find out about paid opportunities, open call exhibitions, and artist funding.

JOBS

For ideas on where to find music related jobs, visit our Music Industry Guide.
For ideas on where to find film/TV related jobs, visit our Film Industry Guide.

DEADLINE Dec. 11: Casual Theatre Front of House Usher for Bradford Theatres. Salary: unknown. Do you want to deliver the highest levels of Visitor Experience to patrons in our iconic city centre venues? We seek to expand our Casual Front of House team for our 2023 Panto season and beyond. Front of House Staff are fundamental to the smooth operation of our theatres and sales points, ensuring all visitors have an enjoyable, safe experience and are inspired to return. Front of House staff work on a casual basis; however we ask for staff to give a minimum availability of 3 shifts per week. Shifts offered will generally be evening work from Monday to Saturday, with some matinee’s mid-week or on Saturdays. Occasional Sunday work may also be available. We require staff to be available throughout the year including busy holiday periods (Christmas & Easter) and bank holidays. Visit Bradford Council’s website to find out more about the role and to apply.

DEADLINE Dec. 11: Freelance Event Manager for Viv Gordon Company. Location: Leeds. Duration: Jan. – Mar. 2024. Salary: £2,100 (12 days at £175 per day plus a separate Access Budget if required). We are looking for a Leeds-based freelance contractor to join us, who has local knowledge and experience in arts producing or events management. You may have experience in producing a theatre show, putting on workshops, running open mic nights, organising activism events – or something else bringing people together.
You will work in the UpFront Survivors Pop-Up Cultural Space weekend of workshops and events in Leeds, venue TBC in March 2024. Reporting to the Lead Producer, you will deliver a programme of workshops for survivors of CSA delivered by our Trainees, alongside a series of creative events, likely to include an open mic night, live performance, film screening(s) and a visual arts exhibition. Visit the Viv Gordon Company website to find out more about the role and to apply.

DEADLINE Wed. Dec. 13: Playhouse Connect Administrator for Leeds Playhouse. Salary: £11,379 per year (actual). Hours: 21 per week. Contract: permanent, part-time. The Administrator would sit within the heart of the operational element of the department, providing administrative support to the Playhouse Connect team, with a particular focus on supporting the Learning and Skills element of the team. You will be responsible for ensuring that people’s first interactions with the department, whether in person, via the website, social media or email are positive and welcoming.
We see this as a development role and will suit someone interested in developing a career in Arts Administration and Producing. It is an opportunity to learn in-depth about all aspects of Playhouse Connect and its vital role within the Leeds Playhouse. Visit the Leeds Playhouse website to find out more about the role and to apply.

DEADLINE Dec. 15: Freelance Drama Facilitator for Kala Sangam (Bradford). Contract: temporary. Salary: unknown. Are you a drama facilitator working in Bradford or the surrounding areas? Do you have experience of working with children and young people? We’re looking for a drama facilitator to deliver a weekly drama club in partnership with One in a Million (a Bradford based charity).
This is a paid opportunity and ideally you must be available to deliver the club on a Thursday evening from 4:30 – 6:30pm (term time). The club will start in January 2024 specific date to be confirmed. You must have a current and up to date Enhanced DBS and clear knowledge and understanding of safeguarding. If you are interested, please email an expression of interest to Fay Beesley, Education and Outreach Officer: fay@kalasangam.org (you can also call Fay for more information on 01274 303340).

DEADLINE Dec. 30: Drum and / or Guitar Teachers Needed for RAD Music Hub. Competitive pay & flexible hours. Are you looking for a fulfilling career that lets you do what you love and make a difference? Head to our website and register your details, we will be in touch with potential opportunities in your area.

DEADLINE Jan. 7: Senior Creative Arts Workshop Leader for Art Works (South Yorkshire). Salary: £24k. Do you want work that is rewarding and helps others? Do you want to look forward to coming to work each day? Join ArtWorks as a Senior Creative Arts Workshop Leader to run art workshops, lead a small creative team and get involved in big art projects. You will manage a team of 3, organising daily art activities for up to 15 artists with learning disabilities and/or autism. The role involves running art workshops, writing a weekly activity schedule and supporting ArtWorks commissions and creative community commitments.
We are looking for a creative individual with experience managing others, such as a team leader or management position. This does not have to be in the arts as we appreciate these skills are transferable. We are looking for someone with a creative background/skills – this could be art, photography, filmmaking, sculpture, animation, or textiles to name but a few. A creative degree is preferred. We need someone with good organisational skills who is willing to try new things. We ask you have a car and acquire business insurance, as we attend galleries, events, and workshops in other areas. We will provide care and first-aid training, so you can understand autism and learning disabilities and confidently support our artists. Visit the Artworks website to find out more about the role and to apply.

PAID APPRENTICESHIP DEADLINE Jan. 8: BBC Production Apprenticeship – Level 3. Location: Leeds. Hours per week: 35. Salary: £20,475. The apprenticeship helps you to gain experience with our BBC production teams across the UK, making world-class content for our audiences on radio, TV or digital platforms. You’ll learn on-the-job as part of a BBC production team, developing your knowledge and skills in an area that interests you, while working towards your Production apprenticeship qualification with one of our learning providers. What will you be doing:
• Depending on your chosen placement area, you could be helping to come up with ideas and stories for content, providing logistical support to productions or learning how to use technical equipment and specialist software.
• Get BBC Academy training, delivered by experienced trainers. You’ll learn a range of skills that will help you make content for programmes.
• You’ll study for your industry recognised apprenticeship qualification, learning both on and off the job.
This scheme starts in September 2024 and runs for 18 months. Afterwards you’ll be able to apply for entry level roles in TV, radio, digital and in technical areas across the industry. Examples include Runner, Junior Researcher, Content Assistant or Edit Assistant, Technical Operator. Visit the BBC Careers website to find out more about the apprenticeship and to apply.

DEADLINE Jan. 15: Participatory Artist for South Yorkshire Housing Association/Cara McAleese Arts. Salary: £120 per 1.5 hour session. We are recruiting participatory artists to deliver weekly activity focusing on music, dance and visual arts, working towards a sharing at the end of their project. From mid-February to July we will deliver weekly creative activity at three Extra Care Schemes. During these creative sessions artists and participants will work towards finished pieces in whatever artform they are working with e.g. a piece of dance or a song.
• Sessions run the week of 19 Feb. 2024, until early July 2024.
• An artist may deliver each week for this time or for a shorter period within this, this will be discussed.
• Each scheme will have more than one artist working there, sometimes delivering together (e.g. a dance artist and a musician).
• We do not expect any individual artist to deliver more than one session a week.
• There will be 1 -2 paid hour-long online meetings/training sessions before delivery begins, during the week of February 5th, 2024.
• There will be paid online group project meetings at regular points during the project, including a debrief session at the end of the project.
Visit the Arts Council England website to find out more about the role and to apply.

DEADLINE Jan. 22: Drama Facilitators for Schools. We are recruiting freelance Drama facilitators from across the UK to deliver drama workshops at primary schools throughout the country from Spring term 2024.  Contract: Freelance. Rate of Pay: Workshops paid at £165 per day or £100 per half day. All travel and accommodation expenses are reimbursed from your door to the school, and to attend training if travelling long distances. Locations: We deliver work in schools across the UK and are looking for facilitators in all regions. About you: You can be either a full time facilitator, or an actor or director with facilitation skills. Visit the West End School’s website to find out more about the role and to apply.

Monday 5 February 2024: Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair. The largest apprenticeship recruitment fair in the north of England. The fair kickstarts a series of events to celebrate national apprenticeship week. Over 8,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors attended last year’s event. Visit the Inclusive Growth Leeds website to find out more.

FREE SUPPORT: Leeds Employment Hub. They can help you to find a job, apprenticeship, a training or learning opportunity. 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, plus CV checking
● Interview practice
● Access to local job and apprenticeship opportunities
Visit the Inclusive Growth Leeds website to find out more about their free services.

Ongoing: Music Tutors. Do you have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a music specialism? Are you an established or aspiring music professional? Or do you have experience as a private music teacher? Visit the Music Tutor’s website to access job vacancies.

Ongoing: Crew members for The Music Consortium. We work on festivals of all shapes and sizes such as Latitude/Longitude, Lollapalooza, and Leeds Festival, with a team of crew members. 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.

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.

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