Opportunities

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

Please note: Upcoming events and opportunities might be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. We aim to update this page where possible, but please be sure to check the details with the specific organisations. Visit our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guide which outlines support for artists – funding, industry advice plus health and well-being information made available during the pandemic. If you’re a Studio12 member and need some help or advice in submitting an application for any opportunities or funding, please get in touch: studio12@leeds.gov.uk


MUSIC

Deadline not specified: Release Yourself by Generator. The programme looking to guide artists through a process of releasing music through the right channels with a promotion strategy, and ensuring that all the correct registrations are in place so you can make money. We are looking for 12 artists to support in 2020 through a uniquely structured programme to support the release of new music. As part of the process, we will assist in the following:
• Registration: At this stage, we will work with the artist to ensure they have all the correct registrations in place to make the most of releasing the track.
 Structure and Release Strategy: Talking artist through the timescale for release and explain the key fundamental elements that need to be in place to ensure the optimum success of the release.
• Digital Marketing Strategy: We will construct for the artist, a social media strategy for the release and plan appropriate content to build anticipation and promotion before, at, and post-release date.
• Implementation: At this stage, we will be taking the artist through the process of uploading the tracks as well as how the artist might engage with PR. In the weeks leading up the release and for a few weeks after release, industry professional Andrew Archer (Loft Music) will engage with the artist on a one-to-one basis to allow for debriefing and exploration of next steps. This period may include discussing tactics for engaging with and applying for playing at festivals as well as other showcasing events. Visit Generator’s website to find out more about Release Yourself and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE 23 November (9am): The MOBO Help Musicians Fund. A £3000 grant that exists to facilitate opportunities for musicians making Hip Hop, Grime, R&B, Soul, music of African origin, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel. Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians. Visit the Help Musicians to find out more about the Mobo Help Musicians Fund and to apply.

Events 24th  Nov. & 8th Dec: Launchpad and Come Play With Me – Online Advice Sessions (free). Whether you’re looking to release your first single, apply for funding or take the next step in your career… Sign up for a free one to one online advice session with a member of the Music:Leeds team. They’ll help you formulate a plan and point you in the right direction. Visit Launchpad on Facebook to book your Advice Session slot.

Events 2nd – 3rd Dec. (free, online): The Empowered Musician by Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). Join the ISM for a free two-day online conference on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December 2020. At the end of a turbulent and disruptive year for the UK music sector, The Empowered Musician will examine the key issues for our industry beyond 2020, offering music professionals much-needed support and inspiration, and demonstrating the viability and value of a creative career. This opportunity for discussion and discovery will bring together innovative artists and leading music industry experts to share their experiences and offer practical advice for success. In a series of future-focused keynote speeches and interactive panel discussions we’ll explore ways musicians can remain creative through the pandemic, the value of music to society, the opportunities and drawbacks of tech, the impact of COVID-19 on existing inequalities in the music sector and advice for staying resilient in challenging times. Visit ISM’s website to view the full programme and book your free ticket.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Monday 7th December: Music:Leeds and Abbey House Museum. They are commissioning a Leeds-based music creator, sound artist or collective to create a new sound-based artwork or audio-focused ‘digital experience’ inspired by the ‘Sounds of Our City’ exhibition at Abbey House Museum. Fee: £3,000. Visit the Music:Leeds website to find out more about the commission and to apply.

EVENT Dec. 8th 7pm (free, online): Arts Council England (ACE) Webinar – Guidance on Developing Your Creative Practice Fund by Launchpad. Tune into this webinar and panel discussion to find out more about:
●  Arts Council England’s role in supporting musicians
●  Who the ACE DYCP fund is aimed at and will be most beneficial to
●  Eligibility in relation to the fund
●  Artists and organisations with experience of applying for and receiving support through this fund
●  How to complete and submit your application
If you are making, performing and recording music, or working to support musicians, artists or producers in any capacity, from any genre, this webinar will help demystify the Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council England fund for you. It will also provide you with the opportunity to pose questions directly to ACE staff, and artists and music leaders who have previously received funding. This webinar is free of charge and open to all. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund webinar and to book your free place.

DEADLINE 16th Dec. (midday): Mentoring Programme by Brighter Sound. Age 18+? In the early-mid stages of your music career? Based in (or strongly linked to) the North of England? Applications are open now for this 6 month mentoring programme. We’re working with YouTube Music to offer artists from the North of England one-to-one mentoring from established musicians and music business professionals. These are hugely uncertain times for independent and freelance musicians – particularly those in the early and mid stages of their career. The Musicians’ Union’s latest COVID-19 Impact Poll revealed that 34% of musicians are considering abandoning their career in music, while 37% are unsure about their futures. With this in mind, our Mentoring Programme 20/21 is designed to provide you with practical support to navigate your next steps in the industry, and help you to reconnect with your career ambitions and artistic practice. What’s involved: If selected you’ll receive up to four meetings with a mentor over a six-month period, presentations from industry and artistic leaders, and group discussions with other mentees to share skills and reflect collectively on your experiences and learning. The programme will run from January to July 2021. As an artist you can focus on up to two of these four areas:
• Business Development
• Artistic Development
• Marketing and Communications
• Project Fundraising
We have connections with a wide range of people from across the industry who could offer guidance and support, but you’re welcome to apply with an idea of who you might like your mentor to be. Visit Brighter Sound’s website to find out more about the Mentoring Programme and to apply.

Funding Deadline Autumn 2020: Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund. To be eligible to apply you must already have an active career and be age 18+. For example you must be regularly working (performances, commissions, releases) at a professional level (getting paid for your work). You will also need to evidence an impressive track record with notable career highlights and the potential to achieve a national or international impact within your field. The fund is open to musicians in any genre or discipline, or to support bands or ensembles with 6 members or less. Fusion offers £2,000 – £5,000 for professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. They’re looking for exciting collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines. Applications must be music-focused and projects should include contributions from at least one non-music discipline for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc. Funding can be used for: venue and rehearsal space, recording costs (live or documentation – but not studio recording), travel, accommodation, subsistence. It can also be used for fees for musicians, artists or collaborators’ time to allow for your project to happen, or any other reasonable costs associated with your project. If you have an idea that you think fits with the scheme you can find out more by booking a phone advice session with their Creative Programme Officer. Visit Help Musicians website to find out more about the Fusion Fund, details on how to apply, and information on previous successful applicants.

Saturday 14th – Thursday 19th November: Yorkshire Music Forum Convention 2020. Live-streamed panels, performances and advice sessions to support the music industry in Yorkshire. Kicking off with Come Play With Me’s HerFest on Saturday 14th November, which will take place in front of a socially distanced audience at Brudenell Social Club as well as being live-streamed and the remainder of the events will be live-streamed. A keynote in-conversation with Rebecca Lucy Taylor (Self Esteem) will take place on Sunday 15th November with further live-streamed discussion panels each night on topics including artist guide to building your own PR and approaching the media, managing mental health in challenging times, blueprint for the future (with Youth Music) and building back better. Live performances selected by the YMF partner organisations will follow the live conversations each night. Artist / live performances will be announced shortly. On Tuesday 17th there is a special edition of Launchpad’s regular online advice sessions, with journalist Jenessa Williams. Visit Eventbrite to view the full programme for the Yorkshire Music Forum Convention and to book your free tickets.

BUSINESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing: UnLtd. Finds, funds & supports entrepreneurs.

FILM & TV

AWARD – Applications reopen October 2020: The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award. One of the most significant documentary awards in the world, the main award is £80k and runner-up is £15k. Eligibility: Submissions must be the filmmaker’s first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit. Projects must be at the late development to early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund. Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying. Award money cannot be paid to an individual. Therefore applicants must either: provide proof of company viability; have a fiscal sponsor on board; have a nominated production company on board to create a dedicated project account for their film; OR confirm that they are willing to set up a limited company and dedicated project account if shortlisted. Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying. Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to pitch their project at Sheffield Doc/Fest (reasonable travel and accommodation costs are covered). In order that The Whickers remains the majority funder for the winning film, they ask that the budget for your 50 minute TV length version does not exceed £160,000. Visit The Whickers website to find out more about their Film & TV Funding Award.

Events 3rd – 30th November: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2020: Live Streamed & Digital. This year’s festival is special for many reasons and we have worked hard to present a range of programmes, with the festival being curated across 6 Strands comprising 300 films in competition. Through film we are discussing the world’s most pressing topics including Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ and Women’s Rights. Films in competition span a range of genres including animation, documentary, drama, dance, fashion and thriller. The festival also welcomes renowned talent from a range of crafts, who will offer their insights into acclaimed productions. This year’s Industry Programme includes over 50 masterclasses, spotlights and panel discussions in the most exciting edition to date. Guest speakers include Oscar-Winning Director Andrea Arnold (Wasp, Fish Tank, American Honey), BAFTA-winning filmmaker Sarah Gavron (This Little Life, Suffragette, Rocks), as well as leading animators, cinematographers, editors, production designers and representatives from Film4, BBC Films, Framestore and many more. This year’s tickets are 24-hour, 7-day and 1-Month Film & Industry Passes, as well as a film only pass for the month of November. Visit Issu’s website to download the full Festival schedule. Visit Aesthetica’s website to purchase tickets for the Festival.

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

Course 28th November: ScreenSkills The Things You Didn’t Know You Knew Scripting Course. How would you like to attend a scripting course and have your script reviewed by a professional development executive currently working in TV? Do you want to start writing scripts but don’t know where to begin? Are you an up and coming writer? Do you want to know a professional guide on structure, characters or dialogue? Are you a producer looking for scripts and want to know what to keep in mind when doing so? Are you looking to start a career in Film/TV development? Course content:
• Wellbeing in scripting
• Be passionate about your story
• Plot vs story
• Characters
• Dialogue
• Structure
• Why it is important
• Feedback tips
Although the course costs £99, you may be eligible for a bursary to cover all or some of the cost! Visit ScreenSkill’s website to find out more about the Scripting Course.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Wed. Dec. 2nd (10am): Filmmaker Call Out: Stirring up the past for Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah (the Blahs). We’re looking for a filmmaker to work with us on our Stirring Up The Past project to create 2 short films (approx. 5 mins each) that will form part of a series of teaching resources to be used in schools with children aged 9+. The resources will follow a single Egyptian artefact from its creation in ancient times to its place in a modern-day museum collection. The resources will offer insights into ancient Egyptian life as well as inspiring important debate around the ethics of the ownership of such items and their journey into British collections. Stirring Up The Past is about bringing history and heritage to life through uncovering the stories, people and questions that sit behind items we find in modern museums, galleries and heritage sites. Each of the films will be a maximum of 5 minutes long and will need to be subtitled (full script provided). There will be two filming days w/c 22 February 2021 in Leeds. The final films will be required by Friday 19 March 2021. Budget: £950 for both films. To find out more about the short film commission and to apply, visit the Blah Blah Blah website.

Event Thurs. December 3rd 7:00 PM – 8:30 (online, free): Pitching Your Script to Producers. This free webinar is for writers at all levels who want to learn how to pitch their screenplays to producers. A panel of Hollywood film producers will help you:
• Identify producers who are most likely to produce your screenplay
• Connect with producers even if you don’t have an agent or a manager
• Determine the best way to contact producers: phone? email? social media?
• Develop a winning pitch
• Write a marketable screenplay
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Pitching Your Script event.

Event Wed. 9th December 19:30 – 20:30 (free, online): Film Crowdfunding Masterclass by Cine Circle UK. An intensive & interactive webinar teaching you exact specifics on how to raise money for your film through crowdfunding. Are you looking for funding for your next film project? When I first started out as film producer I was completely lost as to where I can find funding for short films and micro budget features. I’d apply for every grant, investor scheme and screenplay competition I could find and I would never hear back so I decided to take matters into my own hands and green light my own project through crowdfunding. But it’s not that easy… If you’ve ever tried crowdfunding you know. Where do I find hundreds of backers and thousands of pounds from? Who would give money to my campaign except for maybe immediate friends and family? What steps do I need to take to make the campaign a success? I want to show you exactly how I funded multiple film projects through crowdfunding, one of which was a short film that raised over £30,000. In this intensive webinar I will walk you through the essential steps that you will need to take to have a successful campaign. Every time I get these 4 steps right my campaigns get funded. The great thing? You can do every single one of these steps, completely by yourself, out of your bedroom. So if you’re stuck at home for the next few weeks you can take this time to master crowdfunding and set your film campaign up for success. This is suitable for anyone who is considering launching a campaign, in the middle of a campaign that’s not going as planned, or simply for people who want to learn more about the process. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Film Crowdfunding Masterclass.

Event Thurs. December 17th 3:00 PM – 4:00 (online, free): Sound Editing and Design for Video by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab. Learn about the process and concepts of sound editing and design for Digital Video projects using Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve software. No previous experience required. Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+. You can download the software free in advance of the session – see the instructions on Eventbrite. With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Sound Editing and Design for Video workshop.

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

TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Monday 15th January 2021: BFI Film Academy 2020/21 Craft Skills Course. Age 16-19? This opportunity is not to be missed. There is a £150 fee, if this is a barrier to you why not apply and see if you are one of the lucky few selected to recieve a bursary so you can attend? The course takes place virtually between 13th February 2021 and 20th March 2021. To help you break into film You will receive advanced and intensive craft sessions focusing on your chosen role of screenwriting, cinematography, sound, directing or editing, take part in masterclasses with award winning film industry experts, and view the UK’s best short films. You will work with professional actors, use industry standard equipment, and collaborate in teams through an innovative virtual approach to produce a short film. Upon completion, your films will be screened online for industry guests, your friends and family, and you will be given key advice on industry entry and supported to produce a personal development plan to help you with your next steps in film. 24 Selected participants are split into 4 groups with learning at weekends as well as some evenings. Any young person who has previously attended a BFI Film Academy Specialist/Residential course or is currently at University or will be at the time of the course taking place is not eligible to apply. Visit the Jot Form to apply to the BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Course.

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

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

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

 

WRITING

Events October 18th, November 1st & 15th, December 6th & 20th (pay what you can, online): Poetry LGBT Open Mic on Zoom by Andreena Leeanne. Come and enjoy poetry and spoken word from new and established poets/writers/creatives online on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month until December 2020. Come and enjoy poetry and spoken word from new and established poets, writers and creatives. Up to 15 poets/writers/creatives will each have 5 minutes to share their poems / spoken word. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Poetry LGBT Open Mic sessions and to book place(s).

Events Nov 1st, Nov 15th, Nov 29th, Dec 13th, Dec 27th (online, free or donation): MoonWrites – Women’s Creative Writing/Performance Workshop. An online writing workshop for women who want to cultivate a deeper connection with their creative voice and their emotional/mental world, while building a supportive community. Facilitated by Sariyah Idan twice a month on Zoom, where we write together, learn simple tools for crafting powerful poetic pieces, practice embodying/performing our words with authenticity, and strengthen our skills for giving and receiving feedback. The art of offering and receiving both praise and constructive criticism is helpful not just in the creative process, but also in life. Participants can drop in for a single class, but the month is designed as a progression, starting with the New Moon and culminating with the Full Moon. Visit Eventbrite to book your place(s) on the MoonWrites workshops.

AWARD DEADLINE TBC: New Writing North Northern Writers’ Awards. Open for applications from 26 November 2020. Established in 2000 by New Writing North, the Northern Writers’ Awards supports work-in-progress by new, emerging and established writers across the North of England. The Awards support writers creatively as they develop their work towards publication, as well as helping them to progress professionally and navigate their way through the publishing industry.  The awards support both new and established writers to develop their work towards publication and to progress their careers as writers. For new writers, winning a Northern Writers’ Award can help to connect you to the publishing industry and to develop your work towards publication; for established writers, awards can help to buy time to write to support the development of new work and offer creative opportunities. With high-profile literary judges and support and interest from across the publishing industry, the awards are now recognised nationally as a major talent-spotting programme that identifies and supports great writing and writers. Browse our previous winners to see the published work that the awards have supported. You must be over 18 years of age to enter. Visit New Writing North’s website to find out more about the Northern Writers’ Awards and to apply.

COMPETITION Deadline November 27th: Wales Poetry Award. They are looking for the best in international contemporary poetry. No theme. Submit entries up to 70 lines. Judge: Pascale Petit. First prize is £250 and a place on the writing course of your choice at Literature Wales’ Ty Newydd Writing Centre, a Seren Book Bundle and publication in Poetry Wales. Second prize is £50, a book bundle, and publication. Third is £25, books and publication. Entry fee: £5 each, or free to UK entrants from low-income households. Visit Poetry Wales website to find out more about the Award and to apply.

Events Nov 29th 2020 & Jan 31st 2021 (free, or pay what you can): Allographic Virtual Open Mic by Allographic. Open mic of poetry, storytelling, and any spoken word. come and show us what you’ve got: step up to the open mic or enjoy the talent on display (ideally both, of course!). Pretty much anything goes, as long as you respect the audience and the ethos of the evening! Bring your poems, stories, dramatic monologues (or duologues!), improvisation, hip hop, and anything else that fits the bill of spoken word. And if you fancy learning something new that afternoon, try out the Allographic Virtual Write-In/ Workshop, 2-5pm. Visit Eventbrite to book your place(s) on the Allographic Virtual Open Mic sessions.

Event Mon, November 30th 4:00 – 5:30 (free, online): Off/Stage Zoom Press Launch Gathering. Tribe Arts invites the press and general public to join them on Monday 30th November 2020 for the official launch of Off/Stage, a new, interactive, online one-stop zine dedicated to black & Asian theatre and culture – the only publication of its kind in the UK. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Off/Stage event and to book your free place.

COMPETITION DEADLINE submissions open from Monday 30th November 10am – Thursday 3rd December 10pm:Bitter Pill Theatre – The Painkiller Project. The Painkiller Project is a monthly playwriting project from Bitter Pill Theatre with a £150 prize for each winning play. The winning play will be produced and released fortnightly as a podcast (available here). ​They hope that the repetitive nature of the competition helps to make the project feel collaborative and cyclical – like theatre. So far their plays have been performed by actors including Miriam Margolyes, Toby Jones, Noma Dumezweni, Sophie Thompson and Charlotte Ritchie. Guidelines:
• They are looking for short plays. Scripts should be 500 – 1500 words long
• Plays should be written for 1 or 2 actors only
• There is no age limit on entrants
• They are also looking for a short (max 50 word) synopsis and the writer’s dream casting
• 2 Plays will be selected in each window
Find full information and a submission form on the information page on Bitter Pill’s 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.

PRIZE DEADLINE 2nd December: Brunel International African Poetry Prize. A major annual poetry prize of £3000, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.The Prize works closely with the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and since its inception, most of the poets who have been nominated and/or won this award have published chapbooks with the African Poetry Book Fund series of ‘New Generation Chapbook Box Sets’. The Prize is sponsored by Brunel University London. The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published. Self-published poetry books, chapbooks and pamphlets are exempt from this. The prize is open to African poets, defined as those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. Visit the African Poetry Prize website to view the rules and submit your poetry.

AWARD DEADLINE 7 December (5pm): Royal Society of Literature (RSL) – Literature Matters Awards. If you’re a writer or other literary creator seeking financial support to work on a new piece of writing or literary project, apply now. The RSL’s Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation. Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards are given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project. Priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters. Visit Royal Society of Literature’s website to find out more about the Literature Matters Awards and to apply.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE 10th December: The Writing Room by Apples and Snakes – a development programme for writers age 18-25. Our goal with this free programme is to provide a creative, nurturing and challenging training environment for emerging poets. Over the course of six workshops, participants will improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills – this year, under the guidance of international poet, performer and facilitator Deanna Rodger. You must be available to attend all workshops on 17th, 24th and 31st January 2021, plus 7th, 14th and 21st February 2021. All sessions will run from 10.30am-12pm on Zoom. Participants will also be required to be available to record for a digital sharing event in the week of 29 January 2021. Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by 4 January 2021. Visit the Apples and Snakes website to find out more about The Writing Room development programme and to apply.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Friday 11 December (noon): Bedtime Stories for the End of the World. We’re looking for 9 emerging poets to join the forthcoming series of Bedtime Stories for the End of the World and feature alongside our lead poets. This podcast series examining the power of myth in a time of political, social and ecological crisis. Our second series will launch in Spring 2021 and will feature poets including: Momtaza Mehri, Mona Arshi, Fiona Benson and Joe Dunthorne. We want you to think about which myth, folk tale or fairy story you would save for future generations – protecting it from nuclear disaster, global apocalypse, or human forgetfulness. Why is it so important? What is its relevance today? How can rewriting it transform its meaning? You will receive a paid commission to produce a 5-7 minute poem (or poem sequence) based on a myth of your choosing, to be broadcast during the new series. As part of this opportunity, you’ll get to take part in a workshop and recording session with a lead artist, as well as receiving feedback on your work. There will also be the opportunity to participate in readings to promote the project. The workshops will take place on 16 and 17 January 2021 and the recording between 20-28 March 2021. You will need to be free on one of the workshop dates and have good availability to record your piece and a short interview during the recording week. Workshops and recordings will all be done remotely. You will need access to a quiet space with an internet connection, but no travel is required. Successful applicants will receive a £300 fee for the commission and for their time on the project. We especially encourage applications from under-represented groups, including from writers who are female, LGBTQ+, disabled, or from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Visit End of the World Podcast’s website to find out more about the commission and to apply.

Events Dec.14th 2020 & Jan. 11th 2021 (free, online): Free Writers Workshop for Experienced Writers. Covering:
• The tier structure writers should follow to slowly scale the size of their projects.
• How to develop scripts past your first, second and third draft.
• How and When to attach directors/producers and actors.
• How to get your projects made
• What the structure is behind different types of theatres.
• What the process is for getting TV shows made, VS Feature films.
• How to find money for your projects. And what the financing structure looks like for Plays VS Features VS Shorts VS TV. Visit Eventbrite to book your place on the Free Writers Workshop.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE December 18th: Commonword’s Free Read Scheme. Are you a low income writer based in the North West, looking for feedback on your writing? The Literary Consultancy’s (TLC) Free Read Scheme (funded by the Arts Council of England) is open for submissions from October 15th – December 18th 2019. The scheme offers professional, critical feedback on novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, scripts and screenplays. What is a Free Read? TLC processes novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, scripts and screenplays, offering professional critical feedback. Your work will be hand-matched to one of TLC’s 80+ professional readers, and writers can expect to receive feedback in the form of a written critique, sent within 4-6 weeks of the application being processed. The notes you receive are intended to help you develop your writing further.
You are eligible if you are:
• A writer of fiction, poetry or plays.
• From a low income background. Commonword works with a definition of low income as at or below 60% of median household income (roughly below £16,200).
• Priority will be given to groups currently under-represented in publishing including women writers, disabled writers, BAME/POC writers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
• Able to submit either 50 pages of fiction plus a 2 page synopsis or 300 lines of poetry or 60 pages of script if nominated by Commonword. (The usual cost for this service is £100 – £300!)
• A permanent resident in the North West.
To check the full eligibility criteria and to apply to the Free Read Scheme, visit Commonword’s website.

PUBLISHING COMPETITION Deadline January 1, 2021: The 2021 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. Free to enter… Prize: A standard publishing contract with a $10,000 advance. Open to any writer, aged 18 and over who has never been the author of a published novel. All manuscripts must book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) and they must be in English. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story. Visit the Mystery Writer’s website to find out more about the Crime Novel Competition and to apply.

DEADLINE 1st January 2021: Writers, Artists, Reviewers Sought for Arts and Craft Magazine, Decorating Dissidence. Decorating Dissidence is looking for new contributors from all over the UK (& beyond!) – artists, writers, activists – for our magazine, which explores craft and feminist art history. Published every six weeks, this online magazine explores the political, aesthetic and conceptual qualities of craft and the decorative arts, from modernist experimentation in the early twentieth-century to contemporary practices today. We hope to open up a space for dialogue between contemporary and modernist makers, breaking down and expanding temporal, spatial, and disciplinary boundaries to find new ways to critically engage with feminist art history. We’re currently seeking submissions on the following:
• Crafting the Body
• Embroidery: The Subversive Stitch Continued
• Ceramics
• Bauhaus Legacies
For more information and to read the submission guidelines visit Decorating Dissidence’s website.

DEADLINE 17 January 2021: Let’s Work Together – A Collaborative Challenge by Young Poets Network. For ages 25 and under. This winter, we’re asking you to gather some creative partners and work together on a poetry project. The challenge: create a collaborative piece with at least one other person. It has to involve some poetry, but you can use any other creative media you like – visual art, film, music, zines etc. Selected pieces will be published on Young Poets Network, and collaborators will be sent an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook, poetry books and other goodies. To find out more about the Collaborative Challenge visit the Young Poets Network website.

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

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

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

OTHER 

Events 24 – 26 November (free, online): BBC Digital Cities. Digital Cities Virtual returns for another fantastic lineup of events for people working in or interested in TV and related creative industries. We’ll run across three days: Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November with a full and varied schedule: For those looking to get on and get into the industry, ScreenSkills will be back with a full line up of best practice and advice sessions on CV’s, networking and interviews; there’s a chance to have a virtual 1-2-1 Tea With a Talent Manager as the talent teams from BBC Studios, Sony Pictures & Channel 4 are on hand with advice on making your CV stand out from the crowd. The BBC Academy will also be offering a triple bill of training sessions for you to brush up on your digital skills – this month its Shooting , Editing and Livestreaming on your smartphone, and The SharpFutures team will be hosting a showcase on shortform with a chance to receive feedback from Industry professionals from BBC Three and Channel 4 – no need to be a pro, just watch the Academy Shooting and Editing sessions and put their tips into practice. Visit the BBC website to view the full schedule for Digital Cities and to book your free place(s).

DEADLINE Sunday 29th Nov. if you want free feedback on your work, or latest deadline 17 January 2021: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize. Entry Fee: £20 for first artwork, then £10 per additional artworks up to a maximum of 5 artwork entries. The seventh year of the internationally successful Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and backgrounds. Artists who enter before the 29 November 2020 are eligible for a detailed written feedback on their application. Early entries will feature in our ongoing campaigns to clients, and access to our informative talks. Prizes:
•  £10,000 prizes and exhibitions, for the Overall Winner, the Choice Award, the Sculpture Award, the New Media Award with partners Rich Mix and Photography Award with partners Genesis Imaging.
•  £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for 3 Winners.
•  Three month exhibitions in London, England.
• Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April – August 2021.
•  New partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Visit Art Prize’s website to find out more about Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and to enter.

COMMISSION DEADLINE 7th December: West Yorkshire based visual artist commissions, Leeds International Piano Competition. Commission Fee: £1,950. The Leeds Piano Trail 2021 is a joyful gift to our city, seeking to unite people under the theme of ‘Growing Stronger Together,’ an ethos which will be shared and developed further by the 20th Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2021. We will create a unique musical journey which embeds Leeds’ piano heritage within the fabric of the city by installing a series of ten bespoke upright pianos and ten interactive sculptures in accessible urban locations. Responding directly and sensitively to a paired ‘parent’ sculpture, designed and built by Edinburgh based artists Pianodrome (pianodrome.org), each piano will be transformed by a local artist/designer who will use their own specialism and media to curate their piano. The finished presentations will form a series of dialogues between the Pianodrome sculptures and the accompanying, transformed playable pianos. Five commissions will be given. The successful artists will also provide a number of workshops to a Leeds based community group, acting as a mentor in guiding them to transform their own piano to be paired with a different Pianodrome sculpture. This is a truly collaborative commission and so we are looking for artists who are comfortable responding to a defined artistic brief. To apply applicants should send:
•  An up-to-date CV
•  A cover letter of no more than one side of A4
•  A PDF of no more than ten images of your visual work, which must include example(s) of where you have answered a commission brief.
Visit Arts Council England’s website to find out more about the Visual Artist Commission and to apply.

COMMISSION DEADLINE Tues. 8 Dec (9am): Open Call for Artists and Creative Practitioners – Family Artist of the Month for The Tetley. In response to a changing world, we are looking to transform how we work with families over the coming season and will be appointing a ‘Family Artist of the Month’ to lead our family activity in January, February and March. We are inviting expressions of interest from artists to develop and deliver a monthly family participation programme (one artist per month January, February & March) that may be delivered online, through a platform that enables participation, or blended (in-person and live-streamed) depending on restrictions. From these initial expressions of interest, a shortlist of ten artists will be paid £100 to produce a programme proposal. Three selected artists will each be given a fee of £500, plus a further £500 towards the production of 50 resource packs, to develop and deliver the following during their month-long residency:
● One live online workshop aimed at 1 – 5 year olds (1 hour)
● One live online workshop aimed at 6 – 11 year olds (1 hour)
● A short trailer for each of these workshops (approx 30 seconds)
● One downloadable family activity sheet (one or two sides of A4)
● One ‘How to’ video to sit alongside the downloadable family activity (approx 5mins)
● Design and put together 50 resource packs (to include downloadable activity sheet) for distribution through our local food bank
In addition, the artist in February will be paid an additional £200 to deliver three live online family workshops (30mins each) during February Half Term (15-19 February). From this initial expression of interest, 10 artists will be shortlisted to produce a proposal by 9am on Wednesday 16 December and will each be paid £100. To find out more about the Open Call and to apply, visit The Tetley’s website.

EVENT Dec. 8th 7pm (free, online): Arts Council England (ACE) Webinar – Guidance on Developing Your Creative Practice Fund by Launchpad. Tune into this webinar and panel discussion to find out more about:
●  Arts Council England’s role in supporting musicians
●  Who the ACE DYCP fund is aimed at and will be most beneficial to
●  Eligibility in relation to the fund
●  Artists and organisations with experience of applying for and receiving support through this fund
●  How to complete and submit your application
If you are making, performing and recording music, or working to support musicians, artists or producers in any capacity, from any genre, this webinar will help demystify the Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council England fund for you. It will also provide you with the opportunity to pose questions directly to ACE staff, and artists and music leaders who have previously received funding. This webinar is free of charge and open to all. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund webinar and to book your free place.

DEADLINE Wed 9 Dec (midday): The Place – Work Place Associate Artist Call Out. Have you been creating dance based performance work in a professional setting for more than 3 years? The Place, London’s creative powerhouse for dance development, is seeking artists for Work Place, its unique programme of tailored support for professional choreographers. Each Work Place artist will receive bespoke support alongside a structured programme of creative and professional nourishment over a 5-year period. Depending on each artist’s needs, we offer: commissions for new work, performance and curation opportunities, research, creation and production residencies at The Place, project and idea development, teaching opportunities and skills development, career mentoring , invitations to offer paid consultancy and much more. The Work Place Artists are also offered a series of Work Place Intensives where we can explore and learn from each other’s ideas and experiences alongside other inspirational practitioners. Each intensive focuses on a theme or question to provoke thought, movement and debate. Work Place Artists are expected to attend each of the Intensives. The dates for the initial Work Place Intensives in 2021 will be: 10 – 15 March 2021 & 18 – 20 June 2021. Visit the Place’s website to find out more about the Associate Artist call out and to apply.

DEADLINE 31st Dec: Bradford Fringe Festival. They are open for submissions to their hybrid festival. The festival incorporates theatre, comedy, poetry, workshops, dance and much more. Calling submissions for socially distanced, outdoor and digital events for an action packed, radical programme for July 2021. We’re open to all art forms, workshops and experimental ideas. Please email bradfordfringe@gmail.com with video and audio submissions, if the form is not accessible to you or you have any questions. If you’re ready to apply to Bradford Fringe Festival, complete the Google doc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JOBS

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

PAID INTERNSHIPS deadline not specified: Kwanda x Disguise. We are excited to announce our partnership with award-winning global visual technology company disguise, to offer paid internships to Black professionals seeking experience in the industry. Have you ever wondered how spectacular and immersive live experiences like Coachella are put together? Are you a creative visionary looking for an opportunity to learn how to bring your innovative ideas to life? Do you want to work with the industry-leading teams behind the tech that goes into the making of live TV events like the BAFTAs and BET Awards, or world tours for artists like Beyoncé, and Jay Z?
Over 12 months, you’ll develop knowledge and skills in four key areas: Quality Assurance, Support, Hardware, and Software Engineering. Disguise is a technology platform used to bring artists and technologists together to design, develop and deliver innovative and breathtaking live visual experiences. With offices in London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai, disguise teams across the globe are leaders in collaborative visual storytelling. Interns will be working alongside the minds behind the visuals of tours for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, The Weeknd, Dave, Madonna, and more. The internship lasts for 12 months, during which you will rotate between four departments: Quality Assurance (QA), Support, Hardware and Software Engineering. You’ll spend two months learning about each, then specialise in the area of your choice and work on a project of your own for the final four months, which you will present at the end of the internship.
Who should apply?
•  Budding Black creatives and professionals who are excited about tech and visual experience.
•  Self-motivated, collaborative and approachable team-players who are enthusiastic about learning and are not afraid to take initiative and contribute ideas.
•  Successful interns will also have a character of honesty, discretion and trustworthiness.
Visit Kwanda’s website for full details about the internships and to apply.

DEADLINE not specified. Date posted: 26/11/2020. 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.

DEADLINE not specified, date posted 23/11/2020: BBC Creative seek Freelance Radio/Audio Producers. You will work on campaigns for a wide variety of high priority BBC products and services. They’re also looking for copywriters too so if you have both radio + copywriting skills this is for you. Complete the online form if you would like to apply, including a link to your portfolio.

DEADLINE Friday 27th November: Write for Pie Radio. Are you passionate about music, youth culture, entertainment, fashion and your local community? Pie Radio are looking for contributors with local knowledge of the Northern England scenes to create content for them. To find out more and apply for the writing role, visit Pie Radio’s website.

DEADLINE Mon. 30th November (noon): Programme Assistant, Site Gallery (Sheffield). Salary: £19,500 on a full-time 12-month contract. If you are looking for a job working with artists, making exhibitions or working with diverse communities to encourage people to engage with contemporary art, this role could be for you. The role of Programme Assistant has been created through the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Programme for someone at the beginning of their career with a passion for contemporary visual arts who identifies as coming from a lower socio-economic background. Interested? Find out more on the free zoom session they are holding on Mon. 16th November 13:00 – 14:00. In the meantime head to the Site Gallery website where you can download the full job description.

DEADLINE 30th November: Staff Writer for BBC Studios Audio. Location: London. Hours: full time, on a fixed term 6-12 month contract. The role is suited to someone at the start of making a career out of writing comedy. To apply you need at least two broadcast comedy writing credits that are not just one-liners, these can be on TV, Radio or online platforms. Aim of the job: The staff writers work closely with producers and contribute to scripts across the output of the department as needed. They write funny content for all types of show, from links for the hosts of panel shows like The Museum of Curiosity, and The News Quiz to sketches for topical shows like The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Newsjack. They help producers to develop ideas for new formats, help with story structure in sitcoms and punch up scripts with extra jokes. The staff writer jobs are part of the way we find and encourage exciting new comic writers with the ambition to create their own series. They will work on their own narrative and sketch ideas during the year, and by the end of the year with support from producers in the team, we hope to be pitching their ideas to commissioners. If you love comedy and are brimming with ideas you want to get made, this is your dream job! To find out more about the Staff Writer role and to apply visit the BBC website.

DEADINE 30th Nov: Video Editor Videographer for Manchester International Festival (MIF). Location: Manchester. Contract: 9-month Fixed Term (Jan – end Sep 2021). Hours: 35 per week. Salary: £23,000 per annum (pro rata). We are hosting a live Virtual Q&A where you can learn more about the roles we currently have live. On Monday 23rd Nov, 09:30am-10:30am you can hear from the hiring managers for the following roles: Ticketing Manager, Deputy Ticketing Manager, Senior Designer, Studio Manager, Senior Editorial Manager, Video Editor/Videographer. Job Summary: This role will primarily be responsible for the creation and facilitation of digital content, editing short form social media assets, trailers and original content and production captures for the festival. A natural at working in a team, you’ll respond to briefs from the marketing & social media team working closely with our in-house design team to execute projects with varying scope and resource. Assisting the Content Producer with the development of video and editorial output for MIF and the production of innovative ideas and stories related to the programme. Requires a passion and knowledge of what works across the content spectrum digitally and on all social media platforms. The candidate will ideally have experience filming and their editing their own shoots. This role will create content which amplifies existing channels and drills deeper into the themes that weave across the Festival and The Factory. To apply you’ll need skills in post-production processes including colour-correction, audio and exporting projects to various technical specifications. Visit MIF’s website to find out more about the Video Editor / Videographer role and to apply.

DEADINE 30th Nov: Production Administrator for Manchester International Festival (MIF). Location: Manchester. Contract: 9-month Fixed Term (Jan – end Sep 2021). Hours: 35 per week. Job Summary: The Production Administrator provides general project and administrative support for the team of Producers in the build up to pre-Factory events and the 2021 Manchester International Festival. Responsibilities:
Supporting producers to draft contracts for projects using existing templates and keep track of their progress
• Offer administrative support to ensure that all relevant project information is entered onto MIF’s databases
Work with the Artist Liaison team to provide accurate logistical information about creative teams visiting the city and assist in arranging travel, accommodation and visa arrangements
Support the Producing team in setting up meetings, site visits, auditions, workshops etc as required
Assisting the Producing team to ensure the organisation’s scheduling system is kept up to date with the latest project information
Assisting the Producers to gather relevant information for the Festival’s Marketing and Communications team including up to date biographies, images and copy
Working within the Festival’s existing finance procedures. This includes efficient and accurate processing of invoices, float reconciliations and raising purchase orders
Visit MIF’s website to find out more about the Production Administrator role and to apply.

DEADLINE Monday 30th November (noon): Curatorial Assistant (Exhibitions) for Museum Sheffield. Hours: 37 hours per week, fixed term for 1 year. Salary: £19,500 per year. Are you interested in a creative career in museums? Could you help people engage with their museum collections in Sheffield? Museums Sheffield are pleased to be working with the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme to offer this post. The programme has been specifically developed to offer talented people from lower socio-economic backgrounds a pathway to a career in arts and culture. The role of Curatorial Assistant (Exhibitions) has been created to offer an early stage career opportunity for someone to grow their creativity, skills and knowledge and make a meaningful contribution to the work of Sheffield’s museums and galleries. Visit Museum Sheffield’s website to find out more about the Curatorial Assistant role and to apply.

DEADINE 30th Nov: Access Coordinator for Manchester International Festival (MIF). Location: Manchester. Contract: 8-month Fixed Term Contract (Jan – end Aug 2021). Hours: 3 days per week (21 hours) from Jan – April 2021, then full time (35 hours per week) until end of contract. We are hosting a live Virtual Q&A where you can learn more about the roles we currently have live. On Tuesday 24th Nov, 5pm-6pm you can hear from the hiring managers for the following roles: Development Account Manager, IT Coordinator, Access Coordinator, Engagement Coordinator. Salary: £25,000 per annum (pro rata). To support the delivery and management of access provision at Manchester International Festival. Responsibilities:
Administrate the booking, contracting and scheduling of access provision for MIF shows, projects and
events (e.g. BSL interpretation, audio description, captioning)
Be the first point of contact for access-related requests from all departments
• Administrate the process of access auditing MIF venues and productions, liaising with Technical and Producing
Take responsibility for collating and maintaining detailed Access Information for MIF shows and events, liaising with Ticketing and Marketing
• Draft access-related briefing notes to assist Front of House teams and MIF Volunteers
• Attend and contribute to Project Group meetings as appropriate to represent the Access Team
Manage the Access inbox (escalating as necessary), liaising with Ticketing
Maintain and update internal Access resources for staff
Visit MIF’s website to find out more about the Access Coordinator role and to apply.

DEADLINE 1st December: Filmmaker for New Voices 2020. Sound and Music, the national organisation for new music, is looking to commission a filmmaker to document our New Voices programme over the next 18 months. New Voices is our primary artist development programme that supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music. In October 2020, we announced the 8 selected composers, who will be supported over 18 months through coaching, mentoring and a financial grant to create a new piece of work and share it with the world. You can read more about the programme here. The aim of the film is to demystify what it is to be a composer in the 2020s. The successful applicant will work closely with the Sound and Music team to identify and capture key moments in the programme. This will include documenting the composers’ creative process, their relationship with Sound and Music (including with their Creative Project Leader) and their final project outcomes. Regarding COVID-19 – we would encourage all applicants to highlight how they plan to carry out the commission when taking into account necessity for social distancing and other precautions. Fee: £2,500. Visit Sound and Music’s website to find out more about the filmmaker role and to apply.

DEADLINE 2nd Dec: Artist Liaison Deputy for Manchester International Festival (MIF). Contract: 9-month Fixed Term Contract (Jan – end Sep 2021). Hours: 35 per week. Salary: £30,000 per annum (pro rata). We are hosting a live Virtual Q&A where you can learn more about the roles we currently have live. On Tuesday 24th Nov, 12pm-1pm you can hear from the hiring managers for the following roles: Artist Liaison Deputy, Associate Producer, Event Staffing Coordinator, Production Administrator, Volunteer Coordinator. Job summary: The principal responsibility of this role is to manage and ensure the implementation of the Artist Liaison strategy for the commissions and events for MIF21. This role will oversee the logistics of a portfolio of commissions/ events, which will be developed within the festival framework alongside the Artist Liaison Manger and wider producing team. To apply you’ll need experience of managing Artist Liaison for arts, cultural or other high-profile public events or equivalent experience in a related field. Visit MIF’s website to find out more about the Artist Liaison Deputy role and to apply.

DEADLINE Wed. Dec. 2nd (10am): Community Producer, Third Angel. Location: Sheffield (remote working during restrictions). Contract: 14 hours per week for 6 months. Salary: £866 per month. Third Angel has been making original and inventive performance, installation and film work for theatres, galleries, cinemas, office blocks, car parks, cellars, the internet (and a Victorian public toilet), in the UK and worldwide, since 1995. The company has been widely acclaimed for intimate and moving performances and beautiful design. The Community Producer will find new ways for Third Angel to support people to express their own creativity, find their voice and tell their stories. They will identify new partners, designing and delivering fun and exciting learning opportunities that achieve positive outcomes for participants. The Community Producer will work in co-ordination with the Artistic Directors, ensuring that participation is woven throughout all strands of the company’s output, seeking new opportunities and laying the groundwork for the next 5 years. The successful applicant will be an experienced arts practitioner who is passionate about the power of creativity to transform lives. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people who have personal experience of the challenges faced by under-represented communities in the UK. For more information about the Community Producer role and to apply, visit Third Angel’s website.

DEADLINE 3rd December (noon): Freelance Videographer for Youth Music. Youth Music is looking for someone to film and edit a three-episode video series sponsored by Marshall. Each episode will feature a conversation between a young person aspiring to work in the music industry, and a music industry professional who works for Marshall. Fee: £150 per day (based on an 7.5 hour day) plus travel expenses. Visit Youth Music’s website to find out more about the Videographer role and to apply.

DEADLINE 4th December: Associate Artist – Dance, Mind the Gap. Location: Yorkshire. Hours: part time. Salary: £25k-30k pro rata. Mind the Gap is looking for an Associate Artist with expertise in Dance to join our team on a part time, freelance basis. The successful applicant will be a Dance Artist with teaching skills. The post-holder will work with learning-disabled artists involved with MTG Academy. This role complements that of other Associate Artists with specialist skills in drama/performance, dance/choreography and music. The post holder will specifically lead on the full-time Performance Academy programme. S/he has a responsibility to help embed dance skills within the Academy, ensuring a high level of learning and accreditation for the students. The ability to perform and share skills in a range of dance styles will be an advantage, but those with a particular specialism will still be considered for the post. Previous experience of working with learning-disabled young people and adults is desirable. To find out more about the Associate Artist role and to apply, download an application pack from Mind the Gap’s website.

DEADLINE 4th Dec: Live Producer (Freelance) for Manchester International Festival (MIF). Hours: This role will be on a part time basis from now until July, expected days worked flexible depending on your availability. You must be available for the entirety of MIF21, 01-18 July 2021. Salary: The ongoing impacts of COVID-19 means the nature of projects, including the Festival, may change at short notice which may impact on the duration and scope of Freelance engagements. At the point of contract a fair and equitable rate will be negotiated based on the agreed brief. We’re looking for a Live Producer to work with us on Manchester International Festival (MIF). We are particularly looking for people with experience producing live broadcasts and live digital content. Manchester International Festival produces and develops live content and broadcasts for range of digital platforms during the festival. As Live Producer you will deliver the production of the major broadcasts, working closely with the Broadcast & Digital Production Manager, Producers and Content teams. You will be responsible for all aspects of the delivery of live digital content including building technical teams. Ideally you will have:
• Demonstrable experience in broadcast, digital or live content online
• Experience of managing live broadcast events
• Excellent project management and multi-tasking capabilities
• Impeccable communication skills including influencing and negotiating
• A demonstrable track record in successfully steering complex projects from start to completion
• Financial literacy, including experience of putting together and effectively managing large scale project budgets
• Experience of leading a team
• Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Visit MIF’s website to find out more about the Live Producer role and to apply.

DEADINE 4th Dec: Engagement Coordinators (freelance) for Manchester International Festival (MIF). Location: Manchester. We’re looking for a number of Freelance Engagement Coordinators to work with us on next year’s Festival. This opportunity is all about reaching out to the widest range of people across Greater Manchester and supporting them to get involved in our exciting productions at MIF2021. It’s an extremely varied role which could see you working with hundreds of participants to create something for a one-off event, to managing a community chorus of 30. You might be coordinating activity within schools, or finding fifty cyclists for a public performance. The work we do takes dedication but is incredibly rewarding. You don’t need to have worked in the arts before – the transferable skills we’re looking for are commitment, communication, attention to detail, passion, people and project management. We have a range of opportunities available with each project requiring different levels of skills and experience. We want to reach as many people with these opportunities as possible and bring together a pool of people from which we can then recruit from for various projects – matching the right people to the right projects. We are committed to fair pay in the arts and – if selected from the pool – your fee, start date and contract length will be negotiated depending on the project you work on. Visit MIF’s website to find out more about the Engagement Coordinator role and to apply.

DEADLINE 7th December: Creative Producer for Rural Arts. Salary: £19,500 per annum, pro-rata Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Location: Yorkshire. A new role designed specifically for someone early in their career and from a low socio-economic background. They will develop Rural Arts’ performance programme at The Courthouse, establish an Artist Support programme, develop regional co-production relationships and support the ON Tour Manager. We’re looking for a creative person who loves to make things happen. You’ll be passionate about performance, excited to support and develop artists, and be committed to increasing access to and engagement with the arts. Visit Arts Council England’s website to download the recruitment pack and to apply for the Creative Producer role.

DEADLINE 7th Dec: Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds) for PRS Foundation. Location: Central London. Hours: full-time / permanent. Salary: £30,000 – £35,000 per year. Do you have broad and up-to date knowledge of challenges for artists, songwriters and producers who are seeking to further develop their career? Are you passionate and knowledgeable about all kinds of new music including Black Music, pop and electronic music genres? If yes, then this role could be for you. PRS Foundation is looking for a passionate, collaborative and inclusive team player with experience of working in the music industry or arts & cultural sector and an understanding of talent development, music funding and its importance to diverse music creators across the UK. The selected candidate will manage some of the Foundation’s programmes including the PPL Momentum Music fund, International Showcase Fund and Hitmaker fund. You will be able to work effectively in a busy, hands-on role. You will have a strong track record as a manager of teams or projects with a keen attention to detail. You will be excited about the opportunity of contributing to a small, dynamic organisation which is ambitious and continuing to evolve. Visit PRS Foundation’s website to find out more about the Grants & Programmes Manager role and to apply.

DEADLINE December 11th: Associate Artist – Theatre, Mind the Gap. Location: Yorkshire. Salary: £30k-40k (pro rata). Hours: part time. Mind the Gap is looking for an Associate Artist with expertise in theatre to join our team on a part time (one day per week), freelance basis. The post-holder will work with learning disabled students involved with Mind the Gap’s Academy. This is a freelance role (contracted to mid-August in the first instance), complementing the roles of Associate Artists with specialist skills in drama/performance, dance/choreography and music. The post holder will specifically lead on the 1-day Theatre Programme, which is our training programme for those students beginning their performance training. Previous experience of working with learning-disabled young people and adults is desirable. For more information and how to apply for the Associate Artist role, visit Mind the Gap’s website.

DEADLINE Fri. 11th Dec: Audio Always are looking for a Factual Producer. They’re based in MediaCity but can work remotely. You’ll need to have two years of professional experience in an audio storytelling role, for example as a documentary producer, a podcast creator or a broadcast journalist. They make a variety of broadcast audio across a range of genres. If this sounds like you, please send a CV and some recent audio examples to work@audioalways.com

DEADLINE Dec. 14th: Producer for Transform Festival. Salary: £28,000 per annum. Contract Basis: Full-time (40 hours per week) (please note, we will also consider a four day a week commitment as an alternative for the right candidate, see application pack for details). Contract Type: Employed. 18-month contract with potential of extension and for further development of role. Transform is an engine room for urgent, of the moment theatre. We are the creators of the biennial Transform festivals, citywide takeovers of powerful performance by artists from across the North of England and the world. Focused on reimagining what theatre can look like and do, we present performance everywhere from arts venues across Leeds, to city sites and outdoor spaces. Transform is seeking a Producer to join the team. We are looking for someone who is curious about and committed to realising adventurous performance, who is a dedicated creative collaborator and brilliant at making things happen. A successful candidate will be able to work flexibly and in a focused way to bring performance projects of all shapes and forms to life. They will have a good understanding of Transform’s context and positioning, and ability to build and maintain partnerships and collaborations of various kinds. They will have the skills and initiative to manage and oversee complex projects and programmes, working with creative people and partners to make things happen efficiently and with the utmost of care. The Producer will be involved in all aspects of Transform’s artistic and creative programme. They will support programme research, preparation and delivery. They will lead produce festival commissions and co-productions and play a fundamental role in realising our festivals and wider programme. Interviews Friday 18 December. To find out more about the Producer role and to apply, visit Transform’s website.

DEADLINE 16th December: Set and Costume Designer for Thumbelina, Rachel Dean. Location: Yorkshire. Hours: part time. Salary: £15k-20k pro rata. Call Out for Set and Costume Designer and Maker for ACE funded R&D of Thumbelina, an interactive performance for children and their families. Choreographer/Director Rachel Dean is looking for someone to design and make set/props/costumes:
• To transform an everyday place into a magical one
• That help to create an interactive, sensory rich experience and inspire the young audience to move, touch and explore
• That allow film to be projected onto the set as an integrated part of the piece
• To transform the characters as they take on different roles
The collaborative design process will begin in the New Year and continue with several studio visits once we are in the studio in Leeds/Bradford in March – May 2021. Outcomes at the end of this phase are prototypes for us to work with, flexible design ideas and a few completed elements. The intention is to continue to work together to create the final set in the next phase. Fee £1,500 inclusive of holiday pay. Materials budget £1,000. There is no additional allowance for accommodation or travel as it is anticipated that the Designer will be West Yorkshire based. To apply please send a few sentences outlining your interest in the project and relevant experience along with CV/Website link/examples of previous work to racheljanedean@yahoo.co.uk by 16th December.

DEADLINE 31st December: Wanted – Choreographer/ Musical Directors/ Vocal Coaches/ Acting Coaches for Stagebox Musical Theatre. Location: Leeds and / or Manchester. Hours: part-time. Rate of pay: £40 per hour. Stagebox are looking for top level creatives for their Leeds and Manchester programmes. Candidates must be professionally trained and/or have relevant professional experience in stage and screen. We require experienced choreographers (MT tech), musical directors, vocal coaches and acting coaches. Candidates should be based in the north of England or able to easily commute to our training centres in either city. Stage or screen experience is essential and experience with working with children at a professional level is desirable. Visit Arts Council England’s website for further details.

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

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

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

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

“If you want to be moved, inspired and impressed this is where to look; some extraordinarily powerful work produced by some of the city’s newest emerging talent.” Sally Joynson – Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire

“Studio12 gave me the portfolio and experience to get my dream job working at The Mill in London.” Finlay, Studio12 Participant

Studio12 provides FREE access to a visual and audio production studio for 16 - 30 year olds living in Leeds

Address

Studio12, Central Library, Calverley St
LEEDS, LS1 3AB
Tel: 0113 3787016

Open Hours

[Temporarily Closed]

Tuesday - Friday: 1pm – 5pm
Weekends: Closed