Opportunities

COMMISSIONS, EVENTS, FUNDING, JOBS & MORE!

Please note: most upcoming events and opportunities are being affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 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

Events Aug. 26th to 17th October (free, online): Spitfire Summer School. A series of free weekly masterclasses for anyone interested in learning how to master the basics of writing music for film, tv and video games. Each week is lead by a different tutor including our own team of composers plus special guests and will give you all the tools you need from developing your own creative voice to a detailed look into mixing and mastering. They’ve got seven weeks of masterclasses planned, all for free on YouTube.
• 2nd September: Writing music to a film cue with Homay Schmitz. Composer Homay Schmitz guides you through writing music to a film cue using BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover. Learn about how to set up your session to score for picture, working to a brief, and how to begin writing the cue itself. Visit Spitfire Audio’s website for more details.

Deadline 25 September: HyperTribe free Mentoring Programme for Women in Music. The four week Pioneer Mentoring Programme is HyperTribe’s response to tackling diversity in the music industry. Starting on the 28 September, confirmed mentors include Grammy nominated Kelly-Leigh and platinum-selling Karen Harding, along with Joy Crookes, Caswell, Jesica Winter, Tamzene, Chloe Diana, Malynda Hale, Camden Cox, and Grace Grundy, with more artists to be confirmed. Mentees will be matched with a mentor who will help work with them on certain aspects of their career and towards overcoming obstacles hindering their progress. The programme aims to support artists by introducing them to a peer-to-peer support network, providing them with specialist knowledge about the music industry and introducing them to manageable steps towards musical and financial independence. They’ll also have the opportunity to attend specialist Q&As with mentors and industry experts. Visit HyperTribe’s website for the full details about the mentoring programme and to apply.

FUNDING Deadline 28 Sep: PRS Hitmaker Fund. The Hitmaker 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 £5,000 – £10,000. Launched in 2017 as a response to the long-term career needs of those working behind the scenes, The Hitmaker Fund was initiated by PRS Foundation with The Ivors Academy Trust (formerly known as the BASCA Trust). Applicants must be:
• Songwriters (behind the scenes creators of new music who don’t also perform or produce), or
• Producers (those working on production who contribute to the songwriting process and are acknowledged as writers)
What can be funded? A number of areas, which combined will support your career development:
• Time to create
• Training / Skills courses at places such as Point Blank / SSE
• Creative / Professional development (with detailed evidence)
• Studio hire
• Purchase of equipment / software / hardware (covers up to 25% of costs)
• Tracking
• Maternity leave and child care
• International activity that could build your profile and benefit your creative development (evidence based activity including songwriting camps, meetings, sessions).
Visit the PRS Foundation website for full details on the Hitmaker Fund and to apply.

Event 30th September: 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.

FUNDING Deadline 5 Oct: PRS The Open Fund For Music Creators. The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others. Music Creators’ projects must fulfil all three of our funding priorities:
• To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
• To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential: how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.
• To inspire audiences: you will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level
The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000. Funding can support:
• Creation of new music
• Time to create
• Touring and live performances
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
Visit the PRS website for full details on the Open Fund for Music Creators and to apply.

FUNDING Deadline 5th Oct: PRS Women Make Music. The aims of Women Make Music are:
• To break down assumptions and stereotypes within the music industry by encouraging role models for future generations
• To raise awareness of the gender gap and to ensure that women are aware that support for new music is available
• To increase the profile of women, trans and non binary artists who are creating new music in the UK
• To encourage women, trans and non binary artists to apply for PRS Foundation funding
Women Make Music is in association with AWAL and Glastry and supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music. Women Make Music offers grants of up to £5,000. Funding can support:
• Creation of new music
• Time to create
• Touring and live performances featuring new UK music
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
Visit the PRS website to find out more about the Women Make Music Fund and to apply.

Event Tuesday 13th October 7:30pm: ACE Webinar – Guidance for National Lottery Project Grants & Grassroots Live Music Fund (free, online). Are you curious about how different funds from Arts Council England are applicable to your or your project? Music:Leeds, Launchpad and Come Play With Me in association with Arts Council England will present advice and guidance on applying to Arts Council England’s funds, National Lottery Project Grants and Supporting Grassroots Live Music for Yorkshire based music creators and those running music projects. Tune into this webinar and panel discussion to find out more about:
• Arts Council England’s role in supporting musicians and music venues
 Who each of ACE’s funds is aimed at and will be most beneficial to.
• Eligibility in relation to each fund
Artists and organisations with experience of applying for and receiving support through these funds
How to complete and submit your application
Featuring:
• NikNak (Artist, Host)
• Simon Benger (Music Relationship Manager, Arts Council England)
• Richard Brown (Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England)
• Deborah Egan (Director, DINA Venue)
• Liam O’Shea (Creative Director, No Bounds Festival)
• Bella Gaffney (Artist – The Magpies)
• Mikey Lord (Artist – As Sirens Fall)
Find out more about the event and register for your free via the Facebook event page.

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.

Funding Deadline Mon. 5th October 2020: PRS Foundation Women Make Music. 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. It welcomes applications from songwriters, composers, solo artists, bands or performers who are writing their own music. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for: touring, recording, promotion / marketing, community projects or residencies involving high-profile music creators, or live performances featuring new UK music. Visit the PRS website to find out more about the fund, details on how to apply, and information on successful applicants.

Funding Deadline Mon. 5th October 2020: PRS Foundation Open Fund for Music Creators. The fund supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The funding supports high quality music projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others. Usually grants of up to £5,000 are to be used for: touring, recording, promotion / marketing, community projects or residencies involving high-profile music creators, or commissions or live performances featuring new UK music. However during the Coronavirus crisis they have adapted the guidelines so you can include fees for your own time and work. You can also use the funding for high quality and innovative live broadcast or pre-recorded online content (which adheres to social distancing rules and is within Government guidance at the time). Additionally they have relaxed the guidance to enable applicants to apply for equipment or software costs which enable creation or new types of performances where those costs represent up to 20% of the total project budget. Visit the PRS website to find out more about the Open Fund, details on how to apply, and information on successful applicants.

Event Saturday, 14 November: Herfest 2020 Come Play With Me and Her Music PR present Herfest, a celebration of women and people of marginalised gender in music. Ages 18+, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

BUSINESS

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

Event Sep. 24th (online, free) 18:30 – 20:00: How to Fund a Film and Media Project by Focal Point Gallery. The conversation will be led by Southend-based artist and filmmaker Renee Vaughan Sutherland, with significant experience of working in the media production industry as a Creative Director. Renee is also the founder of Greater than 11%, a series of channels that promote careers and roles within the creativity industries with the ambitious aim to increase diversity, whilst simultaneously championing awesome women. Joining will be Thomas Wightman from BFI NETWORK who will explain about some of the funding and talent development opportunities available through BFI NETWORK and the wider ambition to support local film-making communities across the region. This evening is one of Film Hub South East’s regional talent meet-ups. Whether you’re a first-time filmmaker, animator, writer or producer, these meet-ups are also a chance to meet each other, chat and share ideas. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Fund a Film and Media Project session.

DEADLINE 6pm on Tuesday, 29 September: Scratch Me – a new filmmaking lab for people who don’t make films – yet! Applications open for a new development programme for creatives working outside of traditional film and TV. It’s a talent development programme for writers and writer-performers from a range of disciplines who want to experiment with the moving image. You might be a comedian, spoken word artist, scratch performer, theatre maker, social media storyteller or DIY filmmaker. Whatever your existing practice, the most important thing is your creativity. Scratch Me will help you realise your ideas on screen.
Scratch Me is all about characters. Exciting, original, can’t-look-away characters. Over the course of a two-month programme of workshops, mentoring sessions and writing challenges, lab participants will develop a fully-formed character who has the potential to lead to a short film, TV series or feature film. At the end of the programme, our writers will collaborate with a team of emerging filmmakers to create a short scratch monologue film which will be presented to industry executives at a special showcase event. You’ll leave Scratch Me with a powerful new addition to your creative portfolio and the confidence to develop your film and TV skills further. Scratch Me runs from October 2020 – January 2021. To be eligible for Scratch Me as a writer/writer-performer, you must:
• Be based in the North of England. (See a map of the areas we cover)
Have a character in development who has the potential to lead a longer form film/TV project.
Be over 18 by the start of the lab.
Be able to commit to the lab process. (See an indicative lab schedule – all sessions are currently planned to take place online)
To find out more about Scratch me and to apply, visit Film Hub North’s website.

Deadline Wednesday 30 September: BBC Three Pitch 2020. Sheffield Doc Fest is currently accepting applications from emerging film-making talents from the North of England. Five filmmakers will be selected to pitch their documentary idea to a panel of commissioners, for the prize of a commission for BBC Three, and with the support of a Northern based production company. BBC Three is passionate about:
• Identifying and championing emerging filmmaking talent in the North
• Bringing new voices to the channel
• Bringing compelling content and stories rooted in the North to a BBC audience.
BBC Three is also in the unique position that it can commission and broadcast documentaries of different shapes and durations and they welcome ideas for both short (up to 30 mins) and long form (up to 60 mins) films. As well as targeting directors, BBC Three are opening up this year’s pitch to include new talent who are keen to break into the industry. The successful pitch, chosen on the idea which is the best fit for the channel, will be housed by a production company and will work on the film at a level which enhances their experience of documentary making for television. Applicants for the BBC Three Pitch must be available to attend the online pitch event on Thursday 12 November as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest Autumn activity. If you cannot make this commitment, you are not eligible to enter the pitch competition. To find out more about BBC Three Pitch and apply visit Sheffield Doc Fest’s website.

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.

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

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

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

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

OTHER 

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 Tuesdays 2-3pm via Zoom: This is Me – an online wellbeing group for women age 16-24 by Mentally Healthy Leeds. Express yourself, make friends and build confidence through creative activities and writing. This group is aimed at young women aged 16-24 and is open to anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary person. We are committed to challenging discrimination and seek to create a safe and welcoming space, for all who will benefit from a women-centred group. Contact Natalie on 0113 248 4880 or email natalied@touchstonesupport.org.uk to join.

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.

DEADLINE Fri 25th Sep: Common Purpose Leeds 150 Legacy Programme. Calling all 18-25 year olds in Leeds! In 2043, it will be 150 years since Leeds was formally granted city status – how will you shape your city’s future? Do you want to:
• Connect with other amazing young leaders across Leeds to make a difference in your city?
• Access senior leaders in Leeds to have your say on some of the city’s challenges that matter the most to you?
• Gain skills that will increase your employability and add to your CV?
Apply for Leeds150 – a free leadership programme that will convene diverse young leaders from across Leeds from October 8-9 and 12-13. It’s your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your legacy will be! Visit Common Purpose’s website for further details and to apply.

DEADLINE Thurs. 1 October: Black Gay Ink: Coming out from Lockdown. Black Gay Ink is a creative writing development scheme for emerging Black gay writers. It aims to encourage a sense of wellbeing after a period of lockdown and creates a safe space for Black gay men to learn more about positive personal and professional development. The scheme will comprise of four wellbeing workshops and four career development workshops, alongside creative writing activities. The scheme will culminate in a new writing digital showcase event championing new writing from Black gay men. Black Gay Ink aims to provide an inclusive environment where Black gay men can meet, share, and express their stories and experiences through writing. It is open to emerging writers based in the UK, writing across different genres. It will be beneficial to Black gay men who are seeking to develop their creative work and how to pursue writing as a future career. Black gay men remain an underrepresented and overlooked group who can often face rejection from their own community and the wider gay community. This can sometimes lead to anxiety, isolation, loneliness, and depression. Each workshop is two hours long and will involve a one-hour presentation by guest speakers listed below as well as a one hour session of writing activities. You will be encouraged to utilise your time in between the workshops to develop your craft. All workshops will be run via Zoom running from Sat. 17th Oct – Sat. 27th Feb. Visit the Spread the Word website for full details about Black Gay Ink and to apply.

Event 3 Oct 10am – 4pm (£3 entry): Mahogany Market at Left Bank Leeds. A unique shopping experience, where you can purchase quality products from local black-owned businesses in Leeds. Mahogany Market creates a platform for entrepreneurs in grassroots organisations and businesses, from the African and Caribbean diaspora. It allows them to connect and trade within their local community and enables them to grow and flourish. Join us as we bring 20 small local businesses together under one roof for a Black History Month socially distanced shopping experience, featuring inspirational and educational workshops for all ages. Workshops hosted by Boomchikkaboom, Mills Institute and Female Magic. Visit Eventbrite to book your place for the Mahogany Market.

FUNDING Deadline Thursday 2nd October 2020: Leeds Inspired Small Grants – supporting arts events and arts projects taking place in Leeds. Since April 2012 they have funded nearly 600 projects that have taken place across the city and worked with a range of audiences, artists and communities in Leeds. Applications are welcome for standalone arts projects and also arts activities that contribute to larger events or initiatives. They have boosted the Small Grant Scheme using funds from the temporarily suspended Main Grant Scheme. They have done this to enable the arts sector to access funds quickly and respond to the new demand for online events in Leeds. The limit for Small Grants has increased to £1200 per application. If you are thinking about submitting a Leeds Inspired grant application and would like to talk to them about your idea please email jane.earnshaw@leeds.gov.uk to arrange a grants surgery on the phone. Please read the new guidance notes and forms before contacting them. Visit Leeds Inspired’s website to find out more about funding opportunities, and information on sucessful projects and applicants.

PAID OPPORTUNITY Deadline Oct 2nd: Channel 4 Screen Writing Course. For ages 18 and over. Takes place 23rd and 24th January 2021 / 12th and 13th June 2021. Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both these weekends, and are free to write at least two drafts of an original one-hour television drama between 25th January and 1st June 2021. The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script. Writers will be expected to write an original C4 / E4 one-hour drama series or serial pilot episode, and 2-3 page outline / pitch for the series / serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will meet at least twice with their script editor and should complete a 2nd draft script before the 2nd weekend of the course. Completed, 2nd draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend. Eligibility: Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television writer or theatrical release as a feature film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt). Visit the Script Consultant website for full details on the Channel 4 Screen Writing Course and to apply.

PAID OPPORTUNITY deadline Sunday 4th October. Represent: for 16 – 24 yrs by the Geraldine Connor Foundation. Uncover hidden narratives and take the lead, to find your own creative ways to radically transform how these hidden histories are told. Have you ever wondered why we only celebrate Black History for one month of the year? Or whose job it is to select what is shown in museums? Do you want to know how to use your creative voice to lead change? Represent will answer these questions. Over 4 days, discover how museums decide whose history to tell and how professional artists address this by creatively responding to neglected stories. Learn and uncover hidden narratives at Leeds Industrial Museum and take the lead, to find your own creative ways to radically transform how these hidden histories are told.
You will be supported by professional creatives, Heritage Corner and the Geraldine Connor Foundation. You will be paid a minimum of £105 for the four days, plus any travel expenses. You will build skills such as leadership, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork that all look great on applications for jobs or university places. It is also an opportunity to use your creative work to help uncover Leeds’ colonial links to the Industrial Revolution. Dates: 27th October 11:00am – 30th October 5:00pm. Location: Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF. You must be able to commit to attending all four days of the project. Visit the Geraldine Connor Foundation website to find out more about Represent and apply.

Event 20 Oct (online): Write Together With Rachel Long. An opportunity for writers of all levels to be part of an online writing community, engaging in fortnightly sessions themed around an aspect of the craft or an interview or mini masterclass with an established guest writer. Participant writers will have the opportunity to virtually liaise and congregate with other writers, building a community whilst also working on whichever project they choose. There is also the option work in a more individual way, alongside the community. Throughout the course of six sessions, writers will have the chance to learn new tips, have discussions, complete exercises, or exchange ideas specific to their projects.Each workshop will be themed, with each session focusing on a particular aspect of writing. The theme for this workshop is: Writing from Art I: Paintings and Photography. There will be the opportunity to experiment with language, voice, character, prose, and poetry. Tickets are pay what you feel, and some free tickets are available. Visit Spread the Word’s website for full details and to book your place.

Events 14 Oct. – 24 Oct. (online, free): Weaving Windrush. Rose Sinclair invites you into her Caribbean Front Room for an online weaving workshop and opportunity to share migration stories. Led by Goldsmiths Designer and Lecturer, Rose Sinclair, participants will learn how to weave using a mini-loom while exploring the importance of craft and design to the story of post-war Caribbean settlement in the UK. Beginning with the story of Windrush stowaway and dressmaker Evelyn Wauchope, as told by Rose, participants will be invited to share their own migration stories and reflections as they weave. Only a limited number of places are available and each participant will be provided with weaving materials by post, although participants should provide their own scissors. The workshop will take place online and a link will be emailed to attendees 48 hours before in advance. Registrations will end one week before the workshop to ensure weaving packs can be posted in time to reach you. Please do not register if you’re not sure you can attend. Visit Eventbrite to pick your date and book your free place.

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 – 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.

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

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

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

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

JOBS

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

Deadline 20th September: Website Content Developer for East Street Arts. Working closely with the Communicator and Directors, you will be responsible for managing the development of content for the website both through your own means and in collaboration with staff members including uploading content developed and ensuring it is on brand and of a high quality. You will have design skills, a technical understanding of WordPress, some knowledge of coding and be able to support staff in developing and editing content. Fee: £6000. Timeline: Ideally would begin by October 2020. We imagine the period required to undertake the work as three months (P/T). For more details on the Website Content Developer Role and to apply visit East Street Arts website.

Event Thurs. 24th Sep (free, online): Creative Careers with SODA: Storytelling, Technology and Innovation. Join the new School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University as they explore what a creative career looks like in a digital, interdisciplinary world. Experts from SODA will guide you through what it means to be a creative media practitioner at the convergence of storytelling, technology and innovation. SODA is grounded in the present and offers space to explore the future – investigating how storytelling has the capacity to be an agent for change, a means of empowerment and a way to transform how things are done. Whether delivered through a film, soundtrack, videogame or multisensory environment, such stories capture our experience, fuel our imagination and reveal pathways to a fairer future. Visit Eventbrite for full detais on the creative careers event and to book your free place.

Volunteering Opportunity: Event 24th September (online conference). Looking for a job in digital? The Women in Leeds Digital Team are hosting an online conference. There are 3 main events within the conference, that centre around gaining advice and understanding of the steps it takes to work in a digital role. The conference focuses specifically on encouraging more diverse groups into digital roles, such as those returning to work from extended periods of absence, those wanting to change careers, or those who perhaps haven’t had the opportunities to explore the routes into digital roles.
• Be Digital – is for those looking to train, or retrain in digital roles.
• Build Digital – is for those with an idea looking to start their own business.
• Belong Digital – is for those who want to learn more about the digital community here in Leeds, and what we are doing to ensure a truly diverse community.
If you are interested in signing up to either of the three events, head to the Women in Leeds Digital website to fill in tour details.

Deadline Fri 25 Sep, 12pm: Record Label Manager, Brighter Sound. Location: Home working / Manchester. Hours: Part time (0.5) – approx. 19 hours per week. Length of contract: Initially 12 months fixed term. Salary: £21-25k (full-time equivalent), dependant on experience. We’re looking for someone with drive, enthusiasm and a passion for/knowledge of new music to set up and manage Brighter Sound’s brand new independent record label. Aimed at showcasing the music created on our artist development programme (and beyond), the label will shine a light on the incredible new music coming out of the North of England. As a social enterprise, all profit will be reinvested into working with and supporting more emerging and unsigned artists. In a time of change and uncertainty, this role will explore new ways of working in the production and distribution of new music, with the opportunity to test ideas and approaches that put artists at the heart of decision making.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone in their early-mid career to develop their skills and experience in a supported environment, and to establish and shape the future of this exciting new venture. The successful candidate will have access to mentoring, in partnership with Come Play With Me, and a broader programme of professional development. They are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who identify as women/non-binary and are based in, or who come from, the North of England. Visit Brighter Sound’s website to find out more about the Record Label Manager vacancy and apply.

Deadline 30th Sep: Commission for virtual art workshops. The Arts & Health Hub is working in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Arts Special Interest Group (ArtSIG) to commission 3 virtual workshops. The workshops are to be delivered to psychiatrists that are members of the ArtSIG who have a particular interest in how the arts can play a vital role in our health and wellbeing. This opportunity is only open to artist that are registered members of the Arts & Health Hub – it’s free to register. The commissioned artists will deliver 1 one-hour long workshop over a digital platform (Zoom/Microsoft Teams to be confirmed). The opportunity is open to varied arts forms, including (but not exclusively) to visual arts, sound, dance etc. There is a fee of £130 to be paid the artist (inclusive of materials). Visit the Arts & Health Hub website to download the full artist brief and to apply.

Deadline 4th Oct: Artist Lead for East Street Art’s Guild National Campaign. Guild is a four year Arts Council England funded programme in support of the development and resilience of artists spaces. We are looking for an artist, artist collective or organisations to work with us to lead on and deliver the campaign. They will work with the Directors, Artist Support Lead and Guild Producer to design and set the strategy for the campaign, which needs to be nationally relevant and focussed on action.
Fee: £6000. Timeline: Ideally would begin by November 2020. The initial contract will continue until March 2021, where the brief and progress will be reviewed and a new brief focused on delivery established. Visit East Street Arts website to find out more about the Guild Freelance role and to apply.

Deadline Deadline Fri 23rd Oct: Interviewers needed for Youth Music Awards 2021. Age 25 or under? They’re looking for engaging and confident interviewers to help us tell the stories of the shortlisted nominees on camera. You will be comfortable speaking to people and good at getting a great story out of someone. The Youth Music Awards takes place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 in London. Salary: £20 per hour and travel expenses covered. Please note, you will need to be available to film between January-March (dates TBC), on a part-time, freelance basis. Visit Youth Music Network’s website to find out more and how you can apply.

Deadline Deadline Fri 23rd Oct: Awards Hosts needed for Youth Music Awards 2021. Age 25 or under? They’re looking for two music-loving hosts to present the Youth Music Awards on the night. The hosts will need to provide a seamless flow throughout the evening, linking between live performances and 13 award categories, keeping guests engaged and the energy in the room high. Hosts must be confident in front of a large crowd, have a passion for music, and will ideally have experience in broadcasting, live events, or both! There will be a party atmosphere at the Awards, with a diverse audience of around 600 people: including nominated participants and music leaders from Youth Music projects, and music professionals from across the industry. The hosts will need to create a fun and exciting atmosphere, while also being able to stick to timings, deal with the unexpected, and keep the evening moving. The Awards take place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 in London. This role is flexible, and will require availability from January 2021 until the Awards in May. Salary: £20 per hour and travel expenses covered. Visit Youth Music Network’s website to find out more and how you can apply.

Deadline Fri 23rd Oct: Videographers needed for Youth Music Awards 2021. Age 25 or under? They’re looking for videographers who love to capture short form content and are skilled video editors, to help them tell the stories of the shortlisted nominees on camera. The Awards takes place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 in London. This role is flexible, and will require availability from January 2021 until the Awards in May. Salary: £20 per hour and travel expenses covered. Visit Youth Music Network’s website to find out more and how you can apply. 

Deadline 30th October: Calling all artists and creatives! Rural Arts North Yorkshire. Location: Yorkshire, Thirsk. Hours: Part time. Salary: £15k-20k pro rata. Rural Arts is looking to widen and diversify its pool of artists teaching creative workshops across North Yorkshire. Whatever visual arts form you specialise in, we would love to hear from you! We particularly want to hear from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and disabled artists as part of our commitment to furthering equality and diversity in rural communities and the creative industries. About Rural Arts: Rural Arts is a registered charity that delivers inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities that enrich lives and connect communities. We provide over 400 events and activities each year at our community arts centre in Thirsk, which is also home to an award-winning café, a gallery shop and rooms to hire. We programme 70 performances per year in rural venues and lead a range of wellbeing and employment programmes to support vulnerable people across 3,500 square miles. We are one of 7 Arts Council England NPO is North Yorkshire, England’s largest county. Complete the Expression of Interest form, then we will add your details to our artist records and see where you might be best suited within our programmes.

Deadline not specified, possibly 30th Oct: Midweight Conceptual Copywriter for Jaywing. Location: Leeds or Sheffield. Hours: full-time. Salary: competitive. What’s the best thing you’ve ever written? It might be a tweet. Or an article. It could be a passive-aggressive note you put on the fridge door that time your rhubarb yoghurts kept going missing from the communal kitchen.
Maybe it’s an ad. Have a think. Then send us the one bit of work that’s going to make us smile/cry/drop our sandwich. We’re looking for a versatile writer who loves big ideas as much as bitesize social copy. Someone who’s comfortable working on their own or teamed up with one of our smashing art directors. In return we’ll let you loose on some fantastic brands, alongside some very talented people. And ideally, in no time at all, the best thing you’ve ever written will be something you’ve written with us. Skills required:
• An outstanding writer, conceptually and technically
• Experience in an agency role
• Comfortable writing for all aspects of digital and social media
• Excellent organisational skills
• Happy working alone or alongside an art director
• Keen interest in the industry, including new trends and the latest (and best) work
• A portfolio that shows a breadth of media and executional experience but always comes back to the most important thing: the idea. To find out more about the Copywriter role and to apply, visit the Jaywing website.

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.

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.

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