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



Funding Deadline Wed. 8th July: Help Musicians Transmission 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. Transmission provides grants of up to £1,500 to fund opportunities that focus on developing your artistic practice and furthering your professional development at a crucial point in your career. Musicians may be fearful of the implications COVID-19 could have on their own health and their performance and teaching commitments, which in turn might have an impact on a range of issues, including finances and mental health. Now, more than ever before, musicians need vital funding to support their creative practice, their professional development, and to innovate in response to the ever changing global situation. They realise that whilst the ongoing isolation measures have made many traditional learning contexts impossible, this time spent at home can also present opportunities to learn and build new skills and knowledge through online and digital channels.

Funding can be used to support learning activities which are able to be undertaken whilst respecting the government advice and restrictions around social distancing. Opportunities must be primarily focused on developing a career as a musician. These could include tailored development opportunities such as online courses or virtual mentoring, 1:1 coaching sessions via video call, fees to attend virtual conferences, online song writing academies and virtual masterclasses. In addition funding can be used for short periods of training with a leading professional in your field to improve your creative practice and skills, perhaps leading to enhanced future career opportunities (eg. a period of recording) which can be conducted remotely. Visit Help Musician’s website for information about the Transmission Fund, details on how to apply, and information on previous successful applicants.

Event Wednesday July 8th: Music:Leeds and Come Play With Me – Online Advice Sessions (free, online). 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 Music:Leeds on Facebook to book your Advice Session slot.

Funding Deadline Mid-July: PRS Foundation Beyond Borders. Beyond Borders stimulates and strengthens cross-border collaborations between music creators, performers and presenters. It supports the creation, touring and promotion of innovative and high-quality new music across all genres and encourages engagement with audiences across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through multiple performances and digital activity. Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects that include new commissions, recordings and repeat performances of music written in the past five years. Support is given to up to 8-10 projects per year that represent:
● Innovation and quality within the music, programming and performances, and potential for national/international profile.
● Strength and depth of collaboration between cross-border organisations/ensembles/bands and potential for partnership legacy
● Potential audience reach and impact and the strength of plans for public engagement.
Eligibility: The scheme is open to all UK or Ireland-based not-for-profit organisations. Collaborations can involve co-commissioning new works or co-promoting music written by UK/Ireland-based music creators during the past five years. Applications must consist of at least three partners, each from a different UK/Ireland region. Larger partnerships, incorporating additional international organisations, are encouraged. If an individual music creator is interested in developing a Beyond Borders project submission, they can contact tina@prsfoundation.com to discuss support in identifying potential partners or access a list of previous funded organisations. Visit the PRS website find out more about Beyond Borders, details on how to apply, and information on previous successful applicants.

Deadline Midnight Monday 20th July: Ever wanted to have your music pressed to vinyl? Come Play With Me have opened submissions for local artists to have their music featured on a compilation album. Taking a step away from their usual 7” releases allows them to support more music and this release will feature women, people of marginalised genders and LGBTQIA+ artists across all of Yorkshire. Eligibility: Artist (if solo), at least half of the band members, or the main creator within a band, must be a woman, person of marginalised gender or identify as LGBTQIA+ based in Yorkshire. Visit Come Play With Me’s Google Doc to find out more and how to apply.

COMMISSION – Deadline 10am Thursday 30 July: Season For Change’s Common Ground. Do you use music as a medium to discuss the climate emergency, or are you interested in exploring that area? Four £10,000 commissions for UK-based creatives are available, to make environmental work with communities underrepresented in the climate movement. Eligibility: Open to Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and/or LGBTQI+ artists. Find out more and apply by visiting Season For Change’s website.

COMMISSION – Deadline 31 July: Tune Into Nature Music Prize. A competition for musicians and singer/songwriters aged 16-29 whose work fosters a stronger relationship with nature through contemporary popular music. Yorkshire Sculpture Park has teamed up with the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby, musician Sam Lee, Selfridges, and Tileyard London to search for a piece of original music that tunes into nature – helping to highlight the need for a new relationship with nature and provide vital support for young creative practitioners. The winning entry will receive a £1,000 grant to support their work and also benefit from a free professional remix with Tileyard London, produced by award-winning songwriter and producer Martyn Ware. In addition, selected entries will be broadcast through all of Selfridges’ stores on a celebratory weekend in the autumn. Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website to find out more about the Tune Into Nature Music Prize and how you can 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.

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. 


Events Part 1 Tuesday 30 June & Part 2 Thursday 9 July. Ad:Venture webinars – Marketing Small Businesses on Low-to-Zero Budget (VERY limited free spaces, book in advance). Businesses of all sizes need to conduct some form of marketing activity to promote awareness of their brand, product or service, position their offer to prospective customers and, ultimately, persuade purchase. That many smaller businesses undertake little or even no marketing is usually down to either believing they cannot afford to, and/or don’t know how to. Over these two workshops, a qualified marketing specialist, Mark Sebright, will inform your understanding of what marketing really is and why you really cannot afford to ignore it. He will also use these interactive sessions to reveal how you can utilise a range of low-to-zero cost marketing activities and tools that will make a material difference to your business success.
Workshop 1 – Tuesday, 30 June will cover: The customer-centric marketing concept
●  Defining and targeting your customer
●  Defining your offer and positioning it in the mind of the customer

Workshop 2 – Thursday, 9 July will cover: The low-zero budget toolkit
●  Website optimisation
●  Social media marketing
●  Database marketing
●  Public relations
●  Networking and personal selling
Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Marketing Small Businesses webinar.

Event Mon, 6 July 16:00 – 17:00: Starting a Social Enterprise: Start Making Impact by Business & IP Centre Leeds (free, online). Considering a Social Enterprise? Receive lots of practical tips and advice for starting and running a Social Enterprise at this webinar. This webinar will first of all make sure that a Social Enterprise is the right choice for you and key steps of how to make that a reality. It will give practical advice and tips around, but not limited to the following topics: formation, support available, business planning, marketing and reporting. Delivered by Rich Sutcliffe, Agency for Good. Rich Sutcliffe is Founder of Agency For Good which helps start-up social enterprises with marketing and digital. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Starting a Social Enterprise event.

Event Tues. 14 July 16:00 – 17:00: Building the Foundations – Starting and Developing Your Business by Business & IP Centre Leeds (free, online). Discover how to play to your strengths in this webinar developed for anyone looking to start a business or develop their business further. Starting a business is a big step, but it’s just the first step along the journey. This webinar will help you to work out how to play to your strengths, and also to deal with your weaknesses. Delivered by Gareth Allen, Performance Coach. Gareth has built up many years of experience providing specialist advice to businesses in areas including business finance, business development, sales management and strategic planning and personnel. Visit Eventbrite to book your place on the Building the Foundations session.

PAID OPPORTUNITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS. Deadline not specified: Future Leaders Incubator by H Foundation. The online programme runs July 20th – September 17th. You must be available for the 3-day online induction training 22nd – 24th of July. Have a business you are already working on and want to develop further? Think that if you had a few months to concentrate on improving your business plan, it could really make a difference? H Foundation want to hear from you! This 9 week programme aims to connect underrepresented young entrepreneurs to training opportunities, professional development workshops and mentorship. Eligibility: You must live in the UK, be age 21-30 and not currently in full-time education or employment. You mulst also meet the diversity requirements (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), socially or economically disadvantaged or have a disability). What will you get?
● £200 weekly stipend to support you whilst you are on the programme
● Work From Home Pack
● A 1-1 business mentor from a digital company
● 3-day Induction training
● Weekly professional development workshops
● Access to an alumni network of creatives and entrepreneurs
● Pitch at a micro fund event
Complete a Typeform to express your interest in the Future Leaders Incubator Programme.

Event Wed. 22 July 16:00 – 17:00: Back to Basics – Rethink and Reboot Social Media For Your Business by Business & IP Centre Leeds (free, online). Learn how to effectively utilise social media to reach your customers more effectively with social media expert Liz Cable. Liz delivers training, coaching, teaching and consulting in social media strategy and online communities. Liz is the course leader for a Media and Marketing degree, a speaker and facilitator delivering inspirational, practical workshops and seminars. Liz has a great deal of experience developing social media courses for businesses highlighting how to maximise their presence in online markets – and how to gain and keep more customers with social media. Visit Eventbrite to book your place on the Back to Basics session.

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.


Events now until Friday July 17th: Channel 4 and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) – FREE online masterclasses and training sessions for independent producers and the freelance community. Masterclasses, workshops and talks will span across the four weeks which focus on:
• Week 1: Development and Pitching.
• Week 2 29th June – 3rd July: Shaping the Story. So now that your idea has become a reality, how do you convey your story to the viewers? During this week you will learn about storytelling – the principles, using pictures, sound and editing. You will also develop some key skills when it comes to casting alongside some of the ever important legal stuff! Available to book now, see link below.
• Week 3 6th July – 10th July: Leadership and Resilience. Being a leader and resilient during challenging times is a key factor to producing exceptional content. During this week you will learn how to develop your leadership skills and become more resilient when challenges present themselves. You will also have the opportunity to hear from Sophie Turner – Laing (Endemol Shine). Available to book now, see link below.
• Week 4 13th July – 17th July: Digital and Innovation. Nowadays, the use of digital technology is present in many factual and fictional productions. During this week you will learn how to implement this technology and you will also learn about the effective use of 3D visualization, making short form video and the use of cutting edge graphics. Booking information coming soon. Head to the NFTS website where you can find the full timetable and register for your free place(s).

Deadline 8 July: New Mentoring Scheme for Cinematographers (NOT aimed at new entrants). Do you have experience in cinematography or camera operating? Age 18+? The British Society of Cinematographers, Association of Camera Operators and ScreenSkills have joined forces to form a new mentoring programme designed to support cinematographers and camera operators from groups under-represented in the screen industries. Award-winning directors of photography and camera operators will mentor 20 mentees in the inaugural round of the programme developed by the BSC education committee with ScreenSkills. This programme is targeted at those with some experience so consideration will be given to membership of professional bodies, the number of years of work and credits. It is anticipated that mentoring partnerships will last between 6 – 12 months. Visit the ScreenSkills website to find out more about the New Mentoring Scheme for Cinematographers.

COMMISSION – Applications open now. Deadline midday 20th July: Skip / Intro – Open-call artist film commissioning programme from Satellite – a production company specialising in artists’ moving image. Designed to support under-represented voices, the programme is open to emerging artists aged 18-25 based in England. They are especially excited to commission:
• Work with the potential for broad appeal. Artists film is often seen as elitist or inaccessible. We believe that work can be daring, and engage with big ideas in new ways, whilst being accessible to everyone.
•  Work that speaks to, and represents, people and communities who are under-represented on screen. These works may be about a wide variety of subjects, for example (but not limited to): social, political, cultural, technological, environmental or personal change taking place under present conditions.
At least one commission will be awarded to a Black artist. 3x commissions each offering:
•  £1500 artists fee/budget
•  £2000 funded production support
•  2 months curatorial support
•  Online distribution
Visit Satellite Film’s webite to find out more details and how to apply.

AWARD – Deadline 31st July: John Brabourne Awards. The Film & TV Charity’s John Brabourne Awards help individuals take their career to the next level with a £5000 award to develop or complete a project. The award is for those in the film/TV industry who have already proved what they can do – but now face obstacles to their success. This may be financial, health-related or due to a change in personal circumstances. What you can use the award for: It depends on your situation. You could put the award towards production projects, scriptwriting and development, education or training. This isn’t a definitive list, so feel free to contact them to chat through your plans. They’d love to help you to deal with any barriers and push your career to the next level. Eligibility: At least 2 years working in Film and/or TV (including aspects of digital broadcast). This doesn’t have to be consecutive. You’ll also need to provide two referees working professionally in the film and/or television industries. If relevant, one referee can be from an educational institution. Visit the Film & TV Charity website to find out more about the John Brabourne Awards including the guidelines and how to apply.

AWARD – Applications open now. Deadline: August 7th 2020: BFI Future Film Festival 2021. Are you a filmmaker aged 16-25? Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the 14th BFI Future Film Festival, in February 2021? They’re inviting filmmakers to submit their work to the BFI Future Film Festival, the British Film Institute’s annual film festival for young people, held at the BFI Southbank in London. This year they have up to £15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including money to support your next film and your career. If your film is selected, you will be invited to attend the festival at BFI Southbank, and you’ll be allocated a limited number of tickets for screenings of your film for contributors, family and friends. Your short must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter. You must have been aged 16-25 when you made the film. Before you apply, please carefully read the rules and terms. Visit FilmFreeway to find out more about the BFI Future Film Festival and how to submit. BFI Festival recognises films in the below categories with up to £15,000 in prizes:
•  Best Animation
 Best Documentary
Best Experimental Film
• Best Micro Short
• Best International Film
• Best International Special Mention
• Best Writer
• Best Director
• Best Film
• Best New Talent

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.

Bursarie 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.


Funding Deadlines Thursday 2nd July, Thursday 6th August Thursday 3rd Sept & 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.

Events Friday 3rd July or Friday 17th July (pick your date): Interested in Journalism? Age 18+? Register for one of the BBC News Development entry level journalism events. Get tips, advice and have your questions answered by young BBC journalists. To book your free Zoom place email: molly.mcmunn@bbc.co.uk

Event July 4th  18:30 – 19:00: Spoken Word Sessions with Rakaya Fetuga by the Caraf Centre (free, online). Age 18+? Rakaya’s Spoken Word sessions are for adults of all abilities and are open to everyone. Rakaya Fetuga is a Roundhouse Resident Artist 2019-20 and winner of the 2018 Roundhouse Slam and 2017 STW Poetry Prize. She has performed in the UK at venues including British Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Trafalgar Square as well as at international festivals. Rakaya has been commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies with Vanity Fair, English Touring Theatre and Kyra TV. Rakaya’s work joins conversations on overlapping identities, faith and culture as self-affirmation. Head to Eventbrite to book your free place on a spoken word workshop.

PAID COMMISSION Deadline 8th July: Beyond Measure by The Cultural Institute. The programme will explore research and evidence in culture and health. It will start in July with themed Twitter chats with a variety of topic experts, informing the development of more focused activity from September, which might involve webinars, panel discussions, and performances. What they’re looking for: creative pieces responding to the theme Beyond Measure: research and evidence in culture and health, that can be shown online as part of the Autumn activity. It could be video, soundscape, photography, text, textile to name a few.  All submissions should include a statement to introduce your work. Commissioned artists will receive a fee of up to £500 to develop and execute their idea. Visit the Cultural Insititute to read the full brief and find out how to apply. 

Deadline 10 July: Sense of Place – a digital gallery takeover exhibition by 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. They want artists aged 16-25 to submit photographs of work around the idea of rootedness and connection to home. They’re looking submissions for visual art that can be photographed and displayed in their specially designed 3D digital space. Visit Visual Arts Centre’s website to submit your work (it’s free).

Tues 21st – Thursday 23rd July: The Prince’s Trust Get started in Health & Social Care Programme (free, online). The programme is for young people aged 16-30 who are not in education, employment or training and doesn’t affect benefits. The course covers:
• An introduction to life in health and social care, including possible roles and responsibilities
• Learning the values, skills, and attitudes required for a job in health and social care
• Online CV support and interview advice
• A speed interview for live vacancies in the Health & Social care sector
• There is up to 6 months of mentoring support if wanted
They’ll send out further information such as what job roles are available closer to the time. Please note, all the job roles will be based in Leeds! PLACES ARE LIMITED. To register your interest email YHoutreach@princes-trust.org.uk

Ongoing – 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.

COMMISSION – Deadline for outline proposals 3rd July: Open Call – New Sculpture in Yorkshire. As part of Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s continued commitment to supporting and developing creative talent in the county, they are delighted to announce an open call for a number of outdoor sculpture commissions on behalf of a private collection. The YSP Curatorial Team will support artists throughout the selection, production and installation process as well as giving feedback to those who propose ideas but are not chosen, offering constructive review towards the continued development of their practice and career. Proposals are invited from any artist, including students, based in the historic county of Yorkshire as defined by the Association of British Counties. It is anticipated that the selected artworks will be sculptures in three-dimensional form, though consideration will be given to different media and those that are not necessarily ground level, for example being suspended from a tree. There will be a maximum of six commissions, each by different artists, but we are open to receiving more than one proposal from artists or collectives. There is an outline budget of £10,000 for each commission, not including transport and installation, but exceptional proposals in excess of this will also be considered. Visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s website to find out more about Open Call for New Sculpture in Yorkshire and download the artist brief.

DEADLINE 26 July: Dance School. Age 16-20? Love dance and interested in TV/media? Duck Soup Films are searching for young people in Leeds to help develop an exciting new TV series… For Channel 4! Think ‘Fame’ crossed with ‘This is England’ updated to now. The drama series is being developed in association with Channel 4 and the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund. It’s constructed around a gang of students aged 16-25 attending a world-renowned Dance School in Chapeltown, Leeds. It also explores current issues affecting young people. Visit Duck Soup Film’s wesbtie for further information and details on how to apply.

Funding Deadline 6th August: Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP). Supports the development of independent creative practitioners. This programme will give individuals the opportunity to apply for £2,000 to £10,000 to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and take them to the next stage in their practice. They invite applications from individuals working in any of the following areas: Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Literature, Combined Arts or Museums practice. Visit the Arts Council England website to find out more about the DYCP fund and how you can apply.

TBC in spring 2020: Volunteer for Light Night. Roles: visitor support, artist liaison, photographer, videographer & production assistant. To find out more email lightnightvolunteers@leeds.gov.uk

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.


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 Friday 10th July: Online Event Producer for Centre for Cultural Value. They are seeking a results-focused and imaginative events curator and producer to deliver aprogramme of online activity over 10-14 days in November 2020. The successful bidder will have experience of shaping and delivering high-profile events online. The contract will run from mid-July to mid-November. £4k is the maximum fee, there is also a seperate budget for the online events and programming. To apply submit a proposal outlining:
1. Your CV – outlining your relevant experience and skills (if more than one person will be delivering the contract please give brief details of all those who would be involved).
2. Some brief examples of successful events you’ve run, including online delivery.
3. An outline of your approach to delivering this brief together with outline timescales.
4. Your fee (including number of days allocated), budget plus details of any additional fees or expenses.
5. Details of two people we could approach for a reference.
Click here to see the full brief in Word.

Interested in jobs / a career in Health & Social Care? Check the opportunity from The Prince’s Trust (on this page, scroll up to ‘Other’).

Interested in jobs / a career in Journalism? Check out the opportunity from BBC news (on this page, scroll up to ‘Other’).

Deadline not specified. Date posted: 19th June. LIVITY:CREATIVE STUDIO. They’re looking for creatives for an exciting paid opportunity with a sustainable skincare brand. If you’re a product photographer, art director, graphic designer or animator, with experience in creating assets/campaigns for products, email your portfolio with examples of your work and a bit about yourself to network@livity.co.uk

Deadline not specified: The Wardrobe in Leeds are looking for part-time bar staff. The Wardrobe is a multi-functioning bar, kitchen, venue and events space. They are an independently owned business serving food, drinks and hosting a variety of live music, comedy and club nights. You will be serving cocktails, their famous gin menu and a host of different craft beers to a soundtrack of their regular DJs and live bands. Previous cocktail experience preferred, a hard-working and friendly outlook is essential. Visit Futuresound’s website to check The Wardrobe’s bar staff vacancy is still available before applying. To apply send a CV with ‘Bar Staff Vacancy’ as the subject to bar@thewardrobe.co.uk

Ongoing: Music Tutors Freelance Music Tutors 



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