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.

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FUNDING AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT DEADLINE 1st Mar: PPL Momentum Accelerator Fund. Many music creators show strong musical potential but are unable to capitalise upon this due to financial barriers, gaps in regional infrastructure, knowledge, advice, and access to industry platforms. PPL Momentum Accelerator’s long term approach supports the development of these outstanding artists and bands outside of London who struggle to reach a crucial career tipping points, and with partners provide support for a number of future industry professionals such as managers, promoters, record labels, music publishers, booking agents, supporting sustainable regional scenes across the UK. The fund can support projects by songwriters, artists, bands, and performers who are writing their own music based in Yorkshire and Liverpool City Region. The  fund provides vital and timely financial support of up to £5k which will help talented artists and bands outside London to reach or get beyond early career tipping points. If you can answer yes to the below questions you may qualify for PPL Momentum Accelerator support and should consider applying.
● Are you an artist/band based in an Accelerator region (Yorkshire* or Liverpool City Region)?
● Do you write or perform your own music?
● Have you been profiled or featured in regional or national press, media and received coverage in blogs as an artist/band?
● Have you played shows or been asked to play multiple shows across your region?
● Do you have evidence of a strong fan base regionally?
● Are you making your first steps in getting national interest or already gaining some national attention?
● Do you have early signs of interest and/or working informally with other music professionals or organisations? (e.g. management, record label, booking agent, press)
To find out more about the Momentum Accelerator Fund visit PRS Foundation’s website.

Event Mar. 2nd (online, free): Help Musicians Webinar – Funding and Support for Musicians. Come Play With Me and Launchpad invite musicians to meet Barnaby Duff, Creative Programme Officer at the UK-wide charity, Help Musicians. Find out more about:
– How music creators can achieve their creative potential, develop their skills and build their careers with support from Help Musicians
– A brief overview of some of the charity’s financial and health and welfare support available for artists
– Who their support is aimed at and how it can help musicians to progress their music and careers
– Eligibility to apply
– Examples of how other artists have used Help Musicians’ support to grow
– How to complete and submit your application.
Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Help Musicians Webinar and to book your free place.

Event 9th Mar. (online, free): Online Advice Sessions with Launchpad and Come Play With Me. The free 30 minute, 1-1 slots are open to anyone  in Yorkshire and an be used to discuss: release plans, social media, queries on publishing or distribution, and funding applications. To book your free online advice session visit the Music:Leeds appointment site.

FUNDING AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE 10th Mar: Power Up by PRS. A new programme which will power up Black music creators and industry professionals, and will tackle anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the UK music industry. Participants receive: Grant support of up to £15,000, capacity building and mentoring, access to partners and marketing support.
Eligible applicants must be able to answer yes to the below questions:
● Are you a Black music creator (artist, songwriter, composer or producer involved in the creation of new music)?
● Do you face barriers to progression based on your race^?
● Are you based in the UK?
● Within the genre(s) you work in, have you achieved a level of success that suggests you are at a crucial tipping point*?
● Will the funding and other support have a significant impact on your progression?
● Do you release your music independently? (PRS Foundation is unable to support music creators signed to major record labels or publishers)
You can follow Power Up on Twitter: @TimeToPowerUp_
To find out more about Power Up and to apply, visit PRS Foundation’s website.

DEADLINE Wed. 17th Mar. 2021: Apply to play at The Great Escape 2021. It’s one of the world’s most renowned festivals for breaking new talent. The 2021 festival will take place from the 12th-15th May in Brighton. Whether you are a band, a singer-songwriter, a rapper, DJ, collective or duo, it doesn’t matter, they want to hear from you. The Great Escape welcomes artists from every genre across the globe to apply for a chance to play at the world’s most renowned festival for breaking new talent. You’ll be performing with the beautiful seaside backdrop of Brighton, where 450+ acts will be filling over 35 venues. a great opportunity to meet key music industry figures who come to TGE looking for the next big thing. Previous artists who have performed at The Great Escape include Adele, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, HAIM, AJ Tracey, Vampire Weekend, Mura Masa, Skepta, Slaves, Charli XCX, Wolf Alice, Mac Demarco, Alt J, Foals, Loyle Carner, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Bon Iver, Lewis Capaldi and many more. To apply to play at the Festival visit The Great Escape’s website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME AND COMMISSION DEADLINE 23rd March: RPC (Royal Philharmonic Society) Composers Programme. Establishing yourself as a professional composer is rarely easy. Now, as the pandemic continues to impact classical music, this has undoubtedly become even harder. Annually, the Royal Philharmonic Society Composers programme aims to transform the prospects of promising composers and we are pleased to welcome applications for 2021. Besides offering a commission (£2k) – performed with one of a range of noted ensembles, venues and festivals – we support a cohort of composers taking critical steps towards establishing their careers, and equip them with the skills and confidence to seek further commissions and performances of their own beyond the programme. We do this through a year-long range of sessions and activities from Autumn 2021, including the opportunity to meet and draw insights from key figures in the music business and professional composers, workshops to develop skills that will enable you to promote yourself and your music, as well as individual sessions looking at your own personal objectives that we will help you to fulfil. To find out more about the Composers Programme visit the RPS website.


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. 

FUNDING deadline TBC, applications open March 1st: Art Business Accelerator Grant. Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork. Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator grants resources to invest in your art business as well as six weeks of career-building modules that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge and more. Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice. Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance. Grant Amount: 20 unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 each, a lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000), and educational resources/expert guidance. All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development. Eligibilty:
● Visual artists with a strong artistic focus in their discipline. We regret that we do not accept submissions for film/video, music, theatre, or dance.
● Artists that have demonstrated high artistic quality, innovation, and creativity with a track record of participation in the arts for at least 2 years
● Individual visual artists over the age of 21
● Open to professional artists worldwide
● All visual art mediums welcome to apply
To find out more abouut the Art Business Accelerator Grant, visit Artwork Archive’s website.

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.


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.

FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE Feb. 26th: The INDIs Film Festival. Returning for the ninth edition, The INDIs (Independent Directions) Film Festival celebrates and nurtures young filmmaking talent through screenings, workshops, industry and networking events. With a particular focus on networking with other passionate young people who are interested in film as a career and art-form. The INDIs Awards champions and celebrates the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers up to the age of 25, and is a core of the wider festival. Films can be any genre, and be on any topic. We do accept films which look at or tackle challenging subject matters. The INDIs is presented by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, which also presents Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival. Awards / prizes: all eligible films will receive a nominee Laurel, shortlisted filmmakers will receive official selection laurels and the winner in each category will receive a winner’s laurel, and a trophy. Cash prizes are to be awarded to winners in each category, additional prizes have been sponsored by STICKS & GLASS, a fresh new post-production space located in Central Leeds. Visit Film Freeway to find out more about The INDIs Festival and to submit your film.

FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINES from Mar. 1st – Aug. 3rd: Barcelona International Short Film (BSF) and Video Festival – Call for Submissions. The Festival will screen in Barcelona in November 2021. All of the films will have English Subtitles. An international jury will select the winning categories including, Best International Short Film or Video 2021, which will receive 1,000 Euros. BSF is an international, juried short film festival, created in 2017 and based in Barcelona, Spain. BSF screens outstanding short film, animation, docs, experimental and video art. We understand that some short film and video blur the lines of typical film festival categories, so we also enthusiastically encourage non-traditional and experimental formats. The stories of and by women, girls and non-binary people are underrepresented in film festivals, so we want to encourage submissions from anyone self-identifying as a woman, non-binary and/or anyone telling stories about women, girls and non-binary people. To find out more about submitting your film to Barcelona International Short Film and Video Festival, visit the Film Freeway website.

COMPETITION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME DEADLINE Thurs. 25th Mar (submissions open now, free to enter): Writer Slam by UKTV and Triforce Creative Network (TCN). UKTV are partnering with TCN to turbo charge their ground breaking Writer Slam programme. UKTV will be taking Writer Slam to the next level, promising not just a development commission, but a greenlit season of originals on Dave in 2021/22. As usual the competition is open to any UK resident, regardless of their previous experience or age. Whether your script is about telling a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice, we want to hear from you. We want writers who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an agent, or have never written professionally before – if you live in the UK, and you’ve got an idea, or a story to tell, we want to hear it. UKTV will select six writers who will receive a paid development commission to work up their original TV ideas into 30 minute scripts suitable for broadcast and for potential expansion into full length series. These writers will benefit from several writing workshops in addition to working with a script editor and experienced executive producer over a three month period. Individual mentoring and support from TCN will also be available over this timeframe, culminating in a table read of all six scripts performed by a troupe of handpicked professional actors which will help inform the final selection process. Writers will be asked to submit a one-page pitch of their idea, as well as a 10-15 page sample of their writing. Four of these scripts will then be green lit to be produced for Dave. It’s anticipated that the season will air on Dave either in late 2021 or early 2022. A separate call out will be going out for emerging production companies to co-produce on a number of the projects later in the year. We’re looking for ideas that will make a great 30 min episode in their own right, but also have the potential to be developed into a series in the future. They can be dramatic or comedic (or anything in between!) but need to be exciting and original. We are keen to hear from writers from all over the UK, with stories that we don’t always get to see on our TV screens. For more information about the Writer Slam and to apply, visit TCN’s website.

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.



Event Sat. 27th Feb: Playwriting masterclass with Atiha Sen Gupta. Atiha has been writing short plays, long plays and everything in between since the age of 14. She is currently under commission to Derby Theatre, writer-in-residence at ArtsEd and received the 2016 IARA award for Best Playwright. Come and learn from Atiha as she leads one of Eastern Angles’ playwriting masterclasses on how to begin your play and what you need to create a sense of place, character and dialogue. No previous experience necessary. Pay what you can, from £3. Visit the Eastern Angels website to book your place on the Playwriting masterclass.

Deadline Sun. 28th Feb: Burning Eye Books – Open Call for Submissions. They are seeking submissions for their 2022 poetry list. They’re looking for full collections and pamphlets from active performance / stand up / slam / spoken word poets in the UK. Submissions are free and open to all artists from early career to established. To find out more about submitting your poetry for publication visit Burning Eye Book’s website and read the guidelines.

COMPETITION Deadlines 29th Feb, 31st May, 31st August and 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.

PAID OPPORTUNITY deadline 1st Mar: Call for Content – Writing on Photography and Digital Culture, for Screen_time magazine. Screen_time is a new independent print magazine about photography and the internet. We untangle the complex relationships between networked photography, culture and politics, and investigate the technologies that have spawned new ways of seeing. We are currently on the lookout for original writing on visual culture, networked photography and our increasingly digital lives. Send us your submissions for screen_time issue 1 (500 – 1000 words)! We like thoughtful analysis, personal essays, opinion pieces and in-depth interviews. We’re also intrigued by creative writing, but uninterested in profiles and reviews. We like writing that is accessible and unpretentious. We welcome both full pieces and pitches. If you are pitching to us, please point us to your other work (writing or otherwise). To find out more about submitting your writing, visit Screen_time’s website.

Events 2nd – 7th Mar. (online, free): Leeds Lit Fest. Leeds Lit Fest is delivered by a partnership of 10 Leeds creative arts and literature organisations which are committed to celebrating and championing literature and writing in Leeds and to engaging and inspiring its people to get involved in creative activities linked to literature. To view the full programme and to book your free tickets visit the Leeds Lit Fest website.

Event Mar. 2nd (online, free): The Writer’s Bloc presents Workshop with Kevin Dyer, by Writing on the Wall. Structure. The big one. The key one. But also, the simple one. What’s this structure thing all about? And why is it essential to the writer and the audience member? This workshop will include ‘mapping’ some pieces you already know, and looking at different ways of visualising the shape of a piece of writing. We will write a piece starting with structure first. We will also look at the units of plays – especially ‘the scene’ and how very important it is to us theatre writers. We will share a little work, and do a brief Q and A. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the about the Workshop with Kevin Dyer and to book your free place.

AWARD Deadline 5th Mar: Windsor Fringe – Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. Amateur playwrights worldwide are invited to submit unpublished one act plays. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2021. Due to Covid in 2020, the performances were only available online. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged purely on the writing. Eligibility: only amateur playwrights are eligible and only one script per author accepted. Each script must be an original work and not previously published or performed. To find out more about the Award for New Drama Writing visit the BBC website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE 5th March (11am): The London Library Emerging Writers Programme 2021/22. The London Library Emerging Writers Programme, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library and includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources. With its rich cultural heritage, extensive open access book collection, dedicated writing spaces and its diverse community of established writers, the benefits of Library membership are invaluable. The Programme is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is committed to pursuing a career in and developing their writing. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim and be willing to fully participate in all elements of the Programme. There is no application fee and participation on the Programme is funded. (Please see the Application Guidelines for more eligibility details). The Programme runs from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and is designed to take place as much as possible at the Library. However, it will be adapted to move online as much as is required according to Covid-19 restrictions (much of this year’s Programme has successfully been adapted to take place online). Visit London Library’s website to find out more about the Emerging Writers Programme and to apply.

COMMISSION Deadline 5th Mar: Queering the Museum. QTIPOC (Queer/Transgender/Intersex People of Colour) artist commission opportunities for Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, and the University of Exeter. The Out and About: Queering the Museum project team are looking to commission two QTIPOC performance makers or writers to each create a short digital piece in response to the RAMM collections. This commission is part of a 12 month project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Curators and engagement specialists at RAMM will work together with Prof Jana Funke from the University of Exeter and socially engaged artist and writer Natalie McGrath to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in the South West to uncover, create and share existing and new LGBTQ+ heritage at the RAMM. LGBTQ+ heritage embedded in the rich collections at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) will be revealed and celebrated as part of this major new collaboration. The commissioon is for short digital performance / creative writing pieces between 5 and 10 minutes in duration, to be written and performed by the commissioned artists. In addition to responding to the collections, the work should also respond to one of the following three themes: Home, Belonging and Exile, Fashion/Self-Presentation, or the Natural World. The content created will be shared digitally, and commissioned artists will also be asked to speak about the work produced at an online event. Freelance Fee: £1,000 (excl. VAT). Start date: 22nd March. To find out more about the Queering the Museum commission and to apply, visit Out and About’s website.

PAID OPPORTUNITY Deadline 8th Mar & 7th June: Mslexia is looking for themed poetry and prose submissions for the Showcase (previously New Writing) section of the magazine. Winners are selected by our Guest Editors. We also make a small payment for most submissions we publish. We look for stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts (for theatre, radio or film) of up to 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions). Please note: we only accept up to four poems and two short stories per entrant. For issue 90 (deadline 9th March): we’re looking or pieces about artists and their subjects, about seeing and being seen, about paint, pencil and film. For issue 91 (deadline 7th June): the theme is about hidden depths and ancestry, about what nourishes and anchors plants and humans alike. Visit Myslexia’s website to find out more about featuring your writing in the magazine.

Event 9th March (free, online via Zoom): Write Together with Michael Donkor by Spread the Word. The theme for this workshop is: Characters within Settings. Participants should be prepared to test, experiment, play, either developing something they are working on or start something entirely new with the aim of making progress over the duration of the course. What participants can expect: warm up writing exercises, guided writing tasks and exploration of a wide range of literary extracts which will serves as a springboard for our own work, and tips about how to overcome those difficult moments within the writing process. The exercises will be designed to fit alongside the themes of the course, and help participants gain insight and knowledge on a particular aspect of writing. In the final session, writers will have the option to share their work, if they so wish. This course is open to all; however, it would particularly benefit writers at an early stage of their writing journey, or those who are at the beginning of a writing project – whether, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, all are welcome. It would also benefit writers who would like to have some engagement and find a place discuss writing issues and ideas, in light of the isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. To find out more about Write Together and to book your free place, visit Spread the Word’s website. 

Event Mar. 10th (online, free): The Writer’s Bloc presents Workshop with Kevin Dyer by Writing on the Wall. Writing from truths and real people’s stories – how it works, when it fails, and the magic of verbatim theatre. Kevin is known for making work based on real people’s stories. His play ‘The Bomb’ was based on many meetings with Jo Berry whose dad was killed in the Brighton Bombing and Pat Magee who made and planted the bomb – and later went to jail for the act. His play ‘The Man Who Left Home is Not the Man Who Came Home’ was created after hundreds of hours of interviews with women whose partners went to war, and with front-line soldiers. His current play ‘The Table Tennis Years’ is based on interviews with dads and sons. Kevin will talk about the pitfalls and the joys of his process – and we will all have space to write a piece of ‘real’ theatre. There will be some time for Q&A. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Workshop with Kevin Dyer and to book your free place.

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Wed. 10th Mar (9am): Yorkshire based Playwright / Poet / Spoken Word Artist for Cast. Fee: £3,100 in instalments. Between June and August 2021, Cast and Public Acts will tour an interactive pop-up theatre adventure from a mobile van. The Fabulous, Radically Inclusive Engine of Doncastrian Adventures (a.k.a. Frieda) will visit neighbourhoods and community events around Doncaster, inviting residents to gather, play, learn, contribute and enjoy. A story will be built along the way. An epic story of local legends that features the characters we meet and the places we visit. The final stop of the journey will be an outdoor cabaret performance on Sir Nigel Gresley Square on August Bank Holiday weekend 2021, in which the story will be told by a company of citizen performers from Doncaster as part of a celebratory evening of performances by local artists. The project is still an evolving idea and we imagine that the writer will shape both form and content. We are looking for a writer to join the team and work with the director as a lead creative on the project. You might be a playwright with experience of working on outdoor or site-responsive performances. You might be a spoken word artist who enjoys bringing together the poetic and the everyday. You might come from an improvisation or devising background and be excited by this opportunity to build a narrative using contributions from participants and audiences. Given the local, pop-up nature of the project we are particularly interested in hearing from people based in South Yorkshire although we welcome applications from those living in any part of Yorkshire. Please visit Cast’s website for further details about our project and our application process. For further details please email Georgie Booth at georgina@castindoncaster.com.

Event Sat 20th Mar. 10.30am – 5pm (online, free): Stories for the Stage – Masterclass with Rory Mullarkey. This event is open to people age 16 – 25. A day of tips, exercises and inspiration – to give you an insight into a playwright’s process, and help you start, shape and finish a brand new play. Rory Mullarkey’s plays include Pity, Saint George and the Dragon, The Wolf from the Door, Cannibals and The Grandfathers. His work has been produced across the UK, including the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Exchange Theatre, and the Bristol Old Vic, as well as internationally. He also translates plays from Russian, and has written the libretti for three operas. To register your interest in attending the masterlcass, sign up via the Google Doc.

COMPETITION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME DEADLINE Thurs. 25th Mar (submissions open now, free to enter): Writer Slam by UKTV and Triforce Creative Network (TCN). UKTV are partnering with TCN to turbo charge their ground breaking Writer Slam programme. UKTV will be taking Writer Slam to the next level, promising not just a development commission, but a greenlit season of originals on Dave in 2021/22. As usual the competition is open to any UK resident, regardless of their previous experience or age. Whether your script is about telling a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice, we want to hear from you. We want writers who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an agent, or have never written professionally before – if you live in the UK, and you’ve got an idea, or a story to tell, we want to hear it. UKTV will select six writers who will receive a paid development commission to work up their original TV ideas into 30 minute scripts suitable for broadcast and for potential expansion into full length series. These writers will benefit from several writing workshops in addition to working with a script editor and experienced executive producer over a three month period. Individual mentoring and support from TCN will also be available over this timeframe, culminating in a table read of all six scripts performed by a troupe of handpicked professional actors which will help inform the final selection process. Writers will be asked to submit a one-page pitch of their idea, as well as a 10-15 page sample of their writing. Four of these scripts will then be green lit to be produced for Dave. It’s anticipated that the season will air on Dave either in late 2021 or early 2022. A separate call out will be going out for emerging production companies to co-produce on a number of the projects later in the year. We’re looking for ideas that will make a great 30 min episode in their own right, but also have the potential to be developed into a series in the future. They can be dramatic or comedic (or anything in between!) but need to be exciting and original. We are keen to hear from writers from all over the UK, with stories that we don’t always get to see on our TV screens. For more information about the Writer Slam and to apply, visit TCN’s website.

AWARD Deadline 1st Apr. (free to enter): The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021. Awarded for the best piece of writing (a maximum of 2,500 words) on the theme of Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization. The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.  All genres are permitted. If you’re submitting in poetry, please feel free to include as many relevant poems as you would like, while remaining underneath the word count. To find out more about the Writing Prize, visit The Alpine Fellowship’s website.

DEADLINE 14th April: Call for submissions for UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage on the theme of maps and mapping. Arachne Press is planning an anthology of fiction and poetry from UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage. Publication will be October 2021. We will pay royalties. Once published in an Arachne anthology you may be invited to submit a collection or novel. We look forward to receiving new work from across the country and are excited to discover voices new and familiar. Poets can enter two poems maximum of under 50 lines and short story writers can enter one story of up to 2000 words. All entries will be read by the editors and there is no fee to submit your writing. We have an overarching theme for all our anthologies for the next 12-18 months of ‘maps and mapping’. You do not need to take this in any way literally – ‘the map is not the territory.’ Consider new lands, homelands, boundaries – real or imaginary; journeys, ideas of territory and ‘your place’. Landmarks and directions, roots and routes, (dis)location and getting lost – the possibilities are (almost!) endless. To submit your writing visit the Arachne Press website.

COMPETITION Deadlines 30th April, 31st July and 31st Oct: Short Stories. Entry Fee: £5. Prizes: £150, £75, £30. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on the website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short and long-listed stories from each competition will be published. The results will be announced on their website and social media within six weeks of the closing dates. Visit Cranked Anvil’s website to read the rules about the Short Stories competition and to apply.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Deadline 30th April 2021: Open Poetry Competition. Ware Poets is running its 23rd annual Open Poetry competition, offering cash prizes for the winning poems (up to 50 lines), including one for the best sonnet, and publication of an anthology of prizewinning and shortlisted poems. This year’s intake will be judged by poet Kim Moore.
Prizes: 1st prize £600, 2nd prize £300, 3rd Prize £150, The Ware Sonnet Prize £150. Winners and commended poets will also be included in the Ware Poets Competition Anthology. Entry fee: £4 per poem. To find out more about the Open Poetry Competition visit the National Poetry Library website.

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.


DEADLINE not specified: Free Applied Creativity Labs for Young People in Yorkshire. IVE are looking for 16-25 year olds to take part in a free Applied Creativity Lab via Zoom, working together in groups to address the mental health crisis escalated by the pandemic, starting next Monday 1st March 2021. Applied Creativity Labs help you to use your creativity to solve real world challenges, by introducing them to experts and facilitating group projects. You’ll meet experts working in the field of mental health, and come up with your own ways to meet real life challenges. You’ll look to develop your ideas, and present them to professionals who can make them happen! We will begin the process with a professional expert explaining the challenge of finding new ways to improve mental health. Then we’ll do some creative thinking training, and you’ll have access to a resource-bank of ‘experts’ from the NHS, local mental health organisations, business and universities to help you develop a project. You’ll need to be available for all the sessions, from 5-6pm betweem Mar. 1st – Mar. 29th. To sign up to the Applied Creativity Labs visit IVE’s website.

FUNDING deadline not specified: Prince’s Trust Development Awards. Age 16 – 30 and from West Yorkshire? The Prince’s Trust have funding of £175 – £250 available to help you make the next steps into work, education or training. You are eligible if you are studying less than 14 hours a week or not in compulsory educatio, unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week.  Development Awards can support:
● Accredited course fees up to Level 3 (A-level equivalent)
● Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job or qualification
● Job licence fees
● Transport to a new job until your first pay slip
To find out more about the Development Awards isit the Prince’s Trust website. If you would like support from the Geraldine Connor Foundation, they can contact The Prince’s Trust on your behalf – email info@gcfoundation.co.uk

Deadline not specified, date posted 26th Jan: BBC call out to creatives in England, Scotland and the Channel Islands. This is your free chance to showcase your talent on the BBC and get airplay for your work on BBC Radio. Whatever you’re making or creating, we can help you share it. Upload any kind of content: audio, video, text and images. What are we looking for? Songs, poems, comedies, podcasts, creative writing, the list is endless – anything creative! We’ll watch, read, or listen to everything you upload and what catches our attention will go on air or on BBC digital platforms. Visit the BBC website to upload your creative content.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE not specified: Brixton Finishing School (free, online, open to all). Award winning Brixton Finishing School is launching a new, free, virtual, nationwide gateway to the creative, advertising, marketing and tech industry called the AD-Cademy. This 8 week virtual programme is designed to change the future of talent pipeline and deliver this upskilled talent to employers in the creative industry. Visit the Academy’s website to find out more and apply.

Events ongoing from 14th Jan. on altenative Tuesdays: Free Theatre and Playwriting Online Chat Service by Papatango. Got a burning question about writing your first play, becoming a producer, or applying for arts funding? Join a free online 1-2-1 chat session with a member of the Papatango team for help and advice on all things theatre and playwriting! Papatango champion the next generation of brilliant playwrights, especially those who might otherwise lack pathways into theatre. Each year we provide free training, performances or publication to over 4000 people, award thousands of pounds in bursaries and seed funding, and help anyone, anywhere, make or share in exciting new theatre. Because all you need is a story. Our online live chat sessions are held on alternate Thursdays. Visit Papatango’s webstie to join the Online Chat Service and to confirm their upcoming dates for sessions.

Events ongoing Feb. – April: Enrol Yourself. Enrol Yourself have 20 fully funded bursaries for people impacted by Covid-19 to join the Learning Marathon in 2021. The Learning Marathon is for adults from across sectors who want to create, stretch themselves or make something happen. Also a great way to connect to new people in these isolating times. Learning Marathon peer groups each have a theme, ranging from ‘conscious business’ to ‘home and belonging’ to ’21st Century fatherhood’ and beyond. Participants go on a quest to co-explore their theme. Most groups are fully remote, so you’re welcome wherever you are in the world. To view the full programme visit Enropl Yourself’s website. To find out if you’re elibible for a full bursary (free place), visit the Medium website. For any questions about Enrol Yourself, contact Zahra Davidson: zahra@enrolyourself.com

Events 23rd – 25th Feb. (online, free): BBC Digital Cities. Digital Cities Virtual returns on the 23rd of February for another fantastic lineup of online events for people working in or interested in TV and related creative industries. We’ve teamed up with top UK media organisations to deliver a varied schedule of amazing free events for people who work in, or want to work in, the creative industries. To view the programme for BBC Digital Cities and to book your free tickets, visit the BBC website.

Event 24th Feb. 7-8pm (online, free): Approaching Galleries – Panel Talk by Creative Industries Trafford (CIT). This free Zoom session will introduce key strategies for approaching galleries, including preparing a contemporary art or photographic portfolio. We will look at how to select the right venue for your work and what to consider when applying to get your work shown. along with the importance of good imagery and presentation in your portfolio. The session will hosted by photographer & curator Mario Popham (Waterside Arts), with guests Paulette Brien, Curator at Grundy Art Gallery and Matthew Pendergast, Curator/ Deputy Director, Castlefield Gallery. Though not essential for taking part, artists will be invited share their portfolios during the session, for the opportunity to receive feedback from the panel. If we are able to offer you a place, we will share, via email ahead of the event, details of how to display your portfolio during the session. Priority will be given to artists with a strong relationship to the Bolton region of Greater Manchester. If you aren’t based in Bolton but still wish to take part, we welcome your application and will place you on a reserve list if spaces remain available. To find out more about the Approaching Galleries event and to apply for a free place, visit the CIT website.

COMMISSION deadline Sun. 28th Feb. (midnight): On Belonging, a new artist commission from Lancaster Arts. What does it mean to belong? What makes us feel connected to a place or one another? On Belonging is a new artist commission from Lancaster Arts exploring what belonging means to us in 2021, seeking new perspectives on identity and place. On Belonging will result in an event or experience that will take place in the Lancaster District in 2021. We are seeking Live Art that is interdisciplinary, site-specific or siteresponsive. This commission is for artists of colour who live and work in the North of England.  Fee: £3,500 to cover artist fees, materials, travel and accommodation. Lancaster Arts Producers will support this commission with documentation, marketing and evaluation. Development period: March – August 2021. Project or presentation takes place: September – November 2021. To download the artist brief and apply to the On Belonging commission, visit the Lancaster Arts website.

DEADLINE 1st Mar: Call for Visual Artists for JAM on the Marsh Festival. Submit your exhibition ideas to JAM on the Marsh (it’s free to apply). We are seeking exhibitions and installations from artists in any medium, to be displayed on Kent’s Romney Marsh (8th– 18th July 2021) and via jamconcert.org until December. Now in its 8th year, JAM on the Marsh features world-class music, art, theatre, photography, poetry and workshops. In its 8th season, JAM on the Marsh draws a festival audience of c.17,000 through outstanding live and virtual events. Our publicity reaches 5.8 million people worldwide via TV, radio, press, digital and social media. Visual Arts include but not limited to:
• Fine Art – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Installation, and Photography.
• Applied Art: Ceramics, Textiles, Glass, Silversmithing, and Jewellery.
If your exhibition is selected, you will be responsible for all production costs, however you will take all income from sales and enjoy the benefit from our publicity, audience database and the shared environment. You may submit a new or existing exhibition, or an idea for an exhibition. To find out more about featuring your work in the JAM on the Marsh Festival, visit Jam Concert’s website.

COMMISSION deadline Mon 1st Mar. (5pm): Illustration Commission. D6 is looking for expressions of interest from artists / illustrators / designers (based in the North of England) to produce a series of illustrations to reflect our values and artistic programme with guidelines for their use. D6: Culture in Transit is an international visual arts producer based in Newcastle. We bring together excellent artists to create art that reflects a place and its people. We seek to sustainably develop communities by connecting threads between shared experiences in our city and region and those internationally. We support artists to develop their work, through research, residencies and commissioning, and work with other organisations internationally to share knowledge and experiences, and are interested in societal and environmental issues that both unite and divide us. Commission brief: We are asking for artists / illustrators / designers to produce a series of illustrations to internationally reflect our values and artistic programme, which centres on complex conversations around migration, diversity and cultural heritage. The final commission should reflect our 3 areas of work: Fairness and Equity, Heritage and Migration, Sustainability and being kinder to our people and our planet. If you would like to apply but do not have access to design software to produce the design elements above, please speak to us about how this commission can be adapted with technical support. For more information on the Illustration Commission visit D6’s website.

Events in March (online, free, various dates): In It Together – Creative Workshops for Young People by Total Insight Theatre. Aged 16 – 21? We’ve got a space for you! In It Together is a series of workshops led by different facilitators that allow you to use your voice and what matters to you to explore the arts, get creative and help process the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting this March, we’ll run 3 groups:
Mondays & Wednesdays from 5.15pm-6.15pm beginning Monday 1st March – ending Wednesday 31st March
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4pm-5pm beginning Tuesday 2nd March – ending Thursday 1st April
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5.15pm-6.15pm beginning Tuesday 2nd March – ending Thursday 1st April
You don’t need any experience to join! Taking place on Zoom, you’ll work with a range of creatives and explore: spoken word, photography, creative writing, dance and movement, physical theatre, creativity for everyday wellbeing and insights into working in the arts industry. To find out more about the In It Together events and to book your free places, visit Total Insight Theatre’s website.

Event Sat 13th Mar. 10.30am – 5pm (online, free): On Directing New Plays – Masterclass with James Macdonald. This event is for people age 16 – 25. A day that will explore working on new plays – offering ideas, techniques and stories to shed light on the process of collaborating with playwrights, actors and designers. James Macdonald was associate and deputy director of the Royal Court from 1992 – 2006. More recently he has worked for the National Theatre, the Donmar, the Almeida, Hampstead Theatre, the Royal Court and in the West End – directing work by Caryl Churchill, Lucy Kirkwood, Annie Baker, Mike Bartlett, Edward Albee, Cordelia Lynn, Rory Mullarkey, William Congreve, Anne Carson and Euripedes. In New York he has worked for the Public Theater, the Lincoln Center, the Atlantic, NYTW – and on Broadway for MTC and Roundabout. He also directed the film version of A NUMBER for HBO/BB. To register your interest on the masterclass visit the Google Doc.

FUNDING Deadline Sun. 14th Mar. (midnight): Apply for £3,000 through the Leeds City College Arts Fund. Arts Fund aims to facilitate the career development of emerging creative practitioners by providing funding for significant work in the early years of their careers, when self-funding projects is often a barrier to creating new work. We are particularly interested in applicants who have not received national funding. The Arts Fund aims to support creative practitioners working across the full spectrum of disciplines including visual arts, theatre, film, dance, music, literature, and digital media. Arts Fund supports projects that will engage Leeds City College stakeholders. The works created should involve Leeds City College students either in the production or display of the work, or engage them within the creative process. The project should engage an audience, which could include Leeds City College staff and students, the local, regional, and national arts community, and members of the public. We expect a visual record to be created in order to archive Arts Fund projects, and presented at Quarry Hill Campus as a legacy to the Arts Fund. This could be in the form of photography, video, object, or other visual content. We would like to invite interested applicants to attend an information session on Thursday 25 February 3:30pm. Book your place by emailing artsfund@leedscitycollege.ac.uk. To find out more about the Arts Fund visit Leeds City College’s website.

PRIZE DEADLINE Fri. 19th Mar. (at 23:59): Open Call for The Liverpool Plinth. Liverpool BID Company and dot-art are looking for the fourth artist to have their work installed on The Liverpool Plinth. The sculptor, who must live and work in the North of England, will see their work displayed on the site within Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront at Liverpool Parish Church. The Grade II listed Liverpool Parish Church, the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, has been a place of worship since the 13th century and overlooks the city’s famous Three Graces. The Liverpool Plinth is installed on the Chapel Street side of the church and is part of an annual project to enrich public spaces and use art to add colour and excitement to the public realm. Bringing together Liverpool BID Company, the Parish Church and dot-art, as part of the Public Art Strategy in place within the city’s Commercial District. The new sculpture will be chosen by the same process as the previous three; via Open Call. It is available to any artist working primarily in sculpture based in the north of England to submit existing work. The selected artist will also receive a £1,000 prize. To find out more about the Open Call for The Liverpool Plinth, visit Dot Art’s website.

Event Fri. 26th Mar. (online, free, 7pm – 9pm): Masterclass On Producing Arts Projects In Lockdown by Naked Frank Theatre. All your burning questions will be answered in this two hour masterclass on how to produce successful arts projects in lockdown. This year has been particularly stagnant for our industry, and while the nation sat back in lockdown to enjoy boxset reruns, the actual production of new work ground to a holt. Despite the restrictions of a global pandemic, some artists were still able to thrive within their craft by responding positively to the challenges that COVID-19 posed and finding new and innovative ways to play, create, and construct their art in a safe way. We are one of those companies! Throughout the global pandemic we have been lucky enough to continue doing what we love, producing theatre, film and hosting events throughout all three of the national lockdowns. AND, we didn’t need a multi-million pound budget to do it. Just hard work, flexible thinking, and the determination to succeed. Now we want to pass our methods, techniques, and practices on to you! We recognise that this is a very difficult time for young creatives to kick start their careers and appreciate the need for inclusive opportunities that can support the arts industry to survive for long enough that new talent is able to thrive and make their mark. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Masterclass On Producing Arts Projects In Lockdown workshop and to book your free place.

Ongoing events monthly (free, online): Art Lab. A monthly meet-up for artists and art practitioners to discuss their work, concurrent ideas and critical thinking. It’s open to anyone who would like to attend and contribute constructively. Art Lab is for sharing ideas, mutual learning, peer support and networking. The format is two/three presentations by artists / practitioners about their work / ideas / interests: 20-30 minute presentations followed by Q&A. Art Lab welcomes all art practitioners at any stage in their career and operates a safe space policy. Art Lab is coordinated by Halifax based artist/curator/writer Alice Bradshaw. Visit Art Lab on facebook to find out more about Art Lab and their upcoming events.

Ongoing / various deadlines: Submit to the MASS. The MASS is a monthly online collection of discursive art, articles, opinions, prompts, thoughts, and questions, gathered in response to global issues. Released on the last day of each month, the MASS aims to provide a space for reflection, criticism, and a platform for art as activism the Mass is a non-monetised publication (we are not down with the capitalist agenda), and is free to access by all. Everyone is welcome to submit to the MASS: artists, thinkers, writers, worriers – people with opinions prepared to be critical. All we ask that submissions are offered in a spirit of openness. Our open calls are live, all submission dates are 5 days before the end of the month by midinight. We accept all types of work (text, audio, video, visual, ephemeral, surprise us). Visit the MASS website to find out more about submitting your work.

Ongoing events Every Tuesday (Employability) and Thursday (Wellbeing), online and free: Employability and Wellbeing Sessions by Prince’s Trust. Age 16 – 25 and not in education or employment? Are you looking to boost your employability skills to secure that dream job? Or would you like to boost your wellbeing and learn some life skills? Our Employability and Wellbeing Sessions will cover a range of topics such as CV building, interview techniques, resilience, confidence, money management and communication – all vital for your future. Join us for every session or pick and choose those most relevant – the choice is yours! Sessions are held on Microsoft Teams and are completely free. To sign up to the employability and wellbeing sessions visit the Prince’s Trust website.

Ongoing: Development Awards by Prince’s Trust. Age 16-30? Development Awards are available to tackle financial barriers to education, employment or training for young people through cash grants. They could support:
• Course fees, tools or equipment.
• Transport to a new job until the first payslip.
• Obtaining vital photo ID or birth certificates.
• Interview clothing or uniform for work.
• And lots more!
Eligibility criteria applies, but please do get in touch to see if we can help! Visit the Prince’s Trust website to find out more and apply for the Development Awards.

Ongoing – Free resources from Bradford Producing Hub. Visit Bradford Producing Hub’s website to access free resources including: Online Training, Budgets, Working Outdoors, Applying for Funding, Risk Assessmen, Health and Safety, Reports and Research. There are also free online workshops available relating to dance, poetry, and theatre.

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.


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 not specified: Marketing Intern for Leeds Digital Festival. Salary: based on a freelance day-rate of £100 per day. Hours: this is a part-time, short-term role, commencing immediately up to and including 8th October 2021. We’re looking to hire a (paid) marketing intern to work part-time in the Festival team from the first week in March until October. The post will be for three days per week and will suit someone with six month’s experience in marketing. Key duties will involve content creation for the Festival website and social media accounts, as well as liasing with event organisers and Festival sponsors. Leeds Digital Festival champions diverse ideas and diverse perspectives. We value diversity of experience and thought and are keen to see the wider Leeds community represented within our digital and tech sector. As such, we particularly welcome applications from people of ethnically diverse heritage. To find out more about the Marketing Intern role and to apply, visit Leeds Digital Festival’s website.

DEADLINE 24th Feb: Visitor & Events Coordinator (Skipton Town Hall Cultural Hub), Craven District Council. This role is permanent, full time, and the salary is £18,198 per annum. This is an exciting time to be joining Skipton Town Hall! The venue is in the final stages of a major £5m redevelopment and will reopen as a cultural hub for the Craven area this spring. Home to a grand Concert Hall performance & events space, museum & education Facility, and exhibition gallery, as well as Craven’s Cultural Services Team – the venue is a place where culture, heritage and community meet, and which will provide a host of opportunities to experience, participate and be inspired by a range of creative and cultural activities. We’re now seeking to add to our team with a Visitor & Event Coordinator role, to enable us to achieve our ambitions and deliver our programmes. We are a small but dedicated, collaborative and happy team, looking for someone passionate about exemplary visitor experience to help us to welcome, inform and host our visitors. The role is diverse, busy and rewarding – working as one of two Visitor & Event Coordinators at the heart of the building – and includes ensuring excellent front of house presentation, providing visitor information, supporting the retail and private hire offers, and helping to deliver the performance & events programme. For an informal discussion, or if you have any questions about the post, please contact Danielle Daglan, Cultural Services Manager 01756 706222 / ddaglan@cravendc.gov.uk. For more information about the Visitor & Events Coordinator role and to apply, visit Craven District’s website.

DEADLINE 24th Feb: Technical Lead to support the delivery of an aspirational performance programme at Skipton Town Hall. This role is permanent, full time, and the salary is £25,481 – £27,041 per annum. It’s a broad role, encompassing theatre technician duties such as lighting and sound, stage management, screening projections, as well as leading on live streaming content, and managing/editing music footage for release. The post-holder will support the delivery of an aspirational performance programme at Skipton Town Hall, and work with colleagues to maximise the opportunities of the venue’s live streaming capacity. The Technical Lead will provide appropriate proactive and creative technical production support for all of the Town Hall Cultural Hub’s performances and activities, and will work across the venue to support the delivery of a number of artistic, academic and venue hire activities. Principle duties and responsibilities:
• Set up and stage manage performance / event spaces for in-house performances, events and screenings, as well as some private hire engagements
• Set up and operate lighting, sound and multimedia equipment
• Participate in seasonal programming discussions, liaise with relevant colleagues and/or touring companies to ensure correct support provided
• Provide technical and creative support to all users of performance spaces
• Assist colleagues and students with sound recording, filming, editing and production of performances for Arts Award
• Hire / purchase of specialist equipment as needed
• Work within set budgets
• Ensure adequate event and technical support is in place when absent.
• Provide first-line maintenance support for all relevant technical equipment, machines, furniture, fixtures and fittings
• Ensure all equipment is stored safely and is accessible to others when absent
• Maintain an inventory of all equipment and materials held and used
• Undertake such other duties related to the work of the Council as may be assigned and which are consistent with the nature of the job, its level of responsibility and within the post holder’s technical competence.
• Undertake relevant training and development as appropriate to the role.
To find out more about the Technical Lead role and to apply, visit Craven District’s website.

DEADLINE 24th Feb: Events & Operations Lead (Skipton Town Hall Cultural Hub), Craven District Council. The role is permanent, full time, and rthe salary is £25,481 – £27,041 per annum. This is an exciting time to be joining Skipton Town Hall the venue is in the final stages of a major £5m redevelopment and will reopen as a cultural hub for the Craven area this spring. Home to a grand Concert Hall performance & events space, museum & education Facility, and exhibition gallery, as well as Craven’s Cultural Services Team – the venue is a place where culture, heritage and community meet, and which will provide a host of opportunities to experience, participate and be inspired by a range of creative and cultural activities. We’re now seeking to introduce the new role of Events & Operations Lead to our team to enable us to achieve our ambitions and deliver our programmes. From facilitating a warm and inclusive welcome and ensuring excellent front of house presentation, to delivery of performances, events, private hire and retail to the highest standard, this will be a busy, diverse and rewarding role. To find out more about the Events and Operations Lead role and to apply, visit Craven District’s website.

DEADLINE 25th Feb: Creative Artworker for MIF (Manchester International Festival). As a Creative Artworker you will deliver print and digital artwork for the 2021 Manchester International Festival (MIF) as part of our in-house design studio. Working under the direction of the studio’s Head of Design and external Design Agency, North, we are looking for a highly skilled and technical artworker to join the team in a fast-paced environment. Your role will include producing artwork consistently across a wide range of campaign material and MIF projects. You will be working closely with the Studio Manager and will be confident to take a verbal brief and interpret this correctly into print or digital ready artwork. The ideal candidate will have strong typography skills and a meticulous eye for detail with comprehensive pre-press and production knowledge. You will be responsible for implementing design templates across all formats and ensuring all artwork from the design studio is of a consistently high standard. Salary: £27,000 per annum (pro rata). Contract: 7-month Fixed Term Contract (March – end Sep 2021). Hours: 35 per week. To find out more about the Creative Artworker role and to apply, visit the MIF website.

DEADLINE 25th Feb: Designer for MIF (Manchester International Festival). Working under the direction of the studio’s Head of Design, we are looking for an ambitious and talented Designer with a few years of experience eager to develop your skills and join the team in a fast-paced environment. This role offers the opportunity to design for a wide range of MIF projects across print and digital. Working with design guidelines you’ll take them and contribute new ideas and be comfortable communicating them to a range of people. You’ll be confident in taking initial design concepts and translating them into various sizes and formats. Salary: £27,000 per annum (pro rata). Contract: 7-month Fixed Term Contract (March – end Sep 2021). Hours: 35 per week. To find out more about the Designer role and to apply, visit MIF’s website.

DEADLINE 25th Feb: Festival Square Events Manager for MIF (Manchester International Festival). The Festival Square Event Manager will be the main point of contact for Festival Square traders, food and bar operators in terms of their offering and presence on the site. Working closely with the MIF Development Team, they will manage Partner (sponsor) events taking place in multiple locations across Festival Square, with a focus on creating an exceptional experience for guests. Salary: £28-30,000 per annum (pro rata). Contract: 6-month Fixed Term Contract (March – end Aug 2021). Hours: 35 per week, with 21 hours per week in August. To find out more about the Festival Square Events Manager role and to apply, visit MIF’s website.

DEADLINE 26th Feb: Photographer for Pontefract Stories. Pontefract Stories is a community arts project led by Martha Simon and Adam Davies. The project will engage with residents of Pontefract, born before 1975, to hear and record their stories about growing up in the historic market town. We are seeking a photographer to artistically photograph areas of the town that are relevant to the recorded stories. The photography and the recorded material will be presented to the public in a later project, and may be archived by Pontefract Museum. This is an accessible and inclusive project ready to hear from a diverse range of artists. If you are a working class, BAME, LGBTQIA+, d/Deaf or disabled artist we encourage you get in touch! The photography aspect of the project will be Covid-secure as the artist will be working alone. The work can be carried out throughout the month of March 2021. Responsibilities:
•  Initial digital meeting with project leaders
•  Photograph areas of Pontefract
•  Editing
•  Delivering finished photography
You will definitely have these essential qualities:
•  Professional experience in photography
•  Working collaboratively
•  Living locally (Wakefield / West Yorkshire)
Fee: £1050 (7 days at £150 per day), to be split up as needed into flexible working hours. Holiday pay and travel expenses will be paid in addition to fee. How to apply: Please send your portfolio or website link to pontefractstories@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘PHOTOGRAPHER | PONTEFRACT STORIES’. Please include a brief reason why you are interested in this role in any of the following ways: email, voice message (max 2mins), or video (max 2 mins).

DEADLINE Sun. 28th Feb: Various roles available for Rural Fest. Are you 16 to -25, based in North Yorkshire and interested in working in Live Music Events? Apply to be on their Production team for Rural Fest 2021 as part of the NYMAZ Youth Voice programme. Join the team to produce the second Rural Fest as part of the international festival Make Music Day. Last year saw our super team broadcast live performances from 7am – 11pm all online. We reached audiences across the world, and 2350 people on the day from 1958 separate devices. Visit Nymaz’s website to find out more about the Rural Fest roles available and to apply.

DEADLINE 1st March (10am): Communications Officer for Geraldine Connor Foundation. This role is a great opportunity for people who are looking for their first opportunity in a communications role to gain professional experience. The Communications Officer is responsible for promoting the work of GCF, using a range of digital communication tools. The role is perfect for someone with a good understanding of marketing, who has a keen interest in arts and culture. This role will be attractive for people who are looking for their first opportunity in a communications role to gain professional experience. This is a really exciting time to join the organisation, as we head towards our 10th birthday in 2022 and look forward to life after lockdown. Salary: £8,000 (£20,000 per annum pro rata at 14 hours per week). Contract: Initially a 6 month contract with the potential to be extended (dependent on the changes to COVID 19 social distancing regulations, which impacts our activity). Location: Our office is based in Mabgate Mills, Leeds. We are temporarily working from home. Interviews will be held on Zoom: Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March. To find out more about the Communications Officer role and to apply, visit Gerladine Connor Foundation’s website.

DEADLINE 5th March (5pm): Content and Social Media Officer for Leeds 2023. Contract type: Fixed term until January 2024. Salary: £30,000 per year. Leeds 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for the city and region. Our ambitious and ground-breaking programme will transform people’s perceptions of Leeds, confirming it as an international centre of cultural activity and cementing its reputation as a cultural giant in the world. Showcasing creativity across all forms of culture, we will partner with local, national and international artists, creatives and storytellers to deliver a series of world-class signature events across the year. From dance to design, art to architecture, poetry to pop, sculpture to sport, there will be something for everyone! We are looking to build our team and are on the look-out for talented people who share our passion, enthusiasm and commitment to delivering a year of extraordinary experiences. Key Responsibilities: Working with the Director of External Relations and Marketing Manager, the Content and Social Media Officer will put the building blocks in place to build our online audiences and engagement over time. To find out more about the Content and Social Media Officer role and to apply, visit the Leeds 2023 website.

DEADLINE 7th Mar: Digital Engagement / Marketing / Online Business Specialist for Indigo Moon Theatre. Indigo Moon Theatre is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Digital Engagement / Marketing / Online Business specialist to help us engage bookers and audiences for our new project “Unfolding Horizons” / “SeedHeart.” Indigo Moon Theatre have toured puppet shows and shadow theatre to theatres, festivals, community venues and schools for many years. Due to current circumstances and thanks to Arts Council England, we are developing a small-scale, show, compatible with a wider range of venues, and need an imaginative Digital Engagement / Marketing / Business Specialist (whose main passion is just this), to ensure that we:
• Develop our social media brand and presence, to reach and engage, (for us to then maintain), a much-increased number of followers through quality, creative digital means, including the storytelling of our creative process.
• Identify as many new bookers as possible, (nationally & internationally), for performances which include outdoors, indoors to smaller indoor groups and new online ways of sustainably generating income.
• Create evidence of an online demand to support such bookings.
Contract: Freelance. Employment period: Selected Dates between March 2021 – July 2021. Hours: Negotiable / subject to changing circumstances. Fee: £2,800 (Up to 35 days, negotiable, dependent on skills and experience). For a full job description and details on how to apply, please email anna@indigomoontheatre.com.

DEADLINE 8th Mar: Digital Content Officer (Media & Web) for Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). Location: Yorkshire. Hours: full time. Salary: £15k – £20k (pro rata). We are currently looking for an individual with demonstrable experience in digital media production to help bring the work we do to life online. You’ll possess skills in video production and be equipped to really maximise our digital presence; broadening our reach and helping to tell our stories in the most compelling and dynamic ways possible. You’ll also help to keep our website up to date and relevant with engaging content, and help find ways to maximise our web presence so a thorough understanding of website management and awareness of the latest trends and technologies is a must. You’ll be motivated, have an interest in the creative/performing arts, take the initiative and be able to work independently when required. To find out more about the Digital Content Officer role and to apply, visit the NSCD website.

DEALINE 14th Mar: Community Curator for Ripon Museum Trust. Do you have the drive and ambition to reach out to communities to foster their engagement in our museums to promote creativity, a sense of place and improved mental health and wellbeing? Do you have excellent communication skills to work with partners, individuals and groups to develop innovative and sustainable projects and ways of working? Do you have experienced planning skills to scan the horizon to see new opportunities for developing our heritage assets for cultural enrichment? Do you have the networking know-how to work collaboratively with local, regional and national organisations in a diversity of sector who provide services to excluded people and communities? Ripon Museum Trust manages three museums and accredited collections in the heart of Ripon. We need an experienced, innovative Community Curator and a team player who can take us and our heritage assets from strength to strength, anticipating opportunities and working effectively with learning and outreach colleagues and teams of volunteers on a range of projects. Ripon Museum Trust is a close-knit community with strong values of fairness, ambition, community, team work and learning. Contract: permanent, full time. Salary: £25k. To find out more about the Community Curator role and to apply, visit the Ripon Museum Trust website.

DEADLNE 17th Mar: Communications Manager for Freedom Festival. Salary: £35k – £40k (pro rata). Hours: 4 or 5 days per week (pro rata) considered. We at Freedom Festival are daring, adventurous, thought provoking and quirky. We’re embarking on a journey of growth and want you on board to make this possible. You’ll have a demonstrable track record for business growth and be a strategic, out of the box thinker who will develop, implement and deliver creative and integrated solutions and enhance our sponsor, partner and audience relationships. We’re looking for a self-starter and an outstanding communicator with an awesome track record who wants to make their mark with us here at Freedom Festival. Some office working and work in Hull will be required, alongside working remote. Interviews: 31st March 2021 (via video + pre-interview task). To find out more about the Communications Manager role visit Freedom Festival’s website. 

DEADLINE Thurs. 18th Mar. (5pm): Community Co-Producer for Thackray Museum of Medicine. Location: Leeds. Salary: £22k. Contract: fixed term for 12 months. Hours: full time. Our Community Co-producer will help us to share the museum – its displays, collection and resources with local people. We would like to get to know our neighbours in Harehills and St James’s Hospital and develop our programmes and exhibitions with and for them. Harehills is one of the most diverse and dynamic wards in the city and we have worked with several very different community groups on projects in the past. Our ambition now is to create lasting links by including local people in making decisions about the work we do – about what the museum collects and does with those collections. Core is a brand new space at the heart of the museum, which we will dedicate to co-creating with local people for their benefit, embedding it as a community asset in the area. This role will play a major part in establishing the space and the programmes we devise and run. You will:
– Establish Core – our centre for community and co-creation working with our Volunteer Coordinator and Learning team.
– Strengthen relationships with local people who can champion the museum and help steer its future
– Establish a co-created and inclusive programme each Monday when Harehills residents will have free entry
– Help develop inclusive access to all the museum’s exhibitions and events
– Create programmes using our skills, knowledge and collections to improve health and wellbeing and create change for good
– Facilitate the museum’s Access Panel
– Support the integrated collections, interpretation and learning department
– Assist Development Director with applications for funding
To find out more about the Community Co-Producer role and to apply, visit Thackray Museum of Medicine’s website.

DEADLINE Sunday 19th Sep. 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: Leeds Employment Hub. If you’re currently out of working we can support you to gain a job, training or plan your next steps, even if you are already studying or in education. Since April 2019 over 8000 people have accessed our services and we have supported over 5000 people into work. Our Employment Advisors can offer:
● Individual support tailored to your needs
● Careers advice and guidance
● Opportunities to learn new skills
● Tips on CV writing and completing application forms
● Interview practice
● Access to local job and apprenticeship opportunities
● Opportunities to hear from a range of local employers
● In-work support (for up to 6 months in your new role)
● Information and guidance on self-employment
● Advice on benefits calculations and managing debt
Visit the Employment Skills Leeds website to receive support form the Leeds Employment Hub.

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

Ongoing: Music Tutors. To become a music tutor with MusicTutors.co.uk, you will first have to send them an application via the website form. Their recruitment process ensures that their students get lessons from high quality, professional and 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.

Ongoing: National Careers Service – The Skills Toolkit. Free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills. Courses include: Business and Finance, Coding, Computer Science, Digital Design and Marketing, Personal Growth and Wellbeing, Professional Development, and more. To find out more about the The Skills Toolkit courses and undertake them for free, visit the National Careers website.

Ongoing: Yorkshire Circus are on the hunt for performers and workshop leaders to join the community. We have a busy schedule of events and activities booked in across the country and are looking to expand the community. This is where you come in! We are looking for people who want to benefit and grow the circus community of Leeds and wider Yorkshire. There are many ways in which this can be done:
●  Professional performers (individual or as a group) from a wide range of circus disciplines, whether it be aerial, fire, LED or general circus walkabout acts and performances. Preferably with a fully costumed ready to perform routine.
● Workshop leaders who can teach a wide selection of ages and abilities in general circus skills such as juggling, staff twirling, diablo, poi, flower stick and much more.
● People with the drive to make circus part of their career. Either those wanting to take their first step into circus performance or wanting to share skills with others who may never have tried circus before.
We want to hear from all members of our community, if you can bring something you believe will bring a unique and exciting opportunity that is not covered above please don’t hesitate to contact our Circus Development Officer Joe. In return we offer fair paid work for those selected, a training space for you to work in, training opportunities and workshops to learn new and exciting skills to compliment your repertoire and a place in our circus family, running regular community events and a chance to socialise with other like minded circus individuals. Visit the Open Source Arts website to find out more about the Circus opportunities and to apply.

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