Opportunities

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

Please note: Our site contains links to and from other websites. Studio12 and Leeds City Council do not necessarily endorse or support the organisations that are linked to or from our website. We cannot guarantee that links will work all of the time, and we have no control over the content or availability of the linked pages on other websites. We aim to keep this page as up to date as possible, however please check details yourself before applying for opportunities, some of which may be paused or cancelled due to the pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guide which outlines support for artists – funding, industry advice plus health and well-being information. If you’re a Studio12 member and need some help or advice in submitting an application for any opportunities or funding, please get in touch: studio12@leeds.gov.uk


MUSIC

DEADLINE not specified, date posted Apr. 14th: Launchpad Artists. Launchpad supports emerging artists from Yorkshire by providing opportunities to help them develop their craft and / or career. We are passionate about supporting any artist, musician, band, DJ, producer, singer – however you define yourself. If you are making and performing music, we offer support through a series of events and, for those that are selected, specific development opportunities. Artists who receive Launchpad support will have:
• High quality music
• A developed plan suitable to receive this level of support
• A commitment to taking responsibility for their own career
• A desire to learn
Launchpad offers opportunities and support for emerging artists, musicians, producers and composers in Yorkshire. If you have received funding support in the last 3 years from a large funding organisation (e.g. Help Musicians, PRS Foundation, Arts Council England) or industry organisation (e.g. management company, record label, publishing company), you may be beyond our level of support. If you have received funding and feel you need continued support, or just want to check your eligibility, please get in touch with us before applying. Visit Launchpad’s website to sign up for their support and opportunities.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME Deadline Not Specified – Date Posted Mar. 15th: Industry Access by Ditto Music. For ages 16+, this new initiative involves an industry training programme, events and opportunities throughout 2021 and beyond. 100 places are available for anyone in the UK aged 16 and over, looking to start a career in the music industry, who feels challenged by inequality. To find out more about Industry Access visit Ditto Music’s website.

Events every Wed. this Apr. (online, free): Women Connect x PRS Music – How to Release Your Music. PRS for Music and Women Connect will be hosting a back to basics series to provide you with all the tools needed to navigate the music industry. Join them as they demystify copyright, PRS, MCPS, PPL, the roles of labels, managers and publishers. They will also give you expertise on music contracts. Visit the Universe website to book your free place on the Know Your Rights and Roles workshops. Please note: the event link above changes weekly, so head to Twitter to find the right one if needed (@WomenConnectUK).

CAREER ACCESS SCHEME Deadline Apr. 14th: Music Publishers Association (MPA) New Career Access Scheme – NXT-GEN Scholars. We are delighted to announce details of a new scheme for young professionals in music, granting free, NXT-Gen memberships to Black and minority ethnic applicants. Applications are open to those in the early stages of their careers who are proactive and driven to make an impact in the music industry. The MPA strives to be a catalyst for positive change and to encourage a more engaged, conscious, diverse and inclusive music publishing community. Benefits of becoming a NXT-Gen Scholar will include: access to all MPA training courses, networking opportunities, involvement in the MPA Futures Group, one-on-one support from our membership team, wellbeing programmes, access to work-experience opportunities and CV review. NXT-Gen membership was created to nurture the next generation of music publishers, offering unparalleled access to publishing communities, networking events, knowledge transfer and career-building resources. Visit MPA’s website to find out more about the NXT-Gen Career Access Scheme and to apply.

DEADLINE Apr. 21st (midnight): Business Accelerator for Women and Marginalised Genders, by Brighter Sound. Brighter Sound is offering a 12 week business accelerator programme for women and marginalised genders looking to launch and grow their own businesses within the music industry. Delivered in partnership with Digital Advantage, this hands-on learning and development programme is designed to empower the business leaders of the future, support people to get their ideas off the ground, and inspire entrepreneurs to influence, shape and make a difference to the music industry. We’re looking for committed and determined people with business ideas that will have an impact on the music industry. You may already be self-employed or have registered your business. The programme is also open to budding entrepreneurs that haven’t yet made that leap but are serious about taking the next steps. This opportunity is open to:
• Women and marginalised genders – we use an inclusive definition of the words ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, gender non-conforming, cis-gendered, or trans people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women
• People who are based in, or have strong links to, the North of England (by the ‘North’ we mean the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions)
• People aged 18+ (there is no upper age limit)
Over 12 weekly sessions starting on Wed 12 May, you will:
• Test and build your business idea, and explore routes to market
• Learn how to develop, manage, lead and grow your business
• Learn how to develop your own digital business proposition, complete with website, brand, social media and marketing plan
• Receive 1:1 mentoring support to help you in your next steps
Visit Brighter Sound’s website to find out more about the Business Accelerator programme and to apply.

SUBMISSION Deadline Apr. 23rd (free to enter): Sensoria Film Festival. Sensoria, the UK’s festival of film, music and digital will land in Sheffield from 1 – 9 October 2021. After a year of being confined to online projects, the festival is returning with a combination of real-life and streaming events, performances, screenings and talks. Two new themes that will run through this year’s event are SuperNature and Better Together.
The Sensoria 2021 line-up will be announced late spring/early summer but, now, the festival is on the hunt for exciting new work in the realms of music, film and digital.
• Films – Sensoria is welcoming new music documentaries, music-related biopics, fiction features or short films with an innovative soundtrack or score, as well as truly exceptional music videos. Films should have been completed after 2018.  Please email Vimeo links to info@sensoria.org.uk (and please only submit films that are genuinely music-related.
• Music – Sensoria is looking for original artists, especially (but not exclusively) those whose performance includes an innovative, exciting use of visuals. The festival will also welcome suggestions for live performances of soundtracks and scores to film. Please email Bandcamp/Soundcloud/Dropbox links to info@sensoria.org.uk. Visit the Sensoria website for more information on the Festival and this year’s themes.

COURSE DEADLINE Sun. Apr. 25th: Working in Sound. Working in Sound is a free, 8 week online course for women and people of marginalised genders created by SIGN and Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN). This course is aimed at those who are interested in working in the screen industries and want to explore music technology and the moving image for the first time. We are particularly interested in supporting people who are new to the screen industries or are returning to work after a break. Undertaking this course will give you the opportunity to develop new technical skills such as using a digital audio workstation (DAW) and video editing software. Each lesson will be delivered online through a series of live sessions covering technologies and techniques, alongside careers information and advice about working with sound in the screen industries.
● Week 1: Shooting a video on low-to-no budget (Tuesday 4 May)
● Week 2 & 3: Editing for Maximum Impact (Tuesday 11 & 18 May)
● Week 4 & 5: Sound Design (Tuesday 25 & 1 June)
● Week 6 & 7: Podcasting (Tuesday 8 & 15)
● Week 8: Getting set for success in the creative industries (Tuesday 22 June)
This is a free course and no prior experience is necessary to join. For those with some previous experience of working with sound, activities can be added to further develop your skills. Visit Sign’s website to find out more about the Working in Sound course and to apply for a free place.

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Apr. 26th: Songwriters Writing Camp with Palm Bay Music. Contract: Freelance. Project dates: 14 – 18 June 2021. Location: Ramsgate, UK. Fee: £440 (5 days at £88 per day). Additional financial support included: Travel and accommodation expenses plus a £300 bursary. Palm Bay Music is a vibrant independent Music Publishing company run by writers, for writers. We offer a fair, flexible, transparent and creatively rewarding publishing option to the makers of music. We are dedicated to changing the future landscape of the music industry by making it more accessible to diverse creators and decision makers. We are launching a brand new writer development programme to nurture, elevate and financially support those who are currently underrepresented to become the UK’s music leaders of tomorrow. Palm Bay Music will run a series of songwriting camps offering young writers, producers and artists a fee to create, be mentored, network and receive feedback from established industry professionals. We imagine a world in which equal opportunity and songwriting exist in harmony. We want to rebalance the writing session room and lead the way in valuing creatives by paying them a wage for their work. If you want to make new music in an inclusive environment where you will be supported and can let your creativity glow, you’ve come to the right place. Successful songwriters applicants will:
● Spend 5 days collaborating with emerging songwriters and creative industry professionals (in Ramsgate)
● Be paid a living wage
● Receive a £300 bursary towards equipment, training or PRS registration.
● Grow your network
● Develop your songwriting, music production, engineering and vocal techniques
● Pitch your music to A&R’s and Music Management
● Respond to writing briefs
● Benefit from all songs written at the camp being signed to a professional Music Publishing company who will actively seek out future opportunities.
Eligibility:
● 18-25 years old
● Currently residing in the UK
● Songwriter, Producer or Artist
● Currently un-published (not in an exclusive agreement as a writer)
● Able to provide a showreel of previous work
We particularly encourage applications from individuals who are LGBTQIA+, Non-binary, Women, Non-graduates, from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds, of diverse ethnic heritage. Applicants must be available for all 5 days of the writing camp taking place between 14 – 18 June. To find out more about the songwriting camp visit Palm Bay Music’s website (click on the writing tab).

PAID OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE Mon. Apr. 26th (12pm): Nonclassical’s Associate Composers Scheme 2021/22. Are you a composer looking to take the next step in your career? Our Associate Composers Scheme supports the artistic development of unsigned and unpublished composers, who are creating exciting new contemporary classical, electronic and experimental music. The scheme has been developed to give early career artists a 360-degree view of what it takes to be a composer in today’s musical landscape. Previous Associate Composers have since received commissions from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), BalletBoyz, LA Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra; as well as being Royal Philharmonic Society prize winners, received fellowships and residencies at Tanglewood Music Center and Snape Maltings, and been part of the LPO Young Composers Scheme. What the scheme offers:
● A paid commission of £1,500 to write a 3-5 minute orchestral piece for Southbank Sinfonia, premiered as part of their 2022 programme
 A paid commission of £750 to write an open score piece for the Contemporary Music for All Festival in March 2022
The opportunity to record a short piece for Nonclassical’s compilation series Outside the Lines in autumn 2021 for release in early 2022
The opportunity to curate a live event for Nonclassical’s 2021–22 programme
Professional mentoring, training and coaching sessions from established composers and industry figures and a qualified coach shaped around your interests, skills gaps and goals
We’re looking for:
● Composers over 18 and UK-based
Artists without a recording or publishing contract
Composers who have never received a paid orchestral commission
Artists displaying exceptional ability and potential from any genre and/or musical background who can work with notated music – this does not have to be traditional Western musical notation, and may include practices such as graphic notation or text instruction scores
● Candidates whose career and artistic development would significantly benefit from this opportunity.
The programme requires an ongoing, part-time commitment over the course of 18 months (from July 2021 to December 2022). We understand participants are likely to want to balance their activities with other commitments. Visit Nonclassical’s website to find out more aout the Associate Composers Scheme and to apply.

AWARD Deadline 30th Apr: Stephen Oliver Award. The Stephen Oliver Award is now awarded every other year to a young composer who has written a work for music theatre to assist with the cost of bringing that work to performance. The Award is up to £5,000. The Award will be made to assist with the cost of bringing to performance a work which has been, or is in the process of being, written for music theatre. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that a performance is in prospect. There is no set application form. The applicant should submit by email a copy of the score and libretto to which the application relates (and links to recordings if available) together with other examples of the applicant’s work. In addition, the applicant should provide detailed estimates of costings for bringing the work to production, together with an account of progress made in accessing other sources of funding and possible realisation dates. To find out more abou the Stephen Oliver Award visit the Munster Trust website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Fri. May 7th: Amplify – Nest Collective Mentorship 2021. Amplify is our artist development programme. It aims to do as its name suggests: reinvigorate and develop contemporary and cross-cultural folk music in the UK by supporting the development of emerging music creators. This year we are seeking four artists for our Amplify individually-tailored mentorship programme. Supported by PRS Foundation for Music and Arts Council England, and selected by a panel of industry professionals from an open call. The programme includes:
● Mentoring by industry professionals. Each artist will be paired with a mentor for a series of meetings
● £500 in seed funding to develop a project across their associate year. Eg: new work / recording project / new collaboration
● Showcase opportunities at Campfire Clubs, Magpie’s Nest festivals, and other Nest Collective events
● Facilitated networking with our wide range of industry contacts including agents, labels, studios, etc, tailored for each artist
● Creation of digital promotion and assets, including a performance video, produced and promoted by the Nest Collective
● Nature connection training as part of our upcoming 3 day residency.
Visit the Nest Collective’s website to find out more about the Amplify programme and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE  2nd Jun. (6pm): Hitmaker Fund by PRS Foundation. Launched in 2017 as a response to the long-term career needs of those working behind the scenes, the Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production. The fund offers grants of between £5,000 – £10,000. Spotify is the exclusive digital partner for Hitmaker. This new partnership will mean, more talented producers and songwriters will be supported across three deadlines in 2021 and that there will be a closer working relationship between 2021 supported grantees and the Spotify team for promotional and marketing opportunities. Applicants must be:
1. Songwriters (behind the scenes creators of new music who don’t also perform or produce), or
2. Producers (those working on production who contribute to the songwriting process and are acknowledged as writers)
Applicants must have at least 5 credited works registered with PRS for Music – this means a reputable cut / songs that have national radio plays / streaming plays / from a reputable writing camp. This fund is not for writers and producers just starting out, demoing and developing. We are looking for writers and producers with successes in their writing careers and applicants must have a previous track record.
Activity supported is likely to cover a number of areas, which combined will support your career development. You can spend the money on activities such as:
• Time to create
• Training / Skills courses at places such as Point Blank / SSE
• Creative / Professional development (with detailed evidence)
• Studio hire
• Purchase of equipment / software / hardware (covers up to 25% of costs)
• Tracking
• International activity that could build your profile and benefit your creative development
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Hitmaker Fund and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE 14th Jun. (6pm): Women Make Music Fund by PRS Foundation. Women Make Music grants of up to £5,000 – to support the development of outstanding women, trans & non binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music. You can spend the money on:
• Creation of new music
• Music Creator fee (to cover your time and work)
• Touring and live performances featuring new UK music
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
86% Of applicants to Women Make Music are first time applicants and we want to encourage people who might otherwise not apply for funding to do so. Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about the Women Make Music Fund and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE 14th Jun. (6pm): The Open Fund for Music Creators by PRS Foundation. The fund supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others (projects must have a start and end date). The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000. You can spend the money on:
• Creation of new music
• Music Creator fee (to cover your time and work)
• Touring and live performances
• Recording and release
• Creative residency costs
• Fees to creative collaborators
• Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)
Visit the PRS Foundation website to find out more about The Open Fund for Music Creators and to apply.

FUNDING DEADLINE TBC (applications open in June): RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Composing for Dance – Drummond Fund. We are pleased to offer grants of up to £25,000. Recognising the increasing challenge and expense of staging dance with live music, we hope this grant will enable practitioners to activate plans that may not otherwise have been possible, making a difference to their progress and profile. Who can apply: UK-based professional dance artists, choreographers, companies, festivals or venues with at least two years’ standing, looking to commission a composer to write new music for performance that will involve live instrumental musicians or singers. Alternatively, the application can come from a composer so long as they have plans and performance outcomes taking shape with a choreographer and dancers. Applicants should express why a project like this will have worth for themselves and/or their company and their audience, and what they hope to achieve with it that they have not previously. The composer may be an emerging or established artist but must have some proven acumen for writing music of character and distinction for live instruments or singers. If you would like to undertake a project like this but would like our help suggesting and introducing a composer with whom you could collaborate, we are happy to chat. How the grant be used: We recognise that all practitioners are different. Some may simply value the means to pay a composer to write music for them. Others might want to devote some initial funds to research and development, so a composer and choreographer can experiment and test new ground together, before embarking on a piece. Others may need help to hire musicians and stage the ensuing performances, or capture it digitally to share with wider audiences. In your application, you should give us a picture of all your major project costs, how you would like to assign the RPS Drummond Fund’s support to these, and where you intend to find the remaining funds. Visit the RPS website to find out more about the Drummond Fund.


BUSINESS

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

Events 12th – 15th Apr: Mastering My Future – Creating Your Career. Are you aged 14-25 and want the tools to help create your career? 2-3 Degrees have curated a series of free 90 minute workshops to give you the opportunity to learn about: The Art of Saying Yes, Businesses Making Impact, Creativity and Innovation, Financial Careers and more. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Creating your Career sessions and to book your free places.

Event Tues. Apr. 20th (online, free, 10:30am – 11:30am): How To Build A Successful Social Media Campaign by HdK. With so many social media platforms to choose from, new content trends emerging each day and regular algorithm changes, it can be challenging to know how to approach a new campaign. Some of the questions you might be asking yourself are:
● Which platforms should I be using?
● What types of content will get the best results?
● How do I map this all out?
● How far in advance should I be scheduling?
● How much time should I set aside for interaction?
● How can I ensure results from beginning to end?
Throughout the webinar, we will be welcoming questions from participants to ensure you are able to get the best possible information for you and your brand. We will also include a dedicated Q&A session at the end of the webinar. Visit the HdK website to register for your free place on the How To Build A Successful Social Media Campaign event.

FUNDING deadline 14th May (applications open now): 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.

DEADLINE Mon. 24th May: Mentoring Programme by Young Arts Fundraisers and RAISE. This free mentoring scheme, supported by Arts Council England, matches early-career fundraisers with senior or director level development professionals from a wide range of organisations in the arts and culture sector across England. Past mentors have included heads of development or development directors at organisations such as the Barbican Centre, the British Library, Plymouth Music, Royal Opera House, National Theatre, The Lowry and the Science Museum. This is a year-long programme, during which mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least every other month to work on the mentee’s specific professional development goals. To apply you need to be an arts fundraiser and based in (or work for) an organisation based in England. The mentoring programme is for anyone who is raising money in the arts. Your work doesn’t need to be exclusively focussed on fundraising to apply, and your job title doesn’t necessarily have to reflect your fundraising work either. You might not have even considered yourself a fundraiser until reading this call out, and that’s okay too. Our mentees have come from a range of roles in the arts, including independent artists and freelance producers, as well as those working directly within fundraising and development teams. Fundraising should be an important part of your work, but it doesn’t have to be all that you do. You could be working full or part-time, on a paid or volunteer basis, as long as you can demonstrate experience of and a commitment to fundraising for arts and culture. And whilst we are called ‘Young’ Arts Fundraisers, your age isn’t important to us. We’re all about supporting arts fundraisers in the early stages of their career, whenever that might be. Applications can be submitted in written, video or audio format. Visit the Chartered Insstitute of Fundraising to find out more about the Mentoring Programme and to apply.

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing: UnLtd. Finds, funds & supports entrepreneurs.

FILM & TV

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

Various deadlines: Open quarterly for entries until further notice (see below). British Comedy Guide – BCG Pro Video Contest. The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for the best scripted video sketches, which are two minutes in length or shorter. Each month, a panel of judges will select a sketch, which will be awarded £100 and shared with over 150,000 comedy fans via British Comedy Guide’s social media platforms. Submissions which showcase a great funny script, and have good picture quality and sound, are most likely to win. Archive content is accepted – you could have filmed the sketch at any time, but it must still feel relevant today. It is free to enter and you may submit one project into the contest for consideration in each entry window. You may use your entry opportunity to submit a project on behalf of a team/collective, as long as all involved have consented for the video to be submitted. All entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Entry windows run for 3-month periods: April – June, July – September, October – December, and January – March. Ergo, you can submit up to 4 entries in each calendar year, one per quarter. To find out more about the BCG Pro Video Contest and to enter, visit the British Comedy Guide’s website.

COURSE deadline not specified. Creative Digital Media Production Level 1 & 2 (online, free). Duration: 12 weeks. Eligibility: You’re eligible to apply if you are over age 18, employed and you live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York districts. This course is for individuals who want to develop their digital media production skills and techniques. It’s also for individuals considering a career in digital media production and/or developing digital media production skills in relation to current employment and progression within their existing organisations. The course is certificated and provides participants with the skills needed to plan and produce creative digital content particularly in the form of video/film, a medium used globally in relation to digital marketing, digital education and information sharing. This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your own creative digital media product (film/video), with support from fellow participants and your tutor. The course will provide participants with the sector specific knowledge and skills that prove aptitude in creative media production such as pre-production, production and post-production processes and techniques. Upon completion individuals may be able to progress within their current role or consider a move into roles requiring digital media production, including digital marketing. Visit the Future Goals website to find out more about the Creative Digital Media Production course and to apply.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME AND COMPETITION (open now, various deadlines until 28th May, for ages 18+): The Secret Story Draw. A new competition to increase representation in animation. A brand new and unique initiative, The Secret Story Draw, has launched to find raw, rare and audacious talent in the animation industry. The scheme is dedicated to placing illustrators and animators from Black, Asian and minority ethinic backgrounds into some of the country’s best animation studios via paid internships. The Secret Story Draw sees some of the UK’s most renowned children’s writers provide an anonymous story written exclusively for the initiative, with budding animators and illustrators invited to bring the stories to life. The author of each story will remain anonymous until the winners are revealed in June. The Secret Story Draw organisers have recruited a stellar panel from the television and film industries, with winners earning themselves a paid internship with one of the top animation studios in the UK. Internships will run for at least three months and will be based in the studio or remote working as agreed by the participating studio. Current studios taking part include: Aardman, Blue Zoo Animation Studio, DNEG, Factory, Fourth Wall Creative, Jellyfish Pictures, Ltd, King Bert, Hopster and Moonbug. While winners are working and honing their skills inside one of these industry leading companies, they’ll also have access to a established industry mentor, who will nurture them to make the most of the opportunity and help them make decisions about their future growth and direction. Furthermore, a series of money-can’t-buy creative workshops will be offered by industry insiders dedicated to giving entrants the inside track on everything they need to know to take their talent to the next level. Mentors, sessions and speakers will be announced in due course. To find out more about the Secret Story Draw and to enter, visit the ScreenSkills website.

FREE COURSE deadline not specified (posted 8th March): Future Goals – TV Production Skills Course (free, online). Course provider: Leeds Trinity University. Start date: Coming soon. Course length: 6 weeks – part time on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Progression routes: This course can help you become a Production Secretary, Junior Production Co-Ordinator, Production Co-ordinator or Production Manager. Course description: This course is designed for anyone and everyone – from a beginner with no TV experience at all to those wishing to re-enter the industry. It is an introduction or refresher to the important role of TV Production Manager – ideal for anyone with a flair for organisation, an eye for detail and a desire to work as part of a creative team. Taught entirely by TV professionals, this course will outline all key aspects of the role you’ll perform to make sure a TV Production runs smoothly and successfully – from arranging transport and accommodation to keeping filming crews safe on location. The course will consist of online workshops, exercises and Q&As with industry professionals.
You are eligible to join a course if you are over the age of 18, employed, furloughed, at risk of, or facing redundancy and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York. Please note: Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully funded (free). Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost. To support those who have been made redundant due to the COVID-19 crisis, [re]boot courses are now available. Places for the unemployed may be limited however and proof of redundancy will be required. To find out more about the TV Production course and to register your interest, visit the Future Goals website.

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 DEADLINES from Mar. 1st – Aug. 3rd: Barcelona International Short Film (BSF) and Video Festival. 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.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Apr. 18th (online, free): Set Access – A UK Film Talent Development Programme. Do you work in film production? Are you from a community that is under-represented in the film industry? Do you want support to progress your career? If the answer to these three questions is yes, apply to join Creative Access and Guy Ritchie for this film Development Programme. Creative Access in collaboration with film director, producer and writer Guy Ritchie, are running a Development Programme for emerging talent from under-represented communities in the film industry to progress their careers. The programme aims to reach emerging talent who are already working in the film industry but want some support to help them progress to senior positions. It aims to support a talent pipeline and to ensure that those who don’t fit the creative industries norm get equal access to training, pay rises and promotions in order to reach senior levels within the industry. This cohort is specifically aimed at those working in the following areas of film production: Production, Post-Production, Screen-writing, Set Design or Costume. We will be recruiting mentees in other sectors in due course. The programme will last a year and has three elements:
● Mentoring: Each individual will be matched with a senior professional who is achieving success in their desired career field, to meet with one to one on a monthly basis.
● Masterclasses: A programme of monthly masterclasses focusing on both hard and soft skills led by industry leaders and role models
● Professional development training: Two practical, interactive workshops designed to help develop the confidence and skills to secure a successful freelance career in film.
Knowledge, skills and experience needed:
● A genuine passion for film
● Some experience of working in the sector in either Production, Post-Production, Screen-writing, Set Design or Costume
● A willingness to engage positively with a mentor on a monthly basis for a minimum of six months
● A commitment to attend two sessions training sessions during the programme (will typically last three hours over a morning or afternoon)
● A proactive approach and attitude to attending monthly masterclasses
● Availability from start May 2021 to commence the programme
To apply you’ll need to complete a form and upload a CV and covering letter. Visit the Creative access website to find out more about Set Access and to apply.

COMPETITION Deadlines Apr. 19th: Short Com TV Sitcom Writing Competition. After a successful debut competition in 2020, we are delighted to return the contest for 2021. Having screened some of the funniest short comedy films for several years by emerging comedy filmmaking talent to audiences and industry alike, we are now looking to unearth comedic writing talent to help kick-start their writing career. Scripts are carefully assessed by experienced readers before being whittled down to a final shortlist, which are put before our selected judging panel of industry experts; whose collected votes will decide a winner. After the competition, we will be active in putting forward the shortlisted talent to agents and production companies. But more excitingly, feature in our brand new The Short List. A page dedicated to our recommended writers and their scripts for interested producers and agents to view their profiles and request their scripts for consideration. This is an opt in service for any entrants who qualify to be featured on the page and Short Com will not seek any form of a finders fee in the scenario of a writer being optioned. We’d just be very pleased to have helped. What we’re looking for: ​It is one thing to be able to write funny ideas but can you also write a story within 23-30 pages and have characters that stand-out in a world that we’d want to come back and see in the next episode? Whether your idea uses a single-camera setup or is the more adventurous multi-camera format, we’re looking for solid sitcom ideas, great writing, and plenty of humour that shows wide audience appeal. What is a sitcom? Sitcom is short for the term situation-comedy where a fixed set of returning characters carry on over from episode to episode which is often set in the same location. They’re sometimes considered an economical format to create a series in a minimalist setting, but even some of the big budgeted shows continue to return to their home setting, like the converted living room in Silicon Valley as an incubator hub to the squalor flat that Eddie and Richie wreaked havoc in Bottom. In recent times, there are a slew of excellent shows that break the sitcom mould. Master of None, Dave, Atlanta, How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) etc. It can be very well argued that these shows are comedy dramas than sitcom. For the time being, we will accept scripts that veer into this realm. Our expert panel of readers will judge over scripts by breaking down a script’s strengths in areas such as characters; plot, dialogue, concept, writing and how funny it is. The reading team are experienced script readers who have read for reputable production companies and script competitions. What we value most, above all in this competition; is the quality of writing. To apply your script must be between 23-30 pages and you’ll need to pay an entry fee. To find out more about the Comedy Sitcom writing competition visit Short Com’s website.

Event Wed. Apr. 21st (online, free, 4pm – 5pm): Channel 4 Leeds Virtual Open Day. Join a 4Skills workshop: how to take your first steps in TV and Film in Leeds – hear from those already in the industry. This session is aimed at entry level talent who want to break into the media industry and are passionate about making TV programmes. RSVP to book your free place at Channel 4’s Open Day via the World’s Best Events website.

SUBMISSION Deadline Apr. 23rd (free to enter): Sensoria Film Festival. Sensoria, the UK’s festival of film, music and digital will land in Sheffield from 1 – 9 October 2021. After a year of being confined to online projects, the festival is returning with a combination of real-life and streaming events, performances, screenings and talks. Two new themes that will run through this year’s event are SuperNature and Better Together.
The Sensoria 2021 line-up will be announced late spring/early summer but, now, the festival is on the hunt for exciting new work in the realms of music, film and digital. Films – Sensoria is welcoming new music documentaries, music-related biopics, fiction features or short films with an innovative soundtrack or score, as well as truly exceptional music videos. Films should have been completed after 2018.  Please email Vimeo links to info@sensoria.org.uk (and please only submit films that are genuinely music-related. Visit the Sensoria website for more information on the Festival and this year’s themes.

Event 28th Apr. (online, free, 7pm – 20:30pm): New Shoots – In Conversation with Writer & Director Paul Greengrass by Shooting People. Join triple BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated writer-director Paul Greengrass in conversation with SP’s Cath Le Couteur about his latest film News Of The World (starring Tom Hanks). The second half of the Q/A will be devoted to you being able to ask Paul any questions about his filmmaking practice and his creative challenges. Paul Greengrass is a deeply political filmmaker. He co-founded Directors UK in 2007, and is known for fighting for directors rights, as well as for championing emerging talent. In 2017, Greengrass was honoured with a British Film Institute Fellowship, for recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture. After starting his career on the hard-hitting TV documentary series, World in Action, Greengrass went on to use this journalistic quality in his own filmmaking. Some of his outstanding films include Bloody Sunday, about the infamous 1972 shootings in Northern Ireland, which won him the main award at Berlin Film Festival. United 93, set around the 9/11 hijacking of the United Airlines plane, which gained him a BAFTA for Best Director and an Oscar nomination. Captain Phillips, based on the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. container ship, and 22 July, a dramatisation of Norway’s worst terrorist attack, were both widely and critically acclaimed. Greengrass also directed three films in the Jason Bourne action thriller series, The Bourne Supremacy ,The Bourne Ultimatum, and Jason Bourne which demonstrated his desire to develop character, as much as his signature use of hand-held cameras. Both major critical successes, they further cemented Greengrass’s reputation and enabled him to get smaller, more personal films made. His latest film, the critically acclaimed western News of the World with Tom Hanks, is now available to view on Netflix. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the New Shoots event.

PAID TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME Deadline Tues 4th May: The FLAMIN Fellowship. Film London and Arts Council England present The FLAMIN Fellowship, a major scheme for early-career artist filmmakers living in England. Part of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the Fellowship aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image practices from filmmakers at the early stages of their careers, with development and funding for new work. Established in 2017 and now in its fourth edition, The FLAMIN Fellowship has provided specialist support to a range of artists who have gone on to achieve major solo exhibitions, win awards and screen in competition at international film festivals. The FLAMIN Fellowship offers a unique opportunity in developing professional artistic practice with a series of monthly workshops, which cover key areas including selling artwork, film festival strategy, writing funding applications, archiving your work, sound design, insurance, copyright and sustaining a practice. Each year, The FLAMIN Fellowship supports six artists at the early stages of their career, each with projects that they would like to develop. What the programme offers each artist:
● A programme of workshops covering key areas around sustaining artistic practice, addressing the particular context of the moving image as a medium.
● Mentoring sessions with an experienced production advisor, Pinky Ghundale. More information about Pinky can be found below.
● Seed development finance of £2,500 for a specific project.
● Introduction to different production models.
● Promotion through representation in a touring screening programme, online profile and work-in-progress screenings presented to curators and potential future supporters.
● The benefits of being embedded in a peer group.
● Ongoing profile and promotion through Film London’s newsletter and social media channels as a FLAMIN alumnus.
Visit Film London’s website to find out more about the The FLAMIN Fellowship.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE May 7th (noon): Beyond Brontes 2021. Do you dream of a career in TV or Film? Are you aged 18 – 24? Are you based in the Leeds City Region? Then don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! Beyond Bronte’s part-time training package is tailored to your needs, with modules including masterclasses, CV and interview workshops, mentorship and one to one support… And it’s free! Whatever your passion is – from story-telling and filming, to editing, make-up or set-building, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! If you are aged 18-24, have a passion for film and TV and live in the region, you can apply. Screen Yorkshire is working in partnership with City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to deliver ‘Beyond Brontës’ with the support of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP). To find out more about the programme and to apply, visit Screen Yorkshire’s website.

COMPETITION deadline Jun. 14th: Depict Short Film Competition (free to enter, films must not exceed 90 seconds including titles and credits). Depict is Watershed’s international short film online competition running since 1998 as part of Encounters Film Festival (Bristol, UK) – one of the world’s leading international festivals for short film, animation and virtual reality, and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and the European Film Awards. We want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in as long as you show originality, imagination and are able to connect with audiences. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is ONE simple rule: your film must be 90 seconds or less in duration. To get some inspiration, check out our archive of 20 years of shorts at depict.org. Depict is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. We do not accept advertisements. Only films completed since January 2020 may be submitted. Whilst we do not have a premiere policy, we positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict. The maximum number of entries per individual is five. Please note that only the director(s) will be credited on the website and any other promotional material. In the case of shortlisted and/or winning co-directors, multiple prizes may be granted at the discretion of the organisers. Prizes include:
• £2,500 (GBP) Cash Awards thanks to sponsors including The Royal Photographic Society and Aardman Animations.
• Career development support from NFTS, BFI NETWORK, BAFTA and Channel 4’s Random Acts.
• Invaluable exposure and promotion through depict.org and at Encounters Film Festival (currently planned for 18 – 26 Sept 2021, subject to change) including a Festival pass with all the trimmings, tickets to the Depict Showcase & Awards.
• A 1 year subscription to IMDbPro
• Winning shorts get complimentary BBFC certification and captioning and are made available for theatrical / virtual screenings to exhibitors across the UK.
To find out more about the Depict Short Film Competition visit the Film Freeway website.

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

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

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

 

WRITING

Ongoing events the 1st Monday of each month until Sep. 6th (online, free): The Poetic Muse: Poetry Readings. Poetry Readings invites anyone to share their poetry, give informal feedback to each other and network in a creative and safe setting. If you’d like to perform, let us know when you sign up. Spaces to read your poetry are limited per session and are at a first come first serve basis. You will be notified via email if you will be performing at the event. Performers should make time to join Zoom’s waiting room 5 minutes before the event starts. Facilitated by The Poetic Muse’s Director, Ricardo Reverón Blanco. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Poetry Reading workshops.

Events 30th Mar. – 29th Jun. (online, free): Writing the Climate by New Writing North. Climate change is aggravating the damage already caused by deforestation, intensive agriculture, over-development, pesticide use and pollution. This in turn arises from a culture of domination and alienation, valorising profit rather than the common good. In the 20th century, 50% of the world’s forest was destroyed, and in 2017 woodland loss amounted to the equivalent of one football field every second. This loss of tree cover alone might account for anywhere between 7 and 20% of all C02 emissions. These dark stories need telling in ways that inspire action and hope. It is the writer’s task to look deeply into the heart of things and bring back what they find there. We won’t protect what we don’t love and we can’t love what we don’t understand. Join our free Writing Hour. The Writing Hour is an experiment in shared writing time, hosted by Linda France as part of Writing the Climate. This is an opportunity to come together once a month on Zoom and simply write together in silence. Concentration is contagious and working in a group setting can make a big difference to the energy and awareness we bring to our writing. There will be no preamble or structure apart from a free-writing prompt, with half an ear on the weather and the world around us, to get us started. We will write for around 50 minutes and there will be a brief (entirely non-compulsory) space at the end to share any passing thoughts with fellow writers. Events take place: Tues. 30th Mar. 1-2pm, Tues. 27th April  1-2pm, Tues. 25th May 1-2pm, and Tues.29th June  1-2pm. To find out more about Writing the Climate visit New Writing North’s website. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on The Writing Hour workshops.

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.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME DEADLINE Fri. Apr. 23rd (5pm): Script Lab 2021 by Film Hub North. Develop a short film script and your screenwriting skills at Script Lab 2021. Applications are now open for Script Lab 2021! Our annual filmmaker development programme supports creatives in the North to turn their ideas for short films into completed scripts in a collaborative, inspiring environment. The 2021 edition runs online from May – November. Script Lab is open to Writers from any creative discipline with an initial idea for a short film script under 15 minutes in length. Participants will develop their understanding of short film screenwriting and their individual scripts through a series of monthly workshops led by our BFI NETWORK Talent Development Team and expert industry mentors. By the end of the programme, Lab Writers will have a completed script and an understanding of how to progress their screen work further. The Lab will culminate in an Industry Mixer event where we’ll showcase the finished scripts and introduce participants to potential collaborators who can take their projects forward. Before you apply for Script Lab, take a look at the Programme Overview. This document provides more detail about the Lab, who can apply and the time commitment involved. After you’ve read the Programme Overview, you can submit your Script Lab application. The sessions will happen online, so to take part you only need a reliable internet connection and access to a device that supports video conferencing. Applicants should be 18 or over by 1 May 2021 and must not be in full-time education. We welcome applications from individuals as well as co-writing teams. You do not need to be working with a producer or director in order to apply. We are unable to consider projects based on novels, short stories or other published literary works. This programme is for early stage ideas that are ripe for development and are not already in script form. If you have a more developed idea with an existing script, please consider applying for our Short Film Funding. To find out more about the Script Lab and to apply, visit Film Hub North’s website.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE Apr. 25th: Creative Access & Penguin Random House Mentoring Programme (for under-represented groups in publishing). Curious to explore how a career in publishing could make the most of your interests and talents? Or want support to progress your existing career in the industry? Either way, sign up now to be matched with a mentor from the world’s number one publisher – 100 places on offer from June. Creative Access is excited to be partnering with Penguin Random House again to launch a virtual mentoring programme, designed to reach talent from communities currently under-represented in publishing. Mentors, from Penguin Random House’s leadership and senior management teams, have signed up to support and nurture the next generation of talent who want to explore, begin, or progress their journey in publishing. Penguin Random House champion authors, shaping and sharing writing that sparks thoughts, dreams, conversations and learning. They are a home to all kinds of authors. From the best new fiction or picture book writers, to political commentators, trailblazing entrepreneurs, health experts and bold illustrators, they enable talented people from all walks of life to tell their stories – and make sure they are heard. There are many different roles and teams who come together to make this happen – from editorial and marketing and publicity, through to design, digital, technology, legal, finance and HR. This programme aims to break down barriers and myths, and showcase the rich mix of roles and opportunities on offer. It is about giving mentees the chance to gain insights and expertise, develop skills and confidence, and build new connections and networks. And it is about giving mentors the opportunity to learn from the fresh perspectives of the mentees. How does the programme work:
Mentors will be available from across Penguin Random House, representing all the key teams. Where possible, mentees will be matched with a mentor working in the area in which they would like to work. The mentoring partnerships will run from June for six months, with virtual meetings monthly during this time. What do you need to apply?
●  An interest in stories and ideas and working in a creative industry
●  An interest in at least one of the areas or departments in a publishing house
●  An aim to gain employment in a relevant trainee or entry-level role in the future or to secure support with progressing your existing career within publishing
●  A willingness to engage positively with a mentor on a monthly basis for six months
●  A commitment to attend Creative Access’ training sessions during the programme
●  Be able to participate between June – November 2021
●  Be over the age of 18, still in education or training, or in the early stages of your publishing career
●  Identify as being from an under-represented group in publishing. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds
To apply you’ll need to register for a free account, complete the form and upload a CV / covering letter. Visit the Creative Access website to find out more about the Mentoring Programme and to apply.

Event Wed. 28th Apr. 7pm – 8pm, (online, £5 plus booking fee): The Business of Being a Writer with Clare Alexander. This interactive talk aims to help new and emerging writers better understand the business of the writing industry. It will cover how to protect your copyright, the role of a literary agent, and highlight the funding and support opportunities are available to new writers. Leading literary agent Clare Alexander will be joined by ALCS’ legal expert Richard Combes and New Writing North’s Chief Executive, Claire Malcolm. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Business of Being a Writer workshop and to book a ticket.

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.

AWARD Deadline Apr. 30th: Sky Arts & Royal Society of Literature – Writers Awards. The Sky Arts RSL Writers Awards aim to celebrate and nurture British writers of colour. Five Awards are available, providing each winning writer of colour with ten free mentoring sessions over the course of 12 months with an Royal Society of Literature Fellow writing in their form, as well as two sessions with Awards Ambassador Bernardine Evaristo. The mentors are: Colin Grant, Tanika Gupta, Irenosen Okojie, Pascale Petit and Roy Williams. The forms of writing you can apply to be mentored in are: Screenwriting, Playwriting, Non-fiction, Fiction, and Poetry. Visit the Royal Society of Literature website for more informtion about the Writers Awards and to apply.

AWARD DEADLINE Apr. 30th: Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP) Award. A playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work or have worked in the theatre industry, run by the Finborough Theatre in association with the ETPEP.The Award’s purpose is to find and nurture a playwright who has worked in theatre for two years or more (but not in a literary department setting or as a paid script reader), who is looking to further their ambitions and skill in the art and craft of playwriting. The Award is open to UK residents of any age who have not had a play professionally produced, and who have worked front of house, in administrative roles, on stage, backstage, lighting, design etc. or in a creative capacity in theatre for at least two years, either now or in the past.
The award is intended to target and encourage those who are currently working or have worked in theatre but who are new to playwriting, and therefore, the Award is not open to those who have worked in any capacity in a literary department, a literary agency, theatre critics, or those who ever have undertaken paid script reading work. For the avoidance of doubt, this is not an award for playwrights. It is an award for those who work or who have worked in theatre in some other capacity who also write plays. They are looking for a play of substance which contributes in some way to our understanding of the human condition or experience, from a writer with potential to enhance our political and social awareness. The award will be judged completely anonymously until the very final shortlist and interview stage, and brief feedback will be provided on every entry. The winner will receive a prize of £6,000, a development relationship with the Finborough Theatre including one-to-one dramaturgy with Finborough Theatre Artistic Director and playwright Neil McPherson; a rehearsal workshop with actors and a director to develop the play; and a staged reading performance of the winning play either at the Finborough Theatre, London, pandemic permitting, or online; and publication by Salamander Street, independent publisher of theatre, performance and live art. There will be ten runner-up prizes of £300 each. Visit the ETPEP website to find out more about the Award and to enter.

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 Apr. 30th: Author of Tomorrow (for ages 16 – 21). The Author of Tomorrow is designed to find the adventure writers of the future. Part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, it is an annual competition open to young people across the world who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English. Submit between 1,500 – 5,000 words. Prize: £1,000. Each shortlisted author also has their work digitally published by our partners at global literacy charity, Worldreader. To find out more about the Author of Tomorrow visit the Wilbur Smith Foundation website.

Event Wed. 5th May 7pm – 8pm (online, tickets £5 plus booking fee): Introduction to Short Fiction with Désirée Reynolds. This interactive talk is aimed at new writers who are starting to write short stories or flash fiction. Writer, editor, journalist and broadcaster Désirée Reynolds will talk you through how to approach writing for this genre and answer any questions you may have. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Introduction to Short Fiction workshop and to book your ticket.

COMPETITION Deadlines 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 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 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.

SUBMISSION Deadline Mon. 21st Jun. (applications open now): The Time Being – Call for submissions by Sweet Talk Productions. BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Sweet Talk Productions to make three 15-minute radio programmes showcasing the work of writers between the ages of 16 and 21. These are currently scheduled for broadcast on Fridays 8th, 15thand 22nd October 2021. Sweet Talk Productions are looking for original short stories of either: a) 450-550 words or b) 900-1100 words. Please ensure that your submission conforms to one or other of these categories. (This will make it easier to fit multiple stories into each programme.) Initially submissions will be divided into Group A (For ages 16-18) and Group B (Ages 19-21). Each broadcast story will be read by a single reader, but beyond that, please don’t overthink the ‘radio’ part. Storytelling is what they’re after, written as well as you can. As to what story you tell… You decide! Eligibility: This is a series for new voices – for writers who have neither previously published a book or stand-alone publication nor had their work broadcast on national radio. Please do not submit a story that has previously appeared online or in print, or has been recorded/filmed for YouTube, Soundcloud or similar platforms. Only submit one story please. To find out more about The Time Being and to submit your story, visit the Literature Works 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.

COMPETITION Deadline Aug. 26th: The University of Southampton – Green Stories Writing Competition. Green Stories Writing Competitions solicit stories that embed green solutions in the context of an engaging plot aimed at a mainstream audience. It is run by the The University of Southampton and is free to enter with prizes. Anyone (any country, any age) can enter as long as the entry is in English and it has not been published/produced. Writers are asked to write stories that present positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like, or integrate green characters, policies, solutions etc. in the backdrop of an otherwise mainstream story. Green Stories Writing Competitions are aimed at students as well as other writers to create a cultural body of work that showcases what a sustainable society might look like. Research by Dr Denise Baden has demonstrated that solution based stories, or stories that smuggle in green ideas/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story are more likely to inspire greener behaviours than catastrophic tales of climate change. The next competition asks for TV/Radio play scripts. The winning entry will receive a free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary Consultancy, plus will be sent to production companies for consideration. Visit the Green Stories website for more informatio on the Writing Competitions and to apply.

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Ongoing: Future Goals Free Digital Courses (online). Boost your skills during lock-down through a range of free courses. Leeds Trinity University, West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and Go Train are currently offering free online courses, perfect for those who have been furloughed or are looking for a new project whilst at home. There are also courses now available from September which will be held in the classroom. You will receive one to one support from local tutors and industry professionals. Flexible to your needs, courses are delivered in the evenings or at weekends in most cases. You are eligible to join a course if you are over the age of 18, employed, furloughed, at risk of, or facing redundancy and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York. Please note: Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully funded (free). Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost. Visit the Future Goals website to browse the digital courses available and to sign up to one for free.

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 education, unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week.  Development Awards can support:
● Accredited course fees up to Level 3 (A-level equivalent)
● Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job or qualification
● Job licence fees
● Transport to a new job until your first pay slip
To find out more about the Development Awards visit the Prince’s Trust website.

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 (online, tickets £15): Portraiture with Monoprinting by Leeds Print Workshop. Choose your session from the following dates: Fri. Apr. 16th, Wed. May 5th, or Mon. May 17th. On this short online workshop you’ll explore drawing and monoprinting techniques to develop unique portraits. Monoprinting is a direct and expressive form of printmaking which allows you to produce a series of one off prints. Who the workshop is for: This is a mixed ability workshop for complete beginners and those with some previous experience. Those who have some drawing and printmaking experience may benefit from a fresh approach to working. Materials & Equipment: The workshop fee includes a full monoprinting kit containing all the equipment and materials you will need for the workshop which will be posted out to you shortly before the workshop date (postage is UK only, although international students may attend if they acquire the kit themselves). The materials kit will include a roller, perspex sheets for inking, cartridge paper, newsprint, 1 tube black water based relief ink, charcoal, pencil, graphite stick, rubber, greyboard inking squares and disposable gloves. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Portraiture with Monoprinting event and to book a ticket.

Events (online, tickets £15): Introduction to Bookbinding by Leeds Print Workshop. Choose your date from the following: Sun. Apr. 18th, Sat. May 1st or Thurs. May 20th. On this short online workshop you’ll use the tools, materials and techniques to get started in various bookbinding methods including pamphlet stitch and concertina books. You’ll gain the knowledge to continue making books at home. Who the workshop is for: This is ideal for beginners in bookbinding or those who wish to refresh their previous skills and gain some new inspiration. Materials & Equipment: The workshop fee includes a full bookbinding kit containing all the equipment and materials you will need for the workshop which will be posted out to you shortly before the workshop date (postage is UK only, although international students may attend if they acquire the kit themselves). The material kit will contain a cutting mat, craft knife, pencil, linen thread, bone folder, awl/piercing point, bookbinding needle, bulldog clip, metal ruler, pva glue, book cloth, card pieces for hard covers and various coloured & white cartridge papers. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Introduction to Bookbinding event and to book your place.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DEADLINE 18th April (applications open now): Hotel Generation Open Call – Artist Development Programme by Arebyte Gallery. Hotel Generation mentors the next generation of UK digital artists during the critical early stages of establishing a career in the arts. Arebyte’s yearly programme encourages young digital artists from regional UK cities to develop their practice and interact with new audiences in London and internationally with the aim to expand their network and foster new opportunities. This initiative nurtures a sense of place in the London art scene which can be notoriously difficult to infiltrate and creates new conversations between London and other UK cities. Key stages of the programme:
● A four-month development programme: the candidates receive a stipend to develop an exhibition proposal with curatorial guidance, crits from established artists, studio visits, access to digital training sessions and business support including hands-on workshops in marketing and fundraising. The programme can be undertaken remotely.
● A two-day stay in London, 8 + 9 July 2021 (dates to be confirmed closer to the time): the four selected participants to the programme will be invited to London to meet each other and arebyte staff, as well as present their initial proposals.
● A solo exhibition at arebyte Gallery, London: Hotel Generation culminates in a fully funded solo show at arebyte gallery for one of the four candidates selected by a panel of judges in August 2021. The exhibition for the selected artist will take place in February 2022. To be eligible to apply you must be aged 28 or under, making work using emerging and digital media, and living in the UK but outside of London. Additionally if you have an art degree (not mandatory) it must be from a university outside of London. To find out more about the Open Call for the Artist Development programme visit the Arebyte Gallery wesbite.

COMMISSION Deadline Apr. 19th: Both/And by Siobhan Davies Studios. Siobhan Davies Studios are seeking movement practitioners & dance artists who want to riff on ideas with us for a forthcoming programme. Both/And is a programme that aims to promote encounters between artists and local communities, acknowledging the existing reciprocity between artistic and community practices and its breadth. It offers time and resources to artists and people working for and within local communities to broaden experience and learning through mutual exchange. We’re looking for 10 artists of any age, and at any stage in their career, who:
• Want to make art that happens in communities more visible and valued.
• Want to talk to us about what is needed.
Want to share experiences of working within local communities including but not limited to:
• Groups / individuals who share commonality in lived experiences, age or circumstances
• Groups / individuals who could be described as vulnerable
• Young people outside of their formal education settings
• Care settings
A fee of £200 is available per artist. We imagine that this will include one 2-hour online group session, plus some emails/ communication before and after. We are also open to different needs and set ups. To find out more about the Both/And commission visit the Siobhan Davies website.

Events (online, tickets £15): Still Life with Monoprinting by Leeds Print Workshop. Choose your date from the following: Wed. Apr. 21st, Thurs. June 1st, or Sat. Jun. 12th. On this short online workshop you’ll explore drawing and monoprinting techniques to develop unique still life prints. Monoprinting is a direct and expressive form of printmaking which allows you to produce a series of one off prints. Who the workshop is for: This is a mixed ability workshop for complete beginners and those with some previous experience. Those who have some drawing and printmaking experience may benefit from a fresh approach to working. Materials & Equipment: The workshop fee includes a full monoprinting kit containing all the equipment and materials you will need for the workshop which will be posted out to you shortly before the workshop date. The monoprinting kit includes a roller, perspex sheets for inking, cartridge paper, newsprint,1 tube black water based relief ink, charcoal, pencil, graphite stick, rubber, tracing paper, greyboard inking squares and disposable gloves. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Still Life with Monoprinting event and to book your ticket.

Events (online, tickets £15): Introduction to Linocut by Leeds Print Workshop. Choose your date from the following: Sat. Apr. 24th, Wed. Apr. 28th, or Sun. May 6th. On this short online workshop you’ll learn how to use the tools to carve your own lino block and produce a small edition of prints onto A5 cartridge paper. You’ll learn some simple but effective methods of lino printing that can be continued at home without the need for a press. Who the workshop is for: This is ideal for beginners in printmaking or those who wish to refresh their previous skills and gain some new inspiration. Materials & Equipment: The workshop fee includes a full lino printing kit containing all the equipment and materials you will need for the workshop which will be posted out to you shortly before the workshop date. The materials kit will contain a roller, lino cutting tools, perspex sheet for inking, cartridge paper, newsprint, 1 tube black water based relief ink, 2 x A6 softcut lino, pencil and disposable gloves. Our online workshops will be delivered by one of our experienced printmaking tutors over Zoom so you’ll need to have internet access on a computer and a suitable space to work with the cutting tools and inks. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Introduction to Linocut event and to book your free place.

Events Fri. 23rd Apr. – We. 28th Apr. (online): ShowMe – A Festival of Workshops for Producers & Theatre-Makers. ShowMe is a weekend of practical workshops offering ‘tools and rules’ around the different aspects of producing and making work happen. These workshops are designed for aspiring creative producers, self-producing artists (SPAs), and those who are reluctant producers of their own and other people’s work. These events are supported by Creative Scotland and are targeted at all artforms and all levels of experience, all over the country. We also welcome other practitioners in the UK and further afield to join in if they wish. Each 2hr workshop will be led by specialists in individual aspects of the creative process. They will be live transcribed using otter.ai, which will also give participants an audio recording of the workshop to refer back to later. The cost is £5 per workshop (or £2 for those to whom £5 presents a financial barrier). There is an all-workshop-and-event pass for £20. Workshops:
• Basic Marketing & Fundraising (23rd April)
• Pitching your work (23rd April)
• Basic Budgetting (24th April)
• Who’s Not in the Room – How to Reach Audiences (24th April)
• Producing – What a Producer Does (25th April)
• Social Media and the Future (25th April)
Visit the Ticket Tailor website to find out more about the ShowMe Festival of Workshops and to book your tickets.

COMMISSION Deadline Fri. 30th Apr: Call out for Designers, Makers and Artists. Walk the Plank, one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations with a reputation for creating innovative productions and performances, are looking for ideas to commission from artists, designers, and makers for new pieces of work for the Fire Garden. The Fire Garden is a site-responsive installation comprising of a series of fiery sculptures, creating a glowing landscape that audiences are invited to explore. It adds new depth to public spaces, inviting audiences to reconsider both the idea of a garden and well-known places in a new light. Creating a sense of discovery and the feeling of uncovering a ‘secret garden’, the format allows people to wander through each section at their own pace. In addition, we try to ensure that the space is free from barriers to encourage a truly immersive experience. We are looking for designs that include:
• The use of sound.
• That are interactive with audiences of all ages.
•  That have a kinetic aspect.
The design may have all three of the above elements or none of them.
Work must also be designed to be easily transported, rigged, de-rigged and stored. Budgets for the new works are between £2,000- £15,000. To find out more about the Fire Garden visit Walk the Plank’s website. To find out more about the Commission Call Out, including the full brief and requirements for submission, visit Walk the Plank’s website.

Deadline Fri. 30th April (6pm): Open Call to Artists: Sales and Representation Opportunity by Latent. Latent is an emerging artist platform currently inviting expression of interest applications from artists (it’s free to apply). Successful applicants will be able to sell their artwork through the Latent platform for an initial term of one year. This is not a paid job opportunity. Entry Requirements:
•  Artists’ work should be two-dimensional (e.g. drawing, illustration, printmaking, painting, photography, textile, and mixed media).
•  We are particularly interested in work that explores the theme of ‘Unity’.
• Works should be available for immediate sale if an ‘original’, or print-ready as a digital file.
•  Artists are responsible for the costs of creating your original artwork.
•  Artists should be over 18 and live in the UK.
•  Artists do not have to have: an artist statement/manifesto, biography, portfolio, documentation of their art, website or social media platform etc. (However, the more information artists’ can share with us, the better informed we will be to consider their submission to join Latent).
•  Artists do not need to have an academic qualification in art
If you have any questions about this opportunity please email info@latentcollective.co.uk. For more information about the Open Call and to submit your work, visit Latent’s website.

BURSARY DEADLINE Sun. May 2nd: Scott Trust Bursaries 2021. Would you love a career in journalism? The Guardian Foundation offers three bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for an MA in journalism. The primary aim of these bursary awards is to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in journalism, and who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the media. In particular those from a lower socio-economic background, BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with a disability. As such we will only accept applications from candidates who meet one or more of these criteria. The nearest course to Leeds is MA in Journalism at The University of Sheffield, and includes a NCTJ diploma. The bursaries pay all course tuition fees and provide a subsistence allowance of £6,000 each towards living expenses. In addition, candidates take part in several weeks’ work experience at Guardian News & Media with expenses covered, and are paired with a Guardian mentor. The opportunity also provides the possibility of a six month paid fixed term contract at the Guardian, following successful completion of the scheme. Eligibility:
•  You will be a graduate with a 2.1 minimum (or equivalent) in any subject, and permanent right of residence in the United Kingdom.
•  You will have had paid or unpaid experience in journalism and built up an impressive portfolio – either news or features-focused (or a combination), and from either blogging in your spare time, writing for student newspapers, video, podcasts, or placements at local newspapers, radio or TV.
•  You will be able to demonstrate that without financial support you would be unable to pursue a Master’s qualification.
•  You are part of one or more of these under-represented groups; BAME, LGBTQ+, disabled, or from a low socio-economic background.
•  You will qualify for home fees.
•  You will not already have a Masters degree or other post graduate qualification.
This scheme is open to those who have already completed their degree and who are still currently studying. Please note that you must have graduated before the bursary course starts. To find out more about the Scott Trust Bursaries and to apply, visit The Guardian’s website.

FUNDING DEADLINE Tues. May 4th (noon): Leeds Inspired LIVE Grants. The Leeds Inspired LIVE Grant is a time-limited grant scheme to help kickstart live performance and to encourage audiences to feel confident to return to district centres and the city centre.
The scheme accepts applications for grants of between £500 and £2500. Who can apply
Applications are welcome for live events. These projects may be organised by:
• Individuals (you will need to demonstrate your previous experience of running similar
projects and budgets)
• Arts organisations
• Community or voluntary groups
• Commercial organisations / venues
• Groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant)
What we fund:
You can apply for support for live performance events that take place between May and
October 2021. These may be one-off events or time limited programmes, or the grant may
enable you to kick start a series of events that then return to commercial viability or secure
further funding from elsewhere. For example:
• Music Performances
• Spoken Word Performances
• Open Mic/Scratch Nights
The events supported by this scheme may take place in venues or buildings or outdoors in town centres. They may be free to attend or ticketed but need to be able to demonstrate how they support the reenergising of the economy of the city. The scheme will prioritise support for Leeds based creatives/performers. This is a competitive scheme and is likely to be oversubscribed. Not all eligible projects will be able to be funded. Visit Leeds Inspired to find out more about the LIVE Grants and to apply.

PRIZE DEADLINE Mon. 24th May (5pm): The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, FotoDocument. The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £2,000, facilitated by FotoDocument and generously supported by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay, which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global that has a focus on positive solutions. Submissions for the 2021 award will be open from 8 March International Women’s Day and close on Monday 24 May 2021. One overall winner will receive The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £2,000 towards an ongoing project and one runner up will receive £500. The work should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues it raises in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the wishes of Marilyn Stafford and the aims of FotoDocument. The Award is reserved solely for documentary photographers working on projects which are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported or under-reported. The final work will feature on the FotoDocument and Nikon websites and will be published via social media and shared with international media for publication. Shortlisted applicants will be featured on the FotoDocument and Nikon websites and publicised via social media. Women from any stage of their careers are welcome to apply, whether emerging, mid-career or established. They must have completed at least one full documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record. Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world. It is free to submit an application. Visit the Marilyn Stafford website to find out more about the FotoReportage Award and to apply.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Jun. 30th: Win a £4,500 for a studio space with the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) Studio Prize 2021. The ACS is offering one student or recent graduate £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in a UK city of your choice. Simply submit a PDF portfolio of your work along with a short statement before the deadline to be in with a chance of winning. The Prize is open to all final year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Fine Art and other creative courses. Artists who have graduated from such a course within the past four years are also invited to apply. The Studio Prize was established by ACS in 2017 to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers. ACS is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company dedicated to the collection of intellectual property right royalties on behalf of visual artists. With a community-interest focus, it is proud to fund a large number of bursaries and prizes for artists throughout the UK. Visit the ACS website for more information about the Studio Prize 2021.

COMPETITION DEADLINE Fri. Jul. 2nd (11.50pm): Contemporary Art Award by Refresh Art Award. A fresh new art competition giving representation to everyone who enters. Calling all makers / painters / illustrators / sound designers / sculptors and all other creatives! The Refresh Art Award was set up in 2017 as a biannual art award to showcase contemporary artists who were making art about the world around them, and not just fruit bowls, flowers and hyperreal portraiture that sells. After our first show in 2019, we are back in 2021 to create the next snapshot of the true face of contemporary art now. Refresh are proud to be borderless and open to international entries. The competition isn’t open to photorealistic portraiture, photography, film or animation. Prizes:
We’ve got a £3k prize for our main award. £300 prize for Our Times and £300 Drawing Special Mention.
We’ll put on a final show in London in November 2021 for all the shortlisted artists. Shortlisted artists in the final show get paid, and have the opportunity to sell their work with promotion from us and no commission taken.
Every single artist who enters will be in our website gallery during 2021, plus feature in ad hoc social media advertising.
The fee for 1 entry is £10 and £6 for each subsequent entry. Artists may submit up to 4 works. The exhibition for short-listed artists will take place on Thurs 4th – Sunday 7th November 2021. Visit the Refresh Awards website to find out more about the Contemporary Art Award.

Ongoing FUNDING / various deadlines: 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. Visit Leeds City College’s website to find out more about the Arts Fund and to check when applications next reopen.

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.


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PAID APPRENTICHESHIP DEADLINE TBC, applications open in April: BBC Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme – Fast Track (for ages 18+). Start Date: January 2022. Scheme duration: 2 years. Locations: Scotland and England. The Fast Track Journalism Apprenticeship is for people from all backgrounds and walks of life who are curious about the world and hungry to tell the stories happening around them. If university is not for you this is your chance to get first class journalism training with the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world. On this scheme you’ll get two years mix of study and learning on the job leading to an Apprenticeship and the industry recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. You’ll be based in one of our newsrooms around the country and will work alongside BBC teams to learn how to create and deliver quality news content for multiple platforms including online, digital, radio and television. You could be finding, sourcing and securing suitable guests and contributors; carrying out in-depth research across a range of media stories; compiling information and writing briefs (summary documents) for your team; finding stories for diverse audiences; assisting with interviews or filming and editing packages. The scheme takes 2 years to complete, after which time you should have the skills and training to take on a Journalism Researcher role at the BBC. We are more interested in your potential than previous experience or training. The top things for us are natural inquisitiveness, storytelling ability, originality and creativity. In terms of qualifications you need to have English and Maths at GCSE / National 5’s at grade 4 / C or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths. What we’re offering:
• Competitive salary £14,400 per year (£18,810 if your apprenticeship is in London).
• 25 days holiday a year with an option to buy or sell days to suit you.
• First-rate training throughout the scheme led by specialists and senior BBC journalists.
• A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
• A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
To find out more about the Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme and to apply, visit the BBC Careers website.

DEADLINE Apr. 13th: Events Executive for Harewood House Trust. Salary: £20k-25k. Hours: full time. We are hosting more events each year; from major music concerts with audiences of 15,000, festivals, outdoor cinema and theatre to our own curated exclusive premium experiences based around food, music, buildings, collections and gardens, helping us to reinvigorate Harewood. We are looking for an Event Executive to help maximise the generation of income through commercial hire (events and film) across Harewood House Trust. Your will support in-house events, such as markets, provide support for large-scale outdoor events, filiming projects and private views, and lead on sales and delivery of weddings and our hire business. You will join the commercial team at an exciting period of development, adopting a new and re-invigorated entrepreneurial attitude in order for us to reach a point of self-sufficiency, while maintaining our values. If you have some experience of events management, with strong people and organisational skills, and have a postive can-do attitude, we’d love to hear from you. Visit the Harewood House website to find out more about the Events Executive role and to apply.

DEADLINE Apr. 16th: Morley Arts Festival Rebrand. Morley Arts Festival is re-branding and we are looking to commission someone to design our logo! We have already been through an exciting consultation and visionary process about who we are and what we are looking for, we even have some colours in mind for our visual identity. We are now in the position to chat through our Festival vision, values and aims with the right person who could then design our visual brand. Could this be you? What we need:
●  A logo in various file formats (JPEG PNG PDF PSD)
●  A colour palette including RGB hex and pantone colour codes
●  A font pack with usable font styles
This logo is an important step in our rebranding journey, and we are hoping to have this agreed by the beginning of May to relaunch our identity and inform our web and print design. Fee: £500. Contact Rachael Kennedy for more information about the Morley Arts Festival Rebrand and to apply: morleyartsfest@gmail.com

DEADLINE Apr. 16th (midday): Youth Dance Company Project Manager for South Yorkshire Dance Hub. South Yorkshire Dance Hub are seeking a Project Manager for our planned South Yorkshire Youth Dance Project (starting May 2021 until September 2023), ensuring projects remain focused to the core brief and deliver agreed outputs to key milestones. Salary: £33,600 (pro rata) per annum (£5040 per year). Hours: 3 days per month for 28 months (May 2021 – Sep 2023). We will consider candidates interested in taking on the Hub Coordinator role and Youth Company Project Manager role. If you are interested in applying for both roles, please state this in your email when applying. To find out more about the job opportunities visit the South Yorkshire Dance Hub website.

PAID APPRENTICESHIP DEADLINE Apr. 16th: Apprentice Junior Content Producer / Artworker for Network Design & Marketing. Apprenticeship level: Advanced Level 3 (A level). We are looking for a Junior Artworker with excellent attention to detail to join our busy studio in central Leeds. We need an enthusiastic and positive individual who will click with our existing team and be happy to muck in when necessary. The role will be integral to maintaining the quality and accuracy of output that our clients expect from us. Duties to include:
● Taking creative concepts from our designers and developing them into accurate, finished artwork
● Rolling out design concepts consistently across a wide range of campaign materials
● Producing mock-ups and presentation boards
● Liaising with the Account Handling team to obtain appropriate sign-off at key stages of each project
● Checking colours, typography and design consistencies to ensure finished artwork is always on brand
● Preparing error-free, print-ready files
● Liaising with our external print and media partners to ensure prompt and accurate file delivery
Salary: £12k. Hours: 37 per week. Duration: 15 months. Possible start date: 19 Apr 2021. Visit Network Design and Marketing’s website to find out more about the Junior Content Producer apprenticeship and to apply.

DEADLINE Apr. 18th: Assistant Producer, (Sport+ Digital) for BBC Sport. BBC Sport online is the largest sports site/app in the UK, attracting around 27m browsers a week. It’s the most popular service of its type with all audiences, covering live sport and sports news as well as providing great entertainment to sports fans through content such as video and quizzes. On social media, BBC Sport has more than 30m followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok giving us a massive outlet to reach out to younger audiences.
BBC Sport seek 3 Assistant Producers to make digital & social content for 16-34 year olds. 2 Roles are in Sport + Digital, and 1 role in the Cricket Hub – both about making short videos & social media content. You need to have experience making creative digital video content, love social media (TikTok, Instagram & YouTube) & keen to create video content that can hook people in & tell a good story – whether you have 60 secs or 4 mins. You also need to know your way around the Adobe Creative suite (e.g. Photoshop & Premier). A keen interest & knowledge of sport is desirable. That will help you pitch your own ideas around sport events and successfully tap into what our audience want to consume, equally important is finding stories or ideas that will reach and relate to audiences.  Visit the BBC Careers website to find out more about the Assistant Producer roles and to apply.

DEADLINE Mon. Apr. 19th: Location Assistant for Emmerdale (in Leeds). In order to apply for this role you’ll need some experience of working in a locations capacity, and be able to demonstrate credits of TV productions you’ve worked on. This role involves supporting the Locations team in helping set up a Unit and ensuring the smooth-running of the shooting day with regards to locations. We have multiple units shooting simultaneously, so you will need to be flexible and adaptable with the ability to help us run more than one Unit at a time – you may start the day on one location and end the day on another, so there is a great deal of variety and adaptability within this role. You will need to be on location before any crew/vehicles arrive and be prepared to be the last to leave. What do I need to get this role/job? Minimum criteria:
● Confident driver and in possession of a valid UK driving licence.
●  Production Safety Awareness- experience working to health and safety regulations.
●  Experience of working in a Locations role on a television drama; other relevant roles within TV production will be considered.
●  Strong written and verbal communication skills.
●  Experience working under pressure and to tight production deadlines, taking a creative approach to problem solving.
● Flexible approach to work and working hours, due to the variable nature of production schedules.
●  Experience dealing sensitively with situations and matters of confidentiality.
Visit the Talent Manager website to find out more about the Locations role and to apply (you’ll need to register for an account but it’s free).

DEADLINE Mon. Apr. 19th (10am): Sewing Assistant (Maternity Cover) for Opera North. Committed to producing high quality work that informs, excites and entertains, Opera North is looking for an experienced and well-motivated individual to fill the role of Sewing assistant – fixed term – maternity cover. The successful candidate will have proven costume making experience, with experience of working for a comparable opera, ballet or rep theatre organisation. You will have excellent organisational, practical and communication skills, with attention to detail and the ability to prioritise under pressure. Salary: 20,402.20 per annum. Interviews to be held in: week commencing 26th April 2021. To find out more about the Sewing Assistant role and to apply, visit Opera North’s website.

DEADLINE Apr. 20th (23:59): Facilities and Studio Technician for BIMM Institute, Manchester. Have great timekeeping skills and knowledge of music equipment? This could be your next role… BIMM Institute is a leading provider of creative arts, with colleges in eight cities. They are seeking to appoint an energetic and highly motivated Facilities and Studio Technician. They will have a strong interest in facilities management who will have the knowledge and expertise to support the Senior Facilities and Studio Technician in ensuring that the buildings and facilities that make up the BIMM Manchester estate are fully functioning and fit for purpose. The successful candidate will be involved with the day-to-day running of BIMM’s new site at Merchant Exchange, working closely with the Senior Facilities and Studio Technician to ensure the appropriateness, quality and safety of the college environment. Responsibilities:
● This is a keyholder role
● Preparation, running and maintenance of BIMM Manchester’s teaching and recording studios
● Supporting tutors in delivery of timetabled lectures
● Operational management of health and safety on site, including reporting issues to the Senior Facilities and Studio Technician
● Maintenance of recording studios and associated equipment as appropriate, along with musical instruments and backline
● Dealing with suppliers and contractors in order to keep BIMM’s facilities in excellent condition
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
● Knowledge of musical equipment
● Experience working as a studio recording engineer
● Knowledge of computer music equipment, MIDI controllers etc.
● Ability to troubleshoot/fault find in a recording studio capacity
● Health and Safety awareness
● Excellent knowledge of Mac and PC systems, including networking systems
● Excellent knowledge of DAW’s, primarily Pro Tools, but including Logic and Ableton
● Experience of productivity software such as Outlook, Excel and Word
● Full clean Driving License is desirable
● Knowledge of SSL mixing desks is also preferable
Visit the Creative Access website to find out more about the Facilities and Studio Technician role and to apply.

DEADLINE Apr. 21st (midday): Social Media Manager for Creative England. Location: UK wide (offices available in Manchester, Bristol, London). Contact email: jobs@creativeengland.co.uk. Reporting into the Brand & Content Manager, the Social Media Manager will take the lead on the development and implementation of the social media strategy, ensuring alignment with the overall brand and comms strategies. You should have a genuine and active interest in social media channels and a passion for utilising a variety of social platforms to find new and creative ways to supercharge our profile and reach. If you are diligent in approach, comfortable with multi-tasking, rolling their sleeves up and driving delivery of high impact social media campaigns then we want to hear from you! CONTRACT: 1 year fixed term full time, renewable. Salary: £25,000 starting salary, plus benefits. Visit Creative find out more about the Social Media manager role and to apply.

Event Apr. 21st (online, free, 6:30pm – 8:00pm): Getting Shortlisted – Top Tips from a Recruiter by Young Guns Network. Top Tips from a Recruiter on bringing your job application to life, from nailing your CV to acing your interview and getting the job! Join us on Wednesday 21st April for an incredibly informative session led by Silvia Gargiulo (BIY People & Talent). Whether you are currently looking for a new role, or your CV needs a little spring cleaning, Silvia will share top tips to really stand out as an applicant, and how to get on the yes list! Silvia Gargiulo is the Founder of BIY People & Talent and has worked in HR, Recruitment & People Development focused roles right across music and media for 20 years. She has previously worked for companies including Universal Music and Handle Recruitment, setting up her own business, BIY People & Talent, in July 2016, where she’s worked with clients including Warner Music, Sony Music, Kobalt, CAA, BMG, Beggars Group, Blackstar London, Brownswood Recordings, Worldwide FM, 13 Artists, Marathon Artists and many more. Visit Eventbrite to book your free place on the Getting Shortlisted event.

DEADLINE Apr. 22nd: Vocal Music Leader for Sheffield Music Hub. Salary: £30k – £40k (pro rata). Hours: 29.6 per week. Contract: Permanent. We are seeking an experienced and driven vocal leader who can help us to progress our singing strategy. They will deliver teaching across the full range of our vocal programme ensuring that children and young people in every corner of our city are singing with confidence and skill at every point of their school lives. We are particularly interested in developing both our primary singing provision (whole class and teacher CPD) and our choral offer – carving pathways into choirs for children and young people from all backgrounds and we welcome applications from professionals experienced in this area. We want a member of the team who believes in the transformative power of music education, understands how to get the best possible musical outcomes from their pupils and schools that they work with. There is a mixture of work from specialist lessons to whole class teaching, along with the opportunity to be involved in City wide Singing Strategy with activities such as Singing Festivals, Choirs and the Singing Support Pack. This portfolio of work occurs during the school day with some activities happening outside of this period in evenings and occasional weekends. This will be discussed in more detail at interview. Visit Sheffield Music Hub on YouTube to find out more about the work they do. Visit the ArtJobster website to find out more about the Vocal Music Leader role and to apply.

DEADLINE Apr. 23rd (12:30pm): Illustrator in Residence for Curious Minds. Curious Minds is seeking expressions of interest for an opportunity to work with us as an ‘Illustrator in Residence’, to represent the work we do in a creative and inclusive way. We want a professional illustrator to create pieces of art that will represent the work that we do and the things that we care about. We will use these images on our website, social media and other printed and digital materials. The images will need to be diverse, inclusive and original. This will involve the creation of a minimum of 20 illustrations over the period, on request and aligning to themes that reflect our marketing and communications content and priorities. Salary: £3,600 – £5,000. To find out more about the Illustrator in Residence role and to apply, visit the Curious Minds website.

DEADLINE Apr. 23rd: Year of Music 2023 – Freelance Artistic Programmer for Kirklees Council. Salary: The fee for this 3 year position is: £71,895 – broken down to 3 yearly payments of £23,965. Kirklees Council is looking for an experienced and imaginative freelance Artistic Programmer to help deliver the Year of Music 2023 in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. This is a freelance contract to March 2024, starting as soon as possible and no later than June 2021. The role of Artistic Programmer is to lead on the artistic programming for Year of Music 2023 and to provide a coherent narrative and story through the programme and ensure it is embedded in all communities of Kirklees. The Year of Music 2023 will be our support to the regional cultural programme led by Leeds 2023, and supported by other neighbouring Authorities and their cultural programmes. The Artistic Director will take the lead on pulling together all the strands of work for the Year of Music 2023 into one coherent narrative and will instigate key projects and commissions where appropriate in the programme to compliment and contribute. It is essential this is done through and with the music community of the district, with the ambition of enhancing and enabling the music ecology. The Artistic Programmer needs to be a collaborative enabler of the communities, partners, and stakeholders who want to participate within the Year of Music 2023 and have a good working knowledge of Kirklees, it’s towns, villages, and communities. Visit the ArtJobster website to find out more about the Freelance Artistic Programmer role and to apply.

DEADLINE Mon. Apr. 26th: Communications and Content Manager for Film and Video Umbrella (FVU). We’re seeking a Communications and Content Manager to join the team at Film and Video Umbrella. This is a vital and exciting role at the organisation leading on strategy and delivery of all of FVU’s communications, including for our growing programme of online work. Purpose of Role: To maintain and grow FVU’s audiences and raise the external reputation of the organisation, utilising online and traditional communications. Pay Band: £30,000 – £35,000 depending on experience. Contract: 12-month fixed term contract, with the possibility to extend. Hours: Full-time, Mon-Fri, 10am – 6pm with occasional evenings and weekend work. Location: Our office is in London, but due to ongoing home-working, we are currently recruiting nationally. Visit the FVU website to find out more about the Communications and Content Manager role and to apply.

DEADLINE Tues. Apr. 27th: Assistant Digital Publisher for ITV. Permanent role. Salary: unknown, likely competitive. Location: Manchester & Leeds – the successful candidate will need to travel between the two, to work on location at both Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Please note it will be remote working to start. The Assistant Digital Publisher will support the day-to-day publishing on our platforms, both social and owned. With direction from the Senior Digital Publisher, they will create basic video, image and text content to appeal to young audiences, make ITV feel like a modern and authentic brand, and optimise the publishing of this content for maximum effect. Most excitingly they will get the opportunity to work with two of ITV’s biggest, most celebrated Soaps. You will need to demonstrate the following skills from the minimum role criteria:
● Experience publishing content across digital platforms
● Experience making basic video, image and text content for digital platforms at a major brand
● Knowledge about 3rd party platforms and optimal publishing processes
● Excellent editorial judgement
● Excellent spelling and grammar
Please note: The role may require you to work on location in the UK and possibly abroad, including some evening, early morning and/or weekends, bank holidays (time will be given back in lieu). Visit ITV’s website to find out more about the Assistant Digital Publisher role and to apply.

PAID APPRENTICESHIP DEADLINE Apr. 29th: BBC Production Apprenticeship in Leeds (Fast Track England). Salary: £14,400 – £19,082. Start Date: January 2022. Scheme Duration: 18 months. Are you bursting for the opportunity to bring your content ideas to life? Maybe you know what could work brilliantly on BBC Three, or in a podcast? Maybe your idea is for local or network radio (e.g. Radio 1 / 1Xtra / Asian Network), websites and games, or apps and social media are your thing? Or would you love to develop your technical skills so that you can get content made and shared? Either way, this scheme could be right up your street. Over the course of 18 months, you’ll get first hand work experience and hands on training in a wide range of production skills. You will also be working towards a qualification, a Certificate in Creative Content and Production, and the completion of a Level 3 Apprenticeship (Broadcast Production Assistant or Junior Content Producer apprenticeship) delivered by our experienced external Training Provider. While you’re on the scheme, you might be helping to come up with ideas and stories for content (editorial), or learning how to make a production actually happen (production management), or you might be developing your technical skills and learning how to use kit to capture audio or visual content (craft skills). You might even be working in a post-production area using specialist software and technology. Whichever path you choose to take and wherever you are on placement, by the end of the apprenticeship you’ll have a broad understanding, as well as the technical skills and knowledge, of the different stages of the production process – right through from how an initial idea becomes a final piece of content. In your application form you can select which production skills you think you’d be most interested in / suited for. You can also select a preferred location and content type. But don’t worry, your choices at this stage aren’t binding. The options are there just to help you start thinking about the different areas of production. For the 2022/23 Production Apprentice Scheme we plan to have placements in local radio, including BBC Radio Leeds. To find out more about the Production Apprenticeship and to apply, visit the BBC Careers Hub site.

DEADLINE Apr. 30th (10am): Work at the Youth Music Awards 2021. We’re putting together a team to help us run the Youth Music Awards, taking place on Wednesday 20 October 2021 at Troxy, London. In 2019 we hired a team of young people to help us run the first-ever Youth Music Awards, as event runners, bloggers, photographers, videographers, social media managers, presenters and more (read about it on Youth Music’s website). This time, we’re expanding! We’re currently recruiting for the following roles on the night:
● Awards hosts. Pay rate: Negotiable. Time commitment: Wednesday 20 October 2021 or, if pre-recorded, Sunday 26 September 2021. Plus approximately 1 to 2 days of rehearsal time in the two week period before the event.
Performers (These acts must have taken part in a Youth Music funded-project from January 2015 onwards.)
And the following roles to work prior to the night:
A video editor who can create celebratory, professional, branded visuals for the Youth Music Awards. Pay rate: £2k.
Youth Music aims to support young people in the early stages of developing creative careers, therefore we would particularly like to encourage applications from 18 to 25 year olds. You don’t need to have taken part in a Youth Music project to apply to be a host. Hosts and performers will need to be available to be at the Youth Music Awards in London on Wednesday 20 October 2021 to attend the live event or Sunday 26 September 2021 for a pre-recorded event – we’ll cover travel expenses. Video editors will need to be available to work on a part-time, freelance basis across May to July 2021. Visit Youth Music’s website to find out more about their job opportunities and to apply.

DEADLINE May 1st: Junior Account Manager for Creative Studio, Buttercrumble. This is a unique opportunity to make a personal impact in a small but progressive, creative studio. Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Buttercrumble is a family-owned business who specialise in creative strategy, illustration, and brand design. Buttercrumble takes pride in delivering their services to a number of community-sensitive and young-at-heart brands across the globe. The Junior Sales Account Manager will be responsible for building their own accounts whilst developing relationships with clients as their key contact. Candidates must be extroverted problem-solvers who are passionate about delivering an exceptional level of service to the brands we partner with. An understanding of design principles and processes is desired, as Junior Sales Account Manager, you will be answering to, recording and processing client enquiries with a high level of confidence. An understanding of creative solutions will help you to acquire new clients and represent the distinctive Buttercrumble brand. Location: Yorkshire. Salary: £20k-25k. Visit Buttercrumble’s website to find out more about the Junior Account Manager role and to apply.

DEADLINE Sun. May 2nd: Archivist for ITV. Location: Leeds. Duration: 12 Months, part time, 2 days or 16 hours per week. Salary: not specified, likely competitive. We are looking for an organised, self-motivated archivist to maintain the programme archive and provide factual and archive support to the Emmerdale writing and production teams. The post holder will be the first point of contact for a wide range of individuals requiring information about Emmerdale and will need to be able to deal professionally with writers, cast, production staff, journalists and members of the public. To provide cover for the Full-Time Archivist whilst they are on annual leave. To get the job you’ll need to meet this minimum criteria:
  Strong demonstrable organisational, administrative and secretarial skills (including keyboard skills).
  Excellent knowledge of Emmerdale past and current storylines and characters.
  Competent IT Skills including Word, Excel, Google Systems (Mail, Docs, Sites).
  Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to change approach depending on the circumstances.
  Excellent accuracy and attention to detail.
  Ability to work under own initiative and without constant supervision including the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  Experience working to deadlines in a pressurised environment.
To find out more about the Archivist role and to apply, visit ITV’s website.

DEADLINE 2nd May (5pm): Programme & Communications Coordinator for Arts Catalyst. Arts Catalyst is recruiting for a Programme & Communications Coordinator to become part of a dynamic team during an exciting, evolutionary period for the organisation. Arts Catalyst is a nonprofit contemporary arts organisation that commissions and produces artist projects and research inquiries that critically engage with our changing world. Following a two-year period of building partnerships in South Yorkshire, in Summer 2020 we relocated from London to Sheffield, embarking on an exciting and important new direction for the organisation. The Programme & Communications Assistant will work closely with Arts Catalyst’s Curator and Artistic Director, supporting with the delivery of Arts Catalyst’s artistic programme and accompanying communications and marketing activities. You will join Arts Catalyst at a crucial and transformational time, as the organisation establishes itself in Sheffield and delivers an exciting new artistic programme for 2021/22. As well as supporting a diverse range of artists, our staff team bring a range of perspectives to our organisation and we would encourage people who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts sector to apply, including those of Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, those who identify as LGBTQI+, and those with disabilities. We welcome applications from a variety of educational backgrounds and work experiences. Degree-level education is not a requirement. Salary: £24,000 (pro rata). Contract Terms: 3 days per week, permanent. Regular office hours to be agreed; can be worked in half or full days across Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Flexibility to work outside of regular office hours within the allocated 3 days per week is required to support evening and weekend programme activities. Hours of work: 24 hours per week, inclusive of a 1 hour lunch break. Location: Initial home working, transitioning to office-based in Sheffield city centre as restrictions allow. Equipment will be provided for home and office working. Visit the Arts Catalyst website to find out more about the Programme & Communications Coordinator role and to apply.

DEADLINE May 4th: Performing Arts Specialist for Artis Education. Artis is a creative learning charity which helps children achieve at school by integrating the performing arts throughout their learning. Artis creates a very different experience from a typical classroom by linking music, drama and dance to curriculum learning as facilitated by performing arts specialists (Artis Specialists). Working as an Artis Specialist gives practitioners a platform to use their creativity within an educational context, whilst receiving  training and support along the way. We attract the best practitioners because we respect and nourish artistic talent. What we’re looking for: Artis Specialists to join our thriving team, who are willing to regularly travel and work in and around the West Yorkshire areas. Artis Specialists are imaginative, versatile and skilled performing artists who can commit to delivering our creative curriculum on an ongoing basis across the academic year in primary schools, delivering anything from half a day to 4 days a week.
The ideal candidate will have experience and a passion for working with children in an educational setting and embrace a holistic approach. We’re looking for practitioners with a flair for communication, are open to new challenges and are inspired to nurture creativity in children from diverse cultural backgrounds. It is essential that candidates are available to commit to ongoing, regular work in order to be considered for this role. A willingness to travel within your region is essential. What you gain: The opportunity to access our award winning training and development programme, delivered by experts in their fields and experienced Artis Specialists alike. Our training covers all aspects of the performing arts and leadership skills necessary to deliver inspired and inspiring work in the school context. Our excellent mentoring system supports and advises on every aspect of planning and delivery. Our Mentors meet with Artis Specialists regularly and support them throughout the academic year. Salary: Competitive daily rates, starting at £120 and reviewed annually. For any enquiries contact Susannah Rolls (Programmes Manager) Tel: 0207 324 9880; Email: tap@artisfoundation.org.uk. To find out more about the Performing Arts Specialist role and to apply, visit the Artis Foundation website.

DEADLINE May 4th: Administrator for Richard Shephard Music Foundation. Location: York. Salary: £22k. Hours: full time. The Richard Shephard Music Foundation is a new charity with a mission to bring the experience and enjoyment of music to children in Yorkshire and beyond. Our work in schools starts in September, and we now need a dynamic Administrator, reporting to the General Manager, to help promote the charity and to set up and manage administration, communications and the website (under construction). You will be dealing with schools, trustees, supporters, donors, and our expert workshop delivery partners. We need someone who will use initiative and operate effectively with low supervision. You will be computer-literate and able to use, or learn to use, standard website content management systems. This is a brilliant job for someone looking for wide-ranging experience in an arts and educational charity. All the better if you love music and are committed to ending educational disadvantage. Please send a short covering letter outlining your reasons for applying along with your CV. Contact Michael Benson MBE: mdbenson43@gmail.com.

DEADLINE Thurs. 6th May (midday): Producer (Creative People) for Transform Festival. We are excited to be recruiting for a new Producer to join the team, with a specific focus on supporting and empowering creative people. We are seeking someone who is dedicated to co-creation and artist development, and who wants to nurture a new inclusive generation of creatives and change makers within an international festival context. If you like to make things happen and to support people to be creative and realise their potential, and want to explore and develop ways to do this within the context of an international festival – we want to hear from you. Salary: £28,000 per annum (pro rata). Hours: 32 per week, over 4 days per week. Contract: 36 months. Location: Leeds City Region or commutable distance. We are organising one to one sessions from the 12-16 April to answer any questions or discuss the role with interested candidates – please contact keturah@transformfestival.org to book a session. To find out more about the Producer role and to apply, visit Transform’s website.

DEADLINE Thurs. 6th May (midday): Assistant Producer for Transform Festival. We are excited to be recruiting for an Assistant Producer to join the team, with a specific focus on supporting and assisting the development and delivery of the Transform festival and our year-round programme. This is a creative and administrative support role suitable for someone who wants to build their experience in producing performance and festivals.This role would be suitable for someone at an early stage in their producing career, or who is interested in the arts and has built up relevant experience in other ways. You will need a curiosity to learn more about Transform’s work, enjoy keeping organised and efficient, and be excited about working with others to make bold, brave, vivid and socially-conscious performance happen. Salary: £21,000 per year (pro rata). Hours: (24 hours per week, over 3 days per week. Contract: 12 months. Location: Leeds City Region or commutable distance. We are organising one to one sessions from the 19 – 23 April to answer any questions or discuss the role with interested candidates – please contact keturah@transformfestival.org to book a session. To find out more about the Assistant Producer role and to apply, visit Transform’s website.

DEADLINE Jul. 1st: Non Traditional Life Drawing Tutor for Assembly House. Our sessions are a non-judgemental celebration of bodies in a fun friendly and supportive environment. Our main ethos is to make art accessible and take life drawing away from the perceived exclusivity of traditional sessions, we encourage all ages and abilities to attend. We challenge traditional sessions by responding each week with a different theme from a local artist to navigate the session. We are looking for local creatives to lead a two hour paid life drawing session for one event in the year, the sessions must include a theme or idea that will create an interesting and fun new way to draw whist looking at the figure. There is no need for formal teaching experience or any art background but must be confident in leading a large group session. Suggested sessions could include and not limited to movement, sound, drag, poetry and performance. The sessions are held at Left Bank Leeds every Thursday starting the 20th May. Visit Arts Council England’s website to find out more about the Drawing Tutor role.

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.

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● 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.

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

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

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

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

Open Hours

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