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Simon Relph Memorial Bursary – Deadline July 8th

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Creative UK has opened applications for the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary to support emerging producers in the early stages of their film career. The bursary of £15,000 supports the career development of new independent producers by enabling them to build their slate of projects, grow their key industry networks, and access mentoring from sector leading figures. These have previously included Tim Bevan, Rebecca O’Brien, Tessa Ross, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen. In addition to financial and mentoring support, the recipient of the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary can also take part in Creative Enterprise’s Market Trader, an intensive programme offering industry insights into international film markets.

Relph, British film producer and former chairman of BAFTA, died in 2016 and the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary was launched two years later. The Bursary aims to address a gap in support available for producers living outside London.

Past Bursary Winners

The inaugural Simon Relph Memorial Bursary was awarded to Anna Griffin in 2018, followed by Lindsey Dryden in 2019. On her experience of receiving the Bursary, Dryden said: “It was game-changing for me as a producer and for my company Little By Little Films to receive the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary. It gave me the autonomy to take the creative risks that our industry requires, and to strategise and invest in my own time to develop projects and people. This time and freedom is so crucial, and also near-impossible to carve out for filmmakers without financial backing. We’re a queer-led, women-led, disabled-led company and I’m very proud to work with such brilliant talent. We have  been working with the BFI, Wellcome, Doc Society, Channel 4 and Netflix.”

Caroline Norbury OBE, chief executive, Creative UK, added: “I am delighted to announce that applications have opened for the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary. Simon was a passionate champion of emerging filmmaking talent in this country and it is fitting for us to continue to honour his memory through this award. Support for the development of new producing talent, compared with the opportunities available for directors and screenwriters, is often limited. I am pleased that this Bursary seeks to address this imbalance.”

The Relph family said: “So fantastic that the bursary in Simon’s name is continuing in its support of up and coming producers on their road to making films. He was passionate about the creativity of the producer’s role and we are so pleased that new producers are still benefiting from financial support and mentoring in his name.”

To Apply for the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary

Applications for the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary close on Friday 8 July 2022 at 12pm. Applicants must live and work in the UK, outside of London, and must have a production credit on a feature film in the past 5 years. For further information, click here. The Simon Relph Memorial Bursary is made possible with the support of the British Board of Film Classification and Working Title.

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RTS Bursary Scheme for Talented Lower-Income Students

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The Royal Television Society wants the television industry to reflect the exciting, diverse and talented voices of the Britain of today, and that starts by changing the industry from the inside out.

The RTS Bursary Scheme was launched in 2013 by their Royal Patron, the Prince of Wales. Since then it has evolved and expanded considerably, and have now supported over 240 Bursary Scholars to date. Approximately 80% of graduating cohorts secured employment within the television broadcast industries.

The RTS runs three pioneering schemes – the TV Production and Journalism Bursary, the Digital Innovation Bursary and the Steve Hewlett Scholarship. Bursaries are awarded to talented students from lower-income backgrounds studying an undergraduate degree or HND Level 5 or 6. They will consider candidates studying all subjects: including but not limited to TV Production and Journalism; Humanities and Social Sciences; VFX; Post-Production and STEM related courses. What is important is an evident interest in pursuing a career in television, film or related media industries.

The Bursary provides free RTS membership; industry mentoring; access to the latest events and lectures; and numerous networking opportunities. It also support Scholars financially, awarding £1000 per academic year of study.

What sets our Bursary apart from other similar programmes is the emphasis upon utilising our phenomenal network of RTS members, patrons and supporters. With their help we can show these talented students that TV is attainable and support them in becoming the next generation of change making TV professionals.

For more information about the bursary, how to apply and eligibility criteria, please visit: https://rts.org.uk/education-and-training-pages/rts-bursaries

Submissions will remain open until the 15th July 2022.

 

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Increase in Cap for Contributions to HETV Skills Fund

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The cap on industry contributions to the High-end TV Skills Fund will increase this spring to £66,300 for productions with a budget of less than £5 million per broadcast hour. For productions with a budget of more than that sum, the cap will remain at £100,000.

As agreed by the HETV Skills Council, which includes Pact, the increase reflects an increase based on CPI (consumer price index) plus £2,000.

The High-end TV Skills Fund invests all contributions in training and targeted workforce support across the UK, to support professionals at all career stages develop their careers, tackle grade shortages and bring new entrants into the industry to ensure a first-class industry. When productions pay into the High-end TV Skills Fund, they are investing in sustaining a quality high-end TV industry workforce in the UK.

In 2021/22 184 HETV productions paid into the fund.

In return for their contribution, productions can also benefit directly from some of the training and placement opportunities the fund invests in and are eligible to receive up to 60% of the value of their contribution back in skills support. Funded initiatives include the step-up programme Make a Move, progression programme Leaders of Tomorrow, new entrant programme Trainee Finder, leadership management training and mental health awareness training.

 

Source: www.screenskills.com

 

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The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund

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Following the success of its short film anthology, The Uncertain Kingdom has launched a development fund for feature-length projects.

The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund will support filmmakers with an agenda as strong as their vision and projects that interrogate British culture; asking who we are, how we got here or where we are going.

The fund will welcome projects of 70+ minutes in any form or genre, including fiction, animation, documentary and dance projects. Projects will be considered at treatment or script stage. The fund is commercial and will look for projects with a route to market. Unlike the anthology project, the features supported by the new fund will not be released together.

Filmmakers must be residents of the UK but need not be British. Seeking to address the challenges directors and producers face creating sustainable careers, The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund will prioritise filmmakers who have previously made a feature.

Like the original anthology project, the fund will take a hands-off approach – empowering writers, directors and producers to tell their stories their way – and will support filmmakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

Application Guidelines

Applications for The Uncertain Kingdom development fund are open now and close on November 12th at 11am.

Please apply here.

Before applying, please read the guidelines below carefully. Please also read the general conditions; applicants need to agree to them as part of the application.

Brief

We are looking for projects that interrogate British culture; asking who we are, how we got here or where we are going.

The brief is deliberately broad. Please show us what it means to you.

The Project 

  • Must be an audiovisual production suitable for theatrical release

  • Must be 70+ minutes long

  • Can be any form or genre, including fiction, animation, documentary and dance projects

  • Should primarily be set in the UK (or you should able to say why it’s still relevant to the UK despite being set elsewhere)

  • Can be at treatment through to script stage. It is not necessary to have a script to apply, but applicants will need to be able to provide detail about the project

  • Can be based on existing IP (but note funding won’t be provided for payment of option fees)

  • Must have a route to market; applicants will need to outline their proposed route

The Team 

For all projects:

  • The producer, writer and director of the project must be entitled to work in the UK but need not be British citizens

  • Directors (or one person in the directing team) of all projects must have directed a feature film

  • Producers (or one person in the producing team) of all projects must have produced a feature film or at least a single episode of a TV series

  • Writers must have demonstrable relevant writing experience. We don’t ask for a writing sample at application stage, but will do if applicants pass the initial stage. The less developed the project, the more important it is to have a relevant writing sample to share

For non-fiction projects 

  • an individual producer and a director must be attached to the project at the time of application

  • the project can have separate producer(s) and director(s) or a single individual may fulfil both roles

  • having a writer attached at the time of application is not essential

For fiction projects

  • an individual producer and a writer must be attached to the project at the time of application

  • a writer of the project may also act as an individual producer of the project provided that there is another individual producer attached who is not also a writer of the project

  • having a director attached at the time of application is not essential

  • a director of the project may also act as an individual producer of the project provided that there is another individual producer attached who is not also a director of the project

How the fund works

  • We take a hands-off approach; empowering filmmakers to tell their stories their way

  • We have £60,000 to distribute among a handful of projects – we’ll determine the amount to be allocated to each successful project once we know more about them

  • We fund a range of development costs including, but not limited to, writer and producer fees, early scouting, research, workshops, budgeting/scheduling and directors’ look books

  • As mentioned above, we do not fund option fees

  • We do not take a share of copyright or other similar rights in projects but in return for our development funding, you will need to sign our standard agreement which includes confirmation that (a) development funds shall be returned in full when the project goes into production together with a premium if the budget of your film is £1m or more (a 10% premium for budgets between £1m – £5m and a 50% premium for budgets in excess of £5m); (b) The Uncertain Kingdom will receive 1% of 100% of the net profit of the film; and (c) we will receive credit and a logo in the end titles

  • Unlike The Uncertain Kingdom’s anthology project, we will not be involved in the release of any of the projects we fund, but we are working with Picturehouse Entertainment which will have a right of first refusal to distribute in the UK the projects funded by this fund

Application: The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund

  • We fund companies, rather than individuals, therefore producers need to apply on behalf of a company incorporated in the United Kingdom

  • The individual producer should be named as our point of contact

  • Applications require:

    • title (can be a working title)

    • three-word description of about the project (e.g. for Jurassic Park you might say, nature hubris dinosaurs)

    • single image that’s evocative of the project to be uploaded as a jpeg

    • maximum 25-word log-line

    • maximum 300-word synopsis of the project or a 3-minute video synopsis (please provide a link and a password)

    • max. 200-word explanation of how the project responds to the brief or a 2-minute video answer (please provide a link and a password)

    • maximum 200-word explanation of the project’s intended audience and route to market

    • brief overview of your development budget. For example, you might give prices for:

      • writer fee

      • producer fee

      • research

      • £x total

    • Company name and number of the applicant

    • Contact details for the individual producer

    • maximum 200-word bio for each individual producer, writer and/or director, as applicable

    • IMDb, if available, and website links for each individual producer, writer and/or director, as applicable

    • link to work sample from each individual producer and/or director

  • We encourage writers and directors to be involved in preparing applications

  • Video answers can be given by any member(s) of the team. Please provide links with a password

  • Individual producers, writers and directors may apply with a maximum of three different projects each

What happens next 

  • All applications will be read by us and external readers appointed by us to prepare a longlist of projects

  • Next, we will contact the individual producers of longlisted projects to ask for further information and materials. What we ask for will depend on the project but may include: a script or treatment for the project itself, writing samples, links to full films (rather than clips), look books, sample footage taken to date (for documentaries) etc. We’ll use these materials to arrive at a shortlist.

  • Our shortlist will be reviewed by a team at Picturehouse Entertainment and together we will decide on projects to interview

  • We aim to contact individual producers in January 2022 to arrange an interview and we will announce successful projects as soon as possible after all interviews have taken place

 

Source: theuncertainkingdom.co.uk

 

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An Intro to VR Storytelling with Alex Ruhl

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Hosted by Rural Media, Award-winning VR creator, Podcast host and TEDx Speaker Alex Ruhl gives an overview of the VR storytelling landscape on September 15th, covering:

  • What ideas work best in VR

  • How to get VR stories to audiences

  • A Q&A with Alex via the Youtube chat facility

  • Details of our Invisible Arts Network £12.5k VR commission and how to apply

A VR Sorytelling Funding Opportunity

Attendees to this initial session will be given the opportunity to pitch ideas for a regional VR commission, with the successful shortlisted ideas being invited to a further 3 VR development workshops to develop their applications for one £12.5k regional VR commission.

Our panel will shortlist 12 ideas judged on a range of criteria. Successful applicants must be available to attend development workshops on :

  • 13th Oct 10.00am – 2.00pm

  • 20th Oct 10.00am – 2.00pm

  • 3rd Nov 10.00am -2.00pm

Eligibility

Artists can only attend if they have a Herefordshire, Worcestershire or Shropshire postcode. In order to be eligible to apply for the £12.5K commission, artists need to attend the initial session on 15th September AND be available for the above dates.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be given access to the course materials but won’t be eligible to apply for the commission.

Key dates and deadlines are:

  • 15th September – Initial session with Alex Ruhl

  • 1st Oct – 500 word creative VR pitches deadline

  • 8th Oct – Selections panel

  • 11th Oct – Successful applicants notified

  • Development Workshop 1 – 13th Oct

  • Development Workshop 2 – 20th Oct

  • Development Workshop 3 – 3rd Nov

  • 22nd Nov – Full application deadline

  • 29th Nov – Section panel

  • 1st Dec – Successful commission announced

How to Attend

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Book your place here.

**To participate in the Q&A via the Youtube chat facility and get the full experience, please make sure to watch the VR webinar in Youtube and not on Eventbrite. If you’re having trouble, click here instead.**

 

Source: https://www.invisiblearts.org

 

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Coventry Creative Projects Wanted

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Ten more community-minded people, groups and organisations who have an idea for a creative product they want to develop are being urged to come forward and apply for funding as part of the latest UK City of Culture scheme.

Coventry City of Culture Trust and 64 Million Artists have launched the second phase of the Community Connectors programme which sees budgets of up to £4,000 available for each successful project.

They are looking for individual community members, or those from grassroots organisations and community groups from Wyken, Longford, Bablake, Upper Stoke, Cheylesmore, Binley and Willenhall, Sherbourne, Westwood, Whoberley and Woodlands.

 

About the Projects

Projects can be anything from creating a piece of art to represent and celebrate the community or putting on a community event or festival to improving and using community spaces.

Eight groups were appointed in the first phase of the programme in February covering the City Centre, Earlsdon, Finham and Styvechale, Foleshill, Henley Green, Holbrooks, North West Coventry and Stoke Aldermoor. They have been receiving specialist training, mentoring and networking, delivered by 64 Million Artists, to help them develop their ideas and skills.

Chenine Bhathena, creative director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said everyone was delighted to be expanding the Community Connectors programme in partnerships with the National Lottery Community Fund.

“We know that the people of Coventry care deeply about their local communities, their heritage and cultural lives of the friends and families and that there are plenty more people who have ideas to help celebrate and support their neighbours and area of the city.”

Visit coventry2021.co.uk/community-connectors for more on the scheme, including a video from the connectors themselves.

Community Connectors is part of the Love Coventry programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and aims to take Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 to neighbourhoods and streets right across the city.

 

Source: coventryobserver.co.uk

 

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BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2022

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Applications to the 2022 TV Drama Writers’ Programme are open from Wednesday 28th July 2021 to 12 noon on Monday 13th September 2021 for credited and/or agented writers.. Please see BBc’s invitation to apply below:

TV Drama Writers Room Programme 2022

Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry

ELIGIBILITY

  • Writers must have at least ONE professionally produced piece of narrative scriptwriting work, a minimum of 30 minutes in length, in television, radio, theatre or film.  Novels are ineligible and will not be accepted.  ALTERNATIVELY writers must have an agent, supplying address and contact details.
  • Writers are asked to submit an original spec script (minimum 50 pages) and a one-page pitch outlining a potential series or serial idea for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three.  The original spec script can be film, theatre, television or radio – any medium except for novels.
  • The pitch needs to be a different idea from the spec script.  It should be as distinctive as possible, bearing in mind the current, competitive TV landscape in the UK and abroad.
  • The aim of the Programme is to give writers their first original television drama series or serial commission.
  • Writers must not have an original idea in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama.  Writers in development outside the BBC are eligible to apply.
  • Writers must not have had a previous original series or serial commission from BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three.
  • Writers must demonstrate a burning desire to write television drama.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Writers will need to submit their CV highlighting produced credit or credits, an original spec script and a one page pitch (all saved as PDF) via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System only.  The spec script should be an original, full-length script (minimum 50 pages) and not an episode of an existing drama series.
  • To make their submissions, writers must submit (PDF only) via the BBC Writersroom using this link

E-Submissions System –  https://writersroom.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/202  

Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 13th September 2021 

TIMETABLE

  • There are 10 places; and we shall be shortlisting 15-20 writers for the scheme.
  • The first round of interviews will be held in early 2022 (dates tbc).  Shortlisted writers will then have meetings with independent production companies in February/March 2022.
  • We will then inform the successful 10 writers.
  • Selected writers must be free to attend a three day intensive workshop in 2022 (dates tbc) and available to write their script and attend a series of writing workshops, lectures and readings across the subsequent months.  They will also receive notes on their pitches and each draft of their treatment and script.

SCRIPT FEE

  • Writers will be commissioned to write a minimum of two drafts of a treatment and a minimum of three drafts of their original script.  They will be paid a minimum script fee as agreed by the WGGB/PMA and the BBC on a favoured nations basis (currently £13,320 for 60 minutes).  

ENTRY FAQS

  • It is essential that applicants have an interest in and enthusiasm for television drama.  Submissions will be assessed on the strength of the writing and the originality of the pitch.
  • Applicants must be resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • The Logline, medium and genre on the E-submissions form refers to the spec script and not the pitch.
  • Submissions must be the writer’s original work, and may not be based wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not (i.e. no adaptations).
  • As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (maximum) may enter.  Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.
  • No feedback can be given on unsuccessful submissions.

If you have any questions, contact writersroom@bbc.co.uk

Find out more about the TV Drama Writers’ Programme and the writers and production companies who have taken part in the scheme

Find out how the TV Drama Writers’ Programme fits into the range of opportunities from BBC Writersroom for writers at different stages of their careers

*Please Note: This is a separate scheme from our open submission Script Room, with more restricted entry criteria*

 

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

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BFI Short Form Animation Fund – Deadline August 16th

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The BFI has now opened applications for the Short Form Animation Fund, which aims to support growth in the UK animation sector. With awards of £30,000 to £120,000 available for successful projects, the Fund, which is now in its second round, is seeking applications from a wide array of UK animators and will back projects which represent a significant advancement in their work, enable progression and open up new opportunities.

Supporting higher-budgeted animated work of up to 15 minutes in length, the Short Form Animation Fund can support narrative short-form projects in any animated technique or genre and for any platform, including cinema, digital platforms, and immersive. It responds to priorities set out in BFI2022, the BFI’s five-year strategy, which identified animation as a focus area, and a commitment to encourage continued experimentation in form and content. The BFI is committed to supporting a diverse range of talent and addressing underrepresentation so is actively encouraging ethnically diverse teams to apply.

Within this year’s round of the fund is a new partnership with StoryFutures Academy – the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) – who will contribute a grant of up to £50,000 each to support two animated projects that are intended to be immersive in nature, through virtual or augmented reality content.

Projects funded through the Short Form Animation Fund will benefit from the oversight of a BFI Film Fund Executive and a dedicated animation specialist. If teams would benefit from a relationship with an experienced studio or company, introductions could be facilitated. Projects supported by a grant from StoryFutures Academy will also receive additional oversight from a specialist in immersive content.

The BFI continues to support animation talent through BFI NETWORK with awards of up to £15k per project available for filmmakers at the early stages of their career. In addition, the government-funded Young Audiences Content Fund from the BFI supports the creation of distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on free-to-access, Ofcom regulated television channels and online platforms.

Who can Apply

A director, or writer/director with at least three director credits on previous pieces of animated work. One of these should have received notable industry recognition. ​The applicant must be credited as the director on all three, rather than animation director. Please check the eligibility criteria in the guidelines which you can find here before beginning your application.

Filmmakers with less experience, including those at the start of their careers, should visit BFI NETWORK. This scheme supports new filmmakers with networking, professional development opportunities and funding.

Apply to the Short Form Animation Fund

Read more and apply here. Deadline for applications is 9am on 16 August 2021.

 

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Coventry Filmmakers Can Apply for Coventry Creates 2021 Fund

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Coventry Creates 2021 will fund local artists to work in collaboration with academics and local arts organisations. This joint project between the University of Warwick and Coventry University will give 12 Coventry artists the opportunity to work with academic researchers to create digital art works reflecting research themes connected to City of Culture.

The Coventry Creates 2021 Fund

Each of the successful projects will receive up to £2250 to create a digital artwork which will be exhibited online in December 2021 and at the Resonate Festival on University of Warwick Campus in April 2022.

This year’s successful applicants will also receive consultation sessions with Coventry Art Forum experts and the chance to attend various informal online networking sessions hosted by members of the Coventry Creates team. The resulting art works will be showcased in the Coventry Creates Digital Exhibition in December 2021 and a physical exhibition at the Resonate Festival on University of Warwick Campus in April 2022.

The two universities would like to hear from anyone working in the arts including (but not limited to); combined arts, dance, film, libraries, literature, music, museums, and theatre and visual arts. Applications that showcase interdisciplinarity and innovation are also encouraged.

The commissions will be showcased in a digital exhibition, to be curated by the universities and next spring at the Resonate Festival on Warwick campus.

History of Coventry Creates

Since 2018 the collaboration between the universities has funded more than 50 research and creative projects in Coventry in the run up to City of Culture 2021. When lockdown struck in 2020 there was worry that some of the projects may not be able to continue. There was also huge concern about the creative sector in the city during a time of financial strain and social isolation.

The first Coventry Creates commissions were funded by the collaboration to help support the artistic community in the city. 18 collaborative works between academics and city artists were produced over the summer and exhibited online in the autumn last year. The success of the resulting exhibition allowed the universities to successfully bid for Arts Council England (ACE) backing to fund 12 new commissions.

Professor Jackie Hodgson, University of Warwick Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research said: “Following the enormous success of our first Coventry Creates exhibition, Coventry University and the University of Warwick, with the support of ACE, are delighted to be able to announce this new call to provide up to £2,250 per project, supporting our local arts sector and bringing our research to new audiences.

“We are looking for local artists and creative organisations to collaborate with our researchers to create novel artworks. Artists and researcher teams should work together to understand the research content and create innovative, diverse commissions that capture imagination and showcase Coventry artistic and research talent in the year when all eyes are on Coventry. This is an exciting time for the universities and an opportunity for researchers to work with artists of all descriptions in creative and innovative ways, engaging with City of Culture 2021.”

Professor Neil Forbes, Director, Creative Cultures at Coventry University said: “We are tremendously excited to be awarded Arts Council England funding. This will be used to continue and expand the work of Coventry Creates – a digital exhibition bringing together researchers and artists, showcasing unique digital arts works created during the pandemic. Coventry Creates 2.0 will continue to provide a platform for researchers and artists to collaborate, engage and discover new ways to express research outcomes.”

Apply to Coventry Creates 2021

Call for applications is open and is open to all CV postcode Coventry artists and arts organisations. Researchers from The University of Warwick and Coventry University working in all disciplines are also invited to apply. Applications are encouraged from the combined arts, dance, film, libraries, literature, music, museums, and theatre and visual arts. Coventry Creates 2021 will fund 12 Coventry postcode artists and all those that are successful will be matched together in artist and researcher collaborative teams.

Applications close on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at midday.

 

Source: www.miragenews.com

 

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Creative England Start Up Loans

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Creative England’s Start-Up Loans were established in partnership with the British Business Bank. These loans can unlock new and important investment opportunities for all subsectors of the UK’s creative industries.

The new government-backed Start Up Loans for the creative industries will offer borrowing of up to £25,000 at a fixed interest rate of 6% per annum, repayable over 1-5 years. As well as providing access to early financing, the loans will also include 12 months of post-investment mentoring support for recipients.

Applicants are welcome from any subsector of the UK’s creative industry; from young practitioners or experienced freelancers, to creative Start Ups less than two years old.

Start Up Loans Eligibility

You’re eligible for a Start Up Loan if:

  • you’re 18 years of age or older
  • you’re a current UK resident
  • you’re starting a new business or have been trading for up to 24 months
  • you’re unable to secure finance from other sources (self-declaration is ok)
  • your business is based in the UK
  • you have the right to work in the UK
  • your type of business and reason for wanting the loan is eligible under the terms of the scheme
  • you pass credit checks and you can afford to repay the loan

Find out more about the new scheme here.

 

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