Music money Q&A, free book and new DYCP funding round
The week in Creative Money - 6 August, 2021
Creative Money aims to have an open conversation about finances in the creative industries.
It was founded in July, 2020 in an attempt to address a frustrating lack of relatable financial guidance for creative workers and is written by me, Matt Parker, a music journalist and lecturer.
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Instead, I’m thinking I’ll keep it simple. This newsletter will focus on the news round-up and creative funding opps every fortnight – and I’ll just drop in any links to any blogs or new site content as and when they come through.
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What do you need to know this week?
Fender has put together the Artists Playbook with music business expert Ari Herstand - a free, concise guide to releasing and marketing music
The Literary Consultancy is running a free online panel/Q&A on funding for writers (5pm 1 September, 2021 via The Literary Consultancy)
As noted below, the Arts Council’s latest Developing Your Creative Practice funding round is now open. The (excellent) White Pube has a Successful Funding Application Library - an archive of previously successful application forms for you to peruse before filling in your own.
And finally, this is me…
Funding and development opportunities for UK creative workers
CLOSING: George Blunden Public Art Prize
The winning artist will be commissioned to create public art for five of Stonewater’s developments and awarded the prize of £75,000 for their creativity, project management and scoping out the pieces. Deadline: 6 August, 2021
Designed for Black music creators experiencing hardship from loss of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Offers grant support of £750 to allow creators to spend time writing, recording, collaborating, innovating and making creative plans. Deadline: 10 August, 2021
Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries. Designed to help open up access to sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25. Deadline: 20 August, 2021
Scheme looking to support six black women and non-binary music creators based in South West England on a programme of personal development, centred around a paid commission from MSCTY. Deadline: 25 August, 2021
Amplifying next generation podcast creatives. Giving six audio creatives the funding and support to make the next podcast everyone needs to hear. Includes funding, training/mentoring, marketing and promotion. Deadline: 29 August, 2021
Supports composers in the early stages of their career, who are committed to developing as professional composers for vocal ensembles. Offers residential courses, workshops, peer and professional mentoring, digital releases and performance showcases, plus £500 innovation grant. Deadline: 31 August, 2021
A free open call across the UK we are seeking to discover 10 outstanding artists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice, and is of exceptional artistic quality. Offers £10,000 cash prize and £5,000 runner-up prize. Deadline: 31 August, 2021
Awarded to students from less-affluent backgrounds who demonstrate potential and determination. They must be studying TV Production and Journalism or related subjects, or degrees such as Physics, Maths and Computer Science. Offers mentoring and £1,000 per academic year of study. Deadline: 1 September, 2021
Supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage to research, have time to create new work, travel, training, develop ideas, network or find mentoring. Grants of £2,000 - £10,000. Deadline: 2 September, 2021
A mentorship/development scheme supporting new music talent, you can apply for yourself or nominate others. Successful candidates will be paired with an industry mentor and get professional press shots/bios, an all-expenses paid induction day in London, along with a video session and compilation release. Deadline: 10 September, 2021
Society of Authors Contingency Fund
Helps writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others, whose author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income. Grants range in value from £500 to £2,000. Deadline: ongoing
ArtCry is setup to provide a rapid turnaround of funding for art works responding to current events. Grants of up to £2,500 with a panel of artists, activists, creators and producers making decisions on applications within a week. Deadline: ongoing
Help Musicians Hardship Fund
The third phase of one of the major support funds for musicians is now open and will support successful applicants with a monthly top-up until September 2021. Deadline: ongoing
Royal Variety Charity Financial Assistance grants
The Royal Variety Charity is uniquely positioned to provide financial assistance to anyone who serves any facet of the Entertainment Industry. Deadline: ongoing
The White Pube Writers Grant funded by Creative Debuts
£500 given out monthly to a working class writer based in the UK. This grant has been set up to support writers of all ages who are early in their careers and would benefit from this no-strings attached financial support to help them in whatever they like. Deadline: ongoing
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