Musician money SOS, cheap cities and getting paid on time
The week in Creative Money – 19 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.
Hello! I’m currently working on a new piece for the site which looks at some of the main types of investments you can buy – what banking-types call ‘asset classes’, because they have an in-built need to sound fancy.
It’s important to understand the things you invest in and, beyond that, it’s fun figuring out what approach works for you and how it might suit what you want in life.
I was hoping to have it finished this week, but I’m on a break and it’s not quite there yet. Also, I’m tired and the plug fell in some Tizer. I should have it online by next week.
If you want to catch-up before that goes live, you can read the first two pieces:
Finally, if you’re considering getting in touch with any other feedback, questions, (relevant) funding opps or just to say hi… go ahead! You can drop me an email on email@example.com.
Until next time,
Sharing is caring! Support Creative Money by passing it on…
What do you need to know this week?
Money SOS: “How can I get by now that the music has stopped?” (Times Money Mentor)
How to get paid on time as a freelancer (Creative Lives In Progress)
And finally… what are hobbies?
Refinery29 UK @Refinery29UKMoney Diary: A 28-Year-Old Music Journalist On 48k https://t.co/PVuVH3sMJo
Funding and development opportunities for UK creative workers
CLOSING: Youth Music Incubator Fund
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
CLOSING: Hidden Beasts Award
Chance to win script development and production of your short film script in collaboration with Gentle Beasts. This is an award worth £4000 that will be invested to produce the winning script. 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
Lewisham Art House Graduate award scheme 2021 (.docx file download)
Offers recent visual arts graduates a free opportunity to continue developing their practice in a 200ft studio based within our artist-led cooperative. Deadline: 5 September, 2021
The Royal Over-Seas League are pleased to announce that the 2021 theme of the ROSL Photography Competition is ‘International Friendship’. Offers prizes of up to £2,000. Deadline: 6 September, 2021
Awarded annually to an emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to create an original radio or audio documentary of between 28-45 minutes. Main award of up to £6,000 including mentorship from a top industry professional. Deadline: 8 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
Opportunity for two LGBTQ+ artists or companies based in Greater Manchester to develop new performances. Will include a cash grant of £2000, access to rehearsal space, and tailored development support from partner venues. Deadline: 17 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
Share this week’s newsletter with someone else using this magic button. Go on. It genuinely helps keep things going here…
Doom scroller? Follow Creative Money on social media!
This is information – not financial advice or recommendation.
The content and materials featured or linked to on CreativeMoney.co.uk or our emails are for your information and education only and are not attended to address your particular personal requirements. The information does not constitute financial advice or recommendation and should not be considered as such.
Always do your own research and seek independent financial advice when required. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named or linked to from the site is at your sole risk and responsibility. Creative Money and its associated writers assume no liability for your actions.
Investing carries risks: The value of investments and any income derived from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested.
Disclosure: When content is published about a company or organisation with which Creative Money has a commercial relationship or interest (such as an advertiser or sponsor) that fact will be clearly disclosed in the article.