News and opportunities from across the sector

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We like to keep our networks up to date and informed about other opportunities, research and resources from our partners and others working within the sector.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of things that we hope you find useful or interesting.



Currently open for applications


➡️ Producer Gathering is offering 4 bursaries up to £750 for independent producers based in the UK to support their independent practices internationally.

Deadline is: 29 February


➡️ Speaking Volumes is working with the British Council to give small, UK-based arts organisations that are diverse-led and/or working with underrepresented voices the opportunity to develop and deliver a project with an international partner with a £7, 000 grant.

Deadline is: 12 April


➡️  Creative Future Writers Award seeks talented, underrepresented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity, health or social circumstance.  Submissions can include poetry, fiction and creative-non fiction on the theme of ‘Reveal’.

Deadline is: 19 May


➡️ Julie’s Bicycle‘s Creative Climate Accelerator (CCA) programme is providing a six part, free online training programme for participants nominated by IPSO and NPO organisations – with a particular focus on people who are underrepresented in the sector.


➡️ Bloomberg‘s Digital Accelerator Programme is now open for applications. Organisations with a turnover of £500k can apply for support with content creation, ticketing/CRM, websites and archives.

Deadline is: 13 March


➡️  Channel 4‘s Digital Commissioning team are on the hunt for brilliant youth focused ideas for their ‘Social first’ platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram and TikTok. To find out more and download the briefs go to the website.


➡️  The Prix Ars Electronica invites submissions of digital projects into a variety of categories. The winners will receive a coveted Golden Nica, prize money of up to 10,000 euros per category and a performance at the renowned Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

Deadline is: 1 March


➡️ Innovate UK is offering small businesses in the creative industries up to £50,000 to fund an innovation project in 2024. Applications for the Creative Catalyst programme are open.

Deadline is: 6 March 11:00am


➡️ Channel 4‘s new writing scheme are keen to hear from Deaf and/or disabled people, ethnically diverse people and people from lower socioeconomic groups who want to write TV drama.

Deadline is: 1 March, midnight


West Midlands news and opportunities


➡️ Writers Block is a scratch night for creatives. Taking place at Birmingham Hippodrome, you’re invited to come, chat, share ideas and have fun with other creatives. Free to attend.

Taking place: 28 Feb from 6:30pm, Birmingham Hippodrome


➡️ Performing artists and arts organisations can find out about opportunities to tour their shows in rural locations with Live & Local and the wider rural touring networks at a DART training programme.

Taking place: 21 Feb at the Nest in Coventry


➡️ West Midlands writers – here’s an eight-week development programme from BBC, Script Sirens, Creative Black Country, Create Central and Black Country Touring.

Submission dates: 1 February – 5 March at noon


➡️ Rumpus Media is offering opportunities for people across Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands to work on the next series of Late Night Lycett. No previous experience in TV production required, it’s all about giving on the job training Find out more by emailing  [email protected]

➡️ Birmingham City Council‘s Cultural Action Areas Programme. Investing in culture to help grow local economies by creating a diverse cultural and heritage offer. Grants can be used in any Birmingham ward, ranging from £20,000 to £100,000,


➡️  In Good Company is looking for performance work to feature as part of Departure Lounge 2024. This year’s theme is Art as Activism and they are looking for looking for radical performance work that unites people, inspires action and instigates change.

Deadline is: 10 March midnight


➡️  A database of support for creative freelancers from West Midlands Combined Authority.


Events and Conferences: sign up to attend


➡️ 22nd February – Webinar from Digital Cultural Network, Choosing a paid advertising platform: a Google, Meta & TikTok ads overview.


➡️  9th February – ESRC Digital Good Network is hosting a webinar entitled ‘Generative AI and the Digital Good: Representation, bias, and applications to misinformation‘ It will consider how researchers using large language models may need stronger evaluations to to address harmful, stereotypical outputs in non-Western contexts.


➡️ 31 Jan – 27 March – The Cultural Governance Alliance is hosting a series of webinars offering support for arts and culture organisations in key areas of governance, with a particular focus on smaller orgs/non-NPOs. Find out more and book


➡️ 24 and 25 April, Leeds City Museum – Digital Works –  The first ever Digital Works Conference will deliver inspiration, insight, new ideas, and practical approaches as well as sparking discussion and debate. The theme of the conference is ‘curiosity’.


➡️ 4 – 8 September, Linz, Austria – Ars Electronica – The festival for art, technology and science. Experience firsthand how new technologies are changing lives.




➡️ A great resource from Unlimited – Top tips to help arts organisations make recruitment and employment more accessible.


➡️ The AMA takes a look ahead to arts marketing in 2024


➡️ The Digital Cultural Network is teaming up with Google Arts & Culture for a series of in-person training sessions to support digital content creation.


Catch up on our latest webinars


➡️ ‘Social Media Trends for 2024


➡️  ‘Ethical risks and safeguarding digital projects


Take part in research


➡️ Innovate UK Immersive Tech Network is working on a project to map the immersive technology landscape in the UK. The person filling in the survey should be a senior staff member who understands the full range of immersive technology activities in your organisation – take the survey.


➡️ Digital Leadership – Leaders and trustees of cultural organisations in England are invited to share their insights and challenges in relation to the digital leadership of their organisations with The Space in a short survey – take the survey.

Open until: 26 February

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