Opportunities from across the sector

You may be interested in

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

➡️  Are you involved in creative skills development? Apply to the Creativity Pioneers Fund 20245,000 euro grants are available for changemakers who are transforming their communities through creativity and culture

Deadline: 27 May


➡️ Apply to XR Stories residency programme. Successful applicants will become residents in the XR Stories immersive technology lab, using the project’s facilities and state-of-the-art technology as their own workspace to incubate new ideas and carry out productive research and development

Deadline: 24 May, midnight


➡️ Apply to us for funding and support to develop and deliver a creative digital project for online audiences.

Deadline: 13 June, 5pm


➡️  The British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion team is awarding grants of up to £5,000 to support biennales and festivals in the UK to present work by international designers, and biennales and festivals outside the UK to present work by UK designers

Deadline: 23 June


➡️  Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage short film commissions, The Classics ReFramed, seek three unique film projects that take inspiration from the classics but reimagine them for our times. selected projects will receive £5,000 each to make a five to eight minute film inspired by the theme.

Deadline: 31 May, 9am


➡️ CPH:LABS is eager to hear from emerging storytellers who would like to develop new work addressing the digital natives with quality factual storytelling experiences.

Deadline: 21 June


➡️  Small orgs in the creative sector can apply for funding from Innovate UK of up to £30,000 for innovation projects to grow their business.


➡️ Opportunity for 5 artists to join a 10-day residency with BrightBlack to explore ethical use of artificial intelligence in creative practice. No previous AI experience required.  Residency is in partnership with Cambridge University’s Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Liverpool John Moores University.

Deadline: 12 July 2024


➡️  WeTransfer Impact Grants offer up to €50,000 per year over 2 years to organisations that use the arts and creativity to drive social change.

Deadline: 27 May


➡️  Support is available from Creative UK for companies working in moving image for storytelling, film, TV, games, animation and immersive industries. Organisations can apply for grants up to £2,500 to work with specialists on strategy, marketing, IP or monetisation.


➡️  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.


➡️  For the first time, BBC Studios Social is reaching out to creative digital studios and has published a series of open briefs to create content for a range of programmes.


➡️ The Channel 4 Production Training scheme is open for applications. An opportunity for fresh talent to work in paid, full time roles for independent production companies for 12 months alongside support and training



West Midlands opportunities


➡️ Emerging artists, creative practitioners or aspiring producers based in the West Midlands, who are hoping to develop their skills as professional producers should apply to China Plate‘s The Optimists which offers an introduction to the craft of producing in a professional context.

Deadline: 24 May


➡️ Shoot Festival is recruiting 10 Coventry Based creatives/workers in the cultural sector to form a brand new system connecting local creatives, local resources and localised ambitions.

Deadline: 22 May


➡️ 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,

Deadline: 17 June, midday


➡️  The West Midlands Create Growth Programme can support organisations working within design, fashion, architecture, film, broadcast, creative tech, gaming, immersive, publishing, music, theatre, art, heritage, craft or media across the West Mids.


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


Events and Conferences: sign up to attend


➡️ Want to find out more about subtitling? Digital Culture Network are hosting a webinar on 16 May at 3pm – Everything you wanted to know about subtitling (but were afraid to ask)


➡️ 3 – 5 JulyAMA Conference, Brighton


➡️  Wednesday 26 June – A practical guide to editing from Arts Council England Digital Culture Network


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




➡️ A round-up of digital funding opportunities from Catalyst.


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


➡️ Thinking of earning money from your content? We’ve produced a guide on what to consider when publishing your cultural content online. It examines platforms, licensing, subscriptions and great case studies from those who have made it work.


➡️ 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.


➡️ A range of filmmaking toolkits and resources from the BFI Network.



Catch up on our latest webinars


➡️ How to write a kick ass application


➡️ Sustainable cultural productions


➡️ ‘Social Media Trends for 2024


➡️  ‘Ethical risks and safeguarding digital projects


Take part in research

➡️ Freelancers Make Theatre Work – The Big Freelancer Survey aims to provide detailed analysis of the past 12 months. The data feeds into ongoing lobbying of both industry bodies and government, informing them where support is most needed and what the greatest issues facing arts freelancers are.


➡️ 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.


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