Funding Opportunities

The following information is from East Sussex County Council:


The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that AIM and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.


BFI: Applications are open for Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund for independent cinemas, administered via the BFI.


New platform ArtULTRA has launched to bring together info for UK artists on grants, residencies, studio spaces and more.

Creative Industries Federation: You’ve still got time to make a difference and have your voice heard by government by completing the Creative Industries Federation survey today.  Surveys like these have led to enormous change and positive movement, including the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and the Culture Recovery Fund of £1.57bn, and there is still more to do.

Creative England’s new Creative Enterprise Early Growth Programme is a dedicated and prestigious programme for up to 20 founders of screen-based companies with the potential and ambition to grow their businesses. Applications are open until Monday 8th February.

Creative Industries Federation are partners of Tentacle Zone, a new four-month incubator programme by Payload Studios for early stage game developers from underrepresented backgrounds. Other partners include Mediatonic games, Greenwich University and Green Man gaming.  The programme is free to apply for and open for applications until 24th February.

Creative Industries Federation announced a new partnership with Future Learn, the leading social learning platform, to invest £60k into the creative community using the Future Learn Creative Skills Fund. The new partnership will see at least £30,000 offered to two successful Federation members.  Find out more about the fund here and how you can sign up as a free member for 30 days with the Federation here.

If you are a freelancer looking to find clients in new sectors, or if you work in a sector that is quiet due to Covid-19, then Building Brand Me, the latest Creative Industries Federation member event could help you. The event is all about personal branding and articulating your value to potential clients.  Not a member? You can sign up for a 30 day free trial, which you can find more about here.

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation: will be coming together under a new name and brand in 2021. We’re looking for a clean, unified site which can cater to both companies’ needs and also unite the new brand’s messaging and activity into one cohesive destination.If you’re interested in developing the new website, find out more here.


We’re delighted to be partnering with our friends at the De La Warr Pavilion to bring you TALKING LOUD, a series of free online business talks, particularly for those working in the creative, cultural, and digital sectors. The sessions, part of the South East Creatives programme, will see local, national and international artists, designers, architects, makers, and writers reflecting on their experiences, ethos and ways of working, offering creatives the opportunity to gain insight and inspiration to help take their own business or practice forward. Topics will include maintaining an artistic practice during the pandemic, making the most of opportunities across creative disciplines, plus wellbeing and resilience for creative businesses in the current climate. These talks are aimed at those people currently working in the creative industries in the South East, but are free and open all.  The first three free online talks are now open for bookings, with more to follow as we head into the spring:
Thursday 11 February – Renowned interiors and style writer, author, consultant and TV presenter Michelle Ogundehin in conversation with broadcaster, journalist, critic and curator Corinne Julius.
Thursday 18 February – Joint winners of the 2019 Turner Prize Helen Cammock and Tai Shani will discuss their experiences as visual artists.
Thursday 25th FebruaryGiles Smith, a founding member of Assemble, will give an insight into the Turner Prize-winning architectural, design and art collective’s ethos and evolution.


Funds overall:  We’re starting to see funders move from crisis response to supporting organisations to rebuild, adapt for the future:

  • Heightened emphasis on economy, growth and job creation; environment; climate change; equality
  • Increased interest in ‘system wide’ and cross -sector collaboration to address complex issues – building on relationships and networks developed throughout 2020
  • Government departments pooling funds (for example, environment and economy;  arts and health) 

Sources of information:

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