News from June 2020

Hello West Midlands LCEP Community 
Please see below for the LCEP Weekly Update, this is not an exhaustive list but will hopefully act as a point of information during these challenging and unprecedented times, we have also developed: Arts Connect – Only Connect: One Stop Shopwww.artsconnect.co.uk/what-were-doing/only-connect/ this includes a collection of links and curated resources to key trusted sites to provide guidance, advice, support and inspiration for arts and cultural organisations, freelancers, educationalists and those involved in arts and creativity at home and at school.
Please use this platform as well as the Arts Connect social media and e-newsletter to communicate the digital and alternative offers that are available and being developed across the community as well as any opportunities for people to come together online to share, discuss and shape the current situation we are all facing together.
Please share as normal across your LCEP network and to anyone that you feel would be interested,
Keep well and take care
Lucy
 

 

Funding Information & Advice

People's Health Trust – Active Communities Funding Programme – The Active Communities Funding Programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health. Grants of £5,000 - £25,000 per year for two years are available. To be eligible, applicants must: Support people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better, be a not-for-profit group or organisation with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years, have less than six months annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) and be constituted for at least three months.www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Clinks: £275,000 available to the Voluntary Sector working in Criminal Justice – Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19. Clinks is looking for organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community in the context of Covid-19. Clinks expects to provide grants of £3,000 - £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £20,000. www.clinks.org/community/blog-posts/new-funding-available-covid-19-response-grants

The UK Government: £7 million for new coalition of vulnerable children’s charities – The project will aim to reach those children and families who are not in contact with children’s services, and the support provided to them will aim to prevent their needs escalating. The project will prioritise those most at risk of harm either inside or outside the home, including very young children and adolescents.The programme will focus on finding and reaching out to children around the country who are experiencing negative impacts on their health and wellbeing, as well as those at risk of harm. www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund-prospectus

Coronavirus Community Support Fund  This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding, aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19/learn-about-applying-for-emergency-funding-in-england
 
The Forces Communities Together programme  Will award small grants of up to £10,000 towards creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/forces-communities-together-programme/
 
The People's Trust Active Communities funding programme is open for applications across the West Midlands – The programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, live, work and age. Grants are available from £5,000 and can be for one or two years. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding/detailed-guidance?cic=1495
 
The Heart of England Community Foundation have relaunched The Harry Payne Fund – The fund aims to help those who are disadvantaged and help smaller causes where modest donations can make a difference. Grants range between £250 - £2,000 and funding must be spent within 1 year and the fund will support projects working within a 25-mile radius of Birmingham city centre.www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/the-harry-payne-fund/
 
 
Information, Guidance & Resources
 
Arts Connect – We want your Resources! We have launched a quality checked curated listing of resources for creativity at home and school, we will be adding more resources regularly. We are looking for resources that represent the very best of what we can offer to children and young people in the West Midlands. If you would like to submit resources please email us at artsconnectwm@wlv.ac.uk
 
Join Black Country Touring on Saturday 20th June for a unique, online theatre experience with a live audience. The performance is "pay what you can". If you do not feel able to pay, the performance is free to you. Reserve a place in advance via our website. https://bit.ly/Zoom_Cafe
 
The #MidsummerFestival schedule is now live! With 12 hours of performances, 33 companies, 44 events & 12 never-before-seen works, Midsummer Festival is a sensational celebration of West Mids arts and culture,Saturday 20th June - Start planning your day: https://makeitwm.com/at-home-in-the-west-midlands/midsummer-festival/midsummer-festival-schedule
 
Artswork – Online Safeguarding / Risk Assessment Training Dates – Following the popularity of our Online Safeguarding webinar,
our professional development team have developed two new training sessions to help meet the changing needs of those working with children and young people on creative projects and programmes at this time. https://artswork.org.uk/training-events/ for any queries, please email training@artswork.org.uk | Online Safeguarding for the Arts and Cultural Sector, Tuesday 23 June, 2 - 3pm | Creating a Risk Assessment, Wednesday 24 June, 2 - 3.30pm | Identifying Online Safeguarding Risks Thursday 25th June, 10am - 12.30pm | Online Safeguarding for the Arts and Cultural Sector, Monday 29 June, 10 – 11am
 
Connect and Create – online arts activities for children & young people in care – Artslink West Midlands is an Arts Connect Partnership Investment programme with all 14 West Midlands Virtual Schools. In response to Coronavirus they have created an online platform of specially commissioned activities and links for those in care, featuring artists from around the region. If you have contact with any children & young people in care or their key adults, please feel free to pass on the link: www.artslinkwm.org.uk/connect-create
 
SAVE THE DATE: THE BIG DRAMA, THEATRE AND EDUCATION ONLINE DEBATE – WEDNESDAY, 15 JULY 16.00 – 18.00 The newly formed Drama, Theatre and Education Alliance invites you to a free online conference for all involved in drama and theatre education in schools, universities and theatres. It will include small group discussions and national and international figures sharing their thinking on the challenges and opportunities facing drama, theatre and young people in these extraordinary times.  
 
Birmingham City Council – Schools Risk Assessment (June 10th 2020) – Developed with Headteachers – www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/16321/risk_assessment_for_schools_updated_10_june
 
Rebel Creatives – Digital Training Specialists –We want all of our clients to experience the impressive level of confidence gained with our digital training. At Rebel Creatives, we don’t just talk the talk but all of our expert trainers have decades of industry experience and walk the walk too. We currently deliver in-person and online training sessions as well as one-to-one mentoring on topics such as social media, branding, design, digital and short-form video. We run digital bootcamps, design new modules for universities and lead on a number of digital and upskilling initiatives around the UK. www.rebelcreatives.co/training
 
'Out of the Deep Blue' Web Series is Autin Dance Theatre's brand new digital programme featuring unique and practical creative step-by-step tutorials to 'Make Your Own Puppet @Home' – Out of reusable household items and includes 5 short films of a puppet telling inspiring and climate change awareness stories to children and young people. Starting Saturday 13th June to Saturday 11th July. Moreover, we are inviting the children and their families to join the ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ online community of homemade puppets and storytellers to share their creations with us and to tell us a bit about them via the Google form below. We also encourage them to post on social media using #outofthedeepblue 'Out of the Deep Blue' online community form: https://bit.ly/outofthedeepblue https://www.facebook.com/events/2564883113774597/ Subscribe to our YouTube channel
 
Rage Arts – Are busy creating Activity with exciting and stimulating things for children to do during these times these are available to download for free from our website www.primarytheatre.org.uk and we believe complement the Lets Create activity packs giving children a chance to be part of creating a production for them which we will be touring when it is safe to do so. www.ragearts.org.uk
 
The second Birmingham Creates Sofa School podcast for children & their families is LIVE! It includes creative ideas on the theme of shopping from The Playhouse, Sampad Arts and the Ikon & Services for Education Music Service. Download it here: https://bit.ly/30Uoemg
 
Free Membership offer for the Creative Industries Federation Freelancers and microbusinesses are being offered four months free membership to support you with relevant news and updates, whilst you navigate the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/free-federation-membership-six-months
 
Arts Award – Introducing Discover at Home – Created in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Discover at Home is an accessible, adaptable version of Arts Award Discover supporting families to be creative and learn about the arts at home. Discover at Home enables children to be rewarded for the creative activities they enjoy and supports them to connect with their local museums, theatres and arts activities online or at home, and explore new ones, until it’s possible to visit them again. A comprehensive, free resource pack is on offer for families with easy to follow guidance and lots of suggestions for arts, craft and creative activities. Discover at Home is a great option for parents & carers who may not be arts specialists themselves or are looking for something different to keep children engaged and entertained. They can even gain a certificate! The Discover at Home pack contains guidance for Arts Award centres who may be looking to deliver Arts Award Discover in this way. Additionally, there is detailed guidance for parents & carers, along with suggestions of online activities and resources to complete.Download your pack now to start your Discover at Home activities or learn more about supporting families to run Discover at Home. If you would like to discuss this further please contact Becky Thompson – Arts Award Manager at Arts Connect -R.Thompson6@wlv.ac.uk
Are you a teacher and want to find out more about the Arts Award and/or Artsmark programmes? – Here is your opportunity to hear about both, from the team at Arts Connect. We are holding two briefing events on: 23rd June 2020 from 4.00pm to 5.00pm & 16th July 2020 from 4.00pm to 5.00pmYou are invited to grab a cup of tea, sit back and listen whilst Helen and Becky talk through the facts and practicalities of what it would take to implement these programmes in your schools. We will spend half an hour talking through each programme: Arts Awards from 4.00pm – 4.30pm Artsmark from 4.30pm – 5pm. The session will be an opportunity for teachers to find out more about programme planning, delivery and assessment in a ‘face to face’ digital environment. Attendees will have chance to ask questions and be given the opportunity to book a follow up chat to support individual plans and needs. You can join us for either of the thirty minute sessions, or stay for the whole hour for both. Please click here to book. Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education. If you have any queries or are unable to attend either of these dates, please email: Arts Awards – Becky Thompson R.thompson6@wlv.ac.uk & Artsmark – Helen Frosthelen.frost@wlv.ac.uk **Please note, these briefings are for school staff only**
Black Country – Secondary Dance & Drama Teacher Network Meeting – Do you teach Secondary Drama or Dance? Do you want to network with other teachers across the Black Country? Join our first open meeting and share practise about how you are managing. Monday 29th June – 3.00pm to 4.30pm – Zoom. You will need to pre-register for the meeting – for a Zoom registration link email: kate.figgitt@dudley.gov.uk
 
Artslink Secondary: Visual Art & Design Teacher Network – What is working for you? Idea sharing – Birmingham: Tuesday 30th June at 3.45pm – 5.15pm on Zoom = A virtual meeting for arts and cultural organisations and Secondary Visual Art & Design teachers. This meeting is for you to connect with your colleagues; arts and cultural organisations; Birmingham Education Partnership and Arts Connect to share: What is your/your setting’s response to the ever-changing situation? Can you share an idea or resources that you have found useful? What are the challenges and any solutions that you have found? What can the Secondary Art & Design Teacher Network do to help and support at this time? To join, please email Alison.haynes@bep.education– you will receive confirmation and a link
 
Artslink Secondary: Dance Teacher Network – How are you? – Birmingham: Wednesday 1st July at 3.30pm – 5pm on Zoom = A virtual meeting for arts and cultural organisations and secondary dance teachers. This meeting is for you to connect with your colleagues; arts and cultural organisations; Birmingham Education Partnership and Arts Connect to share: What is your/your setting’s response to the current situation? What are the challenges in the context of dance and any solutions that you have found? What resources have you found to be useful? What can the Secondary Dance Teacher Network do to help and support at this time? To join, please emailalison.haynes@bep.education – you will receive confirmation and a link
 

MOONBEAMS Seminar – Physicality and Musicality in the Early Years – Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 9.30am-12.00pm (with comfort break) – Zoom (password protected meeting) – Cost: 16 places available on a first-come-first-served basis for £10pp. Explore the use of playfulness in developing movement and music in early years, for both inside and outside environments. This online seminar will consider approaches to musicality and physicality in early childhood and give you opportunities to reflect on your own practice. No experience needed, the seminar will: Be interactive | Include opportunities to observe and discuss children’s physicality and musicality | Create space for participants to engage in small group discussions to support and develop practice and provision. To book your place/s complete the Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moonbeams-seminar-physicality-and-musicality-in-the-early-years-tickets-109641596968 For additional information or queries contact: Gemma Corden gemma.c@wlv.ac.uk

Developing the role of the Primary Arts Coordinator on Zoom – Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Primary Arts Coordinators/Teachers – £10 – Birmingham Education Partnership and Arts Connect are delivering an online workshop for Primary Teachers, which explores the role of the Primary Arts Coordinator and how it can strengthen Arts Provision, whilst also supporting school improvement. The workshop will include: how to develop the role of primary arts Lead/Coordinator; auditing provision; planning for and tracking progression; commissioning artists and developing your school’s CPD. We will also be looking at how Artsmark and Arts Award can be used to maximum effect to further strengthen a school’s Arts and Cultural provision. The session will provide practical action planning and an opportunity to share issues and solutions with colleagues.BOOK HERE: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/developing-the-role-of-the-primary-arts-coordinator-cpd-tickets-109787687930 Please note places are limited and this course is usually oversubscribed. 

Join us to discuss the future of drama and online learning during COVID19 – Following the sell-out success of our two previous ‘Rough Winds’, events, Prospero announce three further online discussions about the future of drama under lockdown and the potential of technology to make a difference. We want teachers and theatre practitioners from across the spectrum of skills and experience to join us. These are challenging times: we all have something to contribute. We have given each event a distinctive theme so we can engage in discussions that address the widest range of needs. Each event will be hosted on Zoom and is free to join. You can register for these events on Eventbrite by following the links below: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM BST:Prospero Forum: drama, technology and cross-curricular learning | Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 4:30 PM BST: Prospero Forum: teaching drama with technology under lockdown | Tue, Jul 7, 2020 4:30 PM BST:
Prospero Forum: Using Drama and Technology in Special Education| These events are hosted by Prospero, the applied theatre and digital tech company C&T, National Drama and Fort Royal Community Primary School. For further information, please click here.
 
West Midlands Culture Response Unit – Covid-19 has decimated the cultural sector around the world. We think that the West Midlands should respond to this unprecedented threat in a typically generous, loud and collaborative manner. The West Midlands Culture Response Unit will develop and deliver an action-orientated, sector led response to the Covid-19 crisis in the short, medium and long term. The purpose is to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands. www.culturecentral.co.uk/wmcru/
 
 
Commissions, Opportunities & Competitions
 
The Bone Ensemble: Producer – Part-time freelance maternity cover role. Applications close 22 June. www.theboneensemble.co.uk/join-the-team/
 
'All About the Fight' – Sterran Touring Company – After 17 years, 2020 has marked the first year that Sterran Touring Company have been unable to deliver their renowned Education Package and Performance Tour for their new work 'All About The Fight'.  In a ground-breaking response to the current situation and created over 20 households, ‘All About The Fight’ the new work of Katy Sterran has now been captured as a re-imagined, innovative Dance Film. In collaboration with Sterran, Film Designer Matt Cawrey and the Dancers of Sterran Touring Company, a work that explores the psychological fights of a young generation has never been so relevant. In support of ‘All About The Fight’, Sterran Touring Company are pro-actively responding with an innovative Digital opportunity to emulate the highly reputable provision of their annual tour. Digital Curtain Raiser  Call Out: For 30 Dancers aged between 13-19 years to be part of Sterran Touring Company’s first Digital Curtain Raiser.
Sterran Touring Company are seeking 30 Youth Dancers to be part of a Digital Curtain Raiser Performance, that will be streamed with the premiere of ‘All About The Fight’ on Sunday 9th August 2020, as part of ‘A Captured Moment’ Digital Dance & Arts Festival hosted by Flexus Dance Collective.‘Inspired, Driven & Delivered by empowered & resilient Youth. Application Deadline: Monday 22nd June
 
Flexus Dance Collective – ‘EDUCATE’: A Digital Dance Platform celebrating Dance in Education. Streamed as part of ‘A Captured Moment’ Festival: Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August 2020. CALL OUT FOR: TEACHERS / LECTURERS / STUDENTS The impact of Covid19 resulted in a mass of unfinished, uncelebrated and unprofiled Dance works created in Education. 
‘Educate’ online platform is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Dance Cohort of 2020 at Secondary/FE/HE level. For further details on how to apply, please see the attached call out. Deadline 26th June. 
 

Coventry City of Culture – Programme Coordinator – To support the Head of Programme in the administration of the programme for Coventry City of Culture Trust. Deadline 26th June. https://coventry2021.co.uk/jobs/

Artreach – CEO – To have overarching responsibility for artistic and creative visioning and to lead Artreach's operational delivery. Deadline 29th June.http://artreach.biz/artreach-is-recruiting/

Young Musicians Development Programme – Future Talent supports instrumentalists and singers from any genre of music: classical, folk or rock and on any instrument from violin to voice and drums to beat-boxing. We offer sustained support for all successful applicants + their families and provide valuable mentoring, career + general music development advice as well as bespoke performance opportunities, and a financial award. Financial support is primarily given to musicians from families whose household income is less than £30,500 per annum. We offer 3 awards: Worsley award For musicians aged up to 15. A financial award of £3,000 to be used over 3 years. Robinson Award For musicians aged 15-17. A financial award of up to £1,000 for 1 year. Bramall Award Available to one musician from Yorkshire and the North West of England, aged up to 17. A financial award of £2,000 each year, until the recipient turns 18.See all the details online at: www.futuretalent.org/  Deadline: 30th June 2020

Iniva and RSA Academies: Three Artists for the Contemporary Art Space Project – Applications close 30th June. https://iniva.org/about/jobs/artists-for-contemporary-art-space-project/

Birmingham Museums Trust: Chief Executive – To play a central role in developing a new and transformative vision for these museums. Applications close 8th July. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/about/careers/chief-executive-vacancy

Worcester Art Gallery Announce ACE-funded Project – Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to be commissioning a summer of online artworks and community events. The ‘From the Art Gallery with Love project’ will connect local artists and performers with the public – digitally – to provide learning, creativity and entertainment at home. There are 14 opportunities available for artists, creative practitioners and performers to be involved. Find out more & apply– Deadline 9th July 2020 www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/collections/from-the-art-gallery-with-love/ Please note: We welcome applications from all creative practitioners and performers across all disciplines, but Museums Worcestershire will prioritise those living or working in Worcestershire for this project.

Artist call out – Light Night Worcester 2021 Commissions – Severn Arts is seeking to commission a selection of artists to create a number of projection-based new works for Light Night Worcester 2021. The work must be accessible to all members of the public and respond directly to the festival theme of “Future”. The work must be ready to be installed ahead of Light Night Worcester in January 2021 and will run from 6pm – 11pm each evening over 21, 22, 23 January 2021. Deadline: 15th Julyhttps://thearchesworcesterfestivals.co.uk/light-night-worcester-2021-artist-call-out

BBC Young Composer Competition 2020 – A competition for 12-18 year olds across the UK who create their own original music. Winners participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra to be performed + broadcast in a special young composers concert at the 2021 BBC Proms. You may not think of yourself as a composer, but if you love to create your own original music, and are bursting with creativity, originality, and potential, then we're here to tell you that you are! We’re looking for musically-minded people aged 12-18 of all technical ability, backgrounds, and musical influences. See all the details here:www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4mY3MbSJ5G2LvSbzZPbc85G/bbc-young-composer-2020 Deadline: 20th July 2020

Pilot Project Call for New Online Media Offer for Young Europeans – This pilot project aims to engage with young Europeans by creating curated online spaces that gather thought-provoking content around themes and topics that are discussed at EU level. These spaces should allow them to compare perspectives from across Europe and empower them to discuss and discover how their interests link to interests of youngsters in other countries, and to relevant EU initiatives. Proposals should foresee selection and production of new content, to inform and engage young audiences across Europe in an open and constructive debate about recent and future life in Europe. Proposals must be submitted by 22nd July 2020 (Midnight CET/CEST). [http://%20www.grantfinder.co.uk/archive/pilot-project-call-for-new-online-media-offer-for-young-europeans/]www.grantfinder.co.uk/archive/pilot-project-call-for-new-online-media-offer-for-young-europeans/
BBC New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme offering commissioning opportunities for emerging creatives to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. If you're based in the English Midlands, the New Creatives programme will be led by Rural Media. They are looking for emerging talent between the ages of 16-30 with strong creative ideas and drive, to develop their original concept into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work. They will provide training to give you the skills you need to bring your idea to life and get it seen by audiences. New Creatives content has the potential to be selected for an exciting new programming strand: BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio. They will look to identify the best platform for each idea. This is an unprecedented opportunity for creatives to experiment and connect with BBC audiences and beyond. Applications are now open for Round 4 of New Creatives Midlands. Want to get commissioned?https://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/NewCreatives Deadline: 31st July 2020
Black Lives Matter Language Commissions – For Black creatives and People of Colour, aged 16-30, from Beatfreeks, Slanguages & Don't Settle. No deadline, programme will continue until the money runs out.www.beatfreeks.com/opportunities-list/blacklivesmatter-language-commissions
 
Supported Residencies with Talking Birds – For D/deaf or disabled artists with a creative idea you would like to take to the next level and Coventry/Midlands-based artists or companies with a new show that you’d like to develop. Open to artists working in any medium. www.talkingbirds.co.uk/pages/Nest_residencies.asp
 
 
Health & Wellbeing
 
Creative Wellbeing at Home – A new suite of online events and resources focused on wellbeing, balance, leadership and creative connection to help you through these challenging times. www.anewdirection.org.uk/what-we-do/schools/creative-wellbeing-at-home
 
 
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Alison Haynes
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Begin forwarded message:
From: "Carlton-Walker, Lucy" <L.Carlton-Walker@wlv.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: 19.06.20 - LCEP Weekly Update
Date: 19 June 2020 at 09:25:33 BST

Hello West Midlands LCEP Community 
Please see below for the LCEP Weekly Update, this is not an exhaustive list but will hopefully act as a point of information during these challenging and unprecedented times, we have also developed: Arts Connect – Only Connect: One Stop Shopwww.artsconnect.co.uk/what-were-doing/only-connect/ this includes a collection of links and curated resources to key trusted sites to provide guidance, advice, support and inspiration for arts and cultural organisations, freelancers, educationalists and those involved in arts and creativity at home and at school.
Please use this platform as well as the Arts Connect social media and e-newsletter to communicate the digital and alternative offers that are available and being developed across the community as well as any opportunities for people to come together online to share, discuss and shape the current situation we are all facing together.
Please share as normal across your LCEP network and to anyone that you feel would be interested,
Keep well and take care
Lucy
 

 

Funding Information & Advice

People's Health Trust – Active Communities Funding Programme – The Active Communities Funding Programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health. Grants of £5,000 - £25,000 per year for two years are available. To be eligible, applicants must: Support people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better, be a not-for-profit group or organisation with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years, have less than six months annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) and be constituted for at least three months.www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Clinks: £275,000 available to the Voluntary Sector working in Criminal Justice – Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19. Clinks is looking for organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community in the context of Covid-19. Clinks expects to provide grants of £3,000 - £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £20,000. www.clinks.org/community/blog-posts/new-funding-available-covid-19-response-grants

The UK Government: £7 million for new coalition of vulnerable children’s charities – The project will aim to reach those children and families who are not in contact with children’s services, and the support provided to them will aim to prevent their needs escalating. The project will prioritise those most at risk of harm either inside or outside the home, including very young children and adolescents.The programme will focus on finding and reaching out to children around the country who are experiencing negative impacts on their health and wellbeing, as well as those at risk of harm. www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund-prospectus

Coronavirus Community Support Fund  This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding, aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19/learn-about-applying-for-emergency-funding-in-england
 
The Forces Communities Together programme  Will award small grants of up to £10,000 towards creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/forces-communities-together-programme/
 
The People's Trust Active Communities funding programme is open for applications across the West Midlands – The programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, live, work and age. Grants are available from £5,000 and can be for one or two years. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding/detailed-guidance?cic=1495
 
The Heart of England Community Foundation have relaunched The Harry Payne Fund – The fund aims to help those who are disadvantaged and help smaller causes where modest donations can make a difference. Grants range between £250 - £2,000 and funding must be spent within 1 year and the fund will support projects working within a 25-mile radius of Birmingham city centre.www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/the-harry-payne-fund/
 
 
Information, Guidance & Resources
 
Arts Connect – We want your Resources! We have launched a quality checked curated listing of resources for creativity at home and school, we will be adding more resources regularly. We are looking for resources that represent the very best of what we can offer to children and young people in the West Midlands. If you would like to submit resources please email us at artsconnectwm@wlv.ac.uk
 
Join Black Country Touring on Saturday 20th June for a unique, online theatre experience with a live audience. The performance is "pay what you can". If you do not feel able to pay, the performance is free to you. Reserve a place in advance via our website. https://bit.ly/Zoom_Cafe
 
The #MidsummerFestival schedule is now live! With 12 hours of performances, 33 companies, 44 events & 12 never-before-seen works, Midsummer Festival is a sensational celebration of West Mids arts and culture,Saturday 20th June - Start planning your day: https://makeitwm.com/at-home-in-the-west-midlands/midsummer-festival/midsummer-festival-schedule
 
Artswork – Online Safeguarding / Risk Assessment Training Dates – Following the popularity of our Online Safeguarding webinar,
our professional development team have developed two new training sessions to help meet the changing needs of those working with children and young people on creative projects and programmes at this time. https://artswork.org.uk/training-events/ for any queries, please email training@artswork.org.uk | Online Safeguarding for the Arts and Cultural Sector, Tuesday 23 June, 2 - 3pm | Creating a Risk Assessment, Wednesday 24 June, 2 - 3.30pm | Identifying Online Safeguarding Risks Thursday 25th June, 10am - 12.30pm | Online Safeguarding for the Arts and Cultural Sector, Monday 29 June, 10 – 11am
 
Connect and Create – online arts activities for children & young people in care – Artslink West Midlands is an Arts Connect Partnership Investment programme with all 14 West Midlands Virtual Schools. In response to Coronavirus they have created an online platform of specially commissioned activities and links for those in care, featuring artists from around the region. If you have contact with any children & young people in care or their key adults, please feel free to pass on the link: www.artslinkwm.org.uk/connect-create
 
SAVE THE DATE: THE BIG DRAMA, THEATRE AND EDUCATION ONLINE DEBATE – WEDNESDAY, 15 JULY 16.00 – 18.00 The newly formed Drama, Theatre and Education Alliance invites you to a free online conference for all involved in drama and theatre education in schools, universities and theatres. It will include small group discussions and national and international figures sharing their thinking on the challenges and opportunities facing drama, theatre and young people in these extraordinary times.  
 
Birmingham City Council – Schools Risk Assessment (June 10th 2020) – Developed with Headteachers – www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/16321/risk_assessment_for_schools_updated_10_june
 
Rebel Creatives – Digital Training Specialists –We want all of our clients to experience the impressive level of confidence gained with our digital training. At Rebel Creatives, we don’t just talk the talk but all of our expert trainers have decades of industry experience and walk the walk too. We currently deliver in-person and online training sessions as well as one-to-one mentoring on topics such as social media, branding, design, digital and short-form video. We run digital bootcamps, design new modules for universities and lead on a number of digital and upskilling initiatives around the UK. www.rebelcreatives.co/training
 
'Out of the Deep Blue' Web Series is Autin Dance Theatre's brand new digital programme featuring unique and practical creative step-by-step tutorials to 'Make Your Own Puppet @Home' – Out of reusable household items and includes 5 short films of a puppet telling inspiring and climate change awareness stories to children and young people. Starting Saturday 13th June to Saturday 11th July. Moreover, we are inviting the children and their families to join the ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ online community of homemade puppets and storytellers to share their creations with us and to tell us a bit about them via the Google form below. We also encourage them to post on social media using #outofthedeepblue 'Out of the Deep Blue' online community form: https://bit.ly/outofthedeepblue https://www.facebook.com/events/2564883113774597/ Subscribe to our YouTube channel
 
Rage Arts – Are busy creating Activity with exciting and stimulating things for children to do during these times these are available to download for free from our website www.primarytheatre.org.uk and we believe complement the Lets Create activity packs giving children a chance to be part of creating a production for them which we will be touring when it is safe to do so. www.ragearts.org.uk
 
The second Birmingham Creates Sofa School podcast for children & their families is LIVE! It includes creative ideas on the theme of shopping from The Playhouse, Sampad Arts and the Ikon & Services for Education Music Service. Download it here: https://bit.ly/30Uoemg
 
Free Membership offer for the Creative Industries Federation Freelancers and microbusinesses are being offered four months free membership to support you with relevant news and updates, whilst you navigate the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/free-federation-membership-six-months
 
Arts Award – Introducing Discover at Home – Created in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Discover at Home is an accessible, adaptable version of Arts Award Discover supporting families to be creative and learn about the arts at home. Discover at Home enables children to be rewarded for the creative activities they enjoy and supports them to connect with their local museums, theatres and arts activities online or at home, and explore new ones, until it’s possible to visit them again. A comprehensive, free resource pack is on offer for families with easy to follow guidance and lots of suggestions for arts, craft and creative activities. Discover at Home is a great option for parents & carers who may not be arts specialists themselves or are looking for something different to keep children engaged and entertained. They can even gain a certificate! The Discover at Home pack contains guidance for Arts Award centres who may be looking to deliver Arts Award Discover in this way. Additionally, there is detailed guidance for parents & carers, along with suggestions of online activities and resources to complete.Download your pack now to start your Discover at Home activities or learn more about supporting families to run Discover at Home. If you would like to discuss this further please contact Becky Thompson – Arts Award Manager at Arts Connect -R.Thompson6@wlv.ac.uk
Are you a teacher and want to find out more about the Arts Award and/or Artsmark programmes? – Here is your opportunity to hear about both, from the team at Arts Connect. We are holding two briefing events on: 23rd June 2020 from 4.00pm to 5.00pm & 16th July 2020 from 4.00pm to 5.00pmYou are invited to grab a cup of tea, sit back and listen whilst Helen and Becky talk through the facts and practicalities of what it would take to implement these programmes in your schools. We will spend half an hour talking through each programme: Arts Awards from 4.00pm – 4.30pm Artsmark from 4.30pm – 5pm. The session will be an opportunity for teachers to find out more about programme planning, delivery and assessment in a ‘face to face’ digital environment. Attendees will have chance to ask questions and be given the opportunity to book a follow up chat to support individual plans and needs. You can join us for either of the thirty minute sessions, or stay for the whole hour for both. Please click here to book. Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education. If you have any queries or are unable to attend either of these dates, please email: Arts Awards – Becky Thompson R.thompson6@wlv.ac.uk & Artsmark – Helen Frosthelen.frost@wlv.ac.uk **Please note, these briefings are for school staff only**
Black Country – Secondary Dance & Drama Teacher Network Meeting – Do you teach Secondary Drama or Dance? Do you want to network with other teachers across the Black Country? Join our first open meeting and share practise about how you are managing. Monday 29th June – 3.00pm to 4.30pm – Zoom. You will need to pre-register for the meeting – for a Zoom registration link email: kate.figgitt@dudley.gov.uk
 
Artslink Secondary: Visual Art & Design Teacher Network – What is working for you? Idea sharing – Birmingham: Tuesday 30th June at 3.45pm – 5.15pm on Zoom = A virtual meeting for arts and cultural organisations and Secondary Visual Art & Design teachers. This meeting is for you to connect with your colleagues; arts and cultural organisations; Birmingham Education Partnership and Arts Connect to share: What is your/your setting’s response to the ever-changing situation? Can you share an idea or resources that you have found useful? What are the challenges and any solutions that you have found? What can the Secondary Art & Design Teacher Network do to help and support at this time? To join, please email Alison.haynes@bep.education– you will receive confirmation and a link
 
Artslink Secondary: Dance Teacher Network – How are you? – Birmingham: Wednesday 1st July at 3.30pm – 5pm on Zoom = A virtual meeting for arts and cultural organisations and secondary dance teachers. This meeting is for you to connect with your colleagues; arts and cultural organisations; Birmingham Education Partnership and Arts Connect to share: What is your/your setting’s response to the current situation? What are the challenges in the context of dance and any solutions that you have found? What resources have you found to be useful? What can the Secondary Dance Teacher Network do to help and support at this time? To join, please emailalison.haynes@bep.education – you will receive confirmation and a link
 

MOONBEAMS Seminar – Physicality and Musicality in the Early Years – Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 9.30am-12.00pm (with comfort break) – Zoom (password protected meeting) – Cost: 16 places available on a first-come-first-served basis for £10pp. Explore the use of playfulness in developing movement and music in early years, for both inside and outside environments. This online seminar will consider approaches to musicality and physicality in early childhood and give you opportunities to reflect on your own practice. No experience needed, the seminar will: Be interactive | Include opportunities to observe and discuss children’s physicality and musicality | Create space for participants to engage in small group discussions to support and develop practice and provision. To book your place/s complete the Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moonbeams-seminar-physicality-and-musicality-in-the-early-years-tickets-109641596968 For additional information or queries contact: Gemma Corden gemma.c@wlv.ac.uk

Developing the role of the Primary Arts Coordinator on Zoom – Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Primary Arts Coordinators/Teachers – £10 – Birmingham Education Partnership and Arts Connect are delivering an online workshop for Primary Teachers, which explores the role of the Primary Arts Coordinator and how it can strengthen Arts Provision, whilst also supporting school improvement. The workshop will include: how to develop the role of primary arts Lead/Coordinator; auditing provision; planning for and tracking progression; commissioning artists and developing your school’s CPD. We will also be looking at how Artsmark and Arts Award can be used to maximum effect to further strengthen a school’s Arts and Cultural provision. The session will provide practical action planning and an opportunity to share issues and solutions with colleagues.BOOK HERE: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/developing-the-role-of-the-primary-arts-coordinator-cpd-tickets-109787687930 Please note places are limited and this course is usually oversubscribed. 

Join us to discuss the future of drama and online learning during COVID19 – Following the sell-out success of our two previous ‘Rough Winds’, events, Prospero announce three further online discussions about the future of drama under lockdown and the potential of technology to make a difference. We want teachers and theatre practitioners from across the spectrum of skills and experience to join us. These are challenging times: we all have something to contribute. We have given each event a distinctive theme so we can engage in discussions that address the widest range of needs. Each event will be hosted on Zoom and is free to join. You can register for these events on Eventbrite by following the links below: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM BST:Prospero Forum: drama, technology and cross-curricular learning | Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 4:30 PM BST: Prospero Forum: teaching drama with technology under lockdown | Tue, Jul 7, 2020 4:30 PM BST:
Prospero Forum: Using Drama and Technology in Special Education| These events are hosted by Prospero, the applied theatre and digital tech company C&T, National Drama and Fort Royal Community Primary School. For further information, please click here.
 
West Midlands Culture Response Unit – Covid-19 has decimated the cultural sector around the world. We think that the West Midlands should respond to this unprecedented threat in a typically generous, loud and collaborative manner. The West Midlands Culture Response Unit will develop and deliver an action-orientated, sector led response to the Covid-19 crisis in the short, medium and long term. The purpose is to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands. www.culturecentral.co.uk/wmcru/
 
 
Commissions, Opportunities & Competitions
 
The Bone Ensemble: Producer – Part-time freelance maternity cover role. Applications close 22 June. www.theboneensemble.co.uk/join-the-team/
 
'All About the Fight' – Sterran Touring Company – After 17 years, 2020 has marked the first year that Sterran Touring Company have been unable to deliver their renowned Education Package and Performance Tour for their new work 'All About The Fight'.  In a ground-breaking response to the current situation and created over 20 households, ‘All About The Fight’ the new work of Katy Sterran has now been captured as a re-imagined, innovative Dance Film. In collaboration with Sterran, Film Designer Matt Cawrey and the Dancers of Sterran Touring Company, a work that explores the psychological fights of a young generation has never been so relevant. In support of ‘All About The Fight’, Sterran Touring Company are pro-actively responding with an innovative Digital opportunity to emulate the highly reputable provision of their annual tour. Digital Curtain Raiser  Call Out: For 30 Dancers aged between 13-19 years to be part of Sterran Touring Company’s first Digital Curtain Raiser.
Sterran Touring Company are seeking 30 Youth Dancers to be part of a Digital Curtain Raiser Performance, that will be streamed with the premiere of ‘All About The Fight’ on Sunday 9th August 2020, as part of ‘A Captured Moment’ Digital Dance & Arts Festival hosted by Flexus Dance Collective.‘Inspired, Driven & Delivered by empowered & resilient Youth. Application Deadline: Monday 22nd June
 
Flexus Dance Collective – ‘EDUCATE’: A Digital Dance Platform celebrating Dance in Education. Streamed as part of ‘A Captured Moment’ Festival: Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August 2020. CALL OUT FOR: TEACHERS / LECTURERS / STUDENTS The impact of Covid19 resulted in a mass of unfinished, uncelebrated and unprofiled Dance works created in Education. 
‘Educate’ online platform is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Dance Cohort of 2020 at Secondary/FE/HE level. For further details on how to apply, please see the attached call out. Deadline 26th June. 
 

Coventry City of Culture – Programme Coordinator – To support the Head of Programme in the administration of the programme for Coventry City of Culture Trust. Deadline 26th June. https://coventry2021.co.uk/jobs/

Artreach – CEO – To have overarching responsibility for artistic and creative visioning and to lead Artreach's operational delivery. Deadline 29th June.http://artreach.biz/artreach-is-recruiting/

Young Musicians Development Programme – Future Talent supports instrumentalists and singers from any genre of music: classical, folk or rock and on any instrument from violin to voice and drums to beat-boxing. We offer sustained support for all successful applicants + their families and provide valuable mentoring, career + general music development advice as well as bespoke performance opportunities, and a financial award. Financial support is primarily given to musicians from families whose household income is less than £30,500 per annum. We offer 3 awards: Worsley award For musicians aged up to 15. A financial award of £3,000 to be used over 3 years. Robinson Award For musicians aged 15-17. A financial award of up to £1,000 for 1 year. Bramall Award Available to one musician from Yorkshire and the North West of England, aged up to 17. A financial award of £2,000 each year, until the recipient turns 18.See all the details online at: www.futuretalent.org/  Deadline: 30th June 2020

Iniva and RSA Academies: Three Artists for the Contemporary Art Space Project – Applications close 30th June. https://iniva.org/about/jobs/artists-for-contemporary-art-space-project/

Birmingham Museums Trust: Chief Executive – To play a central role in developing a new and transformative vision for these museums. Applications close 8th July. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/about/careers/chief-executive-vacancy

Worcester Art Gallery Announce ACE-funded Project – Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to be commissioning a summer of online artworks and community events. The ‘From the Art Gallery with Love project’ will connect local artists and performers with the public – digitally – to provide learning, creativity and entertainment at home. There are 14 opportunities available for artists, creative practitioners and performers to be involved. Find out more & apply– Deadline 9th July 2020 www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/collections/from-the-art-gallery-with-love/ Please note: We welcome applications from all creative practitioners and performers across all disciplines, but Museums Worcestershire will prioritise those living or working in Worcestershire for this project.

Artist call out – Light Night Worcester 2021 Commissions – Severn Arts is seeking to commission a selection of artists to create a number of projection-based new works for Light Night Worcester 2021. The work must be accessible to all members of the public and respond directly to the festival theme of “Future”. The work must be ready to be installed ahead of Light Night Worcester in January 2021 and will run from 6pm – 11pm each evening over 21, 22, 23 January 2021. Deadline: 15th Julyhttps://thearchesworcesterfestivals.co.uk/light-night-worcester-2021-artist-call-out

BBC Young Composer Competition 2020 – A competition for 12-18 year olds across the UK who create their own original music. Winners participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra to be performed + broadcast in a special young composers concert at the 2021 BBC Proms. You may not think of yourself as a composer, but if you love to create your own original music, and are bursting with creativity, originality, and potential, then we're here to tell you that you are! We’re looking for musically-minded people aged 12-18 of all technical ability, backgrounds, and musical influences. See all the details here:www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4mY3MbSJ5G2LvSbzZPbc85G/bbc-young-composer-2020 Deadline: 20th July 2020

Pilot Project Call for New Online Media Offer for Young Europeans – This pilot project aims to engage with young Europeans by creating curated online spaces that gather thought-provoking content around themes and topics that are discussed at EU level. These spaces should allow them to compare perspectives from across Europe and empower them to discuss and discover how their interests link to interests of youngsters in other countries, and to relevant EU initiatives. Proposals should foresee selection and production of new content, to inform and engage young audiences across Europe in an open and constructive debate about recent and future life in Europe. Proposals must be submitted by 22nd July 2020 (Midnight CET/CEST). [http://%20www.grantfinder.co.uk/archive/pilot-project-call-for-new-online-media-offer-for-young-europeans/]www.grantfinder.co.uk/archive/pilot-project-call-for-new-online-media-offer-for-young-europeans/
BBC New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme offering commissioning opportunities for emerging creatives to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. If you're based in the English Midlands, the New Creatives programme will be led by Rural Media. They are looking for emerging talent between the ages of 16-30 with strong creative ideas and drive, to develop their original concept into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work. They will provide training to give you the skills you need to bring your idea to life and get it seen by audiences. New Creatives content has the potential to be selected for an exciting new programming strand: BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio. They will look to identify the best platform for each idea. This is an unprecedented opportunity for creatives to experiment and connect with BBC audiences and beyond. Applications are now open for Round 4 of New Creatives Midlands. Want to get commissioned?https://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/NewCreatives Deadline: 31st July 2020
Black Lives Matter Language Commissions – For Black creatives and People of Colour, aged 16-30, from Beatfreeks, Slanguages & Don't Settle. No deadline, programme will continue until the money runs out.www.beatfreeks.com/opportunities-list/blacklivesmatter-language-commissions
 
Supported Residencies with Talking Birds – For D/deaf or disabled artists with a creative idea you would like to take to the next level and Coventry/Midlands-based artists or companies with a new show that you’d like to develop. Open to artists working in any medium. www.talkingbirds.co.uk/pages/Nest_residencies.asp
 
 
Health & Wellbeing
 
Creative Wellbeing at Home – A new suite of online events and resources focused on wellbeing, balance, leadership and creative connection to help you through these challenging times. www.anewdirection.org.uk/what-we-do/schools/creative-wellbeing-at-home
 
 
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