Arts Council England expands creativity grants

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Arts Council England expands creativity grants

Arts Council England last week expanded its creativity grants to include more of the largely forgotten music industry, with DJs, sound engineers, lighting designers, and more now becoming eligible for grants.

As part of the continued funding schemes for the music and creative industries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Arts Council England has announced that applications for Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) are now open.

The DYCP have announced a budget of £18 million set to be distributed across the next 12 months, with four rounds of grants from October 2020 to October 2021. The first of these rounds will allow applicants to apply for grants of between £2,000 to £10,000 and closes on the 5 November.  Apply for the Arts Council England DYCP here.

The list included in the guidance for applicants has now also been expanded to include DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers, and creative technicians.

Applicants for the fund will need to have minimum one year of experience in their field outside of a formal educational setting, and if they are unsuccessful, can reapply again throughout the following rounds.

Arts Council England have also created a video guide for creatives and their applications, Introduction to Developing your Creative Practice, which you can watch below.

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