New! 18.11.08  
The Arts Council are launching their Digital Content Development Programme for the West Midlands (previously piloted in South Yorkshire from 2005) at The Public in West Bromwich on Thursday 4th December 08. It’s a three-year programme, overseen by Steve Manthorp, and in South Yorkshire its remit was…

1) give annual research and development (R&D) awards of up to £50,000 to leading artistic, media and technical talent to explore the creative and economic possibilities of innovative content for new and emerging media platforms.

2) [smaller] awards help you take proposals from initial concept to pilot or prototype stage, where they could attract further development funding, production investment or full commissioning.

3) [enabling] creative and digital companies and individual practitioners to work with partners anywhere in the world.

At the West Bromwich launch there’ll also be talks by 4iP (which has already launched, in Birmingham on 24th October 08), and ideas-generation activities…

“This is your chance to find out about […] 4IP and the Digital Content Development Programme. Meet the funders and find out what they are looking for. The day will bring decision-makers from key regional arts organisations and digital agencies together […] Up to three winning ideas created at C:CUBED will be awarded £1,000 development grants”

Sadly the event is invitation-only, but it seems that the event is to be webcast…

“This event is invitation only, but sessions will be webcast live and available online.”


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