Added to the What’s New page, 10th October 2009

Added to the What’s New page on Creative Stoke, 10th October 2009:—

New! 10.10.09    
£4.29 million of new loan funding was announced yesterday, for entrepreneurs and existing small and medium sized businesses (SME’s) in the West Midlands. The funding will be accessed via the Fair Finance Consortium, a group of West Midlands-based not-for-profit business lenders. Loans of up to £50,000 will be available to successful applicants.

New! 10.10.09    
Birmingham’s First Light is running a Script Award Scheme for film projects. The aim is to support partnerships between script professionals and young people, to inspire and aid the development of short film scripts. Funding of up to £3,000 is available for:

* projects where young people aged 5 to 19 take creative control of the idea development process;
* projects that create scripts in any genre;
* projects that result in film scripts of up to 10 minutes in length;
* projects based in the UK, primarily involving young people who live in this country.

Ten per cent match-funding is required. Deadline: 13th October 2009

New! 10.10.09    
Want to put on a show? The National Youth Theatre’s online partner, IdeasTap, has launched its own funding scheme, aimed at helping 16 to 25-year-olds realise their creative ideas in theatre, and it has £150,000 to offer each year. The Ideas Fund offers more than just financial support, with mentoring, marketing and production advice to make sure the project has the best possible chance of succeeding. Funding applications can be up to £20,000, and begin at £1,000. Young people can apply directly to this fund. Application deadline: 11th November 2009.

New! 10.10.09    
Job:  The Willows Primary School, in Stoke-on-Trent, is looking for a movement/dance practitioner to work within KS1, primarily the Year One pupils (5-6 years old), to help deliver a Creative Partnerships project. You will be able to develop their movement work, with an emphasis on stimulus for writing, taking inspiration from and using the school’s spacious and fantastic grounds. The project’s core questions is: “To what extent can movement and dance aid as a stimulus to writing at KS1?”. You will work with class teachers to plan, evaluate and deliver a visual, exciting and dynamic project to develop the curriculum, and also lead professional development for staff, so that they can build on the project. Planning will take place before Christmas, with the project running (to be confirmed) between 11th January – 30th March 2010. The fee is negotiable, up to a maximum of £3,000. For a full brief and how to apply please contact Robert Marsden:

New! 10.10.09    
Job:  Churchfields Primary School, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, are looking for a filmmaker or film production company to inspire children in Years 3 & 4, you and the children will create a short film that reflects on their research into local history, developing their communication skills and curiosity for the real world. Planning will take place before Christmas, with the project running from January until the end of March 2010. There is £3,500 available to support the work to include practitioner fees, travel and any resources. Application deadline: 30th October 2009. For a full brief please contact Susanna Harding (Creative Agent) at:

New! 10.10.09    
Congratulations to Keele University, which has obtained £400,000 of funding to team up with the New Vic Theatre’s Education Department, the New Vic Theatre Archive, and older people living in North Staffordshire. The project – which begins in October and runs until the end of July 2012 – will be a unique cross-disciplinary study into ageing and the representation of ageing, that will lead to a new social documentary performance and exhibition.

Those interested in ageing in the UK may also be interested in the recent Baring Foundation report Ageing Artfully: Older People and Professional Participatory Arts in the UK (PDF link). The Foundation also has a new development fund (PDF link) for arts organisations already producing arts made by older people.

New! 10.10.09    
Keele University has approved a new Film Studies degree. The new B.A. dual honours programme is now accepting applicants for an autumn 2010 start at Keele. The degree is open to both students with and without prior Film Studies experience. More details at the web link.


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