Added to Creative Stoke, 13th January 2010

New! 13.01.10    
The European Entrepreneurship Video Award 2010 is now inviting entries. The deadline is 9th April 2010. Simply produce a short video (one to two minutes, animation or camera-based work) that deals with the following questions: What is entrepreneurship about? What could encourage people to become entrepreneurs? What could counteract old prejudices and offer new visions of entrepreneurship? Prizes of up to 3,333 Euros are available to the winners. There are also special prizes are reserved for film-makers aged 25 or younger. Entry is not limited to schools and universities — business and management schools, members of business networks and associations, entrepreneurs and professionals, and intellectuals are all are invited to portray their own experiences in the field of entrepreneurship. Full details at the website.

New! 13.01.10    
At the start of a year which will see huge funding cuts to the arts and their supporting public services, it’s probably useful to point out that the National Campaign for the Arts now has a newly-launched revamped website.

New! 13.01.10    
Tickets are now on sale for the two-day professional animation conference in Stoke-on-Trent. The conference is part of the Stoke Your Fires animation festival and will happen from 26th – 27th February 2010. Leading industry speakers include Christian DeVita (lead storyboard artist on Fantastic Mr. Fox), and professional voice artist Marc Silk (Roary the Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots). To book you place email:

New! 12.01.10    
‘Ears Wide Open: a creative adventure in sound’ is a rare funded opportunity for a creative from the West Midlands to collaborate with someone in the East Midlands. Two writers (one from the West Midlands and one from the East Midlands) will be selected to collaborate and write a series of short plays in response to locations in Birmingham and Nottingham. There is a bursary of £2,000 to each selected writer, aiming to make a series of recorded stories/dramas/narratives which will be experienced by listeners in locations in both cities as part of the Birmingham Book Festival and the Momentum New Writing Festival. Expressions of interest are invited from East or West Midlands -based writers. Send your C.V., a sample of your writing (no more than 15 pages), and a side of A4 which outlines what kind of sound piece or radio play you would like to create to be heard by a listener in a city centre location of your choice. Deadline: 28th February 2010. The working/writing period will be March to June 2010, with publication later in the year.

New! 12.01.10    
The Prince’s Trust Business Programme can provide support to people aged between 18 and 30 who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week. The type of support available includes a low interest loan of up to £4,000 (up to £5,000 for a partnership); ongoing advice from a business mentor; access to a wide range of products and services. This includes a free legal helpline sponsored by Barclays Bank; a grant of up to £1,500 in special circumstances (subject to local availability); and a test-marketing grant of up to £250 (subject to local availability). Applications to the programme can be made at any time.


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