Added to Creative Stoke, 22nd November 2011

The Burslem School of Art is offering creatives a…

“free of charge stall for selling your crafts and artwork in exchange for your skills shared in a free drop-in workshop or demonstration during the event.”

Application deadline: 7th December 2011. Interested? Email:

Daniel Hopkins is trying to find out what happened to the graduates of Media Production at Staffordshire University, over the last ten years of working. If you are such a graduate, please get in touch with details of what you have been up to since graduation.

Michelin Development is a North Staffordshire based scheme that supports local small and medium sized enterprises with up to 250 employees. They can offer access to finance; unsecured loans from £5,000 through their associate bank at the Bank of England base rate; and a repayment period of 3 to 5 years. In most cases the applicant will be required to invest some of his or her own equity into the project. The loan is private so it can normally be used to ‘gear up’ public and other forms of loan funding.

The Awards for Young Musicians supports the nation’s most talented young instrumentalists. Specifically, those aged five to 17 years of age in poor families, who may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential. Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available. Application deadline: 23rd March 2012.

BBC Radio 3 are offering the opportunity for arts and humanities researchers based at UK universities to have their research ideas broadcast to the nation…

“Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers.”

Application deadline: 7th December 2011.

Job:  Make Some Noise, the Staffordshire music charity, needs a part-time (22hrs p.w.) admin person based in the town of Stafford. Deadline: 30th November 2011. Information pack from Tim Sharp, Chief Executive Officer at:

Are you 13-16 years old and interested in radio broadcasting? Future Creative: Radio is four-days worth of youth media training in the Midlands. To be held in February 2012 at NTI Birmingham. For £200 per place you get a…

“four day dip into the world of live radio with this fantastic four-day radio production workshop for 13-16 year olds. By the end of the four days, you’ll have recorded your own original short radio show for broadcast, utilising the library of pre-recorded audio you’ll have developed, captured and produced throughout the week. You’ll work in teams on elements of news, documentary, magazine, music, comedy and current affairs productions, while learning about the different markets for radio (commercial, public service, and community), scheduling, marketing and how to tailor your own show to listeners. Radio shows produced on Future Creative: Radio will be available for download online.”

They have a £500 ten-day Future Creative: Games coming in April 2012.

Samantha writes to say that she is a final-year Creative Entrepreneurship student with Staffordshire University (specialising in Graphic Design for print) and that she is looking for a placement or shadowing position within art and design. Ideally one that will enable her to understand… “how some creative businesses operate differently than others”. More details from Samantha at:

The government has just announced that £250 million of public money will be diverted from colleges and other training providers, to directly fund employers with £2,275 of subsidy to offer genuine vocational training to jobless 16 to 24-year-olds. This builds on the success of the existing apprenticeships scheme. A total of £50 million will be available for the first year of the scheme (2012), and “businesses of all sizes and from all sectors can apply for cash from the New Year.” Hopefully some of the training will be among creative industries firms. Watch Creative Stoke for more details of this in the New Year.

The government recently confirmed that feature-film tax breaks would continue to 2015. Apparently these public subsidies do not cover animation.


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