Metro Mayor offers more support for West of England creatives

By Anita Jaynes on 23 September, 2021

Talented creative people in the West of England who want to expand their work can now apply to join the second round of a support programme that’s already benefitting 55 freelancers and creatives who successfully applied for round one.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is inviting applications for the second round of the West of England Combined Authority’s Creative Sector Growth Programme. Those interested have until Monday 22nd November to apply, with those who are successful receiving the support from January.

Dan Norris said, “When I met the brilliant creatives who successfully applied for the first round, I sensed a real buzz about this scheme. Delivered in partnership with The Watershed, it’s helping people get back on their feet after the devastating impact of the pandemic. Now I want still more talented creative people from across the West of England to come forward to apply, so they can get help to further develop their skills and expertise, and learn from each other.”

The five-month programme is open to anyone working in the creative sector including arts and culture, film, tv production, theatre, web design, marketing and photography.

The Creative Sector Growth Programme is funded by the Creative and Cultural Recovery Fund (£500k) with match funding from the DCMS (£300k).

For details of how to apply, visit the West of England Growth Hub page.

Pictured above: Dan Norris (centre) at Bristol’s Watershed cinema

Watch this short video to see how the creative support programmes have benefitted local businesses.