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Innovative People - Innovative Cities: Accessing finance and funding


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Beam in collaboration with the Wakefield Business Support Programme presented a day-long creative and practical conversation exploring recent/current trends - in the UK and internationally - about how towns and cities are using the arts and creative businesses to develop, and how artists and creatives are responding to the opportunities. This document provides an overview to access finance and funding for those involved in the arts and creative industries.

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Innovative People - Innovative Cities: Accessing finance and funding

  1. 1. Accessing Finance and Funding Creative, Digital and Cultural SMEs We’ve put some information together to help you find financial support in your sector and hope you find this helpful. This is just a sample of the help available to your industry – Our Business Advisors can help you find the right source of support for you and your business. If you want to talk to a Business Advisor to discuss your own individual business needs please contact us at the Wakefield Business Support Programme and we’ll do whatever we can to help! The support is free and is tailored to your needs. Our contact details are: Tel – 01924 306008 Email - Digital R&D Fund for the Arts The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a £7 million fund to support collaboration between organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers. We want to see projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or develop new business models for the arts sector. With a dedicated researcher or research team as part of the three-way collaboration, learning from the project can be captured and disseminated to the wider arts sector. We have introduced two strands within the fund, which adhere to the key values of the fund,. These are the Call for Big Data and Research+.
  2. 2. Creative Industry Finance What is it? Creative Industry Finance is an exciting new joint initiative between Key Fund & Arts Council England designed to help Yorkshire and Humbers creative businesses develop and grow. How will you be supported? Through the Creative Industry Finance programme you will receive: 1. Free, tailored and practical one-to-one business support from Key Funds experienced creative sector business advisors. 2. An opportunity to apply for a specialist creative industry loan of between £5,000 - £25,000 Who can apply? Creative Industry Finance is available to Yorkshire and Humber based businesses who can show that creativity is at the heart of their business and have been trading for at least 6 months. In order to be considered for the programme, your business has to be from one of the following creative sector categories:  Architecture  Crafts  Computer games  Design  Fashion  Film  Video  Music  Performing arts  Publishing / Literature  Computer software  TV  Radio  Visual arts How can you apply? If your business can meet the above eligibility criteria, then either email us directly at or visit to complete a short online application form. Creative Industry Finance is an Arts Council England initiative delivered in partnership with Key Fund
  3. 3. Creative England Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. We aim to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. We help identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs. What we do  Grow talent and businesses  Address market failure and raise ambition  Build the right climate for creative industries to thrive Why we do it Because England’s creative businesses are already a big success.  They generate jobs, profile and value. They drive innovation. We can help raise their ambition further  But some are under-capitalised and under-skilled. They need better access to mentoring, infrastructure, business planning, finance, markets, new ideas and wider networks. We help provide it  And because there is a damaging inequality of access to these things between London and the rest of the country, talent is wasted, opportunities are lost. We believe London’s world position should benefit the whole country How we do it We don’t just invest money; we provide a ‘money plus’ service. We are building strong, long-term relationships with industry and our partners. We provide practical support for film and TV production; organise networking and events; provide mentoring, information and business advice. We connect and combine local knowledge with national and international reach.  We help grow talent and businesses  We help secure a sustainable infrastructure of support for creative companies outside London  We identify new and expanding markets for creative content  We promote the creative talent of the English regions to the world  We champion the economic and cultural contribution of the creative industries Web Tel 0844 824 6042