Grant for Creative People and Places

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Wednesday, 22 February 2012 03:31

14 February 2012 – New Creative People and Places Fund Launched

Arts Council England is accepting applications to its new Creative People and Places Fund. Arts Council England is offering funding to local consortiums to help get local people involved in the arts across parts of England where arts involvement is considerably below the national average.

Funding will be given to these areas to establish long-term partnerships between local communities and arts organisations, museums, libraries and local authorities, called Creative People and Places. The programme aims to empower them to experiment with new and innovative approaches to develop inspiring, sustainable arts programmes that will engage audiences in those communities.

A total of £37 million will be available to establish around 15 projects between autumn 2012 and autumn 2015.

It is anticipated that the majority of proposals will be for between £500,000 and £3 million over three years. It is expected that at least 10% of total project costs should come from other sources. This can also be in kind.

Consortiums of local communities, arts organisations, museums, libraries and local authorities are eligible to apply. If you are not familiar with applying for grant funding there is some guidance and support at, and a course will also be available soon.

Intentions to apply should be registered by 23 March 2012. The deadline for first round applications is 13 April 2012.

A second round of applications will take place in autumn 2012. For more information, visit the Arts Council England website (opens new window).

Source: Arts Council England, 13/02/12

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Getting your book published

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Friday, 17 February 2012 12:29

Getting a book published can be a frustrating process, although now there are so many more ways of bringing your idea to people’s attention.

I’m going to pop a few hints and tips here over the next few weeks so that you can slowly consider how you would like to get your ideas into the public at large.

Novelty and Imaginative Books

Even though many writers slave over copy for months or years, others can turn an novel idea into print with a lot less labour. Look at these 3 examples:

Everything Men Know About Women: 20th Anniversary Editon by Dr Alan Francis has an eye-catching cover and well-considered synopsis. And it has over 100 blank pages!
Not so good to re-read, it falls neatly into the novelty gift that can sell in 1,000’s if you get it displayed in the right places.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio Edition) by Chris van Allsburg has a minimalist approach but far more potential (IMO) for its target market in children’s books. A title, indistinct picture and the fist line are all that you are given for each story in the book, and they form the invitation for the reader to make up the rest of the tale.
I have linked to the special portfolio edition but there is a lower-priced option.

The Complete Book of Questions and the very similar The Book of Questions (by different authors) offer no answers – just pages of questions that give the reader the opportunity to challenge themselves or companions about their values, experiences and ambitions. Excellent for starting some profound conversations or moral debates either alone or in a group.

It is also amusing that a good idea can be imitated more easily than a storyline!

All these are different ideas whose value lies in the thoughts they trigger, not the word count.

Have fun with your book ideas!

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