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Arts Council England expands creativity grants to include DJs, sound engineers, lighting designers, more

The DYCP grant budget has also increased to £18 million

Arts Council England has expanded its creativity grants to include DJs, sound engineers, lighting designers, and more.

As part of the continued funding schemes for the music and creative industries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Arts Council England has announced that applications for Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) are open as of today, Thursday 15th October.

The DYCP have announced a budget of £18 million set to be distributed across the next 12 months, with four rounds of grants from October 2020 to October 2021. The list included in the guidance for applicants has now also been expanded to include DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers, and creative technicians.

Applicants for the fund will need to have minimum one year of experience in their field outside of a formal educational setting, and if they are unsuccessful, can reapply again throughout the following rounds.

Arts Council England have also created a video guide for creatives and their applications, Introduction to Developing your Creative Practice, which you can watch below.

Apply for the Arts Council England DYCP here. The application process for this round will close on the 5th November, and you can apply for grants of between £2,000 to £10,000.

Earlier this week, 1,385 UK arts organisations and venues were awarded portions of a £257 million grant from the Government. You can find the full list of organisations set to receive funding here, along with the amount each will receive, here.