Grants boost for Birmingham festivals

By on 11/01/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Martin Mullaney has outlined his vision for a year-round calendar of festivals across the city.

And Cllr Mullaney is inviting grant applications from new independent or niche festivals across the city - to make that vision become reality.

The Emerging Festivals Fund aims to support independent festivals which have the best potential of raising Birmingham's cultural profile, ensuring residents have access to high quality facilities, programmes and activities locally.

The programme will be managed and administered by Birmingham City Council’s Arts Service on behalf of Birmingham Cultural Partnership and festival organisers can apply for grants of between £499 and £5,000.

Cllr Mullaney said: “This exciting programme paves the way for the organisers of niche festivals across Birmingham to make a real contribution to cultural life in the city.

“A vibrant, year-long programme of festivals would not only be great news for the people of Birmingham but would also improve visitor perceptions of our city.

The key objectives of the Emerging Festivals Fund are:

  • To support emerging festivals (ie those which are new or in their second or third year of presenting a festival), where they can demonstrate the potential to become niche events which will contribute significantly to economic impact, visitor numbers or media profile for Birmingham by
  • improved quality and quantity of artistic programme
  • audience development especially amongst groups which are under-represented amongst arts festival audiences (ie black and minority ethnic audiences and disabled people, people living in Birmingham's priority neighbourhoods)

An applicant organisation must:

  • be constituted as a not-for-profit company
  • be based in Birmingham
  • provide high quality Arts based festival activity in Birmingham - music, theatre, dance, visual art, craft, literature, new media
  • which is of more than one day's duration
  • have a turnover of no more than £49,999 (festivals larger than this can apply to Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts, Birmingham City Council project funding or through the LAA programme for Challenge Funding
  • have policies for Equalities and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults which meet the minimum standards required by BCC
  • provide audited accounts for two previous financial years;
  • submit the application and all supporting documentation required by 4pm on Thursday 4th February 2010

All applications must be sent to Julie A Sutton, Administrator, Arts Team, Birmingham City Council, BMAG, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH at ( by 4pm on Thursday 4th February  2010. 

Potential applicants are strongly advised to seek a surgery (1hr) with the Project Manager on Monday 25th January before submitting their project proposal.
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For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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