Creative Wakefield Advance

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Advance empowers creatives to realise their full potential and take their work to the next level.

Advance is a new support programme for creative and cultural practitioners, freelancers, organisations and SMEs based in Wakefield and the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

Brought to you by Creative England, Advance is delivered in partnership with Wakefield District Council and funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.

Are you looking to forge your own career in the creative industries?

Do you need help with starting, growing or scaling a creative business/organisation?

Do you live, work or study in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region?

If so, we want to hear from you!

Get in touch with the Advance team

How Can We Help?

We are offering bespoke advice and guidance from creative industry mentors who have been there and done it. As an Advance participant, you will receive 10 hours of fully funded mentoring from an industry leader to help you realise your creative ambitions. A few examples of what an Advance mentor could you help you with:

  • Creating new content, products or services
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising and Investment
  • Business planning
  • Marketing and PR
  • Leadership
  • Developing networks

How do I become an Advance participant?

To receive mentoring, you must first complete an application form. There are two forms to choose from:

  1. If you are an individual applicant or freelancer, apply here.
  2. If you are a Limited Company, Charity, CIC or other type of organisation apply here.

How is my mentor chosen?

You ultimately have the decision on who supports you. You might already have someone in mind. If so, you can let us know on your application form and subject to Creative England’s recruitment process, they can be added to our pool of mentors.

If you don’t have a mentor in mind, just tell us what kind of expertise you’re looking for and we will suggest a range of options for you to choose from.

Creative England has over 150 industry consultants on our books, so we’re bound to find somebody that’s right for you.

Who is eligible for mentoring?

Applicants must either be a registered sole trader/freelancer, SME, CIC or Charity based in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

In some cases, we’re also able to work with pre-starts but it’s best to submit an enquiry first before taking the time to complete an application form. The Advance team will then be in touch to find out more about the support you’re looking for.

If we aren’t able to help, we can signpost you to other support available. This might be in the form of other Creative England programmes or support from other providers such as Ad:Venture.

We can support mentees from any creative industry subsector including but not limited to:

Film & TV

Games

Animation

Digital

Immersive Tech

Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Music/Audio Production

Museums and Galleries

Architecture

Publishing

Advertising

How do I become an Advance mentor?

We’re always on the lookout for industry experts to join our books. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor on the Advance programme, you can submit an enquiry here.

To find out more about this programme, visit the Creative Wakefield website and sign up to the Creative Wakefield network to be kept up to date with news of upcoming events, funding and other opportunities.