Times are tough...
It’s not news that this year has hit our world-leading creative sector hard.
The creative industries employs over 2 million people in the UK and every one of those people has been impacted in some way. Theatres are still empty, music venues are closed, galleries are operating at a loss, film & TV productions are navigating COVID rules to try to keep going, the fashion industry is still recovering from being ground to a holt, to name but a few of the issues facing our sector. We’ve talked to our members and know first-hand thousands of creatives are still in crisis, particularly freelancers who have fallen through the gaps of government support and young people trying to start their careers during the most impossible of circumstances.
It's time to come together...
What people in the creative industries need now is connection – to each other, to opportunities, to inspiration for a brighter future. We are the Creative Industries Federation, a not-for-profit organisation that connects, supports and champions all of the UK’s creative industries. and we believe connection changes everything. That's why we have launched our crowdfund to enable our community to come together to reach and to help those in our industry facing the worst of times and give them the chance to connect, and access the support, education and job opportunities and advice – with a little bit of inspiration - to help them get back on their feet.
What we'll do with the money
Our crowdfunding campaign is now dedicated to tackling creatives facing real hardship - for every donation made we're aiming to help a creative get back on their feet.
> 1,000 memberships + Festival Passes
We are partnering with the Creative Mentoring Network and others to provide free memberships for over 1,000 UK creatives for a year*, including tickets to our three-day online, Creative Coalition 2020, to those who need it most. This will provide those struggling in the sector with:
Extensive networking opportunities to ensure they get their work in front of the right people
Free business and personal growth resources
Access to weekly events and workshops
The chance to shape government opinion through advocacy consultations
The opportunity to join our thriving online creative community via The Federation Workplace
Full access to our three-day festival, Creative Coalition 2020 with industry speakers offering practical advice and support alongside inspiration for the future of our creative industries, as well as enabling them to network and find the business leads they need to recover
If we reach £30,000 we will give 1,000 community memberships and festival tickets to those who need it most. Each donation will help us get towards our target.
Meeting new people and finding work is incredibly hard at the moment - and we know it. Far from your standard digital ZOOM fest, this new festival is all about creating opportunities for creative practitioners to network new business leads, find out about funding, get business critical insights and practical support - as well as be inspired by some brilliant creative leaders like Sir Steve McQueen, Jefferson Hack, June Sarpong OBE and the BBC Director General, Tim Davie CBE to name but a few. Take a look at the full programme here.
Membership to the Creative Industries Federation means being a part of the UK’s biggest creative network spanning across all of the creative industries – across film, fashion, art, architecture, design, music and all that’s in between. With a network of over 10,000 creatives and benefits that include advocacy, networking, a growing list of cutting edge tools and resources to help you find jobs and opportunities, membership is a powerful way for those in our creative communities to stay connected to the support they need. Find out more here
Please give your support
No-one who works in the creative industries should be left feeling alone and isolated from the support they need to get through.
We know we speak for us all in the creative industries when we say that we can't let any more brilliant minds going to waste as a result of this pandemic.
Please pledge whatever you can. Every £1 raised will go to helping freelancers and young people who have been knocked by this crisis, get back on their feet.
More about Creative Coalition 2020
Reimagine, redefine, reignite
Live streamed from Kings Place, London
and venues across the UK
9 – 11 November, 2020
Be at THE creative industries event of the year!
Streaming live across the country, with over 60 sessions, over six stages, this 3-day virtual festival will be THE place where collaborations are forged, new ideas created and where all of our creative futures are re-imagined.
With over 200 leading creative practitioners, including Ruby Wax, Dan Gillespie Sells, George the Poet, Dr. Mya-Rose Craig, Jefferson Hack, Bruce Daisley, Liv Little, Konnie Huq, June Sarpong and Tim Davie CBE, alongside speakers from Netflix, Lionsgate, Banjay UK, English National Ballet, Sky Arts, Tortoise Media, Channel 4 and more.
Now more than ever, it's important we get together to reignite and rebuild one of Britain’s most amazing and fastest growing sectors.
What's our idea?
Now more than ever, it's important we get together to reignite and rebuild one of Britain’s most amazing and fastest growing sectors. The Creative Industries Federation and Creative England are launching a transformational new festival which will provide a powerful platform to reimagine and redefine the creative sector.
Leading the conversation and celebrations; we have an unmissable line-up of inspirational speakers, performances and live experiences, as we aim to address the issues most affecting our industry, come together to celebrate creativity and build creative solutions to enable us to grow and to thrive.
Access to the money, the people, the ideas
In a ZOOM crazy world, one of the key challenges facing the creative industries in lockdown has been meeting new people and networking with them to source new opportunities and business. This is our event's USP - at the click of a button you'll get the chance to meet a really exciting and diverse mix of industry players from across the sectors with:
opportunities for cross-sector networking using virtual venue software Hopin
multiple interactive areas optimised for connecting people
move in and out of rooms just like an in-person event and dip into festival content
enjoy live content from venues across the country, streamed directly to your desk, tablet or phone
message or get into a video call business meeting with people you’re interested in
hang out at our daily networking hour - get into really good conversations
...no more standing at the side of a conference room awkwardly eating a vol au vent working up courage to speak...
speak to who you want, when you want - instantly!
World class creativity at the click of a mouse
Join the festival for as much as little as you like, from anywhere in the UK. Drop into a session, watch it with your team, have it playing in the background - or grab a packet of Hobnobs, curl up in your favourite chair and max out on three days of all access creativity.
See our exciting programme here
Find out more about joining the Creative Industries federation here > https://join.creativeindustriesfederation.com/join/
Help us support those hardest hit
*Includes access to the Creative Industries Federation Workplace til March 2021.