We want to help Midlothian's self-employed, creative artists community survive the global pandemic crisis.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for everyone. MiM continues its mission to be a platform for everyone in our community to enjoy and explore the creative arts.
Based on community feedback, we've developed a Community Resilience Programme to support self-employed creative artists, stimulate the local economy and encourage creativity as a way to improve mental health and well being.
We've already started adjusting our activities to go online, with your help, we can do so much more.
The MiM Music Programme used it's National Lottery funding to bring activities online, like these:
- Virtual Kid's Choir: Sing a Song, Pass it along
- Weekly Harmonies with local band, Chameleon Lady
- Saturday sessions with Sound Lounge
- My Music Monday
- More projects in the works!
Support self-employed creatives
We want to pay creatives for safely providing services online, such as book readings, performances, tutorials and workshops.
£1,500 will help us pay for over 75 hours of professional creatives' time.
£1050 will help us pay for materials and technical support needed for those hours.
Stimulating the local economy
We will launch a MiM Makers Marketplace website. It will be a global platform to shop online for quality products "Made in Midlothian". Midlothian based crafters, artists, musicians and other creatives will have the opportunity to sell their wares, via their own "shopfront" on the website for only 5% commission, MiM only gets paid if they sell! There will also be an option to subscribe to a premium service for £10 per month plus commission which will offer further promotion, featured maker/product posts plus business advice and other support.
MiM will promote the website, initially by pointing local people to Midlothian creatives, fulfilling the need to "keep it local" and stay connected, even through trying times.
On the longterm, MiM Marketplace will be a platform to reach our vision to see Midlothian globally recognised for its abundance of creative talent and the community that actively supports it. This will drive sales internationally.
£2,400 of our funds raised will go towards back office website maintenance for 2 years
Creativity as a way to improve mental health and wellbeing
We believe that being creative is good for the mind and the heart. With a full programme of online activities for people of all ages, we hope to give people a mood lift, a new hobby or even inspire an artistic passion!
As a community, we can work together to thrive, as we did before, not just survive.
When it's safe, we'll have another smashing MiM event to celebrate how we made it through to the other side. Together.
Find out more
What is MiM?
Made in Midlothian (MiM) is a registered Community Interest Company. We are a volunteer-run social enterprise and every penny we make goes right back to our community.
Who are MiM?
MiM is led by a diverse team of passionate volunteers. Meet the Leadership Team here.
Where can I find out more about MiM?
You can visit our website www.madeinmidlothian.com.