Creative Coalition 2020

by Creative Industries Federation in London, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £30,300

raised so far



Help those hit hardest in the UK's creative industries to connect to the support, education, opportunities and inspiration they need

by Creative Industries Federation in London, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th November 2020 we'd raised £30,300 with 70 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Raising more money will allow us to add extra sessions onto the festival and invite more creative practitioners across the UK to access the festival and be part of something bigger.

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. 

Creative Coalition 2020 Festival  

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 

  • 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 

About Membership 

Find out more about joining the Creative Industries federation here >

Help us support those hardest hit 

*Includes access to the Creative Industries Federation Workplace til March 2021.


Choose these exclusive rewards, a set of 4 artisan coasters by Ravesi on the left >>>>>



This project offered rewards

£55 or more

£55 Festival Day Pass – Buy One, Give One

Attend our Creative Coalition festival for a day of your choice to access in unique thought leadership, insights and skills training. Dip in and our during the day - or watch the whole lot from your desk. See programme below. Pick this reward for £55. We will give a pass to someone in the creative industries who needs it most. PLEDGE NOW> PAY IT FORWARD

£5 or more

£5 - a high five and a postcard of thanks!

Pledge a fiver to show your support and we'll send you an ever so cool postcard, featuring #OurWorldWithout campaign, to say a big creative industries thankyou! Your support really counts - the more we raise, the more creatives we can help across the UK!

£10 or more

£10 Go gaming with Ian Livingstone CBE

Play a digital board game on with the UK Games supremo and our board director, Ian Livingstone CBE. As the co-founder of Games Workshop, creator of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and owner of more that 1,000 board games, you'll have an epic challenge on your hands! If you pledge £10 you will be entered into a prize draw to have the chance to challenge this titan of creative industries. You can also choose to enter a

£20 or more

Big up your business with a tweet of thanks

Help us deliver our festival and help creative industries whatever COVID-19 sends our way. Give us twenty and we'll give a shout out to your company in our tweet of thanks to our 50,000+ community

£35 or more

£35 Mentoring for your business

Let the industry experts at Creative England mentor you and help get your business into shape. Everything from new skills in writing a business plan to confidence to creativity to film production to TV production, marketing, investment-readiness will be unlocked! Or why not donate this time on behalf of a young person, freelancer or micro business who could use the support PLEDGE NOW AND HELP CREATIVE INDUSTRIES >

£35 or more

Exclusive: Set of 4 Ravisi designed BLM coasters

To support our festival D&I theme these exclusive coasters feature Liv Little (Founder of Gal-dem), June Sarpong (British Television Presenter), Amanda Robinson (Fitness Instructor), Surelle Stevens (Transgender Activist). Made by CIF member artisan design company, RAVISI leads with love and compassion to champion a mission in support of communities who face exclusion and isolation on the grounds of their race or sexual identity.

£50 or more

£50 - Sponsor a Young Person's Festival Pass

Pledge £50 today and help the Creative Mentor Network give a young person from a lower social economic background an opportunity to attend the festival and access the amazing connections, funding and career opportunities it can deliver. PLEDGE NOW> HELP EMERGING TALENT

£144 or more

£144 - 3 Day Festival Pass & membership – Buy One,

Pledge £144 and we'll reward you with... Festival Full 3 Day Pass AND one year Community Membership* - You’ll join CIF as a member* and get free access to the entire festival - 3 days of unique and insightful talks, experiences, networking and performances (Normal price £150!). Plus we’ll give this reward to a freelancer, young person or emerging talent who might benefit from the support PLEDGE NOW, PAY IT FORWARD>

£350 or more

£350 - Leadership mentoring with Belinda Budge

Get one to one mentoring on strategy and leadership from Ex Harper Collins MD and publishing guru Belinda Budge. You can also choose to donate this mentoring to a freelancer or business that you feel could really do with the support right now.

£450 or more

£450 - Showcase your business!

£450 Showcase your business to the entire creative industries! Produce one session, discussing your work, priorities, and values. This session will be 'Brought to you by' your company. Get recognition in the event programme as a Community Editorial Partner of the festival. Formal recognition of support in the Chief Executive's welcome remarks. Show the creative industries what you're made of!

£500 or more

Dinner Ian Livingstone CBE & Lord Vaizey

Play a game of 7 Wonders over dinner with the UK Games supremo and our board director, Ian Livingstone CBE and former Creative Industries and Culture Minister Ed, now Lord, Vaizey. Your £500 will go towards enabling 5 young people and emerging talent to attend the festival for free.

£3,000 or more

£3000 Editorial Partner

Recognition in the event programme as an Editorial Partner of the festival and the Chief Executive's welcome remarks. Produce one session, discussing your work, priorities, and values. This session will be 'Brought to you by' your company. Have the opportunity to be a lead speaker or chair in an additional session. Inclusion and credit in the event showreel email newsletters and all channels. Reach 50,000+

£10,000 or more

£10000 Headline Creative Partner

Industry exclusivity and recognition across all event programming and branding as a Festival Headline Partner of the festival. Formal recognition of support in the Chief Executive's welcome remarks. Curate up to five sessions or chair in a session, around a priority area of your choice. Opportunity to highlight your clients and values to both member exclusive and open access events.

£10 or more

£10 The Freelance Bible

Worth £10.99, grab yourself a copy of this book that tells you everything you need to go solo in any industry. Author Alison Grade, who will be speaking at the festival, has kindly donated 5 copies so you can get the benefit of the best freelance advice in the industry.

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