Unlock Creative Industries Support Programme: Information sessions

Co-working and Unlock Support Programme Briefing at Seventeen Nineteen: Thursday 23 May, 11am-2pm (group briefing at 11.30am and 1.30pm)
Co-working and Unlock Support Programme Briefing at Pop Recs Ltd: Thursday 30 May, 11am-2pm (group briefing at 11.30am and 1.30pm)
Zoom Briefing Session: Tuesday 4 June, 6pm

Join Laura Brewis and Helen Green for an information session on the Unlock Creative Industries Support Programme, which will support sole traders, organisations and businesses who work in the creative industries in Sunderland to develop and grow their creative business.

There are three different strands of the programme: (1) Unlock Creative Development Grant: a grant of £1000 to support the development of your creative business (2) Unlock Mentoring Programme: a programme which offers bespoke mentoring support to advance your creative practice or develop your creative business. (3) Unlock Backstage Programme: a specialist programme aimed at practitioners already working in the arts/entertainment sector who want to develop skills in lighting and sound for performance

Each creative business can only receive support from one strand of the programme.

At all sessions, there will be a chance to hear about each strand, ask individual questions and or/ book in a 1-2-1 to discuss your ideas. At “real life” sessions, there will also be the chance to do some co-working and grab a cuppa on us. Unlock is funded by the UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund. It is a part of the Sunderland Innovate and Grow enterprise programme, led by University of Sunderland. To register to attend, please complete the form below: https://forms.office.com/e/8Dqhnm3Bk2

Unlock Creative Industries Support Programme: Eligibility Criteria

• You must be at least 18 years of age.

• You must have a home or business address registered in Sunderland. You can check whether your postcode is eligible here: https://gbr01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/GetUrlReputation

• The fund applies to sole-traders, freelancers, CIC, LTDs, registered charities and other registered businesses. Your business must be registered with the relevant authority (HMRC/ Companies House/ Charities Commission) at the point of application and have been trading for at least 12 months.

• Creative industries are defined broadly as a business with creativity at its heart – for example design, music, publishing, architecture, film and video, crafts, visual arts, fashion, TV and radio, advertising, literature, computer games and the performing arts.

• You must be committed to completing relevant paperwork and meetings associated with the support

• You must be able to complete grant activity by February 2025. The grant cannot support the costs of activity that has already taken place.


Sunderland Innovate and Grow is a partnership project between the University of Sunderland and Sunderland City Council and consists of four main strands with activities that support all steps of the innovation cycle through:

· Identifying and promoting new technologies to stimulate innovation in process, product and business model via subject innovation specialists (Arrow);

· Addressing gaps in business capacity and capability to innovate through active engagement and grant support, and student and graduate placements (Arrow and Innovation Placements);

· Spotting innovative ideas and bringing them to market through engagement with commercial partners (Northern Accelerator);

· Addressing innovation needs in the creative sector by engaging sector specialises, Sunderland Culture

Sunderland Innovate and Grow is funded by the UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Leveling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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