Craven District Council



Visiting Arts

The website offers good resources for the promotion of international arts, including info on UK festivals and a very useful Red-Tape section for foreign artists visiting the UK (inc. working permits, visas, medical covers, etc). Visit the Notice Board section to keep in touch with funding and event announcements and other opportunities.
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International Intelligence on Culture

Formerly known as the International Arts Bureau, Intelligence on Culture provides consultancy and 'soft' intelligence on developments in the international cultural sector to a wide range of cultural and governmental organisations, including the Arts Council of England and the European institutions. It also runs a free enquiry helpdesk on behalf of the Arts Council of England for artists and arts organisations looking for information on cultural policies, contacts overseas or funding opportunities for international projects.
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The website features general guidelines and a searchable database of resources for the arts and cultural sector in Europe.
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Fuel 4 Arts

Excellent website for marketing tools and ideas to take your art further
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National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Visit the website to find out more about NESTA's programmes, most recent awards and vision of the future, or to apply online for the Invention and Innovation awards.
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Arts & Business

Arts & Business is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate creative partnerships between the corporate world and the arts. It runs various training, skill-matching and mentoring programmes to help arts organisations and occasionally individual artists benefit from the support of volunteering business people in many aspects of their business. Info and case studies can be found on the website along with lists of related publications, and contact details for A&B's branches across the UK.
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The British Council, Performing Arts Department

The British Council creates and consolidates cross-cultural links between the UK and other countries, encouraging UK practitioners to export their skills and services by showcasing their work at home and overseas. The Performing Arts Department can offer advice and sometimes, financial assistance for any form of high quality overseas music project.
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Voluntary Arts Network

Although VAN itself is not a grant-making body, this section of the site aims to give you the advice and guidance you need when seeking or applying for funds.
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The Arts Council of England

The website also features general information on the arts in the UK, has a variety of reports and publications that you can order, and offers good links to support and training resources across all art forms.
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Arts Hub

The UK's online home for arts workers
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Community Development Resources

Phil Bartle

Community Empowerment and Training Modules How to get what you need - to do what you want. This excellent site is not a source of funds, but Phil’s training modules can teach you how to get funds and covers many aspects of fundraising.
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Community Tool Box

The Tool Box provides practical information to support your work in promoting community health and development. This web site is created and maintained by the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (U.S.A). Developed in collaboration with AHEC/Community Partners in Amherst, Massachusetts, the site has been on line since 1995, and it continues to grow on a weekly basis.
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European Cultural Foundation

The ECF is an independent advocacy and grant making body promoting intercultural dialogue and working to strengthen Europe's cultural dimension. More info on its agenda, funding programme and eligibility criteria can be found online.
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The Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund features on its website a range of funding streams which may be suitable for your project. These include grants for rurally based activities and capital projects.
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Heritage Lottery Fund

If your activity is based around heritage - in its broadest form - it may be worth checking the Heritage Lottery Fund website which has various different funding streams on offer.
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Grants Online

A searchable online database of national and European funding sources, complete with useful grants directory and mind-maps. The company can also consult and assist in your applications for funding.
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The Directory of Social Change

DSC provides training and information to the charity sector. It publishes a range of fundraising guides to help organisations identify national and international sources of funding from the private and public sectors.
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Arts Council Grants for the Arts

Grants for the Arts is the name under which the Arts Council England distributes lottery funds for arts projects. When you go to the Arts Council website, look for the Grants for the Arts links. If you want to apply for funding from Grants for the Arts, it's worth talking to the Arts Development Officer at Craven District Council email or tel 01756 706408 for an initial conversation.
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Awards for All

A Lottery money scheme, Awards for All provides small grants to individuals and organisations with projects that promote the arts, crafts and sport to the community.
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A gateway to private and public European funding searchable by sector, complete with practical advice.
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Grantnet is a search engine paid for by North Yorkshire County Council for all organisations based in North Yorkshire. Fill in the brief questionnaire, and the search engine provides you with a list of possible funders. It's excellent and free.
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Local Arts Organisations

Settle Stories

Settle Stories is an Arts and Heritage Charity based in the the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Established in 2010 we use stories and storytelling to touch the lives of ordinary people and strengthen communities. There are three main strands to our work. "The Settle Storytelling Festival "The W.R. Mitchell Archive "The Learning Programme The Settle Storytelling Festival brings internationally known and award winning artists to Settle for families and people from all sections of the community to enjoy. In addition we also celebrate and profile the stories of Yorkshire. Our audience for the festival comes from accross the UK and audiences have doubled in size since our first festival in 2010. In early 2012, we established the W.R. Mitchell Archive which preserves the vivid oral histories from Yorkshire in a digital library of recordings. Most have never been heard since they were recorded. The recordings were collected by journalist and Dalesman Bill Mitchell over a period of sixty years. The Learning Programme is a chance for people of all ages to develop their storymaking and storytelling skills in a supportive environment. We run regular workshops in schools and for the general public as well as provide a Storytelling Club for people to practice their skills. Our Corporate Training programme helps organisations and businesses to transform the way they communicate with their staff, clients, customers and suppliers.
Tel:   07587 242645
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Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival of Music and Arts, the midsummer fortnight of fun where the very best in the art world visit our beautiful corner of the country.
Tel:   01756 752691
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Yarndale is a festival of creativity celebrating traditional and contemporary crafts using wool, cotton, linen and silk in an area which is still the home of many yarn based businesses. Held at Skipton Auction Mart in September  Yarndale is an exciting new event for established and new creative talents.
Tel:   01756 770323
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Chrysalis Arts

Chryalis Arts has been creating art in public spaces and live art since 1987. The company undertakes: Commissions, Collaborative work, Community involvement projects, Education projects, Temporary and Live works and Training and Professional Development
Tel:   01756 749222
Fax:   01756 749334
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Art Connections

Art Connections is a project initiated by Chrysalis Arts to develop and support creative businesses in the visual arts, crafts and public art sectors across North Yorkshire.
Tel:   01756 748529
Fax:   01756 749934
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Pioneer Projects

Pioneer Projects Ltd is a nationally renowned arts and health charity, based in Bentham on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, that uses the arts and celebration to promote the health and well being of communities.
Tel:   015242 62672
Fax:   015242 62672
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Settle Victoria Hall

Settle Victoria Hall is a Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Settle. Originally a Victorian music hall, it now offers a variety of flexible accommodation for hire for a range of events, functions and conferences. It also hosts a wide variety of professional and community arts activities throughout the year. See the Settle Victoria Hall website for more information about what's on and how to hire the hall.
Tel:   01729 825718
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Local Information

Skipton Events

Skipton Town Council has recently launched a new website - - to give you more information about what's happening in Skipton
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Travel Dales

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Yorkshire Dales Society

The Yorkshire Dales Society is an independent charity which has been operating to protect, conserve and promote the Dales for nearly 25 years. It provides a voice for people who care about the Dales to be heard at local and national level, enabling them to be represented in local consultations, planning and decision making.
Tel:   01943 461938
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Music funding schemes

Women in Music

Women in Music is a free membership organisation that encourages and enables women to make music. It offers advice and information and runs a new Commissioning Fund. Check the website for application details and information about equality of opportunity, including resources on music and disability.
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Making Music

Making Music is a membership organisation supporting amateur and semi-professional music groups, including choirs, orchestras and music promoters in the UK. It assists its members through lobbying activities, information, funding and training opportunities and a comprehensive range of artistic and administrative services.
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National Foundation for Youth Music

The National Foundation for Youth Music aims to promote music making among young people up to 18 years of age through the funding of community projects, particularly in areas of social and economic deprivation. Visit the website for details on the various schemes available and to find a Youth Music regional co-coordinator, plus good links to national and regional music resources including grant making trusts.
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Music Sound Foundation

Set up by EMI Records in 1997, the Foundation aims to improve people's access to music by awarding grants and bursaries to schools or individuals for the purchase of music equipment, composition and performance, or research in sound reproduction or the history of music.
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The BRIT Trust

The BRIT Trust is the charitable arm of the BPI (see separate entry). It distributes small grants for projects that aim "to encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music", excluding individual grants, scholarships or capital grants.
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Musicians Benevolent Fund

The MBF is the music business's own charity. It provides help to musicians and those in related occupations when illness, accident or old age brings stress or financial burdens. The MBF also provides financial support to young instrumentalists (usually in the final stages of study) and runs several music awards. Visit the Education section of the MBF portal for more details.
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The Musician's Benevolent Fund

Details of music awards and scholarships, and support for musicians in need.
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Sound and Music

Sound and Music promotes challenging contemporary music and sound art through a range of projects, incorporating live events, learning, artist development, and digital platforms. We embrace complexity and risk-taking and invite the audience to listen in new ways. Our ambition is to reach as broad an audience as possible by providing opportunities to experience the enormous diversity of work in this area and different approaches to creating, producing and presenting it. Simply, we want more people to discover the joy and rewards of listening.
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Performing Rights Society Foundation

PRSF is an independent charitable company whose overall aim is to increase the public's exposure to new British music and to encourage, promote and stimulate UK music creation and its performance of all genres and at all levels of activity. PRSF prides itself on being a model of good practice within the arts funding system, with simple application forms, a fast turn around on decision-making and an open door policy. Visit the website for application details.
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Jazz Services

Funded by the Arts Council of England, Jazz Services promotes jazz in the UK through information, school projects and touring support initiatives. Jazz Services publishes various publications and directories, and offers access to a large resource database from its website.
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Training and advice

Voluntary Arts

Voluntary Arts aims to promote participation in the arts and crafts across the UK. It's an excellent organisation with plenty of downloadable free material specially for events organisers etc to help with publicity, fundraising, governance and much more.
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Creative North Yorkshire

The Creative North Yorkshire website is designed to help and support creative practitioners and businesses across York & North Yorkshire. Packed with information about what's on, training courses, and a very comprehenesive list of web links, it's definitely worth clicking the link.
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SkillSet is the Sector Skills Council for Broadcast, Film, Video and Interactive Media, acting for the professional development of those who work, or wish to work, in the creative industries. The SkillSet resource website is packed with information on careers and jobs, studies and training, including SkillSet's own Professional Qualifications and ways to finance them.
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Professional and Career Development Loan

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan. You make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. Then once youve stopped studying, you pay it back in the normal way. The difference with a Professional and Career Development Loan is that the Skills Funding Agency pays the interest on the loan while youre studying  and for one month afterwards.
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National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Advice, support, professional help and training available through this excellent organisation.
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Festivals North Yorkshire

The York and North Yorkshire Festivals and Events project is a North Yorkshire Culture priority project and is funded by Arts Council England Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council. This is an ongoing project to support and develop the festival and events sector in York and North Yorkshire. It includes not only this website but also the running of a series of training events for festival and event organisers and the support and coordination of the organisers networks throughout the area.
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Clore Leadership Training Programmes

The Clore Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation which aims to strengthen leadership across a wide range of cultural activities. This includes the visual and performing arts, film, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, creative industries and cultural policy and administration. We offer Fellowships and Short Courses for individual leaders, and training for members of Boards of Directors of cultural organisations. We also aim to disseminate the lessons we learn and to speak out more generally as advocates for cultural leadership and excellence.
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Event Management Guide

Email us for the free Event Management Guide for events organisers, updated with the latest legislation information, website links and useful templates for essential paperwork.


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