Five hundred artists will be commissioned to make fresh and innovative short films, audio and interactive works in a new talent development scheme launched by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

New Creatives will give artists aged 16-30 the chance to develop their technical and creative skills and have work commissioned for BBC platforms. The programme will particularly focus on giving opportunities to young artists from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts and broadcasting. Commissioned artists will be encouraged to push creative boundaries, reach new audiences and reflect their experiences of living in Britain today.

A New Creatives Network of five creative media production organisations across England are being tasked to find, nurture and showcase emerging talent, including Rural Media in the Midlands.

Each centre will act as a regional development hub to support talent and work with other partners across the wider area to support diversity and social mobility in the arts and broadcasting.

The deadline for applications for New Creatives is midnight, Sunday 10 March 2019. Full information can be found here.

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