Creative Producers is a professional development opportunity for emerging producers in Wider Europe; Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Western Balkans. 

The programme will develop skills and capacity, build new networks and contribute to co-production and dissemination of professional and artistic good practices across the Wider Europe and the UK. 

The programme will consist of:

  • a two-week online programme to design a creative project and idea, clearly communicating what it is, practical delivery considerations around where, when and how it will happen and crucially who it is for,
  • partial financial support and mentoring to selected project ideas for implementation and dissemination

Creative Producer

A creative professional who acts as a broker forging collaborations and relationships, connects parts of [a] network together, puts people in touch with resources, identifies advantageous development routes for creative people, and frequently translates between different parts of the ecosystem where professional languages and approaches to work often differ.

Network for Creative Enterprise, Final Report 2019

Applications and eligibility

We invite applications from emerging producers from all areas and disciplines of the cultural and creative industries.

Representatives of different genres and trends can take part in this programme: art managers and administrators of cultural venues, artists, curators, festival organisers, theatre critics and playwrights, directors, dancers, musicians and others with experience of organising cultural projects, and with the desire to develop professional skills in creative producing.

Applicants must be:

  • Above 18 years old
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in creating a new work from scratch
  • Generate a project that relates to cultural and creative sectors
  • Generate a unique project that will create a difference in the sector
  • Consider sustainability and dissemination strategy while generating the project
  • Consider engaging with the UK cultural sector
  • Generate their project addressing equality, diversity and inclusion
  • A feasible project idea to be realised between March and June 2022 with existing resources and potential Covid-19 restrictions

Terms and conditions

The programme will take place online and participants are required to:

  • Commit to all stages of the programme (see Timeline below)
  • Have good command of English (level B2 on the CEFR scale)
  • Participate in evaluation
  • Participate in interviews and/or blogs to share your experience of the programme
  • Credit the programme and partners in any future showing of project idea


Deadline for applications 1 November 2021
Successful candidates notified 8 November 2021
Online learning programme starts 15 November 2021
Online learning programme ends 28 November 2021
Deadline to submit applications for financial support 9 December 2021
Implementation and dissemination March - June 2022

How to apply

Applicants should complete and submit the online application (link at the top of the page) by Monday 1 November 2021, 10.00

In the application form applicants will be asked to submit the following:

  • A brief statement about your artistic practice to date and why you are interested to take part in this programme
  • A brief statement about what impact your project idea could have to the Wider Europe and the UK creative scene
  • A brief statement about your project idea and how you would like to implement it


Applications will be assessed by an evaluation panel formed of representation from the British Council and Curated Place.

British Council in Azerbaijan welcome applicants from Azerbaijan and in total 5 producers will be invited to take part in the programme.

The applications that are fully completed and submitted by the application deadline (1 November 10.00 am / GMT+3) will be taken into consideration by the evaluation panel.

The panel will assess applications on the applicant’s eligibility, and the quality of information provided in the application form. In your application it is important to clearly express why you are interested in the creative producers programme and what impact your project idea could have to the Wider Europe and the UK creative scenes.

Due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

About Curated Place

Creative Producers programme will be facilitated by Curated Place.

Curated Place is an arts-led creative production company specialising in international public programmes, large scale public installations, original commissions, artist development, music strategy, event and sustainable production delivery.