When I saw this amazing opportunity being offered to local young creatives aged 16-24 year old, I couldn’t help but want to spread the word!

The FREE Cannon Hill Lectures, held at the MAC, aim to demystify the creative and cultural sector and help young people to find their route in, whether that’s as an employee, freelancer or as an entrepreneur.

Held on Tuesday nights over 10 weeks starting Tuesday 30th April, the series will include:

1. Creative & Cultural Sector an Overview
This session will introduce you to the Creative Industries; Architecture & Design, Craft, Digital Media, Fashion, Film & Video, TV & Radio, Photography, Music, Theatre, Dance, Literature & Visual Arts. We will look at which ones belong to the cultural sector and why John Maynard Keynes is such a dude.

2. Portrait Photography Session
Learn the basics of portrait photography with Kate Green and go home with a good shot of yourself that you can use online or as part of your CV or portfolios. Remember to scrub up and wear your best garms!

3. Think like an artist act like a boss – Tips for a creative career pt 1.
What’s your ambition for yourself? To be like your creative hero? To earn a living from what you love? To be the best in your industry? To change the world or make people think differently? This session looks at your goals and how to achieve them.

4. Creativity & Goals – Tips for a creative career pt 2.
What’s your ambition for yourself? To earn loads of money, to solve important problems through your art, to inspire people? This session continues to look at your goals and how to achieve them.

5. Collaborating
The art of creative collaboration is a careful mix of communication, clarity, cooperation and creativity and collaborating across artforms can create true innovation. This session will explore collaboration with Hip Hop Theatre specialist John Berkavitch.

6. Networking – more than just business cards
This session will look at networking in its broadest sense and will consider how important building networks and getting mentored are to grow a successful creative career.

7. Ca$h money, Funding Pt 1.
What is the difference between finding funding and earning money? How do you learn the language of CSR, G4A, Trusts & Foundations, Individual Giving, Sponsorship What funding is out there for young creatives and what are your options….?

8. Ca$h money, Funding Pt 2 – Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money often via the Internet. Artists and arts organisations can use crowdfunding to raise money and awareness for projects. Come and learn more about what works, what doesn’t, and how you can be part of this emerging trend.

9. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Flickr, Tumblr, WordPress, Vimeo, YouTube & your Personal Branding online
They do not like you, they cannot find you, and they do not know you exist. How to improve your presence online to help you in your creative career.

10. Next Steps
This final Cannon Hill Lecture will conclude the 10 weeks with a round up and highlights from all the best bits of the series. Bring a tissue it could get emotional!

Many of the lectures are being led by well-respected names and this is an unmissable opportunity for young people who want to get their foot in the door of the exciting creative industry.  The lecture series has been developed by MAC Birmingham, in partnership with Amy Rozel MartinIdeas Vendor, and IdeasTap.

Northfield BID (Business Improvement District) and Northfield Town Centre Partnership are keen to see homegrown talent thrive in Northfield, whether that’s in business, ideas or performances.

So, what are you waiting for? This could be your big break! 

Places are free but limited. For more information about the Cannon Hill Lectures or to book your place, visit:

PS If you are interested in a career in graphic design, web development or social media, check out these nine Creative Apprenticeship vacancies with some top companies, but be quick as the closing date is Monday 22nd April.

PPS If you’re a budding actor or keen to work backstage (eg set design, costume design, lighting/sound technician, script writing or marketing), why not get involved in the After the Event outdoor theatre piece, which will be performed on Northfield high street in July. Ideal for gaining experience, and it will look great on your CV!

PPS New Birmingham radio station BASS.FM is looking to recruit a collective of 14-18 year olds to join them on air. Following a taster day on Saturday 27th April, 20 participants will be selected for an eight-week programme of hands-on training and work opportunities during May and June.


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