Mentoring

We can fund up to 16 hours of mentoring to help you take your skills and confidence to the next level

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Bradford Producing Hub values the support and experience of our peers within the industry. We can pair creatives and organisations with mentors to help support your development and growth. We can fund up to 16 hours of mentoring, divided and delivered in whichever way is best suited to your needs. This could be in small chunks or half-day sessions and is dependent on your and your mentor's availability. We have a database of mentors who are ready to support you, however, if you can identify your own mentor you can let us know too.

Our Mentoring scheme is to support and encourage you to manage your own development, to help you to maximise your potential and develop the skills to become the creative you want to be.

Application deadlines

The upcoming deadlines are:

  • Sunday 10 March at 11 PM

What can mentoring include?

Mentoring can include things like:

✔ Artistic and creative development
✔ Business planning
✔ Brand or marketing development
✔ Career planning
✔ Specific specialisms, like audience development, digital, or evaluation
✔ Anything else that will help you develop your creative career or organisation

It’s important to remember that these are mentoring opportunities – to get support from people with lots of expertise who can help you work through your next steps. It's not for people to do any work for you.

Eligibility checklist

To be eligible you should be able to tick all of these:

✔ You live or work in the Bradford district or you can clearly identify a strong connection to Bradford
✔ You are 18 years old or over
✔ You're an individual or small organisation (with no more than 5 employees and are not NPO funded)
✔ Your developmental goals are clear and achievable
✔ You're involved in making live or visual arts

    • Live arts include spoken word, dance, theatre, storytelling, music, movement and other art forms that have elements of live interactiveness with audiences
    • Visual arts include sculpture, printing, painting, drawing, photography, pottery and other art forms that involve creative expression through visual means
    • When we say ‘artists’, we mean creative people of all kinds including all of the roles required to make brilliant art, including; creatives, producers, curators, administrators, company managers, marketing, technical, production, makers etc.

✔ You have at least 2 years of experience in your practice

How to apply​

Applications should be made using our online application form. For the main application questions, you can complete your answers via text in the form, or by uploading an audio or video file.

To help you prepare your submission, the application questions include:

  • Tell us a bit about your creative practice.
  • What kind of mentoring would you like to receive?
  • What specific goals would you like to achieve through mentoring?
  • How could this help you in your long-term development or artistic ambitions?
  • What qualities or experience are important for you in a mentor?
    If you have a mentor in mind already, tell us who they are, a little bit about them, and why they would be suited to your development needs.
  • When would you like to begin the mentoring?

Other questions that will need to be completed in the form include:

  • What is your connection to Bradford?
  • Do you have any access needs that we should be aware of?
  • Will you need any additional access costs covered?

Support and advice

We’re happy to give you advice on your application via email at hello@bdproducinghub.co.uk

Please remember that support does not necessarily mean your application will be successful.

FAQs

We are not able to pay for your time to take part in the mentoring, however, we can cover any support or access costs you may have. We will pay your mentor directly so that they are invested in your sessions and are generous with their knowledge and expertise.

Yes. Please tell us about any access needs or other personal costs you will incur in order to receive mentoring. Access costs could include support people, childcare, translators, adaptations – you tell us what you need.

Yes, we can help with things like free meeting rooms or spaces for your mentoring sessions. We may be able to lend you equipment or other facilities, depending on what you need.

The review process: 

  1. You submit your application
  2. Applications will be assessed by the BPH team at the next review point
  3. We will email you to tell you whether you have been successful or unsuccessful

We will ask ourselves:

  • Do we have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve through mentoring?
  • Will this have a positive effect on your development and/or creative ambitions?
  • Are we supporting artists from a range of different backgrounds, experiences and points in their career, and those who are underrepresented in arts and development opportunities?

We will send you a confirmation email to arrange a meeting with you to discuss the next steps. If you have a mentor already selected, we will ask you to include them in the meeting as well.

If you want us to suggest a mentor for you, we will review our mentors and advisors database and send you some options that we think would be a good fit. It’s entirely up to you who you choose, and if you don’t feel we have someone suitable already we’ll agree with you on how we should go about identifying and approaching someone different.

Once you have been matched with your mentor, we’ll have a kick-off meeting where we will make sure everyone is clear about what you want to develop, how often you would like to meet with your mentor, how your sessions with your mentor might run, and any additional support you will need. It will all be friendly and informal! Once your mentoring is underway, we might ask you to:

    1. Fill in a short form to tell us how the mentoring is going
    2. Be generous with your learning and share useful things with other artists in Bradford
    3. Have a chat with someone from our team to help us understand what difference mentoring has made to you

We might suggest another way to support you, e.g. combining similar applications and providing a training opportunity, or putting you in touch with someone who has offered the support in kind. We have a limited amount of funds available and receive more requests than we can support, so please think about what you will do if we can’t provide you with mentoring this time.

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