Advance Business Support


Advance empowers creatives to realise their full potential and take their work to the next level

We are calling all creatives from any sub-sector to apply for our fully funded mentoring business support programme.

Advance is a new support programme for creative and cultural practitioners, freelancers and SMEs based in Wakefield and the wider Yorkshire Humber region. So, if you are working in music, visual arts, theatre, animation, games, graphics, film and TV, you name it, you can apply!

What is mentoring and how can it benefit me?

Mentoring is about helping you to develop your business more effectively. It is an opportunity designed to build confidence and support you to develop communication skills, bounce ideas, expand your perspectives, and consider new ways of approaching situations. Our aim is to offer you more clarity on your business goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them. As a mentee on the programme, you will be able to tap into the wisdom of skilled experts, have access to a supportive sounding board and someone who will be able push your boundaries in a safe space.

No matter what you are looking for, whether it is to start, to upscale or take your creative business to the next level, the Advance mentoring programme is here to help you!

So, if you live, work or study in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region we want to hear from you!

Brought to you by Creative England, Advance is delivered in partnership with Wakefield Council and funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.

Get in touch with the Advance team

online Webinars

Register to view our Financing Creativity webinar series.

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Throughout the programme we will be coordinating opportunities for networking and group learning through workshops and events. We will also be supporting the local creative community by partnering with established festivals, conferences and events in the region.

View the full events calendar

Ask Creative England anything about the Advance programme

29 September 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An open space for discussion on the last Wednesday of every month, hosted by Creative England

Scoring for Moving Image

13 October 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Leading music industry experts exploring ways of how to write, score and pitch music into film and T...

Games Development

19/01/2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Games Development webinar led by Tileyard North and Creative England as part of the Creative Wakefie...

If you have an event coming up and you’d like Advance to get involved or if you require any information about the programme please contact us.

Contact us

If you have an event coming up and you’d like Advance to get involved or if you require any information about the programme please fill in the form below.