From: SEFAN [admin_at_sefan_dot_org_dot_uk]
Sent: 05 February 2009 15:05
Subject: SEFAN 2009-02-05_01 GLEANINGS from VAE


If you would like to highlight your amateur art or craft groups work in our new `showcase image` section please send through a good quality photo (we`ll need your permission to use it and please ensure you have the permission of anybody in the photo) - and a link to your website if you have one. Send to info_at_vaengland_dot_org_dot_uk 


Over 120 FREE information sheets - posted 03.2.2009

Visit Voluntary Arts England’s website for access to over 120 free information sheets on a range of topics. From “Insurance for voluntary arts groups,” and “Child Protection” to “Planning a marketing campaign” these briefings should answer most of the questions and problems your group may encounter.

Download them all for free here:


International Women in Music Day - posted 03.2.2009

dates: 28 March 2009

A day of celebration, International Women in Music Day is a time when all females involved and working in the music industry can come together and be counted for their years of hard work and determination. From receptionist to roadie, it is a day when all females can put aside their indifferences and join together regardless of genre, color, creed or religious belief and be recognised for their worth in the industry.

By supporting the campaign, you can help others less able than yourself, to achieve their goals and open their opportunities for occupational roles in the industry. By sending this message of hope, you can help pave the way for the millions of females that will follow.

IWIM Day welcomes all females with a love for music and their organisations to join in the festivities of 2009 and keep Women In Music DAY alive, not just for us, but for generations to come.


Shine Week - Celebrating the talent in everyone - posted 03.2.2009

deadline: 6 -10 July 2009

Last year around 2,500 schools across England took part in Shine Week and hosted events designed to celebrate the diverse talents of children and young people across the country. Teachers and young people worked together to deliver a wide range of creative learning activities, projects, assemblies and end-of-term events to showcase different kinds of talent in their school and also created a 'buzz' about talent in the wider community. National and local media supported the Shine campaign and many school events featured in print and broadcast coverage. 

This year Shine Week is back and takes place from 6th-10th July 2009. With your help, the Shine festival will be bigger and better than ever, so don't miss out on the chance to play your part! Take a look at the Shine website to find out how to get involved and register your school's details on the site to get access to a wide range of learning resources and event ideas.

Every participating school registered on the Shine website will get a free kit of creative resources, access to free downloads and free web space to show off the school's best work.

For more information visit


YouTube style website gives performers a platform - posted 03.2.2009

A team of talent producers at Graham Norton's production company, So Television, have created an online talent search called Noostar provides a platform for performers (dancers, singers, actors...) to upload their video clips and receive a high level of publicity.

Once you've uploaded your clip, you can invite people to watch it and vote for you (winners are announced weekly) or just enjoy watching others. Norton and his team describe the site as 'like YouTube without the non performers'.

Find out more at


Community Cash Awards - posted 03.2.2009

Community Cash Awards are grants to help you set up a project that will benefit your community.

What you get
• Funding of up to £1,000 is available for 14-16 year olds
• Funding of up to £5,000 is available for those aged 16-25

Projects must:
• be run and managed by people between the ages of 14 and 25
• clearly benefit the local community
• benefit the people running the project; and
• be a new or developing project.

What it's not for
• Formal groups or organisations
• Expeditions or overseas travel
• Fundraising activities for charity
• Trips and outings, unless they have educational value



Announcing the 
Regional Strategic Conference for the Folk / Roots / World Sector March 2009
supported by the National Lottery  through Arts Council England
Penny Allen  -    General Manager
Anthony John Allen - Chair of the Board

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