Working in collaboration with CCSkills, we want to help build the confidence and skills of young unemployed people in Northern Ireland who are interested in a career in the music industry.
Supporting the Creative Employment Scheme ambitions, we will provide match funding to those wishing to offer an internship in the music sector in an entry level role. A grant of £1,500 is available through the Creative Employment Scheme per application and Help Musicians NI has committed to match this with a further grant of £2,000 for up to 10 internships throughout 2017.
Following the hugely successful launch of the Help Musicians Northern Ireland (Help Musicians NI) brand in November, the collaboration with CCSkills will support the NI Creative Employment Scheme, a programme which is managed by CCSkills and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund. The programme provides funding to employers for internships and apprenticeships within the sector and now Help Musicians NI will deliver match funding to those wishing to offer an internship in the music sector. A grant of £2,500 is available through the NI Creative Employment Scheme per application and Help Musicians NI has committed to match this with a further grant of £2,000 for up to 10 internships throughout 2017.
Bringing in the NI Creative Employment Programme at a time of economic downturn provides the extra help that employers need. Over the life of the programme, we hope employers will experience the real benefits of creating fairer entry routes and see the impact of generating a more diverse workforce. These are paid apprenticeships and internships challenging the culture of unpaid work and creating new entry level jobs.
Deadlines for applications are 27 January 2017, 7 April 2017 and 16 June 2017. You must apply through the CCSkills Creative Employment Programme here.
We will make our selection from the successful applications to the Creative Employment Scheme in each round.