Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Each year, we invite creative groups across the UK and Ireland to share their achievements with us, so we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

If your group did something really special between September 2021 and September 2022, and voluntary participants played a key role in both planning and delivery, then fill out the online application form here or download a Word version here

To learn more about the Awards, watch our ‘explainer video’ here:





And to see who won last year's Awards, and get a sense of what to expect at our Award ceremony, watch our film captured at Coventry Cathedral here.

Before filling out your form, it's worth checking out the Rules & Guidelines for entering the Awards. And you might like to read our FAQs.

Judging

Each year, a judging panel is assembled in each nation (England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland, Wales) which features Creative Lives staff and trustees, representatives from local stakeholders and previous winners. The panels choose a winner and runner-up from each nation.

All shortlisted groups can also receive votes from the public in order to win the People’s Choice Award. This is voted for online via the Creative Lives website. And all shortlisted groups are also invited to vote for one of the groups (not their own!) to win the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners receive a bespoke award inspired by the region our Awards Ceremony takes place in, a framed certificate, a cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Award has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile considerably. Plus two representatives from each winning group will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony, with all travel and accommodation paid. 

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet some of our previous winners here.

You can enter the Creative Lives Awards here until Monday 19 December 2022.

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Ayr Choral Union

When Ayr Choral Union decided to move its rehearsals online during lockdown, they discovered few other choirs in Scotland were able to do the same – so they opened their sessions up to guests, many of whom wanted to sing but found that their own choirs had become dormant. 

The Union’s ‘Come and Sing’ sessions proved popular, and participants were encouraged to record themselves singing their voice part – which were then edited into a recording and uploaded to YouTube. Spurred on by this success, the Union worked towards an online concert and party followed by weeks of singing in a range of styles. Not only did this keep existing members connected and engaged, but guests were also made to feel welcome in pre-session chats.

Accompaniments and backing tracks were recorded, then made available online to allow participants to practise their vocal part and sing as part of the four-part chorus. A series of interviews with well-known professional musicians were arranged, including vocal coaching sessions from soloists, and the Union was able to deliver its programmes with the support of freelance musicians, giving them some much needed financial help. 

"Many choir participants remarked that it was the highlight of their week and something to anticipate. Some members were unable to participate online so were kept informed with regular newsletters and phone calls. And the profile of the choir was raised due to positive reviews in the Scottish musical press." Paul Wilson, Ayr Choral Union

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