Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Award winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now closed for entries.

All entrants will be contacted w/c 27 May and the shortlisted groups will appear on this page w/c 3 June.

    Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions.


    A Celebration of Humanity

    Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

    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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