Awards

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

Run by Creative Lives, the Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will receive an award, framed certificate, 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 Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile.

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 really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

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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