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 Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:






Judging

Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.

Prizes

Winners 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 considerably.

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. 

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

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

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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