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. To see the highlights of last year's ceremony, watch the short video below:










Shortlist

We received lots of wonderful applications for our 2022 Awards and really enjoyed reading about all the things creative groups across the UK and Ireland achieved between September 2021 and September 2022. It was tough, but we managed to reduce the entries down to a shortlist of 36 groups. Our judging panels will be meeting in January to pick winners from each nation - but now it's up to YOU to choose who wins the coveted People's Choice Award. Read the shortlist and vote for your favourite now! 

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.

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 - which will take place on 7 March 2023 at Aspire in Leeds - 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. 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.

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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