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.

GRS SongCircle

GRS Song Circle was born out of a songwriting workshop run by Girls’ Rock School Edinburgh. The attendees – women and non-binary people – felt energised by the creative space, so a monthly meet-up was arrange. This changed to bi-weekly during the pandemic, as participants felt the need to connect more regularly, support each other and use their creativity to process how they were feeling through songwriting.  

One of the aims of the group is to provide a safe space to encourage creativity and give feedback in a supportive way. The group is about enhancing the feeling of community among women and gender non-conforming songwriters, and encouraging individual creative development as part of a collective. 

It’s completely self-funded, with any fees from performances used to buy instruments, rent studio space or host social events.

Due to moving to an online setting, the group was able to engage with women who had previously been excluded by distance or circumstance. People with childcare responsibilities were more able to find the time to participate online, as did members with chronic illness. This is something they are considering keeping as they move forward.

"During the pandemic, these workshops have been a lifeline for me. To have a group of people that I can share my challenges and develop my creative process with is priceless. No matter how I feel when I join the workshop, I always feel uplifted by the end." GRS Song Circle participant

Learn more about GRS Song Circle

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