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.

If your group did something really special between September 2021 and September 2022, and voluntary participants played a key role in both planning and delivery, then fill out the online application form here or download a Word version here

To learn more about the Awards, watch our ‘explainer video’ 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.

Before filling out your form, it's worth checking out the Rules & Guidelines for entering the Awards. And you might like to read our FAQs.

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.

All shortlisted groups can also receive votes from the public in order to win the People’s Choice Award. This is voted for online via the Creative Lives website. And all shortlisted groups are also invited to vote for one of the groups (not their own!) to win the Peer Award for Excellence.

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, 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.

You can enter the Creative Lives Awards here until Monday 19 December 2022.

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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

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