Creative funding for 18-25 year olds as part of Tour de Moon

Young adults aged 18-25 in Leicestershire now have the opportunity to bring their creative ideas to life, with bursaries from £100 to £25,000 available as part of Tour de Moon.

Nelly Ben Hayoun and friends introduce Tour de Moon – A Cosmic Celebration, which is now inviting young people to come together, bring their ideas to life and help define alternative futures for Earth and beyond. The open call for submissions is split into various categories with nightlife artists, performers, creatives, makers of new worlds, digital artists, musicians and writers, all invited to apply.

For those aged 18-25 this offers an incredible experience to see your creative aspirations a reality through the project funding. 850 bursaries are available ranging from £100 to £25,000, all to go towards projects inspired by our very own creative satellite, the Moon.

The scope for bursary applications is broad, the brief radical and the possibilities endless. It might be a piece of music woven with the sounds of the galaxy, a film exploring our relationship with the moon, a concept for a float or a digital installation, a script for a play, an online experience or a DJ performance. With Tour de Moon, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios’ principal goal is to amplify a plurality of young creative voices, ignite imaginations, and shine a spotlight on the plurality of possibilities for alternative futures for humanity.

The Tour de Moon bursaries will be awarded across eight programming strands:
Moon Experiences, Moon Sports, Moon Press, Moon Music, Moon Cinema, Moon Bar, Moon Hotline and Moon Convoy.

Those interested should go to https://tourdemoon.com/apply to see full details on applications. Whether you want to create a short film, create digital content on TikTok, write a short play, perform original live music, take part in “Moon Sports”, get paid for your writing, perform a DJ set, and even more, there are routes for you to apply to be involved.

With a special focus on nightlife and night-time culture, the multifaceted initiative will culminate in a live 4-day experience in Leicester from 13-16 May, followed by similar events in Newcastle and Southampton. The 4 day event will see the projects that received funding come together and performed live at venues across the city.

Bursary applicants also have the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists and thinkers from NASA SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute), the African Astronomical Society, the SETI (Search for the Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, as well as institutions and organisations across the sciences and humanities . By distributing this budget among a combination of individual creatives, youth groups, and nightlife workers, Tour de Moon aims to distribute essential funding and provide a high-profile creative platform to a sector and demographic that has been hit especially hard by the impacts of Covid and funding cuts over the last few years.

Applications for bursaries are open now via the Tour de Moon website at www.tourdemoon.com until the closing date on 6 January 2022.

Any questions about the bursary applications should be directed to the Tour de Moon HQ by mobile, WhatsApp and Telegram on 07377 837842, and the advisory board will be leading a programme of online classes to help with applications from 6 December 2021.

Tour de Moon is commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.