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Redditch arts really are EPIC - and here's the chance to prove it

Correspondent 18th Apr, 2020

AMATEUR arts groups in Redditch are being invited to enter this year’s EPIC Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of the voluntary arts world – being run by Voluntary Arts England.

‘EPIC’ stands for Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creativity, and entries need to demonstrate one or more of these qualities to be considered.

Winning an EPIC Award, or even getting to the finals, provides the opportunity for arts groups to stand out from the crowd and increase visibility in their local community. Groups that may be seeking funding for their work often find that participating in the Awards helps to improve their chances of success.

Winners and runners-up will be in line for cash prizes, free mentoring from Voluntary Arts and past EPIC winners, and the chance to attend a prestigious awards ceremony in October 2020.

Arts in Redditch is encouraging arts groups in the town to put themselves forward for an EPIC award. Commenting on the scheme, Philip Roberts, Secretary of AIR and a member of the Voluntary Arts England Advisory Group said: “As a judge in recent rounds of the EPIC Awards, I have been impressed by the standard of creativity and innovation shown by many of the entries.

“But I am convinced that there are several amateur arts groups in Redditch which are more than capable of matching those standards, and be in with a chance in the finals.”

Entries can involve any kind of art form or craft and work with any age group. Nominated projects can be long or short-term, as long as some or all of it took place in the twelve months prior to 31 December 2019.

The closing date for entries is May 31, 2020, and interested groups can apply online at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/epicawards/

Local groups interested in applying can contact Philip Roberts for guidance at: artsinredditch@gmail.com

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