Amazing support for creative freelances – Creative Ambitions Wales

Michael Sheen funds a new support & skills programme for creative freelancers in Wales. Creative Ambitions Wales is an online programme designed by creatives for creatives.

Michael Sheen, says: I am thrilled to fund and support Creative Ambitions Wales, the first skills programme for creative freelancers. It’s a community of support, skills and inspiration, it will help people to continue in their chosen creative career. Supporting creative freelancers, an often-overlooked group of talent, is especially important. They have so much to offer not only creatively but socially and economically. I look forward to watching it progress.

Rachael Brown, says: “Having Michael fund this programme is game changing, being a creative freelancer has been especially hard over the last two years and it’s often difficult to invest in skills. That’s where Creative Ambitions comes in, full of positivity, bitesize practical sessions delivered online that work round people’s schedule. I am thrilled to be working with him on this programme. We want it to have impact and legacy. And our partnership with AM is an important step towards that.”

Alun Llwyd, CEO says: “AM is all about giving creatives from all over Wales and from all backgrounds, access to a digital platform and a huge audience to celebrate and share their work. Having a pioneering programme such as Creative Ambitions Wales on AM seems a natural fit, and it is a privilege to play a small part in spreading the word about this brilliant resource”

”Creative Ambitions Wales is an incredibly rich resource for freelancers and artistic practitioners in Wales working in the creative industries. There is a vibrant network, first class resources for building and sustaining a professional creative practice and much more besides. It’s inspiring what’s on offer and of huge potential benefit to practitioners in Wales. I would absolutely recommend that everybody in the creative industries in Wales becomes a member to make the most of the free resources on offer.”

Julia Forster, Author, Coach and Publicist & Creative Ambitions participant

Additional information: Creative Ambitions Wales is an online skills programme for Welsh creative freelancers. Being a creative freelancer has been especially hard over the last two years and it’s often difficult to invest in skills. That’s where Creative Ambitions comes in, full of positivity, bitesize practical sessions that will and can work round your schedule. It’s all focused on helping you move forward.

Launching the creative ambitions content channel with AM will help us share regular content about the programme but more importantly it will celebrate and showcase our impressive Welsh creative freelancers. Follow us and met some of our great Welsh talent.

The sessions can be followed in a 10-week programme or can be consumed all at once, it’s up to the participant. Along the way you will be supported by a small bunch of creatives who have been there.

This is the first skills programme in Wales dedicated to the creative freelance community.

Creative Ambitions was developed by social enterprise The Future Economy Company.

The Future Economy Company is a social enterprise focused on enabling new ideas, businesses and entities which generate social, creative, environmental, economic and cultural impacts, that when combined make new and lasting contributions to our economy.

Our mission is to support makers, doers, creative thinkers and innovators to be inspired, empowered, upskilled and have access networks & investment that enables change thus transforming employment, communities and our economy.

We are community builders We are focused on supporting creative entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and the creative economy. We maximise resources to realise diverse opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. We want to grow thriving sustainable 21st Century businesses. We want to show what can be done. We are a purpose driven business, creating multiple impacts through our operational approach.

Micro-enterprises can and do work globally from day one.

Many micro-enterprises and creative businesses grow and shrink with equal finesse – this is not market failure, but by design, therefore are poised to be adaptable to the current opportunities, as well as weather challenges, clearly demonstrated during pandemic.

Flexible working, lone working and new business models coupled with digital freedom have and will create new working patterns and portfolio careers, which we must support.

The future is micro business with maxi impact; no longer are people being trapped in ‘big business’, a new wave of creative entrepreneur is emerging that we must support to flourish.

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