IdeasTap lives on – on Hiive

IdeasTap lives on – on Hiive

By James Hopkirk 29/06/15

The news is good. While IdeasTap will sadly still close, we’ve formed a partnership with Hiive that will enable us to run a whole programme of IdeasTap-funded opportunities on their site for months to come – some of which you can apply for today…

Phew. It’s gone right down to the wire – but we have great news.

We have officially joined forces with our friends at Hiive – and today we’re unveiling more than £100,000-worth of IdeasTap-funded opportunities that will run on their site over the coming months. We’re pretty damn excited about it.

Two of these opportunities are open for applications right now – The Columnist and the IdeasTap Innovators Fund.

The others will launch later in the year – and you can see the full programme of our opportunities below.

The IdeasTap programme on Hiive:                                                             

The IdeasTap Innovators Fund – open now and again in November

Our funding scheme for all creative disciplines returns, offering £500 awards for the 10 most interesting – and innovative – projects. It’s open to UK residents over the age of 18 and you can apply now. We’ll be funding a second round of Innovators in November.

IdeasTap Presents… The Columnist – open now and again in January 2016

One of our favourite opportunities is back and now on Hiive, offering one winner a six-month paid writing gig on the Hiive website and four guaranteed paid commissions for the runner up. This is also open for applications now, and we’ll be running a second round of it in January 2016.

IdeasTap Presents… The Old Vic 12 – opens August 2015

This is an unprecedented opportunity from The Old Vic for theatre directors, playwrights, producers, designers, composers and choreographers. It’s a yearlong programme that will see the 12 winners work on Matthew Warchus’ dynamic first season as Artistic Director of The Old Vic, collaborating with each other and a host of stellar associate artists through a series of masterclasses. The year will culminate in a showcase of their work on The Old Vic stage in front of an audience of industry professionals and the public.

This is open to Hiive members resident in the UK who are over the age of 18. Several hundred Hiive members will also benefit from workshops and one-to-one consultations as part of the application process and there will be open auditions for the actors who will perform in the end of year showcase.

IdeasTap Presents… National Student Drama Festival Workshops on Tour – opens August 2015

NSDF will run a series of five one day acting workshops at hubs around the UK using industry experts covering areas including physical theatre, audition technique, devising and Shakespeare. These sessions will be open to actors aged 18 and over who are resident in the UK, but will be specifically aimed at those who haven’t gone through formal training.

The IdeasTap and Magnum Photographer Fund – opens September 2015

This prestigious new competition will see four photographers winning £2,500 each to complete an existing project, with applications judged by a panel of Magnum photographers and other leading industry professionals. The resulting work will then be showcased at an event in the Magnum print room. This one’s open to photographers around the world aged 18 and over.


To take advantage of all of this – and much else besides – you first need to sign up to Hiive. And we strongly recommend that you do.

Just like us, Hiive’s mission is to support as many creative people as possible. That’s why we’re committing more than £100,000 to help them do just that with this programme.

Sadly, our own website will shut its doors on 8 July – but on that day we’ll launch a new site, looking back at some of the amazing things we’ve achieved with you guys over the last six years.

Initially, it will also house the entire IdeasMag archive – nearly 4,000 interviews, How To guides, videos and podcasts. But in the coming months we’re going to move all of it to Hiive – so that people can learn from it and be inspired by it on their site for years to come.

Thank you for your support – you’ve been incredible. The last few months have been painful, but we’re delighted that we’ve found a way to keep helping creative people for a little while longer. And without all the noise you guys made, this partnership would never have happened.

We’re going to miss you. Your talent and passion inspired us every single day. But we wish you bucketloads of luck with all your future creative endeavours. We can’t wait to see what you get up to next…


The IdeasTap Team


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