Borders Young Creatives

This project is a new phase and approach to Borders Live Touring (BLT), introducing Borders Young Creatives (a Youth Promoters network) which we, Creative Communities, Live Borders will deliver over an 18 month period. It's aimed at young people who are not in full time education or employment.  

BLT emerged from the collective needs identified by a number of independent, volunteer promoters working across village halls, community centres and theatres in the Scottish Borders and in many cases where no rural touring had taken place previously and where opportunities to experience arts and cultural events were limited.  The creative industries sector is one of the fastest growing; however, there are limited opportunities in the Scottish Borders for young people to explore jobs and careers available in the arts – dance, theatre and music.

This project will open up new ideas and explore alternative spaces to programme and host rural touring events, a library, museum, park or even a sports centre. 

Rural touring is about creating a positive change in the arts and cultural landscape for audiences, community groups and arts organisations and is designed to help improve access to high quality and enjoyable performances, reaching out to people who don’t engage and take part in the arts.

This project is part financed by the Scottish Government and European Community Scottish Borders LAG LEADER 2014-2020 Programme and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Freelance contract opportunity

Live Borders is looking for a film maker to create a short film (no more than 10 minutes long) which captures in an accessible way the impact and outcomes of Borders Young Creatives project.


Borders Young Creatives is an exciting project for young people in the Scottish Borders. Working alongside Borders Live Touring, which offers village halls and community centres support to programme live performances in music, dance and theatre, Borders Young Creatives is working with a group of 12 young people, aged 16- 24 years old who are being trained to become “young promoters” in their own communities.

The young people come from right across the Borders and the group comprises of young people who are unemployed, in part-time work, at college and at school. The young people joined the project September 2018 and this current phase of the project cumulates in December 2019. The group have been meeting regularly; these meetings have been a mix of training sessions such as ‘Vlogging’, Go and See sessions to theatre and musical performances and career development sessions. In addition to this, the young people have been studying towards an arts qualification through the “Arts Award” scheme and will have gained the necessary skills to work in the creative industries and many of the skills they will have learned such as working in a team, leadership, managing budgets, marketing, writing press releases and reviews etc can be transferred to other areas of their life and open up new employment opportunities.

We are looking for a film maker to:

• Make a short film (up to 10 minutes) of the activities in this project, with an emphasis on the individual stories of the young people
• Attend a range of performances and workshops to capture the activities taking place and speak to the young people participating in the project about their experiences


An indicative timetable is detailed below with fixed dates highlighted in bold



No. of days

Inception meeting – preparation & planning

14 & 16 May


Filming  - attending performances, interviews with the young people and Live Borders staff

Throughout May and June. To include Saturday 15 June and Saturday 29 June

4 days

Editing – up to 10 minutes of film

From 1-14 July

3 days

Final edit and handover of film – uploaded via vimeo and backup copies supplied on DVD

Monday 15 July

1 day


The Budget for this work is £1500

Tendering process

To tender for this opportunity, please provide a proposal on how you will approach this work and deliver the intended outputs within the required timescale. Within your proposal, please provide:

• Details of your experience and relevant competencies to undertake this work
• An outline of your approach (x2 sides of A4 max)
• One suitable reference
• Your CV (and CVs of any additional individuals involved in the project)
• Evidence of personal public liability insurance up to £5 million.

Please also clearly identify the budget breakdown for your costs including your day rate.  The fee is inclusive of any expenses required. The appointment will be made to a contractor on a freelance basis, having the status as self-employed and responsible for all tax liabilities and National Insurance contributions.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday 29 April at 12:00. We will be unable to consider applications received after this deadline. For an  informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Ayliffe Rose, Youth Arts Mentor, Live Borders, 01750 726400,   (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Proposals and accompanying documents should be e-mailed to



Come and take the stage on Saturday 27 April!
Live Borders is showcasing the talents of the Scottish Borders:

We are looking for dancers, actors, musicians, writers, film makers, clowns or any other performers that would like to share their skills, promote their act or simply shine in the spotlight!
The showcase is open to individuals and groups aged between 8 and 25 years and will take place at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels.

Applications to register your act are now being taken with a deadline of Monday 29 March.

For more information or to sign yourselves up, please contact:
Becki Hodgson: 01750 726400

Registration fee: Single - £5 Group - £20