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Rife Residencies: freelance opportunities for young creatives aged 18-30

If you’re a young creative aged 18-30 in the West of England you might be interested in Rife Residencies. 

We know that 42% of the creative sector is freelance, and freelance workers have been affected disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to that, we’re looking for new ways to support you to access the creative industries in the West of England. We’re calling this opportunity ‘Rife Residencies.’  

There will be two paid opportunities available for freelance Content Creators, and one paid opportunity for a freelance Social Media Content Creator. 

What are the opportunities? 

  • You will work within a team of other Content Creators and a Resident Editor to make content for Rife Magazine.  

  • As a Content Creator this could be articles, films, photography or anything else that fits on Rife’s website – you will have time to think about this and get help with ideas when you come on board. Have a look at the Rife website to get an idea of the kind of thing we publish. 

  • As a Social Media Creator, you could create all of the above, but for our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook instead. You will also be coming up with ideas to promote the work the Content Creators make, and making those ideas happen. 

  • In both roles, you will be supported by the Rife inhouse team to learn the skills you need to work in the creative industries. We want you to drive the ideas behind Rife’s content, but we will be on hand for any help you might need with motivation, inspiration, skills, and more. 

Fee and start date for Social Media Creator 

  • You will be paid £150 a day. 

  • This will be for 16 days spread out over 5 weeks (days to be agreed), starting in May 2021 and delivered by mid-July 2021 

Fee and start date for Content Creator 

  • You will be paid £150 a day. 

  • This will be for 12 days spread out over 5 weeks (days to be agreed), starting in May 2021 and delivered by mid-July 2021 

What do I need to apply? 

  • You don’t need much prior experience – just some brilliant ideas, and some stuff you’ve created to show us what you’re into. Perhaps you have a blog, YouTube channel, Instagram account, or something else you’d be happy to show us. 

  • As we’re all still working remotely, you will need your own laptop and internet connection. 

  • As a freelancer, you’ll be responsible for your own taxes and will be registered with HMRC. 

How do I apply? 

  • In 250 max words or max three minutes of video, describe your first idea for a piece of either social media content or content for Rife's website. This could be an article, short documentary, podcast, photography piece, or anything else you think would fit on Rife. Have a look at Rife’s website to get an idea of what we publish. 

  • Please include any links to existing work that you would like us to look at. This could be a blog, YouTube channel, Instagram account, or something else. 

  • Send an email with the subject 'Rife Freelance Content Creator’ or ‘Rife Social Media Creator’ to, addressed to Sammy  

  • If you need any more guidance or a chat before applying, email and we can reply between 10-13th May. 

What are we looking for? 

  • We will look at the following things: the clarity of your idea and an understanding of how you would present it on the website, the relevance to the Rife audience, relevance to the West of England, and the originality of your idea. 

Women, those from minority ethnic groups, and those from working-class backgrounds are significantly underrepresented in the Creative Industries (Giles et al, 2020; DCMS, 2019). Even when minority groups are successful in ‘getting in’ to the industry, they face substantial barriers to ‘getting on’. We see evidence of pay gaps and a lack of diverse talent in senior creative roles (Directors UK, 2018). 

We encourage applications from people that are underrepresented in the creative and culture sector (for example you are from a community that experiences racism, or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equalities Act in 2010), or you did not go to University or you had free school meals as a child). 

Rife Residencies have been made possible by Arts Council England and DCMS’ Cultural Recovery Fund.  

Closing Date: Sunday, 16 May 2021 - 20:00