MG Alba and FOCUS to Provide a New Opportunity for Gaelic-content Producing Companies

FOCUS AND MG ALBA ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO OFFER FIVE BBC ALBA SUPPLIERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS FULLY-FUNDED COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS SUPPORT AND MENTORING FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS.

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The importance of quality Gaelic television in the revival of the Gaelic language cannot be overestimated. For Gaelic-speaking communities and the growing number of children being educated in Gaelic-speaking schools its existence is vital.

The partnership between MG ALBA and FOCUS will give five suppliers access to targeted business support which will allow them to maximise the international partnerships which are key to both their growth and to ensuring high value content for BBC ALBA.

A total of £15k is allocated to the partnership, including £10k of consultancy costs, as well as overheads, with the cost of all support shared equally three ways between Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and MG ALBA.

Who can apply?

To apply to this opportunity you must meet all of the following criteria.

Companies must:

  • Be based in Scotland

  • Be a screen sector company producing film, TV or animation content for broadcast or distribution

  • Have produced content for BBC ALBA

  • Have no access to expert business development support in house or through a parent company

  • Able to provide full access to operational and financial affairs of the business

  • Be willing to take part in monitoring and evaluation work

  • In a position to accept de minimus aid

Read the full criteria and eligibility.

How many companies will be selected?

5 companies will be selected.

How much support will each company receive?

Each participating company will be able to access support up to the value of £3k. This will take the form of one-to-one corporate affairs mentoring and advice from specialist consultants, including Kirstie McLure from The Televators.

Consultancy will be tailored to the needs of the company, and might include a review of contracts and processes, IP audits, and setting up effective processes and workflows.

TERMS OF PARTNERSHIP

The FOCUS model is that the cost of all support is split three ways between the participating company, Screen Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. In this partnership with MG ALBA, MG ALBA will cover the company’s share of the costs.

Costs are based on the full value of the consultancy, including a contribution towards the overheads of running the project, which is always one third of the total cost.

How do i apply?

Please submit your interest via our online application form.

Both FOCUS and MG ALBA will review the applications and agree which companies to work with.

Please also check the Application Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.

deadline

Applications must be received by midnight on Friday 23rd August.