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Brush Up! #2 – Funding for Comics Creators

27 January @ 20:00 - 21:00 GMT

Virtual Event

What funding models are available for comics creators? How can you maximise your opportunities? What grants are available? How do you apply for funding from Arts Council England? How do you claim PLR and secondary licensing money from ALCS and DACS?

Join us for an in-depth session on how to fund your work as a comics creator. UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry will be in conversation with Peter Stones, Relationship Manager for Literature at Arts Council England, Alan Bett, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing at Creative Scotland, and SoA Chief Executive Nicola Solomon, offering an overview of the funding opportunities available for comics creators.

The session will be aimed at comics creators but open to all types of writers and illustrators.

This is the second of six sessions in the Brush Up! event series in association with The Cartoon Museum and the SoA Comics Creators Network.

Header image © Woodrow Phoenix

Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Comics event – 27 January’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.

What will this session cover?

  • Funding models for comics creators
  • Grants available for comics creators
  • How to apply for funding
  • Claiming PLR
  • Claiming secondary licensing money from ALCS and DACS

Who is this session for?

This session is aimed at comics creators and graphic novelists of all types – whether your work is for adults, young adults or children – as well as other authors, artists and storytellers.


  • 5 minutes: Welcome and general outline of funding models
  • 35 minutes: Q&A chaired by Hannah Berry with Peter Stones (Arts Council), Alan Bett (Creative Scotland) and Nicola Solomon (SoA) on funding comics creators’ work, including questions sent in advance
  • 10 minutes: Live questions from the audience
  • 5 minutes: Summary and closing comments


The line-up

Hannah Berry – Comics Creator

Hannah Berry is a comics creator, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and current UK Comics Laureate. She is the author of three highly acclaimed and occasionally award-winning graphic novels published by Jonathan Cape, and in 2018 was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Hannah Berry’s website |  Hannah Berry’s Instagram | Hannah Berry’s Twitter


Peter Stones – Relationship Manager for Literature, Arts Council England

Peter has been with Arts Council England for seven years. He graduated from Lancaster University with a Masters in Shakespeare in 2010 and worked in culture, legal and voluntary sectors before joining Arts Council England in 2013. For the last three years has been the Relationship Manager for Literature in the Midlands area working to support and invest in individual authors, festivals, and reader and writer development. Prior to this he was an administrative officer in the organisation’s North Area.


Alan Bett – Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, Creative Scotland

Alan Bett is the Interim Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing at Creative Scotland. He has a background in publishing and arts journalism.


Nicola Solomon – Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Nicola is a solicitor with years of expertise in advising creators. Her role encompasses protecting authors’ interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment. Nicola is an expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.

She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the Creators’ Rights Alliance.


About Arts Council England

Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. Between 2018 and 2022, they will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help deliver this vision. Find out more.


About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. Find out more.

About The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum champions cartoon and comic art, highlighting its importance to culture and society. Since 2006 it has received 420k visitors, and built a prominent national collection of 4,300 cartoons, comics and caricatures, and a library of 18k items. The Cartoon Museum runs a well-attended school programme and sell-out school holiday workshops, and over 50k children and adults have attended cartooning, comics and animation workshops at the museum.

The Cartoon Museum closed on 18 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an independent museum with no regular government funding, 75% of yearly income is through the door – admissions, shop purchases, schools and venue bookings. As a result, the museum closure has resulted in the loss of nearly 50% of the museum’s yearly income. The museum is currently fundraising for its survival, and during closure has been keeping cartoon and comic fans entertained with online exhibitions and activities.

To support The Cartoon Museum, please visit cartoonmuseum.org


Any questions? Contact us


Book your place using the registration form below.

The event is free to attend but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis.



We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom and reminders before the event.

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27 January
20:00 - 21:00 GMT
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