Now & Next: Open Call for Applications

LUX Scotland is seeking artists and creatives from across Scotland to make new short audio or moving image content for BBC platforms.

Now & Next is a talent development scheme that nurtures and showcases emerging creative voices, offering artists the opportunity to create audio only or audio-visual commissions for BBC platforms.

Now & Next aims to support Scotland-based artists from a wide range of disciplines (visual arts, moving image, dance, spoken word, theatre) to make high quality short audio or audio-visual content, offering the opportunity to widen your networks, gain mentorship and support to develop your ideas and realise them to broadcast standard.

Over the course of one year, Now & Next, in partnership with BBC Arts, Screen Scotland and LUX Scotland, will commission 20 new pieces of content, comprising 15 audio-visual and 5 audio only content. These commissions will be created by artists working across a wide range of disciplines and will be accompanied by an extensive professional development programme tailored to the successful artists.

The aim is for this content to be published by the BBC on all public service platforms including radio, television or digital such as BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC TV channels, BBC Arts’  social channels and BBC websites. LUX Scotland will deliver the project on behalf of BBC Arts and Screen Scotland.

LUX Scotland will issue two commissioning calls over 12 months. These calls are open to all creative practitioners from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, currently working, studying or living in Scotland.

How to apply

To read the brief and see full details on how to apply, please visit

The deadline for the first call is Friday 29 May 2020, midnight. A second call will be made later in the year. Good luck!

Header image: Ruth Barrie’s silhouetted fingers against Portobello beach sunrise, Edinburgh. Juliana Capes and Ruth Barrie, 'Be Different Today', 2019.

Photographer: Vicki Watson, image courtesy of LUX and the artists.