Now & Next 2020: Open call for applications round two

BSL Information video about Now & Next

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. See examples from Now & Next 2019 here.

The deadline for the first call is Monday 7 September, 5pm.

How to apply

Application deadline for Round 2: Monday 7 September 2020, 5pm

Completed work deadline for Round 2: Monday 25 January 2021

To apply please complete the online form. All applications must be made via the online portal.

Application Support

If you would like to apply, but have particular access needs or if submitting a written application is difficult for you, please get in touch with Annie Crabtree at LUX Scotland by email on or by phoning or texting 07394 042450. LUX Scotland will be happy to work with you to make an application in a format that suits your needs and requirements. This must be arranged in advance of the deadline.

Application advice sessions

For each round of submissions, LUX Scotland offer one-to-one meetings with a member of the LUX Scotland team to discuss any aspect of the application process and project ideas. These 20 minute meetings are aimed at addressing any questions or queries you may have about Now & Next, to discuss the suitability of the opportunity to your practice and ideas, and to discuss how best we can support you to make an application if you have any access requirements.

Application Advice Sessions for Artists Outside the Central Belt

LUX Scotland have reserved some dates for artists living outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh, as part of their commitment to supporting artists working throughout the country.

Application Advice Sessions with British Sign Language Interpretation

LUX Scotland have one-to-one meetings with British Sign Language interpretation available for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing artists who use BSL. The meetings will take place online using Zoom with the support of BSL interpreter Jill Gallacher and will be live transcribed, and a transcript can be downloaded afterwards.

LUX Scotland will be in touch with you prior to the meeting to arrange an online link or to exchange telephone numbers, whichever is most suitable for your situation, and to arrange any support needed in order to participate.