We are pleased to announce that Black Ballad has secured the bag & has been awarded a £70,000 grant from the Future of News Fund, powered by NESTA & Bethnal Green Ventures to better empower, create for & serve black women outside of London.
Our proposal to better serve black women was given the joint highest grant amount among 16 other grant winners and 178 total applications. We highlighted that the black British community outside of London is being silenced by two key trends: the fact that British journalism is only 0.2% black and the overall decline of local news. We know that most black British journalists and creators are based in London, so we want to use this project as a starting point to change that.
Over the next 5+ months, Black Ballad will be:
- Hiring freelance black British female regional editors across the UK
- Commissioning black British female writers, filmmakers, photographers & podcasters outside of the capital
- Creating research to highlight the differences between the black British experience in & outside of London
- Hosting events in at least three non-London cities for black women
Hopefully, this is just be the start. Our mission is to build a membership that helps all black women in Britain realise how she can change her world through every click she makes and every conversation she has. Thanks to NESTA, Bethnal Green Ventures & the Black Ballad community, we're able to take this very exciting step to make this into a reality.
Create For Black Ballad
One of our goals for this project is to pay and provide a platform for as many black British female creators as possible. In the coming months, we'll be looking for editors, writers, filmmakers, illustrators, podcast creators, photographers and more, especially outside of London for a range of commissions. To be considered, please complete the form below:
Black Ballad Events In Your City
We have really enjoyed bringing Black Ballad's community in London together through our events and we’re looking forward to hosting even more black women up & down the country. But we need to know where we should go! If you are a black women outside of London and want us to come to your city, please fill in the form below:
Become a Black Ballad member
Join the thousands of black women that are already part of our community & become a Black Ballad member! Get unlimited access to all our content, discounted tickets to our events, money off other black owned brands and most importantly, join a community that puts black British women first.
Membership normally starts at just £4.99 a month, but you can get 50% off any BB membership for 12 months by using code NOTLONDON at checkout