This Saturday I'll be running a fundraising workshop in Milton Keynes as part of Tracing the Pathway's Groundwork MK season - it's free so if you're around do pop along!
Fundraising 101 For Artists
Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Groundwork producer Laura Sweeney will offer insight into funding streams available to artists, specifically introducing Arts Council England's new funding streams: National Lottery Arts Council Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice, providing advice on how to apply to these grants and what funders are looking for when reviewing applications. From her perspective as a producer, Laura will also share information on how to financially support and resource a project, looking at alternative forms of support via social media and crowdfunding.
Lots going on in June this year. Hope you can make it along to support some of this work!
I’m super pleased to be the new Artists’ Advisor at Artsadmin.
I’ll be there part-time and will continue with my freelance producing the rest of the time. Exciting!
Artsadmin has a great Artist Development programme which includes advisories, workshops, Weekenders, bursaries and more - if you work in the contemporary arts and want some support - check it out.
Last week I had the pleasure of going to Experimentica, Cardiff with Greg Wohead to work on his sunrise to sunset performance of Call it a Day. The nearly 14-hour durational performance was such an interesting experience, with some audience members staying in the space for over 2 hours and others visiting multiple times throughout the day.
I don't think I'll ever be able to hear this song again without mentally replacing all of the lyrics with 'corn and soy beans'...
Here are a few amazing pics from Paul Blakemore of the day:
Annnndddddd it's launched. Here is the under £15,000 template for the new format Project Grants. Download below.
UPDATE: when I made the template on the launch day there was an omission of the support in kind finance question. This has now been added to the portal - so download new template below
I originally made this post as a little email update for my artists and then posted on Facebook that I'd share it if anyone wanted it. I got a lot of requests so thought I'd post it here so everyone can access it.
This is my initial summary of the new changes to GFTA - becoming Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants...open from 5th March 2018. And the new Developing Your Creative Practice fund - guidelines due in March we think.
I hope that this is helpful - please do have a read through the packs on their website for info straight from the source, this is just my initial summary!
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Asking amount - still up to £15k, then overs filtered at £50k and £100k.
Turnaround - same as before, 6 weeks for under, 12 weeks for over.
Portal - still using the dreaded Grantium, same logins should apply so you won't need to re-sign up as far as I know.
Guidance notes - they have uploaded the new guidance notes which have the updated questions that they'll ask in the portal - see here Step 2: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/node/7623
Under £15k questions
Most of the under £15k application looks the same. Most notable changes:
- describe your activity section - now ask you to select specific categories for how you'd describe your activity - eg. working with new people, creating or commissioning new work, reaching new or different audiences - etc - can select more than one
- public engagement section - they will now ask 3 questions in this section, all 1000 characters inc spaces each:
--who will engage with your project?
--how will people engage with your project and what experience do you want them to have?
--tell us how you will make sure your project reaches people
So overall it's the same word count for under £15k for this section, just split up differently.
- fair pay questions - we are all doing this anyways because we are great, but they want you to explicitly state:
--Have you used any recognised pay guidelines to work out pay for those involved in your project (including you)? (up to 600 characters)
--If there are other people included in delivering my project, either as workers or volunteers, I confirm I am aware of my statutory responsibilities.
Over £15k questions
Same changes as above, plus:
- addition of this question: how will this project have a wider impact? (1500 characters)
- last public engagement question (--tell us how you will make sure your project reaches people) is now 3000 characters.
- if over £50k, there are extra things that you need to attached like cash flow, detailed budget, audience development and marketing plan, list the risk factors to the project, and more.
Creative Practice fund
In addition to this, they are launching the Developing Your Creative Practice fund, which is more focused on artist/company development opportunities for "early to mid-point stage in their career" artists...whatever that means.
Turnaround: up to 9 weeks
Deadline: 4 deadlines per year
Not a lot of info at this point until guidelines launch in March, but they have included this in the under £15k pack (on page 18) so you can see roughly how they are seeing things split between the funds.
It's been a while since I've posted here - I've been pretty busy working on lots of funding applications and have had some exciting conversations with artists about how we're going to work together for the year ahead. Can't wait to get started!
So what have we got planned?!
The wonderful Nando Messias will be hosting a Study Room Gathering at LADA in February 2018 - I can't wait to go to this event and reflect with him on Post-Sissy possibilities.
LONDON // Live Art Development Agency // 21 February, 7pm
Following Nando’s trilogy of Sissy performances (2008-2017), this gathering will consider the ways in which queer artists have attempted to make sense of their identities, their bodies, their visibility, their social erasure and their political struggles through their practice.
The event is free, reserve your place here.
I'm so pleased to be working with Greg Wohead on company development, producing new work development on Call it a Day and touring of other shows too. We've got lots of brilliant stuff coming up, including a run at SOHO THEATRE - here are some of the live listings, get booking!
CAMBRIDGE // Cambridge Junction // 28 February
BERLIN // English Theatre Berlin // 13-14 March
LONDON // Soho Theatre // 19-23 June
Story #1, with Rachel Mars
PORTO // mala voadora // 16 February
PLYMOUTH // The House, Plymouth University // 21 February
Call it a Day
CARDIFF // Experimentica // 13 April
This is everything that's public at the moment, but there is more to come soon!