Springboard - an initiative by Circus Oz and Melbourne Fringe is a new program aimed at supporting innovation in contemporary circus and the development of four new small-budget works in 2020 from emerging circus artists and companies, one of which will grow into a mid-budget commissioned work in 2021.
The purpose of the program is to support our most promising small circus companies to aim for more ambitious, better conceived, and better realised new works, with solid market development and touring strategies in place.
The first phase of the program in 2020 will consist of four applicant artists or companies receiving seed funding to self-produce a new work for Melbourne Fringe Festival or Sidesault-at-the-Melba in 2020. These independently produced shows will have guidance and support from Melbourne Fringe, Circus Oz and mentors, in order to develop an increased competence in self-producing and navigating the market, but in all respects will be independently managed by the artists / companies presenting the work.
At the end of the first phase of the program all four participants will be invited to apply to be the 2021 Commissioned Project and will be assisted through this process by their mentors.
The second phase of the program in 2021 will provide mentorship and guidance for three of the companies to grow and sustain their practice, while one company will be selected to present a mid-scale commissioned work as part of the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The Commissioned Project producer will be guided in how to develop this larger scale work, with additional mentorship aimed at preparing the artist/company to be ready to pitch the work to a major performing arts and circus touring network at the conclusion of the program.
2020 - 4x SEED FUNDED PROJECTS
What we’re looking for:
4x emerging circus artists or companies who create work that prioritises innovation, diversity and sustainability in their practice.
What the successful artists will receive:
$7,500 cash provided directly to the artist to self-produce a small-scale circus work for the 2020 Melbourne Fringe or Sidesault-at-the-Melba festivals
Free registration and priority programming in one of the key venues during Melbourne Fringe Festival (Fringe Hub or Melba and Beyond), or at Sidesault-at-the-Melba; as appropriate
A photoshoot to develop marketing collateral for the show
A photographer to attend the show in-season to provide photographic documentation
A coorindated publicity campaign to promote the Springboard program
Participation in skills development opportunities focusing on self-producing, business practice, project planning, fundraising, career growth and networking
Participation in a Tour Ready program that will include targeted delegates who focus on programming circus work
Mentor or creative consultant for the development and presentation of the work
Mentorship post-event to assist with pitching the project for future seasons and planning your next steps
The opportunity to present a proposal to be selected as the commissioned project for 2021
2021 - 1x COMMISSIONED PROJECT
What we’re looking for
The company that demonstrates the greatest capacity to develop their work into a project ready to be pitched to a major performing arts and/or circus touring market.
What the successful artists will receive
$35,000 cash provided directly to the artist to self-produce a mid-scale circus work for the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival
Free registration and priority programming in one of the key venues during Melbourne Fringe
A photoshoot with the artists to develop marketing collateral for the commissioned project
Photographic and videographic documentation of the project
Mentors and/or creative consultants for the development and presentation of the work
Mentorship to help develop a next-steps plan for pitching and on-selling the work
Please make sure you have answered all the required questions (marked '*') before submitting your answer.
Have a look at the sections before you start your EOI, and make sure you reach out to and have a chat to prospective team members and artists you'd like to work with.
The final section asking for Support Material can be as much or as little as you like - the main consideration for every application will be your answers to the EOI questions, so it's not a disaster if you don't have a website or video of past work - we're more interested in what you want to create than what you've made in the past.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER
If you have any questions please get in touch with Danny Delahunty from Melbourne Fringe on (03) 9660 9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.