The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is offering financial support and professional advice to help individuals, promoters and venues stage quality live events at next year’s festival
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Last year, the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival initiated a Guarantee Scheme into its programming which enabled 23 promoters, community groups, venues and artists across the region to put on performance art events and be part of Scotland’s largest rural multi-art form festival.
The scheme proved so successful, that we have incorporated it into our regular yearly programming and any individual, group or organisation wishing to put on an event in the region during next year’s festival (20 to 29 May 2016) will be eligible to apply to the guarantee scheme which offers financial support and professional advice for their event.
Pete Renwick, festival programme director, said: “A major role of the festival is to support promoters, venues and community groups based in our region to programme quality performing arts events.
“In 2015 events we supported included theatre, folk, Jazz, poetry, spoken word, live music film scores, puppetry, dance, and early music. We were able to match people looking to tour with people looking to host events, but equally the programme drew on venues’ own networks, programme and event ideas.”
We encourage proposals from organisations with their own programming ideas. Equally, should you wish to host an event and would like us to recommend touring artists, we will work with you to find a suitable event. Please get in touch with Lou on 01387 259627 email@example.com
When looking at which events to support, the event should fulfil the following criteria:
- Should be of a high quality, beyond an organisation’s usual activity
- Be of good artistic quality
- Will draw an audience
- Is not competing with another similar event during the run of the festival
- Have to take place during the festival dates
- Have a realistic budget
- Have a realistic ticket income
- Have a realistic ticket price
- Organisers should be willing to promote the event through their own network, costs to be included in the budget
The festival will pay for
- Artists’ fees, travel and accommodation
- Venue hire
- Set-up and technical costs
If you run a venue, are an artist or even a sound technician, these will include your own fees provided they are included in the application
What we won’t pay for
- Promoters’ time
- Costs of catering for the public
- Midsteeple Box Office 7% ticket charge
- An allocation of ticket sales (no less than 20%) must be available via the Midsteeple Box Office
- Rented items that are not returned
The Application form can be downloaded in MS Word format from our website www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
We are conducting our selection through a fair and open access application process. No funding decisions will be made prior to the application deadline.
The guarantee scheme will fund events which require festival support. Should your event be able to take place without festival support, then we would encourage you to apply to be included in the Fringe programme.
All forms should be returned by 9th November 2015 to Louise Davies, Festival Co-ordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ. Tel: 01387 259627.
Successful applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision by 18th November 2015 and notified in writing.
SMALL PRINT: The total costs of the event should be more than the Guarantee requested and we are looking for promoters to buy in with a shared risk. The promoter should be confident in achieving a minimum audience. The Guarantee will ensure that all agreed event costs are covered, provided you achieve above the minimum. Should ticket income be more than the event costs, you will keep profits. We are able to support smaller events costing less than £500 but will offer a smaller guarantee. The costs should include artists’ fees, travel accommodation, venue hire, technical costs and publicity. If for example you are an artist or a venue, you can include your own fees in the budget. Typically we will expect the guarantee to cover no more than 50% of the total event costs but we will make exceptions for high risk, developmental, or low risk projects.