Information, Advice & Opportunities

Fundraising Intensive
19 March, Ely
Market Place offers a full day of intensive high-quality training and mentoring for artists, arts and community organisations with an ambition to raise funds for an arts project. Money Bootcamp will help you refine your idea and develop your funding bid and pitch. You will have the opportunity to make new contacts, share and test ideas with the experts and other participants, learn from the experiences of other arts organizations working with communities.

Lost Eden 2016 Commissions
28-31 July, Lake District
Kendal Calling (working with Walk the Plank) will be commissioning individuals and organisations wishing to produce new artworks for Lost Eden in 2016. The main focus for new commissions in Lost Eden is sculptural and installation artworks that have a significant impact in the festival environment. In addition we are also interested in participatory works, including those with a digital aspect.

Clown & Dark Clown course with Peta Lily
25 & 26 April, London
A two day workshop including play, confidence boosting exercises, liberating discoveries, release into physical expression, the right degree of challenge & the secrets of laughter revealed. Open to beginners as well as the more experienced idiot.

‘Making Stuff About Stuff’ workshop with Scottee
19 & 20 March, London
Making Stuff About Stuff explores making short performance, variety, theatre and live art about stuff that matters - politics, sex, sexuality, gender, poverty, race, class, identity and then some!  Create politically motivated work, devise activist art, socially engaged practice, ideas generation and learn how to harness the fire in your belly effectively.
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‘Improv Camp’
4-6 March, Cambridge
Two day improvisation residential including courses and shows.

‘Boom’ Callout for Musicians
April 2016 – March 2017, Oxford
Boom is Oxford Contemporary Music’s annual professional development scheme for music/sound practitioners and producers.  The scheme offers support for practitioners and producers who are interested in creating and presenting inspiring contemporary music or sound based work outside of the concert hall and gallery (i.e. in unconventional spaces and outdoors), in order to reach large and diverse audiences. This includes performance, digital practice and installation work.

Callout for Short Dance Works for Tripspace
Monthly, London
Tripspace invites applications from dance makers / choreographers for a series of 5 unique evening programmes will be a platform where cutting edge choreographic work from across Europe and the UK meet in one place. Each evening finishes with a band, bringing music and dance audiences together. They are particularly interested in work which expands notions of dance and choreography, challenges the boundaries between art forms or experiments with new artistic and performative ground.

‘Introduction to Creative Producing’ Workshop
12 March, London
This workshop looks at the pros and cons of commercial theatre production, setting up a theatre company and local / national touring.  It covers legal issues, contracts, working with creatives, and securing rights. It will be useful to anyone who is interested in producing, or has considered investing in theatre, is interested in event production or is just curious about what a Creative Producer does!

Applications open for Reading Fringe Festival
Deadline 29 Feb
Applications now open for acts to take part in Reading’s Fringe Festival 20-24 July.

Emerging Producers’ Develoment Programme
August, Edinburgh
The Emerging Producers Development Programme was established in 2012 when it became clear that there were increasing numbers of emergent producers interested in engaging with the Fringe Society’s Arts Industry office but who did not have the necessary track record to qualify for accreditation. In recognition of the immense professional development opportunities that the Fringe can provide, a development programme to address these emerging producer’s needs was created. The programme’s aim is to support emerging UK producers from all genres of the performing arts develop their professional networks, learning and creative insight, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Marketing Workshop for Spoken Word shows at Edinburgh
12 March, London
This practical Masterclass will take you through the basics of preparing a strategy for Edinburgh - one that's tailored to your show. This workshop is ideal for solo and small cast spoken word shows on a budget, and anyone new to promoting a show at the Fringe.