Commissions

Applications open: Sat 14 November 2020
Applications close: Fri 11 December 2020 at 6pm
Shortlist confirmed: Wed 16 December 2020
Announcements made: Tue 22 December 2020

• Two seed commission grants of £500
• Two seed commission grants of £250

Norwich Fringe is always exploring new ways to support the creative community in Norwich and Norfolk. We’re very happy to be able to offer 4 seed commissioning opportunities for the development of work that can be presented at Norwich Fringe Festival 2021.

Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 takes place mid-March, in-person, both online and in-person or solely online, depending on Government guidelines and restrictions to live performance and events. All successful projects must present their work (either finished piece or after a period of development) within Norwich Fringe Festival 2021. All projects must have a participatory or audience element to it. This does not mean interactive performance. We want projects that can be put in front of an audience OR that can be participated in. This is quite broad and open to discussion after the shortlisting stage.

Any artform or performance-based work is welcome to apply with an expression of interest. There are no restrictions on form, genre or style. The creative at the heart of the project must be based in Norwich or Norfolk or clearly explain the link to Norwich and Norfolk if you live elsewhere.

We particularly welcome applications from those currently under-represented in the industry as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.

Creatives must consider their work and practice to be in line with (and adopt) Norwich Fringe values and ethics.

In addition to the seed commission funding, Norwich Fringe can also offer each successful project:
• Assistance with the provision of a venue/platform for project sharing/performance.
• Support and mentoring alongside the development of your project.
• PR and marketing support and inclusion in all Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 promotions.
• Technical support for get-in and project sharing/performance.
• Further development opportunities, linking creatives up, keeping development and future projects and programming in mind.

Stage 1: Submit an Expression of Interest (deadline: Fri 11 December 2020 at 6pm)
We will only be able to provide brief feedback for Stage 1 applications of Expressions of Interest. Every application will receive feedback and shortlisted applications will be notified by or on Wed 16 December 2020.

Stage 2: Conversations with shortlisted applicants (between 16-21 December 2020)
We will invite you for an informal conversation (Zoom or phone call) with one of the members of the producing team to find out more about you and talk your idea through in a little more detail.

Stage 3: Decisions
We will notify all shortlisted applications of decisions by or on 22 December 2020 and feedback will be provided for those at this stage.

There are different ways to apply:
• Complete our online form via Google forms.
• Download, complete and email us a completed application form using Microsoft Word.
• Make a voice recording or short video with your answer to the application form questions.


Project brief (and T&Cs) for applicants:
1. Any artform or creative response is welcome.
2. The creative/company/collective at the heart of the project must be based in Norwich or Norfolk or clearly explain the link to Norwich and Norfolk if you live elsewhere.
3. Everyone involved in creating projects must adopt and advocate our Norwich Fringe values.
4. We want pieces that are relevant and responsive to the world around us.
5. We welcome projects where creatives and makers that take risks either with their artistic work or ways of working.
6. The creative/company/collective at the heart of the project must agree to the Norwich Fringe Values and advocate them throughout their own project.
7. The Norwich Fringe producing team cannot enter into a discussion about the content of your Expression of Interest until after shortlisting. This is so the process is fair for all.
8. All applicants must be available for a short conversation (online or by telephone between the dates of 16-21 December 2020.
9. Everyone applying must also complete our Diversity Monitoring Form. This information is anonymous and is kept separate to any applications. Any information provided on this form will not be associated with nor affect your application.
10. Successful projects must have a sharing/performance presented as part of Norwich Fringe 2021 (mid-March).

We have kept the application form, which is your Expression of Interest, with as few questions as possible. We have listed the key questions below, so you can prepare for completing the form.

• Tell us about you and your work (250 words)
• Tell us about your project idea (250 words)
• How will your practice or the project grow after Norwich Fringe 2021? (250 words)

These commission opportunities, along with all our plans leading up to Norwich Fringe 2021 have been supported using public funding by Arts Council England.