Arts Council England (ACE) is looking for applications that challenge assumptions about showcasing and working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2020 and beyond.
ACE has opened a new fund through its National Lottery Project Grants over £100k National Activites strand and would like expressions of interests both before and after 31 October 2019. ACE expect requests of up to £750,000 per showcase. Read more about the idea and the reasons for it on their blog here.
Projects should intend to increase international touring by establishing a performing arts showcase for England-based artists that presents work including theatre, dance, circus and live art within the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Especially welcome EOIs for projects are those that will:
- include a robust strategy to increase international touring through the delivery of up to three showcases (2021, 2022 & 2023) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe;
- be underpinned by strong national and international partnerships involving organisations that have both experience of international touring at the relevant scale and of organising similar events;
- consider ways to minimise environmental impact while actively facilitating connections with potential international and national programmers both at the festival and digitally;
- demonstrate a commitment to support selected companies in preparing for the showcase and in supporting companies post showcase, including supporting onward international touring;
- demonstrate a commitment to an open application process for participation in the showcase and to involving a wide range of voices in the selection process;
- contain rigorous plans to ensure the showcase represents the diversity of contemporary England and includes companies from a geographic spread across England.
ACE are committed to fair pay for artists and expect artists to be paid for their participation in accordance with industry guidelines.