WHAT’S NEW IN 2019?
There are a number of exciting new initiatives happening in 2019 which will be revealed over the coming months. For starters, we’re introducing a new streamed program format. This is designed to encourage a greater and more diverse range of work that needn’t necessarily fit into the traditional main stage category, and to allow venues and programmers more flexibility around which sessions they attend depending on their programming needs. We will also be extending the program to include an info and networking session with a selection of Australia’s major performing arts organisations and a speed-dating session for venues and producers will replace the Victorian Touring Forum.
The new program streams are as follows –
How do I apply to be part of Showcase Victoria 2019?
Applications can be made online only via the Showcase Victoria website.
What kind of work are you looking for?
Applications are encouraged from all genres of the performing arts, including contemporary music. Ideally, work should be ready to tour within the following one to two years.
When do applications open?
Applications OPEN on 10 DECEMBER 2018 but you can download the application form template here to give yourself a head start.
When do applications close?
Applications CLOSE at 1PM (EST) on 22 JANUARY 2019.
Is the application process the same as last year?
Yes! Applications will again be made in a ONE stage process. This means that the information you submit about your show on the application form will be the same information that Showcase Victoria attendees receive about your show at the event in May. There is some room for tweaking along the way but please be as accurate as possible. The info you supply about your show in the application form will end up looking something like this.
Can I apply for more than one show?
Absolutely! There is no limit to the number of applications you can submit but you MUST submit a unique application for each production.
What is a Presenter?
A Presenter is an individual or organisation that manages one or more venues or festivals and programs performing arts for their community. Also referred to as venues and/or programmers.
What is a Producer?
A Producer is an individual or organisation that creates works that fit under the banner ‘performing arts’. Also interchanged with artist/theatre-maker.
Help! I don’t have a video clip of my show…
The quickest way to engage both the Selection Panel, venues and programmers, is with a high quality “teaser” video clip. If you are applying for a show that hasn’t premiered at the time of application, consider including video links to previous examples of your work, or include an interview with the director, or excerpts from your rehearsals/workshop sessions.
Here is an example from Red Stitch Actors Theatre of a clip made prior to the work having premiered, and here’s one from Lab Kelpie which includes audience reaction and reviews. This clip, a promo for RED by Liz Lea, is also a great example.
Whilst the tone of these clips may not be a good fit for your show, the techniques are worth noting – ie. good soundtracks, quality audio and great film work. Most importantly, they give the Selection Panel an idea of what they can expect to see on stage.
Do I have to submit the budget template with my application?
No, you don’t have to submit the budget template, it’s a tool for helping you work out the overall cost of your show. You do have submit that overall cost though, including any remount fees and royalties. For further tour budgeting advice we recommend you contact Auspicious Arts.
Can you give me an example of a marketing slogan?
Follow this link to explore the Showcase Victoria 2018 Production Profiles. Seeing what people have written in the past can be really useful.
How many applications do you receive?
The average over the past three years has been approximately 150 applications. In 2019 there will be around 50 places so you have a one in three chance of getting onto the program.
Can I choose whether I get an Excerpt, Pitch or Installation?
No, this is determined by the Selection Panel based on their professional assessment of the best way to present your work and the time constraints of the program.
Can I apply from interstate or overseas?
Yes, however if similar work is submitted, preference will be given to Victorian-based producers.
Any special tips?
Yes! Remember that the audience at Showcase Victoria is predominately made up of venue and festival programmers and it’s important to bear that in mind when writing your application. For example writing “You’ll have to wait and see what happens!” in the synopsis is not helpful. Whilst it might be enticing to your potential audience, programmers need to know the full story as they’re the ones who have to decide if it’s suitable for their audience.
Do you accept works in development?
Showcase Victoria is a tour-ready marketplace. However, as most venues program a year or two in advance there is scope for submitting work that hasn’t yet premiered. If in doubt, contact us.
My work is an installation or roving performance, rather than a “show”. Am I still able to submit an application?
Yes, absolutely. Our aim is to showcase your work in the best possible light, and if your application is successful, it will be programmed with this in mind.
How do I set-up a Dropbox account?
Dropbox folders work well for sharing your support material because as long as you keep the same folder name, you can update the files within it and provide us with a single link to access the information. Here’s a tutorial on how to set up a Dropbox account.