This year Showcase Victoria received 143 Expression of Interests from a broad range of performing arts companies and artists. Submissions covered many different art forms, strategies for engagements and programming development and exciting projects of varying scales. The Showcase Selection Committee once again noted and congratulates those who submitted on a high level of quality, rigour and strategic thinking. The number and quality of submissions meant a big challenge for the Showcase Selection Committee in selecting and programming the event.
General feedback from Showcase Selection Committee is as follows:
- Expressions of Interest were easiest to assess if they were of an excellent quality with working links, correct length and well edited copy, correct format and with relevant support material (especially easily accessible video footage).
- Price is a big consideration for programmers. Detailed budgets were not compulsory but it is easiest to assess with an indication of scale, if the show has been performed before there should have been a definitive budget snapshot.
- An understanding of the arts touring marketplace, combined with the ability to clearly convey company goals were viewed as a positive indicator that an appearance at Showcase Victoria would be a valuable experience for producers.
- Producers who knew their own audience (and/or potential audience) and were able to demonstrate this, ranked more favourably than those who claimed their show “appealed to a wide audience.”
Again this year, the Committee commented on how competitive this process has become and encourages those considering an Expression of Interest to Showcase Victoria to do all they can to actively engage with the industry prior to submitting. This includes attending touring related professional development opportunities, attending performances in venues that program touring shows, familiarising themselves with the VAPAC network and seek mentorship and collaborative opportunities with venue programmers.
The Committee also encourages those interested in submitting in future to attend Showcase as an observer to gain further understanding of the event and those that participate. Registrations opened in early March and close approximately one week prior to the event (or once all allocations are exhausted). Details can be found via the “REGISTER NOW & EVENT DETAILS” on the Showcase Victoria website.
The committee also noted that Showcase Victoria is not the only avenue for touring work or selling a show. Not being included in the program does not of course, discount a company from continuing to have discussions with interested presenters or from submitting to other marketplaces such as the Performing Arts Exchange (PAX).
Showcase Victoria 2016 Selection Committee:
- Jenny Ryssenbeek – Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres
- Kane Forbes – Regional Arts Victoria
- Shayne Price – City of Whitehorse
- Jessie Deane – Hobsons Bay City Council
- Rob Robson – West Gippsland Arts Centre
- Karen Patterson – Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre
- Annette Downs – Tasmania Perfoms
- Tammy Ryan – Frankston Arts Centre
- Stephen Henderson – The Capital, Bendigo
- Andy Miller – Multicultural Arts Victoria
- Graeme Russell – Her Majesty’s, Ballarat
Regional Arts Victoria and Showcase Victoria Staff Present
- Rosie Dwyer – Touring Program Coordinator
- Dale Packard – Touring Coordinator
- Ella Bucovaz – Touring and Communications Administrator
- Gemma Robertson – Showcase Victoria Coordinator