What kind of work are you looking for? Is Showcase Victoria for me?
Applications are encouraged from all genres of the performing arts, including contemporary music. The work can be suitable for a variety of spaces including the main stages of performing arts centres of all sizes, blackboxes, community halls, libraries, galleries, foyers and festivals in both metro and regional areas. It is important to note that venues tend to program one to two years’ in advance so touring should be part of a longer term vision for your work. Here are some examples of works that have gone on to tour through Regional Arts Victoria via the Showcase Victoria program.
What are the outcomes of Showcase Victoria?
Showcase Victoria prides itself on being an arts marketplace with genuine outcomes and we appreciate that it takes a considerable amount of time and resources for artists and producers to both apply and if successful, participate in the program.
While the ultimate goal of Showcase Victoria is to build tours (either through tour coordinators such as Regional Arts Victoria, directly with venues, or as independent producers), there are many other outcomes which are harder to measure. These include – establishing and maintaining relationships with venues and programmers; connecting with other artists and producers (and sometimes creating new shows together!); booking one-off performances; gaining further insight into how the industry works; experiencing a lot of great art in a short amount of time; and even the process of putting an application together and collating the material can be a valuable professional development exercise if you have not done so before or thought about the longevity of your work.
It’s also worth noting that the outcomes of Showcase Victoria are not necessarily immediate and it’s possible you could be contacted by a programmer months or even years down the track from appearing in the program, or make a connection that leads to an entirely different show.
For the first time in 2019, to ensure that successful applicants get the best possible outcomes from being in the Showcase Victoria program, we will be holding a post-event workshop for participating producers exploring the question of what happens next?
Still interested? Read on for application FAQs…
When do applications for 2019 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 cost of your show. You do have submit the overall cost though, including any remount fees and royalties. For further tour budgeting advice we recommend you contact Auspicious Arts.
What is a remount fee?
A remount fee is the cost getting your show ready to tour after a period of time. Some shows have no remount fee but others may incur remount expenses such as:
- performers’ wages for re-rehearsal period (generally no longer than 2 weeks)
- director’s fee for re-rehearsal period
- rehearsal space for re-rehearsal period
- set maintenance, or construction of a new set suitable for touring
- designer’s fees to revise lighting and sound plans to suit touring venues
- management/administration fee for re-rehearsal period
Remount fees are shared amongst all the venues on a tour.
Can you give me an example of a marketing slogan?
Follow this link to explore the Showcase Victoria 2018 Production Profiles. Checking out how other producers talk about their work can be really useful.
What is the NTS?
The National Touring Selector is a Australian online platform for producers, venues and presenters to upload information about themselves. Showcase Victoria uses the NTS Technical Rating System as a simple way of expressing the technical details of your show.
How many applications do you receive?
The average over the past three years has been approximately 140 applications. In 2019 there will be around 40 places available on 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. The Selection Panel will also determine which program stream (Main Stages, Small Stages, Music Makers) your work best fits into.
What’s the difference between a Pitch and an Excerpt?
A Pitch is an 8-minute live spoken presentation with no performance element (but you can use video and powerpoint presentations).
An Excerpt is a 12-minute live performance.
Can I apply from interstate or overseas?
Yes, however if similar work is submitted, preference will be given to Victorian-based producers.
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.
How do I share a Dropbox or OneDrive file?
OneDrive – When you select the file or folder to share, you should be offered the option to either share by email or link. You need to select “get a link” rather than “email” and it’s that link you insert into the application form.