Participate in Showcase Victoria
Attended each year by over 250 industry members, Showcase Victoria is an arts market with extraordinary outcomes.
We’re excited to announce that planning is underway for Showcase Victoria 2021 which will be held at Darebin Arts Centre on 19 May. In what will be a transitional year, the program will be built in response to a stakeholder survey that we’ll be conducting early in 2021 and will focus on re-establishing connections between venues and performers.
In light of the cancellation of Showcase Victoria 2020, at this stage we won’t be calling for new applications to be part of the 2021 program.
We’ll keep you updated as plans progress and here’s to being in the same room together!
Registrations are currently closed
Applications usually open in December of the year prior to the next event and close late January but please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, this is subject to change.
Yes you can but you need to submit a separate application for each work.
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.
A Producer is an individual or organisation that creates works that fit under the banner ‘performing arts’. Also interchanged with artist/performance-maker.
The quickest way to engage both the Selection Panel and venues and programmers, is with a high quality video clip that accurately represents your project. If you are applying with a work that hasn’t premiered at the time of application we suggest you include an interview with the director, or excerpts from your rehearsals/workshop sessions instead.
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 audiences can expect to see.
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.
The average over the past three years has been approximately 170 applications. There are typically around 50 place in the program.
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.
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.
Yes, however if similar work is submitted, preference will be given to Victorian-based producers.
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.
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.
The information you provide in your application is used by the Selection Panel to assess the work against the Selection Guidelines. It the application is successful, it also forms the basis of your Performance Profile enabling venues to access, save, share and review your show when they’re looking for works to program.
Over the last three years, we have built four fantastic tours to all parts of regional Victoria, all due to Showcase Victoria. Not only do our clients get to showcase their amazing work, but Showcase Victoria also provides fantastic networking with great face to face meeting opportunities. It has become the prime annual performing arts market in Australia.
- Nic Clark, NCM