We know how important feedback is, it’s helps us learn and develop and also helps us understand the many different reasons why a decision might be undertaken. These decisions can often feel personal, especially when it’s about your art, so we always try and outline some of the objective reasoning In Good Company and it’s friends and partners have undertook to come to our decisions. We do this in a public way – as we want the industry to change – to support the general well being and health of the sector more.
If you wrote an application for the following – thank you – and if you’re just curious and considering an application in the future, the below might help:
Mid Career Commission
We know how much energy it takes to write applications and we really appreciate it. We are unable to give individual feedback due to the volume of applications, and our capacity as a two person team, however we can share a summary of what the shortlisted applicants demonstrated – we have done this below:
Shortlisted applicants demonstrated a proven track record of creating contemporary theatre through the development of 2 or 3 shows previously, which had toured outside of their region, and clearly articulated that they have the infrastructure and capacity to deliver a contemporary piece of theatre to the timescale outlined. They also articulated clearly how each individual element of the commission would help them develop in scale and ambition and build upon the work they have already done, from the finance, support, rehearsal space, school performances and presentation and profiling opportunities.
Often we also must consider how each applicant aligns with In Good Company’s strategic aims, to broaden the diversity of stories being told and how we can make the independent sector in the Midland’s more resilient, as a result.
The selection process is still taking place, but an announcement will follow soon.
Artist Support Fund
Artists are constantly having to write bids and applications, but for smaller pots of seed funding we think we can do things differently to foster better artist/venue relationships, reduce admin time, focus support around ideas not words and improve the general health and well-being of our
sector. We do, however, understand that writing and submitting any application, however short, is time and energy consuming, particularly as it is unlikely you will get feedback if you were unsuccessful. So we wanted to give a bit of an overview about the process of shortlisting, for the Artist Support Fund, to help give an insight into why we have selected the artists we have. We try to do this for all our opportunities.
In this window we had four bursaries to award, and 40 applications to chose from. There are far more people applying than there are funds to give and many things are considered when making these difficult decisions. These include ensuring we have a balance of geography across the region, whether the project would happen with or without this support, whether this bursary will help advantage further funds, whether this is the right support mechanism, and whether this project really progresses an artists practice and experience through risk taking.
As a commitment to increasing opportunities and support for all, we try to always shortlist at least one project with a lead artist who identifies as BAME, from a non-British background, queer, gender diverse, from a working class background and D/deaf and Disabled people (including hidden disabilities).
Applications, that were not shortlisted, broadly fell into the following categories:
a) applications that didn’t match the aims (as set above)
b) a good project/very interesting idea that didn’t aligned with In Good Company’s strategic priorities as closely as others.
c) other opportunities would be a better fit for the project.
d) it is unclear how the bursary will make a significant difference to the project.
e) the application demonstrated an underdeveloped relationship/s with IGC or venues
The IGC team were impressed with the amount of quality applications, particularly in this round of Artist Support Fund. It was the most competitive round there has been and we’d like to congratulate every one who took the time to apply, it was inspiring to read all the brilliant ideas.
An announcement will follow soon regarding the selected theatre makers and projects.