Commissions

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Contact name
Catherine Mummery

Organisation
Market Place

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Title of position advertised
Development Commissions Round 3

Salary/Fee
Varied

Deadline
30/08/2017

Interview
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DEADLINES 30 June and 30 August 2017.

Market Place is building audiences for the arts by supporting new activity that reaches new audiences in the market towns of Forest Heath (Brandon, Mildenhall, Newmarket) and Fenland (Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech).  As well as developing and delivering exciting and inspirational events in our seven towns, Market Place has also commissioned a range of artists, arts organisations and community groups to deliver their own new projects which reach new audiences.

We are delighted to announce Round 3 of Development Commissions Programme.

The upcoming deadlines are 30th June and 30th August 2017.

WHO CAN APPLY

Development Commissions are open to anyone wanting to contribute to building the creative offer in the market towns of Forest Heath and Fenland. Creative businesses and professional artists are eligible to apply alongside voluntary arts groups, community organisations and young people. In developing your commission we would encourage you to collaborate with project partners to ensure that you have the capacity and skills to deliver your proposed idea.

*** Ideally at least one person from the organisations who apply for the Development Commissions should attend one of Project Bootcamps to be held in Wisbech and in Newmarket. Follow the link to find out more about the Project Bootcamp and book your place. You do not have to have a fully formed project before you attend Bootcamp – the workshops will offer inspiration, guidance and possible partners with whom you might want to develop a new idea ***

Priorities for Round 3 of the Development Commission will be given to projects that:

Support artists or arts organisations and community groups or organisations to work in new partnerships and to develop arts programmes or events, which are new or are of a scale or ambition that they have not delivered before
Reach audiences who are new to the arts (as participants or audience) including marginalised or minority communities and individuals.
Develop new arts programmes or events, which may be sustainable in the future.
Have the potential to lever match funding or income in the short to medium term (i.e. beyond the life of this commission)
Have the potential to reach across more than one of the Market Place towns.

Round deadlines on 30th June and 30th August 2017.

Projects for Round 3 Development Commissions need to commence no earlier than 15 June 2017.

There is £40,000 in total for the whole Market Place region in 2017, with additional professional support from the Market Place team. We will provide up to £4,000 per commission. In some instances, the panel may not award the full amount, which is applied for. A spread across the towns is sought and awards will be made considering local need and strength of applications.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE  FOR APPLICANTS

If you have an idea for an arts activity that will develop arts audiences within the Market Place area, but are not sure it fits the Development Commissions, please do contact Catherine Mummery, our Programme Manager at catherine.mummery@cppmarketplace.co.uk. 
Attend Project Bootcamps in Wisbech or in Newmarket where a facilitator will lead a training and development day, and participants will be given support to grow new partnerships, develop resilient and exciting projects, and explore how to create a project proposal.
Receive one-to-one support to develop a project idea and a proposal via a meeting (in person or via Skype or by phone)
Send us you initial draft proposals so one of the Market Place team can raise any questions, or give advice to strengthen final proposals, to increase the likelihood of success
All activities must be completed by 31st December 2017. 

HOW TO APPLY

Download and carefully review the Guidance for Applicants document
Download and fill out our Application Form and submit it to us at admin@cppmarketplace.co.uk

ELIGIBILITY

Development Commissions are open to anyone wanting to contribute to building the creative offer in the market towns of Forest Heath and Fenland. Creative businesses and professional artists are eligible to apply alongside voluntary arts groups, community organisations and young people. In developing your commission we would encourage you to collaborate with project partners to ensure that you have the capacity and skills to deliver your proposed idea.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Successful applications for Round 1 included:

Taster animation workshops in Whittlesey alongside an existing art exhibition
The staging of a professional theatre show for children in Mildenhall Library
A workshop on self-publishing in March run by Bird’s Nest Books
Volunteer skills development programme for Fenland BIG Weekender in March
The programming of street music to raise the profile of Newmarket Music Festival
The creation of a new folk group in Brandon for local amateur & professional musicians
Under-writing a ticketed poetry event alongside an awards ceremony in March
A pilot story-telling project in Chatteris with a number of community groups

Applications for Round 1 that were unsuccessful were scored* down because:

They failed to identify a specific local audience in a Market Place town that they were going to work with.
The quality of the artistic experience was judged as weak compared to other opportunities.
The proposal was not sustainable, either in its impact on the audience or in strengthening local infrastructure.
Projects did not have sufficient time between the submission deadline and starting delivery to be effectively marketed (an 8 week turnaround is expected.)
Proposals for mainly capital costs (i.e. equipment) were not successful.
Proposals were unrealistic in their aims or unconvincing in their ambitions to reach new audiences.

Posted by CPPMarketPlace on 19th June 2017.