Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund round three - what’s new?
It’s back – but not quite as you know it. Read our quick guide to the ways in which the new Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund differs from the last two rounds…
First of all you need to make sure you are eligible to apply this year. Round three is open to practitioners working in one of the following five creative categories:
- Performing arts: theatre-makers including playwrights, spoken word artists, directors, puppeteers and live artists.
- Dance: dancers and choreographers.
- Music: musicians, composers, songwriters and conductors.
- Visual art: fine artists, sculptors, animators and video artists.
- Creative Producing: do you bring together disparate parts of culture in exciting and innovative ways? This category is open to creative producers working in visual arts, theatre, film and performance/dance.
There won't necessarily be a winner in every one of the five categories –the judges will pick the five entries they believe to be the strongest overall.
This time, there will be FIVE winners – rather than two or three – as we are now running the brief on an annual basis. This will be your last chance to apply for the fund until Autumn 2013.
Unlike in previous rounds, we have assigned ambassadors for each category to help with the judging process. After IdeasTap staff and two external industry experts have done an initial sift of entries, whittling them down to 20 applications per category, the ambassadors will draw up a shortlist of five per category – 25 in total. Sky Arts and IdeasTap will then review the list of 25, and select 10 finalists from across the five categories, who will be invited to present their work in front of a panel of judges, including the ambassadors.
Like last time, we’ll be hosting a series of useful seminars for applicants. Taking place in Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Newcastle, the seminars will be jam-packed full of application advice and networking opportunities. Local ambassadors (from the list above) will be on hand, sharing their expertise and chatting about what they’re looking for in applications.
Other than that, you know the drill. So step to it and good luck!
To find out more, visit the brief page.
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