Theatre Bristol Agents
‘I’m happy to report that (I think) I’ve since secured a producer for the project, due in part to the inspiration and evidence that I gained at the conference. I’d had the meeting in the diary but after the conference I was much more able to articulate the project’s relevance and value to her’ (Amy Rose, TB Agent)
At Theatre Bristol we want to shine a light on independent artists and producers who help lead and shape the future of the arts.
We know it can be hard for independents to attend conferences and events, and that industry gatherings are often only accessible to salaried staff. That’s why we offer help with tickets, travel or accommodation costs for ‘TB Agents’ – Bristol-based artists and producers who want to attend events to soak up new ideas, make contacts and represent the independent sector.
All we ask in return is that they find a way to share their experience and learning. This might be by live tweeting the event, writing a blog, making a podcast, or hosting a conversation.
Before they go we also let people know in case they’d like to get in touch with us to highlight things that might be of interest or concern, or with information about current projects relevant to the event. We then pass the message onto the Agent.
In 2016-17, our pilot year we offered 2 placements for people to attend IETM, and 9 ‘TB Agent’ opportunities for artists, primarily dancers, to attend events in the UK. In 2017-18 we expanded the initiative to offer 20 bursaries and to make the process more transparent. In 2018-19 we are increasing the amount of funding that individuals can apply for to up to £300, to be able to support artists and producers to attend events internationally as well as in the UK. Please note you can apply for any sum of money, up to £300.
Proposals will be assessed 3 times a year by a panel including at least one artist.
The next deadline for 2018-19 is 19th February 2019.
If you need some inspiration, here are a few UK and European events and festivals:
Please note that this is not a bursary for courses or training.
Lift Festival, London, Spring-Summer
Vienna Festival, Vienna, Spring-Summer
Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork, Summer
Manchester International Festival, Manchester, Summer
Dance Umbrella Festival, London, Autumn
Fira Tarrega, Barcelona, Autumn
Dublin Fringe Fest, Dublin, Autumn
Fast Forward Festival, Bristol/Wiltshire, Autumn
British Arts Festivals Association (BAFA) Conference, UK, Autumn
Family Arts Conference, UK, Winter
IETM Events, worldwide, throughout the year