Producers

Alongside our dedicated Artist support work we are committed to supporting and developing Producers working within live performance with bespoke tailored support, events and training as well as opportunities to come together and share knowledge and learning.

PRODUCER RESOURCES

 

  • Programme of tailored support
  • Events and Workshops
  • Brokering Relationships
  • Networks

Programme of tailored support 

We are currently designing a programme of support for Independent Producers living and working across Bristol and the wider South West. 

This may include:

 

  • Coaching 
  • Mentoring 
  • Wellbeing
  • Peer to Peer support 
  • Reflection surgeries 
  • Paid Research and Development time 
  • Residencies 
  • Access to hot-desking and co-working spaces
  • Support for beginning and developing artist/producer relationships 
  • Skills and Knowledge exchanges 
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A hand painted tile propped on a windowsill. The writing on it says "Shhh, less talk, more tea"

Events and Workshops

Responding to the call we put out with The Uncultured we are developing a series of workshops and events specifically for Producers. 

More information will be released soon.

READ THE INVITATION FROM THE UNCULTURED

Artist/Producer Relationships 

We often help with matchmaking and brokering relationships between artists and producers. Getting this right can be absolutely transformative. But the landscape and people can change a lot in two years, so we want to make sure our knowledge is up to date, and that we are useful for everyone.

How it works:

1) You fill in some very brief information about yourself via this link.

2) If an artist is looking for producing support and we think you might be a good match we will either

a) direct them to your public profile OR
b) forward you an email from them / send you a JD if they are recruiting publicly

3) You can update your info via the same link in future. Occasionally we will also get in touch to see if your details are up to date.

4) This database won’t be made public, and we won’t share your personal details with anyone unless you give us separate permission.

We want to continue to try to keep this fairly light touch so it doesn’t need a lot of administration.

We are really up for hearing about what else would help you right now. It will also help us understand what producing capacity there is in the city, which would be really useful.

If you would like to be added to our database then please following this link:

PRODUCER DATABASE

Networks 

We know that being a Producer can at times be incredibly lonely and isolated. We have put together a list of networks/collectives/resources that already exist and are committed to supporting and developing a more local network that would allow for in person and online togetherness. 

You can also access resources for Producers via our Resource Library.

If you would like us to add any other networks to this page please:

GET IN TOUCH

how theatre bristol supported mike pony

Theatre Bristol has supported me throughout my 12 years in Bristol, from my days as an early career performance artist and maker in the city to my current role as the director of Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival. What started as an “I wonder if I could produce my own festival” became a reality for me with the support of the organisation.

Without Theatre Bristol ambitious people wouldn’t get the realistic, critical and valuable support that I was lucky to receive.

I came to TB having produced my own performance work, developed nightlife events as a promoter and DJ and with some basic knowledge of festivals and Arts Council funding. I wanted to start a new festival in Bristol and I had no idea where to even start with that, beyond working from my own experiences of working in festivals as an artist and producing festival performance/art party events for In Between Time and Bristol Pride.

Theatre Bristol was behind me all the way with bespoke support and face to face mentoring, encouraging me to get to the core of what I wanted to do and what the city needed, and to ask vital questions about the viability and feasibility of my idea. The mentoring was on-going and ad hoc, and Theatre Bristol helped me throughout my journey as I developed my ideas, structures, festival concept and funding bids.

Mike is a white person with brown beard, they are wearing a baseball cap, leather jacked, grey hoodie and denim trousers. They are standing in front of the wall covered with graffiti.

With the support of TB, the plan for the pilot edition of Submerge came together and a funding bid submitted. It was a success. Theatre Bristol continued to support me with ad hoc advice, marketing support and mentoring as we delivered the first festival.

Theatre Bristol was behind me all the way with bespoke support and face to face mentoring, encouraging me to get to the core of what I wanted to do and what the city needed.

Submerge delivered its pilot festival in 2016 and I continued to have meetings with TB as I prepared a second application for funding on an even more ambitious scale. No question was too stupid!

In 2019 we are delivering our expanded vision: Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival. We continue to use Theatre Bristol, listing our events on the website (a valuable resource for people to find out about arts events, networking, jobs and socials) and I know that if I have a tricky question, someone at TB will know the answer.

Since receiving funding, we have developed a business plan for Submerge which positions the company as a UK wide digital arts producing brand, of which Bristol International Digital Arts Festival is just one of the things we deliver. As we grow our ambition and develop our work into new areas in the UK, we’ll stick by Theatre Bristol as our colleague, mate and mentor.

I know that if I have a tricky question, someone at TB will know the answer.

Without Theatre Bristol ambitious people wouldn’t get the realistic, critical and valuable support that I was lucky to receive. Always delivered with care, the organisation were pivotal in helping me gain focus on what was possible, desirable and necessary, and to think about the bigger picture and how my work could intersect with the work of others. My organisation was developed in partnership with many organisations in the city, and Theatre Bristol were essential as an impartial partner who could offer an overview of the city and the relationships that might be useful to me, with no financial incentive. I am very thankful to Theatre Bristol for all of the support I received.

Mike is a white person with brown beard, they are wearing a baseball cap, leather jacked, grey hoodie and denim trousers. They are standing astride next to the Submerge festival poster.
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