Applications open now and closes Monday 7 June 2021, 5pm
Cash and space for ‘BOLD’ new work, with and for the artists and communities of Brimbank.
We invite artists and arts organisations to submit an application for the 2021 Be Bold Residency.
The Be Bold Residency provides a professional development, creative development and presentation space for artists and arts organisations to make and present new work with and for the local community.
The Be Bold Residency Program supports:
There are two residency categories based on the applicant’s stage of career development and project proposal.
1. Be Bold Creative Residencies for Mid-Career or Established Artists or Arts Organisations
2. Be Bold Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists or Arts Organisations usually considered within the first five years of their arts practice or establishment).
For the mid-career or established artists of arts organisations category, up to $5,000 cash contribution will be awarded per residency.
For the emerging artist or arts organisation category, up to $3,000 cash contribution will be awarded per residency. This is to cover artist fees, trainer/mentor fees, production costs, marketing and administration costs (no more than 10% of the cash contribution).
In addition, the following support will be available to successful applicants, with agreement of the Bowery Executive Producer:
Applications open: 12 April 2021
Applications close: By 5pm on Monday 7 June 2021
Decisions announced: July 2021
Agreements finalised: September 2021
Residency activity: Between 1 October 2021 and 31 May 2022
Acquittal Due: 14 June 2022
To apply for funding you must:
All residencies will be undertaken between 1 October 2021 and 31 May 2022. You should check availability of spaces prior to applying if your project is heavily dependent on a particular date. Community spaces are heavily booked. It is recommended that you plan your workshops / rehearsals / development / performance time in these spaces in consultation with the Theatre Programming Senior Officer or Community & Creative Partnerships Officer.
A key part of the Be Bold Residencies is working with the Brimbank community and applications are assessed on the strength of this.
Applicants should state that they are either from Brimbank, or have demonstrated partnerships with communities/organisations within Brimbank.
Partnering means the community is central to the project, it is not a fee for service structure, and as a result there will be a collaboration between artists and community. The relationship with the selected community group / organisation should be based on trust, reciprocity and principles of community strengthening.
Examples of what community engagement may look like:
To apply, you must complete the Be Bold Residency Application Form on SmartyGrants.
As a part of the application form, you can attach:
1. Artistic Support material
2. Letter of support relating to your arts practice or community partnerships (this is essential if you intend to work with CLAD communities, people with disabilities, youth, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities)
3. Residency Budget
You will need an email account to apply online. Please ensure you receive a confirmation of your online application via an automatic email from SmartyGrants. It is advised to type out your answers first, then copy and paste into SmartyGrants. Do not leave your application idle for more than 60 minutes, as you will lose unsaved data. Always press ‘save’ as you go.
Applications will be assessed by an arts practitioner assessment panel comprised of staff from the Arts and Culture team, and at least one arts industry panel member.
If required, an interview process may be built into the assessment before finalising the residents. The arts industry panel member/s will be involved in the process and will be appointed by Council. All decisions made by the panel are final.
The panel will consider the following assessment criteria:
1. Artistic Merit (40% weighting):
The panel will assess the potential of the artists / arts organisation at the centre of the proposal. Considerations include:
2. Viability (30% weighting):
The panel will assess the viability of your proposal. Considerations include:
3. Impact on the artist, organisation and community (30% weighting):
The panel will assess the impact the proposed activity will have on artist, organisation and community. Considerations include:
Applicants are required to provide a detailed budget for their project. An example budget is imbedded within the application form and can be used as guidance in completing your application budget.
Your project INCOME may comprise of the following:
1. Be Bold Cash Contribution: The amount provided as a cash contribution is either up to $5,000 for Mid-Career or Established Artists or up to $3,000 for Emerging Artists;
2. Be Bold Residency In-kind Support for venue hire, front of house and technical staff, and box office is up to $4,500;
3. Your organisational cash contributions – these include the funds raised by your organisation via fundraising, members’ fee, donations or sponsorships;
4. Other funding – please specify details of other funding, if any, including names of funding agencies and the amount funded for this Project/Event;
5. Ticket sales – all residency performances are to be held at The Bowery Theatre and will be ticketed using the house ticketing system, whereby a 50/50 box office split will be the arrangement;
6. In-kind Contributions: These are non-monetary supports and services that come from your group, volunteers and your partner organisations that would otherwise have to be paid for. These include labour, catering or transport.
Your project EXPENDITURE may include:
1. Budget items that you will cover with your Be Bold Residency cash contribution, eg. Artist/s fees, marketing costs, sets, costumes and props;
2. Budget items that you intend to cover with the Be Bold residency’s in-kind contribution, eg. $4,500 for venue hire, technical and front of house, and box office set up;
3. Budget items that will be covered by your organisational cash contribution, or other funding and ticket sales;
4. Budget items that are provided in-kind (by volunteers or project partners). See above for calculations.
Please note: If you require additional time in the theatre and/or additional staffing, please contact us to discuss costs. These additional costs can be included as expenditure in your budget.
For advice, questions and/or guidance for applicants, please contact:
Theatre Programming Senior Officer
Ph. +61 3 9249 4609
Council officers will support applicants to develop their project concept in line with the guidelines, plan around venue availability, and identify additional or alternative funding sources.