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The East Midlands Independent Producer Scheme

  • Date: 25 March 2009
  • Area: Midlands

Arts Council England, East Midlands is keen to support the development of Creative Producers in the region. In order to do this, Arts Council England wishes to offer grants for up to four producers as part of a one year professional development programme from September 09.

The Programme

A bespoke programme of professional development will be offered to potential producers. This is likely to include some of the following:
o A skills audit and training needs analysis together with tailored relevant training and business support
o Access to a mentor
o Membership to an appropriate networking organisation
o Tickets to see performing arts product in the East Midlands
o Opportunity to develop regional/ national/ international collaborations
o Support in developing a Grants for the arts application
o An allowance of £15,000 per producer

How will the Independent Producers be selected?

The producers we are looking for will:
o have a track record as a producer or have relevant transferable experience
o have strong artistic ideas and the potential to see those within a wider landscape
o be confident and entrepreneurial with an ability to find solutions despite challenges
o have strong interpersonal and negotiation skills
o be able to work with a range of artists and stakeholders to realise their ideas
o have the ability to build support for their projects, including financial support from a range of sources
o not be an individual in receipt of RFO funding (this does not exclude individuals working for an RFO)
o be based in the East Midlands

How to apply for the East Midlands Independent Producer Scheme?

If you would like to apply for the East Midlands Independent Producer Scheme please submit your CV and a written statement of no more than two sides of A4 explaining how this opportunity will enable you to develop as a producer and what you would gain from participating in this programme. What are your aspirations?

You may wish to consider the following in your statement.

o How do you want your work as a producer to develop in the longer term?
o Who are the producers that inspire you and why?
o What are the outcomes we might expect from taking part in this programme?
o What skills would you like to develop?
o What kind of projects do you want to develop?

Selection process

The deadline for proposals is 12 noon on 18 May. Short listing will take place on Wed 20 May and interviews will take place on Friday 22 May. Please send your proposal and CV by email to Rebecca Dunning at the following email address. Please put East Midlands Independent Producer Scheme in the subject heading.