Manchester International Festival are repurposing some of their artist development funds to support this to offer opportunities to GM-based artists and creatives.
Festival In My House – an opportunity to re-imagine MIF’s Festival in My Houseprogramme for today’s unique times. They want people to host their own micro-international festival at home, exploring remote collaborations and audiences – up to £1000 budget for each event
Get creative – opportunities to create and deliver activity that safely engages artists / community / wider society during the crisis. This could take the form of an online workshop, performance, talk, discussion or other creative idea of your choice – up to £350 per activity.
Remote residencies – an open brief to use this time to explore ideas and projects. This could include responding to the COVID-19 situation or other imaginative ways to support communities, artists or audiences during the coming months. Residencies do not have to result in specific outcomes but need to take place at home – up to £1000 per residency.
- They’re open to ideas that are not digital in form provided they are compliant with current government guidelines – these might include the use of phones, radio or other ideas.
- Budgets includes all fees, materials and other expenses
- Whilst the MIF teams will do THEIR utmost to offer support and help remotely, they are unable to offer the usual level of producing or technical support at the moment; please bear this in mind when submitting your proposal.
- You are eligible to apply for this opportunity if you are over 18 years of age and resident in Greater Manchester.
- They encourage proposals from people with specific access needs and are happy to work with you to help with both the application process and to realise your idea.
They aim to review all proposals quickly – they’ll be looking for:
- interesting ideas with the ability to stimulate creativity and connection
- ideas that consider the local and international
- ideas that are deliverable on the levels of financial and practical support available
- proposals that help artists to develop artistically, a space to dream, imagine, create and test new ideas
- ideas that allow for audience participation and involvement, beyond simply broadcasting
- proposals that represent the diversity of Greater Manchester.
MIF will be be accepting proposals on a rolling basis until the end of April, or until all available opportunities have been filled. They will be continuing to respond to the needs of our community during this time and will be looking at providing ongoing opportunities past April.