GOAL: Increase skills training and participation for aspiring, emerging artists in touring and performing
BCTC is seeking proposals from non-profit, performing arts BC based presenters for funding from the Warming Up the Act (WUTA) program. WUTA provides financial assistance to presenters in BC to engage aspiring, emerging BC artists as “openers” for main stage artists/acts presented as part of their series or season.
Aspiring, emerging artists are defined as those, between 18-34 years old, who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form through education or apprenticeship and are in the early stage of launching a professional career. Proposed aspiring, emerging artists will use support to maximize their potential audience, and to propel them into eventually headlining or being considered a main stage artist.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 24
Applications must be received no later than Friday, February 24. Please consult the guidelines and/or the program coordinator prior to completing an application.
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1) WUTA Guidelines (PDF)
2) WUTA Application – (digital PDF) – Please note the attachments required.
3) WUTA Final Report (digital PDF)
Applications and support materials must be emailed (as PDF files) to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications received will be acknowledged by email.
FAQ – Warming Up the Act
Please be sure to review the complete guidelines for more details.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must be a community-based performing arts presenter in BC that presents a series or season of performing arts events featuring professional artists (producing companies that present their own works in a series or season are not eligible.) Consult the guidelines for more information.
How much can a presenter request?
Requests may be up to a maximum of $3,000 per organization.
Do I need to have my artists confirmed before applying?
Applicants should have both mainstage and opening artists confirmed prior to completing an application.
Do I need to send bios for all artists?
Applicants should send bios for aspiring, emerging artists only.
What is the definition of aspiring, emerging artists?
Aspiring, emerging artists are defined as those, between 18-34 years old, who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form through education or apprenticeship and are in the early stage of launching a professional career. Proposed aspiring, emerging artists will use support from Warming up the Act to maximize their potential audience, and propel them into eventually headlining or being considered a main stage artist.
Would an act in a double-bill be considered eligible?
A ‘double-bill’ may be considered eligible for funding, however, the objective of the program is to provide funding support to presenters to hire aspiring, emerging artists to open for main stage artists/acts. At least one act in a double bill must be an aspiring, emerging artist in order to be considered.
Does BCTC have a list of aspiring emerging artists?
The 2017 edition of ArtsOnTour.com identifies emerging artists with an ‘e’ icon. We also encourage presenters to work with agents, artists/artistic companies, or managers or to put out a call to local in your community or region. BCTC does not endorse or recommend specific artists.
How are applications adjudicated and evaluated?
Applications will be reviewed by the program coordinator and evaluated by a peer adjudication committee.
Merit-based, independent assessment is the primary means of evaluation. The engagement of aspiring, emerging artists is key to the success of this program. Committee members will consider the impact of the experience on participating artists and audiences and the number of artists engaged.
Adjudication committee members will also consider the accessibility of the project to aspiring, emerging artists, including those of Indigenous, culturally diverse and/or regional communities.
When would we receive funding if our application was successful?
Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by email approximately four weeks after the deadline. Funds will be paid out to successful applicants within six to eight weeks of submission.
WUTA is a component of the BC Arts Council’s Creative Youth Initiatives, developed as part of BC Creative Futures. BC Creative Futures is a comprehensive strategy to promote youth engagement with the arts to help prepare young British Columbians for rewarding careers in the creative industries, including music, theatre, visual arts, design, animation, film and arts administration.