Connecting Places

Miss Bronte by Brave Theatre

Connecting Places is a capacity building program that works in partnerships with community presenters to bring quality work to their communities. The program consists of works that are accessible, technically appropriate and affordable for community organisations. The program also delivers regional skills development workshops in September each year.

Connecting Places recognises the important contribution made by community presenters by placing them firmly at the helm of a touring selection and delivery system, with appropriate backing from tour coordination experts.

Access the 2017 Connecting Places Program here

For Presenters

Who is eligible

The program is specifically designed to lower any barriers that might exist for community presenters to present touring productions locally. We define community presenters as not-for-profit community associations who have access to a venue, Local Government Authorities looking to present work for their communities. Some examples of these could be a halls committee, local arts council, Mechanics Institute association, CWA, Lions Club, or the Arts & Culture staff in the local Shire. There are no restrictions on the type of venue used. Some examples are the local town hall, community theatre, library, church, public bar, gallery, barn, even a lounge room!

 

Community presenters are required to become a Regional Arts Victoria Member to access the program.

 

What is supported by the Connecting Places Program

Remount Costs

These are the costs that the producer or creator of the work has to pay in order to get the show on the road. This can include the costs of rehearsing, building sets and props etc.

 

Touring Costs

These are the costs to get the group to your hall for the show, they might include hire cars, fuel, meals and accommodation.

 

In Kind Support

Regional Arts Victoria will engage with community presenters to assist with yearly program and budget planning, networking with other community presenters or performing arts centres in their region, some areas of your Small Regional Presenters application, technical planning

 

Technical Support

  • Consultation on technical requirements for the show.
  • Help with locating suitably qualified technical staff and equipment

 

Marketing Support

  • A comprehensive marketing toolkit is supplied which includes marketing copy, image gallery, media release template, promotional videos and audience development suggestions
  • Regional Arts Victoria supply print ready PDFs of poster and flyer artwork for your venue
  • Over the phone support on audience development, talking to the media and marketing campaigns

 

What costs does the Community Presenter incur

 

NB – please note funding to assist with all the below costs is available and discussed below

 

Per Performance Fee - The artists fee. This will include payment for the performers and other people involved with the show. This can vary from $500 - $4,000

 

Venue running costs - Any costs required for the running and hire of your chosen venue

 

Marketing the performance - Local advertising etc

 

Staffing the event - Any costs required for staffing the venue during the performance (this may be on a voluntary level)

 

Small Regional Presenters program

 

Connecting Places is intended to work alongside Creative Victoria’s Small Regional Presenters program. Regional Arts Victoria encourage users of the Connecting Places program to apply for Small Regional Presenters to support their presentations. If the grant application is successful the presenter can use the funds to assist with the difference in cost between the per-performance fee and their expected income, technical costs (excluding capital investment) and additional marketing costs such as advertising and printing.

Regional Arts Victoria staff are able to offer some assistance to presenters in preparing an application for Small Regional Presenters. In the event that a presenter submits and application for Small Regional Presenters and is not successful they should speak with Regional Arts Victoria to discuss further options.

Please contact Fiona Beckwith at Creative Victoria for assistance in understanding Small Regional Presenters. Fiona Beckwith: 8683 3137 or 1800 134 894 (toll free country Victoria only) or at fiona.beckwith@ecodev.vic.gov.au

 

For Producers

Artists are asked to submit an Expression of Interest to be a part of the Connecting Places Program. EOIs for the 2018 program are now closed.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Self-contained work (including all essential crew and equipment) capable of playing in almost any space
  • Appropriate budget
  • Relevant form/genre/content (as assessed by the consultation panel)

Selection is assisted by the Connecting Places consultative panel and facilitated by Regional Arts Victoria. Once shortlisted, a menu of shows on offer will be made available in print and email format. This is sent to our network of community presenters, with timelines around registering interest.

Once interest is gathered we offer a tour coordination service that develops and delivers a touring project throughout Victoria. This service generally includes: the building and confirmation of tour itineraries, facilitation of relationships with producers and presenters, budgeting, booking logistics, contracting, invoicing and marketing coordination. Producers are expected to undertake the pre-production responsibilities of a touring project

Image: Miss Bronte by BRAVE Theatre at Ruffy Hall, 2016. Photo by Ella Bucovaz