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Artsbridge

Artsbridge supports individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform to undertake opportunities that arise at short notice. These opportunities may be interstate or overseas and should be strategically important in terms of your professional and artistic development.

If you are seeking investment towards accommodation or travel expenses associated with bringing a professional or practitioner to Tasmania, please visit Artsbridge Connect.

Key dates

Round 1
Closes: 1 December 2016

Round 2
Closes: 1 March 2017

Round 3
Closes: 1 June 2017

Round 4
Closes: 1 September 2017

Notification for each round will occur six weeks (30 working days) after the closing date.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists based in Tasmania. Visit general eligibility for more information.  
  • Partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups with at least one Tasmanian member.  

Who can't apply?

  • Individual artists who are not based in Tasmania  
  • Partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups with no Tasmanian members  
  • Incorporated bodies – funding for incorporated bodies is available via Artsbridge Connect
  • Individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups who have previously received a grant from Arts Tasmania that has not been satisfactorily acquitted.  

What can I apply for?

Artsbridge provides funding for travel and/or freight expenses associated with national or international opportunities.

For example, you may seek investment towards the following:

  • Economy airfares  
  • Ferry fares  
  • Freight  

You cannot apply for investment towards projects or activities that do not involve professional artists or arts workers, do not have a clearly defined arts component or that have already taken place.

Some types of activities are not eligible for investment or are restricted. Be sure to read the general eligibility to make sure your project is suitable before applying.

How many times a year can I apply?

There are four Artsbridge and Artsbridge Connect rounds a year. Demand for investment under both programs is high and all applicants are restricted to one application per calendar year to either Artsbridge or Artsbridge Connect. Applicants may not apply to both Artsbridge and Artsbridge Connect in the one calendar year.

Individuals may submit one application per calendar year as a solo artist. Arts Tasmania recognises the importance of cross-artform and collaborative practice, and will accept applications from groups or collaborations that include individuals who may have applied as solo artists in the same calendar year. Each group or collaboration may only apply once per calendar year.

Arts organisations may submit one Artsbridge application per year.

Artsbridge is a competitive program and funds are limited. It is advisable to submit your application as early as possible.

How much can I apply for?

The following maximum investments apply if you are seeking investment towards travel and/or freight associated with a national or international opportunity:

  • $3 000 per person  
  • $10 000 per collaboration of four or more people.  

Against what criteria will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed against the criteria of quality and reach.

Quality – 50 per cent weighting

There are a number of indicators of quality that the assessment panel may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project:

  • Quality of artistic concept and artistic practice  
  • Progression – fresh artistic approaches, experimentation and creative challenge  
  • Currency – timeliness in career, relevance to career development, potential for growth in practice  
  • Capacity – calibre of personnel, resource and financial management, planning  

Reach – 50 per cent weighting

There are a number of indicators of reach that the assessment panel may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project:

  • What are the outcomes of the project?  
  • Audience/market – numbers, marketing strategy, diversity and connection  
  • Engagement – participation, access, involvement of the public and/or specific audience or market sectors  

The assessment guidelines are a useful resource that details what peers may consider in assessing your application.

Who will assess my application?

Applications will be assessed by a multi-artform panel.

What do I submit as my application?

All applications must include:

  • A completed Artsbridge application form
  • A letter or e-mail of confirmation from the host organisation or venue  
  • National opportunities: two quotes each for the airfares, ferry fares and/or freight that make up your project.  
  • International opportunities: three quotes each for the airfares, ferry fares and/or freight that make up your project.  
  • A brief CV or biography for each artist involved in your project (no more than two pages for each artist)  
  • A maximum of five items of artistic support material. Visit artistic support material for information relating to accepted formats.  

Applications may also include:

  • Letters or emails of confirmation from artists involved in your project  
  • A maximum of two written references that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the project and its merits.  

If your project involves Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander content, your application must include evidence of permission granted by the relevant community. See www.arts.tas.gov.au/inclusion for more information.

It is not mandatory to provide confirmations of people involved in the project the time of application. However, Arts Tasmania may request confirmations of artists at any stage during the process.

Please note that excess support material will not be accepted.

When do I submit my application?

There are four Artsbridge rounds a year.

Round 1
Closes: 1 December 2016

Round 2
Closes: 1 March 2017

Round 3
Closes: 1 June 2017

Round 4
Closes: 1 September 2017

Notification will occur six weeks (30 working days) after the closing date.

How do I submit my application?

Your Artsbridge application form must be completed online before 11:59 pm on the due date.

Relevant supporting documents should be submitted as attachments to or links in your online application form.

Please note: If you are unable to submit electronically, please contact a program officer before the closing date to discuss making a hard-copy submission.
Material received after the closing date will not be considered.

For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.

Help with your application

We recommend you seek advice from a program officer before submitting your application. Program officers are a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.

Program Officer Denise Robinson is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on 6777 2805 or Denise.Robinson@arts.tas.gov.au

You can make an appointment with Denise for a face-to-face meeting or contact her directly via phone or e-mail.

Due to the number of programs operated by Arts Tasmania, there is great demand for program officers' time and therefore contact time with a program officer is limited.

Resources

Applications to the 2016 Artsbridge program are made using our online application website.

You will need to register an account or login with an existing account before being able to open the online form.

2016 Artsbridge application form

If you require a document in an alternate format please contact us.

Register for email updates to be kept informed of Arts Tasmania's funding and program announcements.

Other information

See programs and key dates for all investment options available to individual artists.

Equity - for information relating to services provided by Arts Tasmania to assist applicants in overcoming any special difficulties in applying for Arts Tasmania's programs of investment.

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