Dance Hub Birmingham announces second round of funding opportunities for regional artists and dance professionals

  • A further 4 Developing Practice Grants offered across the dance sector aimed at developing individual’s practice.
  • Artistic Commissioning opportunities to invest in work created in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
  • Both opportunities support Dance Hub Birmingham in amplifying and further developing the region’s position as an international centre of excellence for dance.

Following the success of the first round of commissions, Dance Hub Birmingham is delighted to announce the second round of funding opportunities for artists and dance professionals based in Birmingham and West Midlands.

Developing Practice Grants, (or ‘go see’ grants) are for artists, producers, curators and dance sector professionals based in Birmingham or the West Midlands (Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire) and aim to support them in growing and sustaining their practice in the region.

With up to four grants available in this round Dance Hub Birmingham is keen to support those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to access professional development and experience work that will create a step change in their practice as well as those with a willingness to share their learning across the dance sector.

Recipients of the first round of go see grants are developing their skills at the Ailey School in New York, the Women in Dance Leadership conference also in New York and mentoring with UK choreographers.

The second round of Artistic Commissions is for artists who are based in Birmingham or the West Midlands (Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire) and who will be developing and presenting work in the region.
Dance Hub Birmingham is particularly interested in commissioning ambitious and distinctive projects that are focused on creating dance that is part of the fabric of the city-region reaching the widest possible audience – indoors, outdoors and digitally – in conventional and unusual performance spaces within the region and beyond.

Dance Hub Birmingham is looking for co-commissions, diverse and inclusive work and work that uses digital technology in creation and/or distribution, and work that raises the reputation of Birmingham as an international centre of excellence for dance nationally and internationally. Recipients from round one included Autin Dance Theatre, Humanhood and Sampad, all creating new and diverse work in the region.

Monique Deletant, Director of Dance Hub Birmingham said:

“We had a fantastic response to our first round of Grants and Commissions, it was wonderful to see the diversity of artists and dance sector professionals in our region. We are delighted to start the New Year by inviting further applications and continuing our commitment to investing in dance in the West Midlands. Through investing in organisations to create new work and in individuals to develop their practice we will continue to position Birmingham as an international centre of excellence for dance and in doing so amplify the story of dance locally, regionally and nationally.”

The deadline for applications to the Developing Practice Grants is Thursday 22 February 2018. The deadline for Artistic Commissions is Thursday 15 February 2018. Download the application details from www.culturecentral.co.uk/dance-hub

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For further information please contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of Dance Hub Birmingham on 07779026720 or email HelenLAnnetts@hotmail.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Dance Hub Birmingham

Dance Hub Birmingham is an ambitious sector led initiative to amplify and further develop the region’s position as an international centre of excellence for dance. Birmingham is a world-renowned international city of dance that embraces its young, diverse and digital population; a place where artists, organisations and people can realise their ambitions, are supported, have access to and can afford to sustain a life in dance.

Supported with strategic investment from Arts Council England, Dance Hub Birmingham builds upon the exceptional existing dance ecology of production, performance, community and learning activities delivered by organisations in the dance sector. The current steering committee is comprised of representatives from ACE Dance and Music, Birmingham City University, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Culture Central, DanceXchange, mac Birmingham, One Dance UK, Sampad and two individual artists, who work in consultation with the city and wider West Midlands dance sector.

Dance Hub Birmingham is an initiative delivered by Culture Central.

Culture Central

Culture Central is a new collective voice and development organisation for culture in the Birmingham city region. Culture Central is an open membership body representing and working on behalf of arts organisations, practitioners, agencies and other organisations engaged in the cultural sector.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

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