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Posted on: June 22, 2016

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Jake Orr: The art of the Arts Council application


2016-Incoming-Submissions-1024x683For the last three years, Incoming Festival has served up 10 packed days of emerging companies, innovative performance and high-quality workshops. This year is no different and kicks off on the 24th July 2016 (we are particularly looking forward to Theseus Beefcake by Panic Lab and  Ross and Rachel by MOTOR ) The festival has been successful in receiving it’s third round of Arts Council funding – meaning that artists get paid both a fee and a box office split. This is good for artists (we love to be paid) and great for audiences – tickets are all only £5, with the aim of encouraging audiences who are usually put off by the price tag. Public funding has clearly helped make Incoming Festival a success: but in a time of cuts, is it still possible to get funding? And where to start with the dreaded Grants for Arts application?

The Odyssey by The Sleeping Trees as part of Incoming Festival Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015,, 07545642134

The Odyssey by The Sleeping Trees as part of Incoming Festival
Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015,,

In the second episode of Young Audiences: Who Cares? we talk to the co-founder of Incoming Festival Jake Orr about funding for the arts and specifically the Arts Council Grants for Arts application. If you are in the process of applying for your first grant – the podcast is a must listen! 

“Be really confident in what you’re doing… Make sure that at no point people are left with question marks, because that will go against you.”

Jake talks us through: 

How to apply for Grants for Arts? 
Where to go for additional funding? 
What is support in kind and what does it include?
Whats the main pieces of advice you’d give?
What are the biggest mistakes when people come to write their application?
How much should I pay artists?

If you’re successful
What happens if circumstances change?
Where to start with evaluation?
How can you continue your relationship with the arts council?

And finally – what happens if you’re unsuccessful?

Take a listen:

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