Showcase Victoria 2012

Showcase Victoria is an annual touring forum hosted by the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) and Regional Arts Victoria (RAV). Showcase brings presenters (venue managers) and producers of performing arts works together with the aim of building Victorian state tours during 2013.

Showcase is now in its 14th year and we are delighted that Frankston Arts Centre will be hosting the event. The Frankston Arts Centre plays a significant role in the both the national and state touring circuits and programs a diversity of works into its venues. We know producers and presenters will be well catered for by the Frankston team.

How does it work?

Showcase Submissions (6th February – 5th March)
Showcase submissions will be run via the Cyberpaddock website. Producers need a producer profile and to set up a production profile for the show being put forward. If you are a first time Cyberpaddock user you can get all manner of tips about setting up your profile in the website’s “about” section. Showcase submissions need to be complete with show copy, images, video (if possible), budget, marketing and technical details. Incomplete profiles may be rejected and if you are experiencing difficulties please contact a RAV staff member. Once you have set your production profile you then register via Trybooking.com. Each registration incurs a $20 + GST administration charge.

Showcase Selection
The Showcase selection panel, comprising ten industry representatives from regional and metropolitan venues, plus festival, producers and industry members, meets in late March. The panel reviews each submission and shortlists the productions that will be invited to be included in the Showcase presentation program. Submissions are assessed against the Arts Victoria criteria (see web link below) and more mechanical issues such as venue programming requirements, technical capacity and artistic quality. Regional Arts Victoria does not select the Showcase Victoria program.

At the Event
Showcase runs over two days. Each production is allotted approximately 15 minutes which can be used for any mix of spoken presentation, performance excerpt, digital presentation (including video, audio and PowerPoint) and time for questions. Presenters are the main audience and use the information gleaned from presentations to make decisions about shows they want to present to their community.

EXPO
Producers who do not make it into the Showcase presentation program have a chance to participate in the Showcase EXPO. EXPO runs during Showcase and works well for productions that can perform at short notice (i.e. do not require a tour to perform in regional locations), that have a proven track record with venues managers (i.e. do not require a pitch spot) or production companies with an array of works on offer. Each EXPO producer is given a stall space and presenters approach stall holders directly to talk about your offer.

After Showcase
After Showcase presenters vote for the productions they would like to see developed into tours. Productions that receive enough support will then go through a process of tour development (negotiating appropriate dates and building a project budget) and most will be submitted for tour funding support via Arts Victoria. We expect tour funding applications will be due August 1st and results are usually received 12 weeks after submission. Regional Arts Victoria will develop and deliver a number of tours on behalf of producers and presenters. However there are other avenues to touring on offer – check the RAV website for some of the options – see the “other pathways” section.

Showcase Victoria aligns with Arts Victoria’s Touring Victoria program. Showcase is open to presenters and producers from outside Victoria, but please bear in mind that Touring Victoria funding does not cover interstate performances and is not open to interstate companies. If you are considering applying to Showcase and are an interstate producer it’s best to be thinking about a future Playing Australia funded tour or a project that does not require tour funding support.

To Recap
Who: The Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) and Regional Arts Victoria (RAV)
What: Showcase Victoria 2012 – state touring forum
When: May 29-30 (successful producers will be required for technical rehearsals during May 28th)
Where: Frankston Arts Centre
How: Cyberpaddock.com.au, or Trybooking.com.

Information about Arts Victoria’s Touring Victoria Program can be found on the Website.
Information about VAPAC can be found here on the VAPAC Site
Information about RAV can be found on The RAV Website.
Information about the Frankston Arts Centre
Cyberpaddock is managed by the Blue Heeler network of performing arts touring coordinators

Extra special thanks go to Delma and the team at TryBooking.com – Showcase Victoria sponsors and experts in event ticketing.

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