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Stephanie Schober's Tracing Gestures. Photo by Chris Nash.
Photo by Stephanie Schober's Tracing Gestures. Photo by Chris Nash.

Compass Commissions: FAQs

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Applications for the next round of Compass Commissions have now closed. All applicants will be notified by Friday 29 September, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Thursday 5 or Tuesday 10 October. The commissioned artists will be announced later in October.

Frequently Asked Questions about Compass Commissions

I have previously applied for a Compass Commission; can I reapply? (Successful or not?)
Yes, applicants are encouraged to apply more than once.

I have more than one project/idea. Can I apply more than once?
If you have a number of proposals, please submit a separate application for each.

My project/idea falls across more than one of the strands you specify. Does it matter which strand I select?
On the application form, please choose the strand that most closely represents your project/idea.

Does the cash funding just cover the development of the work or can it be used for touring?
Cash funding may be used for any element of the development of the work, but not for touring.

Will the commission need to culminate in a performance?

Do I need to have additional/match funding in place before I apply for Compass?
No. You do not need to have found additional funding to apply for Compass.

Can I apply for additional funding?
Yes. To date, all Compass artists have successfully levered additional funding, including Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England.

At what point should I look for additional funding?
It is advised that additional funding applications will be much stronger if a Compass Commission has already been awarded. *Please note that all funds will need to be in place to realise a final performance by 31 August 2018.

What if the work has been performed at a ‘scratch’ night?
Scratch performances would be considered R&D, which would be fine.

Is there a particular length of work you are looking for?
This isn’t specified. However we do stipulate a ‘standalone’ piece- an entire experience in itself. We would not expect a work to form half of a double-bill.

Do I need to propose a budget for my work in my application?
The application stipulates that you should include ‘What you propose for this commission – your idea, who it involves, how you will make it happen, the site etc’. An indication of the budget is always useful.

If I am applying for a site-sensitive Commission, do I need to have identified a site before applying?
Being very clear about the site (or kind of site) your work is to be presented in (or inspired by) would make your application more compelling.

Can the work be a solo?

How much of my video will be watched?
Up to 5 minutes. Please note that videos which are longer than 5 minutes will not be watched in their entirety. All videos will be watched for 5 minutes from the start unless you specify another start time in the application form.

What should I include in my video?
Please include video which is integral to the communication of your idea. You can make reference to the video in your written proposal.

Do I have to include video in my application?
No. If you don’t have a video that you feel gives a clear example of your work, please leave this section of the form empty.

Can my application be video only?
Yes. Please ensure that your video provides us with the information that we have requested in the proposal section of the guidance notes.

Can my application be in other formats – BSL/Audio recording?
Yes. Please contact Lydia Wharf on or 020 8293 9741 to discuss alternative formats.

I am from the UK but working overseas; can I still apply?
Lead applicants must be UK-based, with the right to live and work here. Collaborators may be based overseas.

How many Commissions will be granted and how much is the cash component?
One or more Commissions will be awarded and the cash component of the Commission will be a minimum of £3000.

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