MEDIA RELEASE, 8 March 2017: Made in Adelaide grants and a new award now open
Made in Adelaide grants and a new award now open
Adelaide artists have the chance to apply for a grant or win a new award – both designed to help defray costs for local acts planning to participate in Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival this August.
Arts South Australia ran the inaugural Made in Adelaide program in Edinburgh in 2016. It showcased a taste of Australia’s best festival city, in the world’s festivals epicentre.
Following the success of last year’s pilot, Arts South Australia will again be based at its popular Adelaide-themed pergola at Summerhall, one of Edinburgh’s major Fringe performance hubs.
This year, top-up grants of $2000 for individuals and $5000 for groups are available to help local acts with the costs associated with presenting their work.
And for the first time, a local artist in this year’s Adelaide Fringe, planning to register with the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, will be eligible to win the $10,000 Made in Adelaide award.
The new Made in Adelaide Award aims to help locally-based artists or companies who are already planning to present their work at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to build an international profile.
It celebrates exciting, original work and will be judged by a panel of arts industry leaders on the lookout for quality, creativity and ambition.
More than 90 artists, presenters, producers, home companies and festival directors travelled as part of the 2016 Made in Adelaide delegation, building on the strong presence of South Australian work in Edinburgh and achieving some excellent outcomes and tour bookings for artists.
The Adelaide Fringe is supporting the new award as part of its Fringe Awards night on Sunday 19 March. The winner will also receive marketing support through the Made in Adelaide program guide and website.
All South Australian artists presenting in Edinburgh are able to access the Made in Adelaide branding and marketing regardless of the success of their grant application.
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling
Made in Adelaide made a real splash in Edinburgh last year, both in exporting local talent and in further strengthening our reputation as the best festival city in the nation.
I oversaw the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding last year, between our Fringe, our Festival and our festivals umbrella body and their respective Edinburgh counterparts.
This year is about consolidating and deepening those ties, so our local arts sector continues to grow in export opportunities, and also to boost tourist numbers and the number of international artists performing in our festivals.
Applications for the top up grants close at 9am Monday, 3 April 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 7 April 2017 to allow participants to meet the registration deadline for the Edinburgh Fringe’s printed program by Wednesday 12 April, 2017.