ACT OUT – Tour and residency program for independent theater and performance artists

With ACT OUT, the new tour and residency funding program for freelance theater and performance artists, the BMEIA – Auslandskultur in cooperation with the IG Freie Theaterarbeit presents a funding program for freelance performing artists and theater groups, which supports tour and work (i.e. residency) opportunities abroad.
In addition, a Vimeo platform will be set up on which artists/theater groups can upload recordings of their stage productions and which, among other things, will serve as a selection catalog for streamings by the Austrian Cultural Forums.

The ACT OUT tour and residency funding program will start in September 2020 for an initial one-year pilot phase.

It is administered by IG Freie Theaterarbeit and consists of three parts:

Tour funding for productions by theater groups and individual artists*.
Residency funding for individual artists and groups (up to 5 people)
Establishment of a Vimeo platform on which existing recordings of Austrian theater productions can be uploaded.
Only professional artists based in Austria (individual artists and artist groups) are eligible to apply.

Subject of TOUR- and RESIDENCYFÖRDERUNG
International guest performances by professional individual artists and artist groups based in Austria in the genres of children’s and youth theater, drama as well as new circus, street theater, object and puppet theater.
International residencies of professional individual artists and artist groups based in Austria in the genres of children’s and youth theater, drama, performance and dance as well as new circus, street theater, object and figure theater.

Amount of TOUR and RESIDENCY FUNDING.
The funding amount is:

for international guest performances a maximum of € 12.000,- (incl. VAT)
for residencies up to 5 persons maximum € 4.000,- (incl. VAT)

Support is provided for fees, travel, transport and accommodation costs as well as fees for accompanying technicians, production management for guest performances or residencies.

Minimum fees and rates are provided, which correspond to the lower fee limits of the IGFT and which are detailed in the application form.

Countries
Applications for tour and residency funding are possible for all countries internationally, but primarily Europe.

Application
Applications must be submitted using the application form and calculation grid at least 6 weeks before the start of the residency or guest performance.

Application form and calculation grid for residencies

Application form and calculation grid for guest performances

Please send the completed application form including the calculation grid to the following email address: actout@freietheater.at.

The IGFT will check the application for formal and content-related correctness and clarify all open questions with the applicants.

Decision – Jury
The three-member jury decides by circular resolution and within 2 weeks after receipt of the correct application form (correct in content and calculation) for both the guest performance and the residency funding.

The Jury: Angela Heide (W), Lisa Kammann (Vbg) and Philippe Riera (W/int)

Vimeo platform
As a permanent measure, a 3-part Vimeo platform will be set up on which artists* themselves can upload recordings, trailers and documentations of theater productions of the independent scene.

The Vimeo platform will also be set up to provide the Austrian Cultural Forums and Embassies with a selection of streamable production recordings and to provide information about the productions in terms of content and form. The Austrian Cultural Forums and Embassies will select individual productions from this pool in order to stream them in the respective countries. For this, the artists will of course receive fees from the respective cultural forums.

For sending the invitation link please send an e-mail to actout@freietheater.at.

Contact:
Siglind Güttler
actout@freietheater.at