Thursday, May 22, 2008

Opportunity for Performers

Thought this may be of interest to poetry performers out there!

As part of our third Phrased & Confused outing, the hub is looking to commission four spoken word artists to create new material for our Phrased & Confused festival tent, which will be part of this year’s Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester between 8-10th August. As many of you know, Phrased & Confused explores the creative common ground between lyrics and spoken word, so we’re very excited to be part of one of the UK’s best boutique music festivals.

Each commission is worth £1000. In addition all our commissioned artists will receive a weekend pass for themselves and a guest plus camping space in the artist field and travel expenses to and from the festival. You'll also receive a stand-alone video of your commissioned festival performance for you to use in your own promotional activity after the festival and the chance to workshop their material at a creative sharing day, facilitated by Stuart Silver, one half of Perrier Award winners, Noble and Silver. The artists we commission will be asked to create at least 15 minutes of new material, and be given the opportunity to perform it at least once at the festival.

We hope that these commissions will be provide a real professional development opportunity for the artists we select. One of Phrased & Confused’s primary aims is to develop audiences for spoken word, and we anticipate that around 2000 people – most of them new to spoken word - will visit the tent during the Festival. As such, the commissions will open up a whole new audience to our commissioned artists.

We’re hoping to get the word out about these commissions to as many interested people as possible – both artists themselves and other individuals who can maybe pass this information on to artists in their networks. Hopefully, you’re one such person, and can either make use of this information yourself, or forward it to artists you know.

The deadline for applications is the 11th June 2008 and you can find out more by either visiting our website or by downloading the Commission Pack by clicking here . If you have any questions or get stuck, please email us: info at phrasedandconfused dot co dot uk

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