As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, Manchester International Festival has made some paid opportunities available for creatives based in Greater Manchester area. Including re-imagine its Festival in My House programme, where artists can propose event for up to £1000 budget, as well as Remote residencies (up to £1000 per residency) and online event for communities at up to £350 per activity.

We hope we will see more things like this, and we look forward to work that will be made through this – especially when they have said they welcome none-digital ideas as long as they are compliant with government guidelines.

It’s currently a rolling application process until the end of April or when all opportunities have been filled.

From Manchester International Festival:

We know these are difficult times for artists and communities in Greater Manchester and that lives and livelihoods are being impacted daily. We want to support artists and creative practitioners to continue to experiment, dream and to support and influence society.

We are repurposing some of our artist development funds to support this and offering the following opportunities to GM-based artists and creatives. Alongside this we’re continuing to reach out nationally and internationally to support artists and projects impacted by these times. We are very open to proposals that would be delivered through online international collaborations in response to this call out, and we will be developing our ideas further in the coming weeks.

We encourage proposals under the following headings:

– Festival In My House – an opportunity to re-imagine MIF’s Festival in My House programme for today’s unique times. We want people to host their own micro-international festival at home, exploring remote collaborations and audiences – up to £1000 budget for each event

– Get creative – opportunities to create and deliver activity that safely engages artists / community / wider society during the crisis. This could take the form of an online workshop, performance, talk, discussion or other creative idea of your choice – up to £350 per activity.

– Remote residencies – an open brief to use this time to explore ideas and projects. This could include responding to the COVID-19 situation or other imaginative ways to support communities, artists or audiences during the coming months. Residencies do not have to result in specific outcomes but need to take place at home – up to £1000 per residency.


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