Evolution Funding

Evolution is a three year artist-led programme supporting professional dance development and enabling Oxfordshire-based dance artists to develop their careers and artistic practice. It is overseen by a Steering Group who consist of Chair: Claire Thompson, Treasurer: Euton Daley, Administrator: Tei Williams, Anja Meinhardt, Emma-Jane Grieg, Jane Connelly, Jenny Parrott and Ségolène Tarte.

Evolution is an Arts Council England funded three year artist-led programme supporting professional dance development and enabling Oxfordshire-based dance artists to develop their careers and artistic practice (supported by Oxford City Council). One of the key strands of Evolution is:

Artists’ development & sustainable practice – ODF will offer three tiers of financial support which will respond to the needs of individual artists (e.g. mentoring, specialist training or equipment, specific production-related costs or an outside eye / dramaturg etc). NB: This is only available to Paid ODF Members.

Each tier has a different selection criteria and decisions will be made by ODF steering group members, and where required, external representation from one of our partners. Proposals will need to demonstrate how the support would benefit the artist/company, in line with their own career development. Artists will also be expected to engage with sharing their learning outcomes, in some way, with the wider ODF network:

Tier 1:-      £0 – £499 (approx 9 awards per year) – Rounds 1, 2 & 3

Tier 2:-      £500 – £799 (approx 3 awards per year) – Round 2 ONLY

Tier 3:-      £800 – £1.5k (approx 2 awards per year) Round 2 ONLY Applicants for Tier 3 will need to have a significant performance or R&D output for this strand, and will ideally have other income (expected or confirmed) to match or achieve 50% of the overall costs. (This can be cash or in-kind)

For application forms and more information email evolutionoxford@gmail.com

Dates and Deadlines for Evolution 2018 (also OXFORD CITY COUNCIL Culture Fund dates)

The final round opens on Wed 19 September 2018 – Deadline: non Wed 17 October 2018 – Decision due: Fri 2 November  – Applications (from paid-up Members only) for this round can be for Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 amounts.

Before applying please read Evolution Financial Support – Process & Procedures (2018-19)-1.  You can download the application form here ODF Financial Support Application form 2018-2019 (Round 3)

For application forms and more information email evolutionoxford@gmail.com

Details of Oxford City Council’s Culture Fund can be found here.

Travel Bursaries

There are roughly 12 awards of up to £50 per year for Paid members  Priority will be given to people who have not recieved  a travel bursery before. Applications can be made at any time via e-mail to Claire Thompson – Chair of the ODF steering group (cthompson@oxford.gov.uk) and must:-

  • Clearly outline the nature of travel and cost
  • Include details of dance related activities
  • Outline any potential impact / benefit for the wider professional dance community in Oxfordshire.