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Sign Night by Cathy Mager

New Commissioning Opportunity for Disabled Artists

Culture in Quarantine Commissioning Strand: how to apply

Who can apply

Applicants must be either:

  • An established professional artist in the UK who identifies as disabled, D/deaf or neurodiverse, or 
  • A cultural organisation with a registered office in the UK that is applying on behalf of such artist(s)

We have defined an “established professional artist” as someone who has been funded to produce artistic work in the last three years, whether through public funding or private sales or commissions.

What we can fund

We are funding artistic works that can be initially experienced by audiences on the BBC’s online and social platforms, TV channels or radio stations before potentially being published elsewhere. Therefore, proposals must be for video or audio projects. 

The maximum duration for your work (or an episode of it) is 15 minutes for video and 30 minutes for audio

Commissions must comply with the Covid-19 restrictions in the artist’s area throughout production. 

The amount requested from the fund can be from £3,000 to £8,000 (ex. VAT). We can 100% fund projects or part-fund them. 

Projects must be delivered ready for publication or broadcast before the end of June 2021.

How to apply

For further information, all applicants should review the following documents:

Commissioning brief

Terms and conditions

Apply using the online form

The deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

We will let applicants know if they have been successful by 26 February 2021.

You can also use this Microsoft Word version of the application form to draft your application. If possible, please still use the online form to apply. However, if you prefer, you can apply by sending an email attaching your completed Microsoft Word version of the form and your budget to by noon on Tuesday 12 January 2021. 

Budget template

If possible, please download and use the Budget Template below to record your budget. You can upload it as a PDF or Microsoft Excel file using the online application form. If this is not possible, please upload your budget in any convenient format.

Download the Budget Template (XLSX 17 Kb)

Access support

If you need support to access, complete or submit the application form, would like more information about the process or information in a different format, please contact us. You can email or telephone 0121 663 1488 and leave a message including your contact details and the time of your call. Due to Covid-19, The Space’s office is not currently staffed but we will respond to voice messages and emails.