- 5 May 2022 – pitching applications open
- 23 May 2022 – pitching applications close
- Week of 27 June – successful applicants notified
- 11 July 2022 – deadline for all pitch components and presentations
So, you’re ready to apply. Which category should you apply to?
There are four different ways in which you can pitch at WA Showcase.
- ‘CALL ME’ (READY TO TOUR) A 10-minute ‘pitch’ session for works that are tour ready. This means the work must have had a professional or independently produced season before this year’s WA Showcase. (Pitch = presentation, not a performance.)
- ‘HELLO’ (COMPANY UPDATE) A 5-minute slot with no tech that is an update or an introduction to an artist, venue or organisation. (This is not a show pitch category). This pitch type is particularly well suited to medium-to-large funded companies that want to provide a company update.
- ‘MORE THAN WORDS’ (SHOW EXCERPT) A 10-minute session comprising a performance excerpt from your production and pre-or post-performance presentation (no slides).
Works must be tour ready for this pitch category. This means the work must have had a professional or independently produced season before this year’s WA Showcase.
*There is limited tech and staging available for this presentation and will generally be scheduled after a ‘break’ for quick set-up. If your production does not present well in a ‘stripped back’ format, we recommend you DO NOT apply in this category.
- ‘GET TOGETHER (IN DEVELOPMENT) Designed to allow for a dialogue in a small group providing a forum to support creative projects that require deeper discussion/explanation/understanding and where the project will benefit from or requires a closer relationship between the parties involved. For example, this may be a work in development or discussion of a process, or you may be seeking feedback on ideas.
We see this as a 20-minute conversation between interested presenters and you.
If you’re still unsure which category you should apply for, don’t hesitate to contact Beck or Nick and arrange a time to chat.
Can I apply for more than one work?
Yes. You might have a tour-ready work that’s best suited to ‘Call Me’ and a work still in development suited for ‘Get Together’. Please complete a separate application form for each show you want to be assessed by the panel.
How will my show/ project get chosen to pitch?
How will my production/performance be chosen to pitch?
Applications to pitch are assessed by a curatorial panel.
The panel will consider the following when assessing your application:
- The originality of the work
- Reach and appeal to audiences
- Quality and professionalism in the delivery of the production
- Inclusiveness and/or diversity of the production and those who are involved in it
- Consideration of risk
- Tourability of the work
If you have any further questions, please contact our team!
What happens after my pitch at WA Showcase?
CircuitWest collates the presenter’s interest in each pitch straight after the event and passes onto you/ the producer the contact information for you to get in touch directly and keep those conversations going.
As part of your preparations to pitch, we recommend that you build a pack of information that can be provided in an email or DropBox. Include things like show information, video, images, reviews, some commentary from you about why the show is a good fit for regional communities, tech specs, costs, and any community/ audience engagement opportunities that exist.
If you receive a large amount of interest from presenters, CircuitWest may offer tour coordination services to you to help get the tour up. As part of this service, CircuitWest will help liaise with the presenters, build the itinerary, fine-tune your budgets, work with you to apply for a Playing WA (regional touring) grant, and write up contracts. If successful in the grant, we would engage in a contract with you and the presenters to deliver the tour. You remain the ‘producer’ (and lead the delivery of the show/ product), and we take care of the tour coordination.
I’m ready to apply!
Great. Watch our gorgeous video for some inspiration and complete your application form.
Still, got questions?
If you have any further questions about pitching, preparing your product or WA Showcase in general, please reach out to Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick at email@example.com and arrange a time to chat. We’re here to help.