Outspoken______a blank space for artists

In light of the mass outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19) and its effects on social gatherings, and the closure of museums, galleries, cafes, bars and other places of congregation across the whole of the UK, Outspoken Arts will take their Spring & Summer 2020 programme online.

This major interruption to our normal ways of working, we know, affects all of us.  It affects our lives, our livelihoods and our social connections.  We are reaching out to say that we wish to support our communities, artists and partners to help keep us all creatively engaged and connected in this most vital of times. 

We recognise that many people, especially those with protected characteristics, will be feeling vulnerable, confused, angry and isolated at this time. 

We want to offer a space for you to ENGAGE, CHAT, CREATE & CONNECT. 

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS
We are looking to support, promote and present work by independent artists.  The gig economy on which many of us rely has all but stalled.  We can offer a digital space to show work, chat, share ideas or meet new collaborators.

Whatever you want to share we are open to it.  We’re creating an open platform for sharing art and experiences. If you’d like a detailed brief just ask the team and we’ll send you some guidance

You can share content via this link
(Please note we won’t publish any explicit or obscene content and reserve the right to refuse any entry.)

Please note we are unable to offer any fees or payments at this time due to funding constraints.  We do want to be supportive and hope to offer paid engagements later in the Autumn, Winter, and in 2021, should things return to normal.

If you have any tutorials, workshops or masterclasses you’d like us to share please send us links.  These can include any paid links for your promotion.

We will share our content via our social channels (up to 10,000 followers) via E-flyers | Website | Youtube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.
REACH OUT TO US 
outspokenteam@outspokenarts.org
Outspoken Arts Scotland Team

** PLEASE NOTE DURING THIS PERIOD OUR OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS ON ANSWERING MACHINE ONLY.  **  
We are accepting emails only.

Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for those wishing to submit content for our new online programme:

Outspoken_______ A blank space for artists  

Outspoken: Discussion  

The main hope is live talks will keep us connected and talking freely about our experiences by inviting established and emergent creatives to talk on a live platform. Scheduled events on Youtube or Facebook live streams, where an audience can tune in to listen to the talks and have a chance to ask questions in the comment section. Ranging from discussions on topical issues facing the arts, artistic practices, a simple Q&A for the host and guests or a topic of discussion voted for by the audience. 

Outspoken:  Content  

The main point of the video uploads is to keep up connected and up to date on what our artistic community is doing. Short videos can be recorded and edited how the artist chooses, ready for upload and will be put onto Outspoken Art’s social media for our audience and other artists to see what the artist is doing. We want to give stage to artists who may be feeling isolated or disconnected as we aren’t able to conjugate in the normal ways through meetings, exhibition openings or even in shared studios. The content of the videos can be of the artists choosing, as simple as talking about their current practice or due to the uncertainty of these times they may want to discuss issues they are facing due to Covid-19 or how they think this will affect the contemporary art scene etc. The health and well-being of our artistic community is our top priority, so this is an open call to all independent artists to talk, communicate and create. 

Outspoken:  Support  

If you have any tutorials, workshops or masterclasses you’d like us to share please send us links. We want to give stage to your art practice and provide free advertisement for your practice and help promote you during this difficult time, this can include any paid links for your promotion, your artist Patreon account for example. 

Guidelines for submission:  

To make it as easy as possible for the team to platform your submission there’s a few simple guidelines to follow for the digital programme: 

  • Send us your basic Info: Name/ Email/ Social Media Tags/ Artist Website. 
  • Send us your artist Bio: Who are you, what do you do. 
  • Send via outspokenteam@outspokenarts.org 

Specific guidelines for- 

Outspoken:  Discussion  

  • If you would like to take part as one of our guests, please get in touch with what you would like to discuss. 
  • Please make sure you have a functioning camera and/or microphone. 
  • If we decide to host you on our livestream event please reframe for swearing or getting into a heated debate as we want this to be a safe space for all our audiences. 

Outspoken:  Content  

  • Please make sure you have a functioning camera and/or microphone. 
  • Please send us the video submission exactly how you wish it to be presented, meaning its fully edited and ready for upload. 
  • We as Outspoken Arts will have a panel at the beginning of each video and at the end, reading- ‘Outspoken Arts presents…’ & ‘Outspoken Credits + Artist Info’. 
  • We have a wide audience and therefore prefer the videos to be ‘family friendly’ meaning a lack explicit content where possible. 
  • However, we are willing to upload a variety of videos; if your video does fall into an explicit category please put a disclaimer in front of the video and we can age restrict videos where appropriate. 
  • Please also put a disclaimer for any upsetting/distressing content or flashing imagery. 
  • Each video must have a short description of content as the artist wishes it to appear in the description section of social media platform- please keep this short and include any relevant tags. 
  • We accept links to WeTransfer.com, Dropbox or Vimeo to then be sent to our email outspokenteam@outspokenarts.org – Please send us a link to the downloadable video, do not send the full file to our email. 
  • We reserve the right to reject submissions. 
  • We cannot guarantee that every submission will be uploaded as we are expecting a high volume of submissions. 

Outspoken:  Support  

  • Please send us what you wish to be posted exactly how you wish it to appear- we may edit some in the interests of clarity or word count. 
  • We will post your content once as we want to avoid reposting the same content. E.g. One post for workshop advert, one post for artist page- Sent to us in preferably one email. 

Call Out – National Theatre Scotland

National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director, Stewart Laing, is looking for people to participate in the development of a new piece of theatre exploring the language of Shakespeare. Stewart is interested to find alternative ways of speaking Shakespeare’s language by working with actors who are trained to speak it as well as people who are not.

We are looking for participants of all ages who don’t have experience of acting or performing, or of speaking Shakespeare, to attend a session on one of the following dates:

Tuesday 17th March                                            4pm – 5pm          

Wednesday 18th March                                       4pm – 5pm

Thursday 19th March                                           4pm – 5pm

Friday 20th March                                                 2.30pm – 4pm     

All participants will be contracted and paid a supernumerary fee of £14.66 per hour and must be eligible to work in the UK.

Sessions will be friendly and relaxed, and will involve sitting around a table and reading a few scenes together.

The group will be made up of 8 participants, some professional actors, and the creative team. Sessions will take place at the National Theatre of Scotland’s base in Glasgow.

The sessions will give participants an insight into the process of an acclaimed theatre-maker creating new theatre, as well as how we might explore Shakespeare’s language in new ways. We welcome everyone who would like to join us, whether or not you have experience of watching or reading plays.

If you’re interested in taking part in this opportunity, or if you’d first like to have an informal chat about what it might involve, please contact Callum.Smith@nationaltheatrescotland.com.

When getting in touch about taking part, please let us know what days you would be able to participate in

The National Theatre of Scotland acknowledges the need and right of everyone connected with the organisation to be treated with respect and dignity in an environment in which a diversity of backgrounds and experience is valued. We will, wherever possible, work towards an inclusive and accessible space for all.

Rates of Pay

ITC / Equity Performers & Stage Managers:

2019/202020/21
Minimum Weekly Salary£483.00£494.00
Minimum Daily Rate: 3 days or less, 4-6 days paid at the weekly salary£100.00
Commuting Costs Threshold: Where relocation is not being paid travel costs over this are repaid£24.60£25.20
Commuting Costs Ceiling: Maximum payable per week, above the thresholdIn London £126.25 Outside London £102.50In London £129.00 Outside London £104.80
Relocation: This is the maximum weekly allowance/reimbursement for those living 25+ miles from home, when working at company base for up to first 16 weeks of the engagementIn London £126.25 Outside London £102.50In London £129.00 Outside London £104.80
Recommended allowances on tour, The Manager has the option to: provide accommodation/meals; reimburse costs actually incurred; or pay the allowances below.
Accommodation: Daily where Company Member arranges hotel/B&B£40.00£40.90
Accommodation: Daily where Company Member stays with friends etc. (not own home)£12.60£12.90
Meals: Daily where breakfast is provided£17.80£18.20
Meals: Daily where breakfast is not provided£25.20£25.80
Weekly Touring Allowance: Payable where working full weeks at one venue to cover accommodation and meals£304.50£311.20

ITC / Equity Directors:

2019/202020/21
Preparatory Fee: Full length play£1579.50£1,614.30
Preparatory Fee: Short play£1093.00£1,117.00
Rehearsals: Weekly payment£483.00£494.00
Artistic/ Resident Directors: Weekly pay for all duties£587.00£599.90

ITC / Equity Designers:

2019/202020/21
Design fee£2,646.50£2,704.70
Making: Weekly fee for building set and other duties£518.50£529.90

ITC / Equity Choreographers:

2019/202020/21
Preparation & up to 2 weeks’ rehearsal: Minimum Fee£1,951.50£1,994.40
More than 2 weeks’ rehearsal: Weekly Fee£483.00£494.00
More than 2 weeks’ rehearsal: Daily Rate£157.00£160.50
Session Rate (max. 3 hours)£101.00£103.20

ITC / Equity Fight Directors:

2019/202020/21
Session rate£90.75£92.80

ITC /WGGB: Writers

2019/20
Full length play£9,176.00
Play under 70 minutes in length£6,110.00
Play under 30 minutes in length£3,056.00
Minimum royalty (Clause I 7.2)£62.10
Royalty threshold (Clause 11 A.3)£61,807.00
Meal Allowance (Clause II A.4c)£17.75
Management Participation Threshold (Clause II A.5)£35,296.00
Additional day rate (Clause II B.2vii)£66.65
Pre/post show discussions (Clause II B.2xi)£66.65
Option purchase (Clause II.C.4b)Exclusive rights after 1st year:
£882.00
Non-exclusive after 2nd year:
£177.00

ITC / Unite: Administrators

2019/20
Minimum Weekly Salary£483.00

Recording by Broadcasting Companies

Equity has agreed minimum conditions with broadcasters for News/ Magazine programmes:

  • All Company Members involved in making the recording must have given prior consent (whether or not they are included in the broadcast extracts).
  • Payments are the responsibility of the programme company, and should be agreed before recording is allowed (minimum rates set out below).
  • Recordings must not be made in the presence of a paying audience.
  • These arrangements do not apply to video, DVD/CD etc recordings for commercial use. Such recordings should be negotiated via Equity.

News Access (News Bulletins. News Items in News Magazines) ^^

Transmission TimeBBC TVITVPACT*BBC RADIO
Up to 2 minutesNo paymentNo paymentNo paymentNo payment
Over two minutes£34.20£27.79£29.00£24.40
^^ Includes regional news programmes

Magazines, Features & Documentary Programmes

Transmission TimeBBC TVITCPACT*BBC RADIO
Up to 3 minutes£51.30£43.00£43.00£38.90
Between 3 and 5 minutes£78.10£66.00£66.00£85.50
Up to 10 minutes£603.00N/A£220.00N/A
Max call time (incl travel time)3 hours3 hours3 hours

Consultation: Paisley Youth Arts Festival

The Paisley Youth Arts Festival idea is one of those magical community driven initiatives that brings together passionate actors and young minds to create one of the most genuine experiences and maybe, shape some of their future life decisions. We want to bring this atmosphere to life: a happy end of summer festival, jumping about, sitting in cafes, playing music and games, acting, taking part in workshops and seeing people fall in love with all things Paisley.

An independent arts consultation is taking place at
PACE Youth Theatre, on Monday 18 February 2019 at 6-8.30pm
The Wynd Centre, School Wynd Paisley PA1

The consultation will be to discuss a new YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL for Paisley to take place mid-late September 2019. The festival is open to young people, under the age of 25, and will take place at various venues throughout Paisley. The programme will include: gaming, indoor activity and outdoor activity; workshops, pop-up events, theatre, music, film and dance.

The festival is being supported by arts leaders from:

• PACE Youth Theatre
• Erskine Music & Media Studios
• Brick Lane Studios
• Create Paisley
• Loud and Proud
• Renfrewshire Leisure
• Outspoken Arts Scotland

We are looking for collaborators, acts, youth workers, potential sponsors and partner organisations to take part in the event.

All local organisations and interested individuals are invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Refreshments will be served. 6-6.30pm

Note: Certified and accredited youth leaders from partner organisations will co-host the event.
Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones if they wish.
Facilities for the disabled are provided.

There will be a media photo opportunity during the consultation event.

FREE NO TICKET REQUIRED – sign up here

CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

Applications now open for the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund. Apply for up to £10k to support creative learning opportunities for targeted young people. One deadline in 2019 – 25 January 2019

CashBack for Creativity – Open Fund 
Round Three – 2019/20

Delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the Open Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme.

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund will support organisations seeking small amounts of funding so that they can deliver creative activity to young people – primarily those young people living in deprived communities and who have traditionally found it hardest to access such creative opportunities.

We would like to see applications for projects that provide opportunities to as many young people as possible, should be fun, engaging and accessible. Projects will be expected to engage young people in a short-term project that builds their confidence, self-esteem, and enhances their wellbeing. 

Applicant organisations can apply for funding of up to £10k, to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity to young people aged 10-24

Round Three April 2019 – February 2020
* Applications open November 26 2018
* Application deadline January 25 2019.
* Projects to be completed and reports submitted by the end of March 2020.
* Total Budget for this round of funding will be around £300k

Local Authority priority areas:

The Open Fund seeks to reach all Local Authorities in Scotland. However for this final round of the fund we are particularly interested in receiving applications from the following areas:

* Angus
* Argyll and Bute
* East Dunbartonshire
* Orkney
* Perth and Kinross
* South Ayrshire
* South Lanarkshire


For more information, go to https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact cashback@youthlinkscotland.org (cashback@youthlinkscotland.org), or visit https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

The deadline is Friday 25 January 2019 at 13:00.

Call For Entries: The Pride Plays

The Pride Plays are looking for submissions of plays from writers who identify as LGBTQI+. The plays will be performed as part of LGBT History Month Scotland at the Traverse Theatre in February 2019.

As part of LGBT History Month Scotland (February 2019), we are hosting The Pride Plays – 3 evenings of originally written plays by LGBTQI+ writers at the Traverse Theatre.

The plays will be rehearsed in the space during the day and, each night (over the 21/22/23 February 2019), two plays will be performed, as a rehearsed reading, in Traverse 2. The plays will then be followed by a post-show discussion led by the director and playwright.

The Pride Plays will give people who identify as LGBTQI+ a platform for their voices to be heard in Scottish theatre as well as building the amount of plays written by LGBT+ people in Scotland. We want to give the stage to voices of a community who currently feel under represented in Scottish theatre.

So, we are looking for 6 new plays from people who identify as LGBTQI+.

Writers brief:
• Originally written play (a draft of the play you’d like to develop)
• 45-55 minutes in length

The writers of the 6 chosen plays will be invited to a development day in January, where an established playwright and representatives from LGBTQI+ organisations will provide feedback and support on the texts.

This opportunity is intended to provide development time and support for emerging LGBTQI+ writers. Writers will receive a fee for the development day. All rights will remain with the playwright.

Please email scripts to theprideplays@gmail.com by 14 December 2018. All scripts received will be read anonymously. Please ensure that your name and contact details are not on the script itself, and that your play is formatted with page numbers and cast list.

The theme for LGBT History Month Scotland 2019 is CATALYST: 50 Years of activism. This is to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings in New York, and to look at people or events that have been “catalysts” for change over those decades. Please feel free to respond to this theme, however there is no need to be restricted by it – above all, the Pride Plays are about giving LGBTQI+ voices a platform to tell the stories that they have to tell.

If you have any questions, please contact theprideplays@gmail.com

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact theprideplays@gmail.com (Connel Burnett & Sarah Masson),

The deadline is Friday 14 December 2018 at 23:55.

(Via Creative Scotland)

Call for Creative Volunteers

We are on the lookout for new volunteers interested in making creative work themed around mental health topics for a readership of 18-25 year-olds.

We particularly need more volunteers creating visual work that translates well to screen; this opportunity may suit amateur or beginner illustrators, photographers, cartoonists and graphic design enthusiasts who believe in feminism, creativity, social enterprise initiatives and would like to share their work and become part of a community supporting and forging positive social change.

About Fearless Femme:
Fearless Femme is a social enterprise based in Scotland and it’s taking a sledgehammer to the systemic problems around recognising and constructively addressing mental ill-health, particularly among young female and non-binary people.

Fearless Femme is mostly commonly met through our website which speaks directly to our target audience, letting them know they are not alone and that it’s ok to be exactly themselves. We also produce a digital magazine for subscribers on a not-for-profit basis as well as conducting research on mental health challenges and policies to define how the social context around mental health for young people can be improved. Written, designed, organised and edited by a part-time team of people in different stages of being affected by and recovering from mental illness, Fearless Femme has struck a chord (and a nerve) with those in society who care deeply about the impact of poor mental health.

What we are looking for:
This is an opportunity for young people who are interested in social causes, specifically mental health affecting young people.

Benefits of volunteering with Fearless Femme:
You will gain experience in working with a team empowering young women and people identifying as non-binary to overcome mental health problems through breaking down mental-health stigma and offering positive connections and resilience in its place. You will also be able to enhance your knowledge of the creative arts and your talent, and you will join a creative community connected for a social purpose with opportunities to explore new connections and collaborations with other creatives. Your creative work will be showcased to up to 10,000 website viewers monthly and you will gain experience with developing ideas, the editing process and taking active part in the discourse around mental health, publishing and equality topics, all in a supportive, nurturing context.

Voluntary commitments:
Your volunteering period starts and ends when you wish. Fearless Femme doesn’t stipulate any minimum period or time for volunteering with us.

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact info@fearlessfemme.co.uk or visit http://www.fearlessfemme.co.uk

The deadline is Monday 31 December 2018 at 23:45.

(Via Creative Scotland)

CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

Delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the Open Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme.

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund will support organisations seeking small amounts of funding so that they can deliver creative activity to young people – primarily those young people living in deprived communities and who have traditionally found it hardest to access such creative opportunities.

We would like to see applications for projects that provide opportunities to as many young people as possible, should be fun, engaging and accessible. Projects will be expected to engage young people in a short-term project that builds their confidence, self-esteem, and enhances their wellbeing. 

Applicant organisations can apply for funding of up to £10k, to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity to young people aged 10-24

Round Three April 2019 – February 2020
* Applications open November 26 2018
* Application deadline January 25 2019.
* Projects to be completed and reports submitted by the end of March 2020.
* Total Budget for this round of funding will be around £300k

Local Authority priority areas:

The Open Fund seeks to reach all Local Authorities in Scotland. However for this final round of the fund we are particularly interested in receiving applications from the following areas:

* Angus
* Argyll and Bute
* East Dunbartonshire
* Orkney
* Perth and Kinross
* South Ayrshire
* South Lanarkshire

For more information, go to https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact cashback@youthlinkscotland.org (cashback@youthlinkscotland.org), or visit https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

The deadline is Friday 25 January 2019 at 13:00.

(Via Creative Scotland)