The Melbourne Cabaret Festival has announced a new initiative to support the Victorian cabaret sector.
It’s inviting new shows by Victorian performers to take part in a groundbreaking development program.
The program sees the festival providing tangible and practical support for local performers by providing the tools needed to take new works on to festivals throughout Australia and overseas.
Up to eight shows will be selected and programmed for five-night seasons at Chapel Off Chapel’s two venues in late June. They’ll receive:
- free venue hire and a share of ticket revenue
- free venue tech equipment and professional staffing (techs, front-of-house and venue staff)
- a free promotional toolkit to support each production including
o a professional photo shoot
o an advertising campaign
o a tailored media release and publicist
o professional marketing advice
o a set of graphic templates
o street banner advertising
o professionally designed and printed posters and flyers
o a city-wide distribution strategy
The package is valued at around $10,000 per show.
Cabaret shows that appeal to children are also encouraged to apply.
Submissions are due by the end of the year and decisions will be made in January. Existing eligible shows which have already applied to be part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival will automatically be considered for this program – there is no need to re-apply.