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Surf the Wave Surf Generator Seed support Guidelines

What is the aim of the Seed Support?

To invest in practice and relationships that emerge from the Surf The Wave Intensives (including the Artist as Entrepreneur events).

To enable artists, producers and programmers to find new ways of working together and connecting work to audiences using conversations, contacts, ideas and information from the Intensives.

Who can apply?

Any artist or programmer who has attended the Surf The Wave Intensives.

Artists who have attended an Intensive can apply with a programmer who hasn’t; programmers who have attended can apply with an artist who hasn’t, but priority will be given to joint applications from artists and programmers who have attended an Intensive.

How much can they apply for?

Between £500 and £5000. It is likely that more projects will be funded at an average of £3000.

Can joint bids be entered?

Yes, consortium bids can be entered, but the maximum you can apply for is still £5000.

Assessment criteria

Projects will be assessed on how they relate to one or more of the following learning objectives from the Intensives:

  • Show the value of artists and programmers working more closely together.

  • Show how artists and programmers can work more closely together;

  • Deepen understanding of good practice in touring;

  • Demonstrate ideas about how to engage the audience in different contexts;

  • Increase understanding of the challenges of programming dance in different contexts;

  • Increase interest in presenting dance in different contexts.

  • An idea that will make a demonstrable impact on the artist’s approach to our four key themes of: Concept, Quality, Communication or Sustainability

  • A process that will help the artist to prepare to share their work at showcases

  • An intervention that will add new skills or perspectives to an artist’s practice

Assessment will be made by Surf The Wave team and hosting partners.

How to apply?

Prepare a (maximum) 5-minute video pitch, a 400-word description and a budget.

The video pitch should describe what you want to achieve or test, explain how it links to the Intensives and how this is an evolution of your practice or previous ways of working. We would like the video to support the communication of your ideas and intentions. We will accept videos captured on your phone, computer or any other means accessible to you.

The 400-word description should state who the partners are, give a timeline, provide 2 or 3 aims and outcomes.

The budget should be detailed on the form provided. Click here to download.

Please upload the link to vimeo with a password and send link, password and documents to


Access needs

Please let us know if you would like these guidelines in a different format or if you would like to apply with a different format due to access needs.

When does the funding run from and to?

Applications open on Monday 5th November 2018. Applications submitted before this date will not be considered.

Deadline 9am on 5th April. Decisions by 26th April 2019.

All funded activity to be completed by December 21st 2019, reporting to be completed by March 29th 2020.

85% of awarded fund will be paid after notification of successful application. The final 15% will be paid on receipt of completed project report.

Can the Surf Generator Seed Funding be used as match funding for ACE Project Grants?

Yes, it can be used as matched funding for a project grant application but the applicant will need to raise at least 10% from other sources of income on top of any Surf The Wave money.

Reporting process

Once the project has been funded, we will request regular brief updates on progress. At the end of the project, we would like a completed pro forma project report which will outline the following:

  • Statistics - number of sessions / events / participants / partners / audience.

  • A description of the process, the achievements, any problems and what the learning was.

  • Testimonies from some of those involved.

  • Photos if appropriate.

  • Information about how the project links back to Surf The Wave Intensives aims and objectives.