- Can the project be something that I already run?
The project will become ADF’s intellectual property, therefore it is important to apply with a project youa re happy to have developed and owned by ADF. We hope the project would be viable for ADF to run annualy with the ADF Innovator having first refusal to run the project. If the ADF Innovator decides not to run the project they will always be acknowledged as the originator of it.
- How big will the budget be for my project?
ADF provides £15,000 towards the chosen pilot project and will support the candidate to apply for funding if required.
- Which trusts and foundations can the final ADF Innovator apply to if more funding is required?
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation or Foyle Foundation.
- Can my project be a production or festival?
Your project should fit within the realms of ADF’s usual work: leadership training, leadership career development and/or sector support.
Your project may have performance elements to it if it supports leadership. For example the participants our Up Next: Artistic Directors programme (2017-2019) produced a festival but spent teh first year year developing their Artistic Director skills and expeieence. You can view some examples of programmes we currently run here.
- Can my project support actors, writers or directors?
We are interested in projects that support the development of aspiring and/or existing leaders i.e. skills and experience that will support Artistic director, Executive Director, Producer and Trustee and senior developement.
- Will you accept submissions from collaborators/teams?
No. However should you be selected as Associate Leader you can allocate budget to hire freelance support.
- What stage in my career do I need to be at to apply for this?
You should have experience of coordinating or managing a project this can include producing a show or managing a non-theatre related project.
- Can my project charge participants?
This really depends on the project. You can charge participants and/or organisations, however you should keep in mind that we are a charity. We are interested in innovative projects that either change practices within organisations, remove barriers to career progression, provide resources, create leadership development opportunities, enhance skills or create engagement with ADF and/or theatres and theatre companies. For example, our Bite-Size platform is free for individual members on a paid membership subscription. We charge organisations to partner on the Board Shadowing Programme but it is free for the shadowers to participate. We are less interested in new services that have to be paid, however that doesn’t mean your project can’t have workshop. Services that come with a fee included if it is an optional addon and not the main project. Selected project proposals will be developed over the two week intensive and at that stage it will be determined if participant fees are appropriate.
- Should the project be a closed project, or an ongoing project?
It can be either as it depends on what you want to do. A closed project happens in a fixed period of time, for example our Board Shadowing Programme is a closed project. An ongoing project does not have a fixed end date such as the Black Ticket Project run by our Up Next participant, Tobi Kyeremteng.
- I have more than one idea, can I submit more than one project?
You can submit a maximum of 2 projects but you must submit them as separate applications.
- If I am chosen as the Associate Leader, how soon will I need to start?
We understand the successful candidate may be in full -time work and may need to make part-time arrangements or hand in their notice. Likewise, the candidate may need time to make child care or access arrangements. The start date is negotiable but must be started within 30 days of the offer. The Associate Leader contract will be made available to the 10 ADF innovators prior to starting the 2 week intensive.