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1. Can I apply to LOFT to support my Blue Room Theatre Development Season show?
No. LOFT exists to support works being developed and presented in venues excluding The Blue Room Theatre. If your project is developed through LOFT, this will preclude your show from being eligible for a Blue Room Theatre season. This does not exclude a Summer Nights show that is site-specific or presented in an external venue.
2. Do I need to be a West Australian resident to apply for LOFT?
Yes. LOFT is a fund that exists primarily to support West Australian independent theatre companies and artists. A minimum of 50% of your creative team should be West Australian residents.
If you are an interstate-based organisation*, you can apply for LOFT on behalf of a WA independent artist or group.
*Organisations: Organisations must either be registered under law (e.g. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee).
3. Can I apply to LOFT to support the presentation of my FRINGE WORLD show?
Yes if it is at an external venue to The Blue Room Theatre. This can include performances as part of the Summer Nights program. When deciding what platform is best for your work consider that LOFT exists to primarily support work that is co-presented with presentation and producing partners and assessors will evaluate the context that the work will be presented in.
4. Can I receive the money through my individual ABN or do I need an incorporated body to administer the grant?
Yes, you can receive funds through your ABN. You will however, be responsible for the legal payment of superannuation, maintaining insurances and PAYG tax responsibilities as per legislation. The grant may be auspiced by a relevant incorporated organisation or association. Your auspice organisation may request an administration fee from the LOFT program – this must be included in your budget. You will need to include a signed letter from your auspice organisation as additional material in your application outlining their financial obligations to the project.
5. Does my project need to be presented or developed in WA?
No. Projects are not required to be presented or developed in WA.
6. Am I required to pay creative teams equity rates and superannuation?
All creatives involved in a LOFT funded project must be paid equity or comparable rates of pay. In addition, The Blue Room Theatre subscribes to a best practice model where all employees are paid superannuation regardless of the government-prescribed monthly threshold ($450 per month). Superannuation should be paid to your creative team at a rate of 9.5% or 10% for all cast members.
7. Can The Blue Room Theatre auspice my project?
No, The Blue Room Theatre is unable to auspice LOFT projects.
8. Can I bring in theatre workers from outside of the State?
Using Western Australian based theatre workers is desirable. LOFT aims to provide development opportunities for West Australian theatre workers and priority will be given to projects that demonstrate that commitment. A clear rationale should be provided if theatre workers from outside Western Australia are required.
9. Do I need to have a confirmed creative team before the application deadline?
Yes, you will need to have a fully professional creative team confirmed before applying to LOFT.
Please keep in mind that all presentation projects should engage an experienced producer appropriate to the proposed production.
10. Do I need to include venue confirmations in my support material?
Yes, if you are applying for presentation funds, you will need to show evidence of venue confirmations in your application support material. If you are applying for development, a venue confirmation is desirable and will strengthen the viability of your application. Where possible, co-presentation and in-kind support provided by the venue should be evidenced in the venue or presenter confirmations.
11. If I apply to LOFT am I eligible to apply for DLGSC project funds?
Yes, you will be eligible to apply to DLGSC for additional funding for your LOFT project. For example, you might want to consider applying to LOFT for production funds, venue and staff costs and to DLGSC for artist fees.
12. Will site-specific works be considered for development and presentation?
Yes. As long as your project fits all eligibility requirements, it may be indoors, outdoors, or even a little bit of both at a traditional theatre venue or anywhere else.
13. Will LOFT fund 100% of my project?
No, LOFT will not fund 100% of your project. Consider local, state and national funding bodies, private sector, in-kind donations and co-presenter/partner support as possible sources of funds.
14. Can productions/creative developments included in a PICA season apply for LOFT?
Yes, works chosen to be presented or developed in PICA Performance Space are eligible.
15. Is school touring eligible for LOFT?
Yes, the presentation or development of a production for school touring is eligible for LOFT.
16. Can LOFT pay for a mentor as part of my project?
Absolutely. While LOFT will not support training or educational pursuits, it fully supports career development and capacity building through initiatives like mentoring.
17. If unsuccessful, can I apply again with the same project?
Yes. Be sure you take on board the feedback received from your unsuccessful application.
18. Will a major re-development of an existing work count as a creative development?
Yes, but you will need to convince the panel of why your existing work should be redeveloped over the development of a new work.
If you have any questions not answered above or would like to talk to someone about LOFT contact:
Jenna Mathie – Producer
Tel: (08) 9227 7005
Image of Arielle Gray by Michael Timmins.