Let's get inspired by amateur theatre!
HiBROW and NODA, the UK’s main representative body for amateur theatre, have come together to create a ground breaking initiative that will raise the profile of amateur theatre, and create opportunities for societies to combine the fun and passion of live theatre with new technology.
The HiBROW platform is a celebration of professional and amateur arts, with amateur theatre at the heart of voluntary activities around the UK. HiBROW and NODA would like to identify five ‘HiBROW NODA Star Societies’ in each of the eleven NODA regions who will benefit in a number of ways:Each HiBROW NODA Star Society will –
Have access to exclusive content on the HiBROW site to help develop the skills and techniques needed within the Society to further expand creative horizons and production standards, building on the qualities already in place, with free online support from industry professionals.
Be eligible to use agreed materials in promotional material and on Soceity web sites and in social media, to proclaim their status as a HiBROW NODA Star Society, which will demonstrate to audiences that agreed standards have been achieved.
Be eligible to be filmed by professional film crews, completely free of charge, with resulting work shown across the internet on the HiBROW platform, as well as the possibility of being screened in local cinemas. This permanent record will also be made available to the Society members.
Be invited to an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the very best in amateur theatre which will also be broadcast on the HiBROW platform.
Who is eligible to apply?
The following are examples of the kind of productions which HiBROW might fund, but are by no means exclusive:
- Each Society, group or club’s contact person will be asked to show proof that they meet the following eligibility criteria if their application is to be considered for the Scheme. HiBROW and NODA reserve the right to verify for accuracy and currency any information applicants give during the application process and during the Scheme. (The Society, Group or club’s contact person does not need to send this with the application form)
- Applicants have to be independently constituted as a Society, Group or Club and must have a set of articles or a constitution in place which should specify the way it is governed, its method of operation and its financial reporting and arrangements. This should include a statement that the organisation is not for profit, e.g. that it cannot distribute any of its income to its members.
- Applicants must be based in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
- Applicants must have been in existence since at least January 2010.
- Applicants must have up to date policies to support the running of the organisation, specifically in the areas of working with young people, health and safety, and inclusion. All relevant insurance must be current in respect of public liability, and other appropriate cover.
- Applicants must have an independent bank account as specified in its articles/ constitution. This account must have been open since at least January 2010. Schools, colleges and university groups are eligible, as too as formally constituted bodies working in the voluntary sector where theatrical practice is an integral part of the work being carried out (e.g. inclusive theatre groups).
- Performances must be open to the public.
- Societies, groups or clubs involved in musical theatre, drama, comedy, Gilbert and Sullivan, pantomime, or any other performance based activity on a voluntary or amateur basis are eligible.
- The Applicant must be a current member of NODA.
- Each application must be made on the Application Form provided and will require the endorsement of a NODA representative.
- What types of productions will be considered for filming by HiBROW under the Scheme?
- Fundamentally, any type of production which is either out of copyright (Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan etc) or where the Society, group or club can provide evidence that permission has been granted to film and broadcast the production on the HiBROW platform. New work will be accepted as part of the applicaton.
- NODA can provide advice on suitable productions.
Having identified a suitable production, the Society, group or club will be required to fulfil certain operational and administrative procedures, specifically providing signed waivers or release forms for each and every individual taking part in the production at any level (cast and crew) prior to filming. A HiBROW NODA Project Co-Ordinator will assist with this process. The production will need to be performed between January 2012 – December 2012.For further details contact NODA Membership Services on firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you get to be a HiBROW NODA Star Society?
HiBROW NODA Star Society 2012 (the "Scheme") Terms and Conditions of the Scheme What is the Scheme? How much will it cost?
The Scheme is designed to identify and support the best and most ambitious societies, clubs and theatre groups involved in amateur theatre. There is no cost to the society, club or group. To be considered for the scheme, there is a straightforward application procedure.
HiBROW and NODA welcome applications to be considered as a HiBrow NODA Star Society from societies, clubs and groups of any size involved in any type of amateur theatre. Once HiBROW NODA Star Society status has been confirmed, the society, group or club will be eligible to make full use of appropriate promotional tools throughout 2012 and beyond subject to agreed criteria What are the key selection criteria against which applications will be assessed?
- The key criterion is that the production will showcase the Society, group or club, either in its performing or productions standards, or in its knowledge and understanding, or in its work with the community. This scheme is a celebration of amateur theatre and so the production should contribute to that celebration.
- Productions must be achievable within the resources of the applicant.
- Applicants will be expected to provide evidence that a production budget has been prepared and it should be realistic and reflect the real costs of the production.
- The aim is to attract and award HiBROW NODA Star Society status to five societies, groups or clubs in each of eleven NODA region , as well as in a further Inclusive Theatre category e.g. sixty HiBROW NODA Star Societies in total, from which twelve Societies (one in each region/category) will be selected by a panel within HiBROW and NODA to be filmed based on a published range of criteria.
All sixty HiBROW NODA Star Societies will be eligible to make full use of promotional material to proclaim their status, as well as enjoy access to the support and content of the HiBROW platform BUT only twelve societies will be filmed.
Representatives from all sixty HiBROW NODA Star Socieities will be invited to an annual awards ceremony.How must an applicant apply to be part of the Scheme?
Applicants must complete the online form which will be posted on the HiBROW site on (date) including as much detail as possible. What are the other general terms and conditions of the Scheme?
- Only one application per Society, Group or Club.
- It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the contact details supplied on its application form are correct and kept updated for the duration of the application and assessment process and Scheme
- The decisions of the selection panels and assessors at all stages, and those of the representatives of HiBROW and NODA involved in these stages are final. Neither correspondence nor discussion concerning any decision shall be entered into
- HiBROW and NODA reserve the right to refuse any application for any reason at HiBROW and NODA’s discretion
- HiBROW and NODA reserve the right to seek and issue publicity about applicants, applicants' work or the applications made to them by HiBrow and NODA
- The applicant must be prepared to work closely with the HiBROW and NODA communications teams to maximise PR opportunities for the project
- Applicants must provide contact details and HiBROW and NODA will only ever use personal data and any sensitive data for the purpose of administering the Scheme, will not publish them or provide them without permission to anyone not involved in the administration of the Scheme and will administer and hold any data applicants give to either HiBROW and NODA or which is collected during the application and grant process according to the HiBROW and NODA respective Privacy policies
- Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions is a condition of application to the Scheme.
By submitting an application under the Scheme, an applicant communicates to HiBROW and NODA its acceptance of these Terms and Conditions