Alexander_Whitley, Strange Stranger.
Alexander Whitley, Strange Stranger. Photo: David Lindsey

The Choreographic Development Awards

These awards are open to ALL professional artists working choreographically who are based in the UK. Please note that current BA/MA/PhD students or artists/companies with NPO status are not eligible to apply.

Whilst the awarding panel will be mindful of all four criteria when reviewing applications for these awards, the primary considerations for assessing these awards will be:

  • The quality of the proposal and a demonstrable commitment to choreographic development and research
  • Artistic track record and clear evidence of managing choreographic investigation and research activity through to fruition

These awards have also been created to support a bespoke programme of activities, as identified by the successful artists. Funding is provided to support their overall creative development, rather than the production of a completed new work.

There is no prescribed format; each award includes an agreed programme of activities which may include:

  • Supporting the artist to, deepen relationship to existing concerns, explore new ideas, practices and collaborations, or challenge preconceived ways of working choreographically
  • Working in a studio as a dancer/choreographer with other dancers, collaborators, colleagues, etc.
  • Supporting the artist to develop strategies for the development and growth of their work – these might involve exploring partnerships, potential contexts and audiences for their work

The award period will be negotiated with the successful applicant but should be completed within two years of the announcement of the award.

The awardee receives
  • £2,000 payable in no more than two instalments with the final payment being made on the receipt or delivery of the final project presentation
  • Access to the experience and expertise of the BBCF’s voluntary board of Trustees and Advisors during the award period
Sharing of research

The awardees are required to submit a short report either in writing (1500 words) or verbally in the form of a conversation with Trustees and Advisors of the Fund by September 2020. We are interested to hear how the award (plus any support or advice received from the Fund’s Trustees and Advisors) has been useful in the development and sustainability of the awardee’s artistic trajectory.

How to apply

Please apply by filling in this online application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

Deadline for applications: Friday 29th November 2019, 12pm

If you require an alternative format of the application form, or have any further queries about making an application, please contact: