Individual artists have made a living from many different
means: contracted employment with a circus, fees from festival promoters
and cabaret venues; busking or passing the hat at street gigs; performing
at corporate events to name just a few!
Another source of income is through commissions. Festivals
and Street Arts promoters can often support new circus work. Contact the
Independent Street Arts Network - a group of promoters and producers who
include amongst their members Zap productions-Brighton, Greenwich and
Docklands Festival, Royal National Theatre, Birmingham City Council and
Salisbury Festival. [email protected]
Some of the well-established promoters and agencies
interested in new circus acts, such as Bhathena-Jancovich and Fools Paradise,
are listed on our links page or you can search the
to find individual promoters, venues or organisations that may be able
to offer paid work or commissions. Be prepared to send good quality marketing
material about yourself or your company.
If you are planning to apply for funding, be aware that
it takes a lot of work! The applications that are successful are the ones
that satisfy the given criteria (ask to find out what these are - they
are different for each fund) and that have a properly researched and presented
work plan and budget. If you haven't previously received funding, you
are more likely to be successful with a local rather than national body
- the exception to this is the various small-scale Lottery funds for new
ventures such as the Awards For All scheme.
If you are thinking of applying to a Regional Arts Board
(RAB) then the best plan of action is to make contact with the relevant
arts officer - if they have heard of you and your work they are far more
likely to give their support.
With all funding applications, make sure that the project
that you are seeking funding for is relevant to that particular fund:
for example - if the fund is for something that benefits the community
you will need to show ways that your project does this. If you are applying
to the Arts Council or a Regional Arts Board you will need to make sure
that anyone working on the project is paid professional rates as determined
by agreements such as the ITC/Equity performers contract. There follows
a list of organisations that you can approach about funding.