Online Workshop: Unlocking Europe: Festival Commissions Revealed, with Kurt...

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In this 90-minute online workshop led by artist Kurt Perschke, you will learn how to successfully find, pitch, and negotiate with European festival presenters for audience-based work. Artists in performance, street theater, dance, temporary public art, street art, projection, audio, and immersive installation, all have an untapped market for their work in Europe.

Approximately $30,000,000 in commission fees are paid to artists every year though arts festivals in Europe, many times what is spent in the US. Learn how to research cultural presenters, festivals, agents, presenting groups, and identify opportunities for your work. We will discuss in detail aspects of tour budgets, tech riders, and negotiation approaches specific to arts presenters outside the U.S.

* Pitch in the commissioning season when booking actually happens
* Why every work needs a theatrical tech rider, and how to write one
* 5 easy mistakes to avoid in negotiation with a presenting Festival
* Think beyond the U.S. visual arts model, why European arts presenters don’t use it
* Forget art fairs, where and when to network with Festival Directors across Europe

This online workshop will be recorded. The recording will be shared with all previously registered participants after the workshop concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live workshop or not. The recording will be posted online indefinitely. It is not available for download.

Kurt Perschke is a globally commissioned artist who works in public space. His most acclaimed work, RedBall Project has appeared in over 35 cities globally and received a National Award from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. With thousands of appearances in magazines, television, newspapers, radio, and blogs his work has generated press worldwide. He has extensive production experience including managing budgets from $30,000 to $250,000 and training teams around the globe.

He has been commissioned by festivals such as Lieux Publics in Marseille, the London Olympics, Galway Arts Festival, Zomer van Antwerpen, Perth International Arts Festival, Les Escales Improbables de Montréal, Festival Novart Bordeaux, Les Tombees De La Nuit in Rennes, Luminato Festival in Toronto, MONS European Cultural Capital.

Museums commissions include the Toledo Museum of Art, Memphis Brooks Museum, Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Vienna Technical Museum, MoCA Taipei, and working with the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). He has taught sculpture and professional practice at Webster University, ‘Studio to the Street’ at Columbia College in Chicago as a Guest Artist, and given keynotes and lectures through out the US.

Learn more about his work at https://theprojectartist.com/ and www.redballproject.com.

You may attend this online workshop by computer (Mac OSX 10.8 or PC computer Windows 7 and higher) or mobile device (iPhone iOS version 9.3 or higher, iPad iOS version 9.3 or higher, Android OS version 4.0 or higher).

For computers, please login using Chrome web browser, which must be totally up-to-date.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, and Safari may also be used, but will require you to download and install Intermedia AnyMeeting’s Desktop Application (our online workshop platform).

A strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred (1 Mbps or faster).

Please contact Creative Capital at workshops@creative-capital.org.

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