The GOM Seedling Fund
Micro-loans for emerging circus and movement artists
What is the Seedling Fund?
This fund is designed to support local emerging artists, both financially and through professional mentoring, to create and present new works.
One of Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) key guiding values is to actively support the growth of our community and emerging artists within it. Government funding is scarce and often confusing, so we have decided to allocate some of our own resources to give young artists a leg up in the form of micro loans helping to reduce costs that may limit them in accepting valuable opportunities.
Emerging artists interested in this program will be asked to complete a simple submission explaining how this loan will assist them on their journey to becoming professional artists. Some of the things that we encourage young artists to apply for funding for include the following:
- Fringe registration fees
- Professional development
- Promotional material
- Equipment or costumes for a specific gig
- Mentoring opportunities
Why make this fund?
From the very beginning, GOM had support from friends, informal mentors, local arts professionals and the Australian circus community. This support helped us find and open doors to opportunities that may have otherwise been unattainable.
In 2013 we got lucky. One door we found ourselves squeezing through was creating and self funding our 2013 tour of A SIMPLE SPACE to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It turned out to be the just right opportunity for our company and planted the seeds for our relationship with our agent, Wolfgang Hoffman from Aurora Nova.
And here we are now, three years later as a successful full-time arts company!
It’s not all about hard work or being good at your craft. These two traits are vital but on top of these things you need a network that can guide you to the opportunities and funding to help you realise what’s behind the next door.
Creating a company comes with many challenges.
GOM has started the Seedling Fund using our experience and resources with the aim to ease some of the growing pains of young arts companies and encourage the continued creation of art in Australia.