The Irondale Ensemble Project is as close as we come these days to the Elizabethan acting companies that once presented Shakespeare’s plays to the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Drake and the Virgin Queen of England. ...What is on offer is the miracle of the word made flesh. I wish you joy in it.” —Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly
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Irondale EntranceIrondale Center Space Subsidy Program

Background
Funded by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Space Subsidy Program is designed to enable ensembles, emerging artists, and groups that reach diverse or under-served audiences to produce work at the Irondale Center at greatly reduced rates. Artists or companies will pay up to $350/day or $2,100/week as co-payment. Additional charges may be included for providing extra staff, publicity services, box office personnel, additional equipment, etc.

We look forward to receiving proposals from a broad cross section of artists of all disciplines. Irondale will award space subsidies based on proposals that address the following criteria. Irondale reserves the right to award subsidies to projects that coordinate well with the overall artistic programming of the Irondale Center’s season.

The following areas should be addressed by the proposal:

Artistic Quality
The artist/company must present a clear vision of the project proposed with artists’ credentials, bios, and the company’s mission statement. How does the proposed performance correspond to the mission of the artist or company? Why is the Irondale Center the right place to house this performance? A brief history of past work should be attached. We will accept up to 10 minutes of DVD/CD work samples.

Target Audience: Who is the project meant to reach? We will give special consideration to productions that reach non-traditional or under-served audiences.

Production Quality
What is the budget for the production (include budgeted unsubsidized space/utility costs)?
What is the artists’ compensation? If this is being proposed under an AEA (Actors Equity Association) agreement include all benefits and union-related expenses. Reasonable compensation, relative to the overall budget must be demonstrated.
Who are the production people involved or how will they be chosen? They must demonstrate that they can responsibly operate the equipment at the Irondale Center. (Training will be provided.)
All companies/artists must have their own insurance polices covering General Liability ($1,000,000/occurrence) and property damage ($1,000,000). A copy of the Certificate of Insurance, naming, Irondale Productions, Inc., as co-insured must be presented in advance of any activity in the space.

Community Engagement
This is a requirement for all subsidized projects. The kind of engagement is determined by the company and should be appropriate to its artistic mission/vision. Some examples are: Free tickets for senior citizens, students, artists; Master Classes; Classroom workshops in schools that are partners with Irondale; Workshops for Irondale’s Teen Ensemble- the Young Company; A performance or workshop for families as part of Irondale’s monthly Big Box of Distractions series.

Send all materials to
Irondale Ensemble Project
85 South Oxford St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Att: Terry Greiss