DISRUPT is a new digital arts festival taking place in July 2021, coordinated by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. It has been set up to explore how performing arts has supported communities across the UK during the pandemic and how this time of uncertainty has encouraged new and radical ways of working.
The programme offers three funding strands:
- Community Commissions - grants of up to £5,000 are available for experimental and collaborative performance projects between communities and creative partners. The project should be a response to the COVID-19 pandemic or its consequences.
- Tools and Tactics - grants of up to £1,000 are available to encourage and develop new collaborative skills by looking at what radical new ways of working have developed because of the pandemic. This could include how art is made, selected or thought about by involving and broadening who and how communities are involved in decision-making.
- Alternative Futures - grants of up to £1,000 are available to help open up spaces to explore what needs to change in order to harness collective learnings (or unlearnings) about community collaboration.