2014 New Arts Venture Challenge
Have a great idea? Of course you do!
The UW–Madison New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas. Entrants will develop and present a thorough proposal that will result in an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other entrepreneurial and artistic project.
Proposals should demonstrate creativity, innovation, added value to the arts, and potential for success. Potential proposals could be a new kind of gallery show, a series of performances, an online course, an outreach program, or anything else your creative mind can devise—the sky is the limit! The winner will be able to present his or her event or exhibition to the public or even launch a new entrepreneurial venture.
Entries may be from individuals or from teams of up to three. Only ONE team member must be a full time UW-Madison student.
All proposals will be evaluated in a preliminary ONLINE round by a panel of judges.
Four student proposals will be invited to participate in the final round, where each proposal will be evaluated on both the written plan and an oral presentation. Finalists will be coached to help prepare for the final presentation.
The final round (open to the public) will take place on May 2, 2014, at Grainger Hall on the UW–Madison campus.
First prize: $2,000* to produce your arts event, exhibition, series, or project during the 2014-15 academic year in Madison. You will also be matched with a mentor in your chosen field, an artist who has particular knowledge of your type of work, and who will advise you during its creation.
THREE Second Prizes: $500* each
*Prize money may be taxable. Entrants should consult a tax advisor.
Proposals due: Friday, April 18, 2014 by midnight. All proposals will be submitted electronically
Finalists announced: Friday, April 25, 2014
Finalist individuals or teams meet with Stephanie Jutt to prepare final live round – Saturday and Sunday morning, April 26-27, 2014
Finalists honored at dinner with Burrill Business School finalists: Thursday 6PM, , May 1, 2014
Finals: May 2, 2014 UW-Madison School of Business, Grainger Hall, Plenary Room, 3-5pm
What to Submit
A venture plan that includes:
- Executive Summary
This is an overview of your project, in 750 words or less. Say what you want to do, the general time frame for your project, who you will be working with, why you think it’s important, how you’re going to get the word out, and what kind of impact it will have on the university and/or community.
- Event or Exhibition Plan
What is the actual production plan? Please include any or all of the following:
What facilities or city agencies might be involved?
Who do you need to partner with to make your project happen?
What kind of equipment do you need and how will you get it?
What are your current resources and opportunities?
How will you integrate these elements into your project?
- Audience Analysis
Who’s going to your event and why will they come?
Why do you think that there is there a need for it? (even if you are inventing the need)
- Timeline for your project, including planning and implementation
Have you started your project already? What’s happened so far?
Depending on the length of your project, tell us the monthly plan, at least, between now and the completion of your project.
- Key Personnel (just the key people on YOUR team, up to three total people) – include bios or CV’s of all key personnel
Only the LEAD person on the project has to be a UW-Madison student
Assisting artists do not have to be named and numbers of those assisting artists (like orchestra or cast members) numbers of personnel and their jobs
- Financial Plan/Budget (List income, expenses, and explanation – no spread sheets necessary)
Are you paying people? How much?
Are you renting space? How much does it cost? How many alternatives do you have?
How much income do you expect to have and how will you get it?
Are you applying for other grants?
What are ticket prices, if any?
How about in-kind donations? A lot of arts events are created through great in-kind donations.
How do you plan to reach your audience and what innovative, cheap, effective (i.e. free) tools can you use to reach your audience? Will you be taking out any ad space? Will you be printing flyers or anything else? Is postage involved? Bulk mail? Email newsletters, social media, etc?
What are your challenges now and what do you foresee your challenges will be over the course of the project?
- Recent Work Sample: DVD, CD, Portfolio, etc.
Applications (excluding attachments) should not exceed 6 pages, with a minimum point size of 10.
- The contest is open to all students who are enrolled full-time in a UW–Madison degree program and are in good academic standing.
- Entries can be by individuals or teams of up to three members (supporting team members are not required to be full time UW-Madison students)
- Proposals must be of original work.
- Proposals will be returned to all entrants with comments and suggestions from the judges.
- The winning proposal’s event/exhibition/project must be presented to the community no later than May, 2014.
- Judges will be selected from prominent members of the professional arts and business community.
- The UW–Madison New Arts Venture Challenge reserves the right not to select a winner.
- More than one second prize may be awarded.
- Entrants are encouraged to seek advice from UW–Madison faculty and staff.
Five independent judges will review the proposals and choose four finalists. They will attend the competition finals and chose the first and second prize winning proposals.
Instructions for Proposal Submission:
Compose an email titled “NAVC Proposal” to the following email address: upload.2014_Ne.email@example.com
Leave the email message blank, and attach application files.
ATTACHED APPLICATION FILES MUST BE LABELED ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
- Project Name, Name of Document, Number in Series
- For example:
- “Victorian Eyes.ProjectProposal.1of3″
After attaching all appropriate files for a complete submission as outlined above, click SEND.
- If your application files are too large to send in one email, feel free to send multiple emails to the above email address in order to complete your submission.
- If one file is just too large to send via email, please contact Kate Lochner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephanie Jutt (email@example.com) for further instructions.
You will receive an email from box.com confirming a successful upload for each file submitted.
Lastly, email Kate Lochner, who will then confirm that we have received your complete application; be sure to include your project name and the number of files you have submitted.
DEADLINE for all proposals is APRIL 18TH, 2014 BY MIDNIGHT.
1st Place Winner
“Victorian Eyes:” An Exhibit on “seeing” through Art, Literature, and Statistic -Catherine De Rose, Frederick Boehm, and Carrie Roy
2nd Place Winners
Clocks in Motion -Sean Kleve, Dave Alcorn, John Jeffrey Gibbens, John Arnold, and Conuelo Sanudo
kinetic (aspect) -Kat Cameron and Henry Holmes
Cooking with Frank N. Foode -Karl Haro von Mogel, Ariela Haro von Mogel, and German Mingramm Yarza.