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Celebrity Series of Boston’s Public Performance Projects Initiative was established in 2013 as part of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration. From its inception, the goal of each music/dance public art project has been to broaden awareness of the organization’s activities by taking the artistic experience outside of the traditional concert venues to public spaces throughout Boston.
DEADLINE: Rolling (scheduling through the end of September)
The initiative conceives of the entire city as a canvas for participatory arts activities to promote the Celebrity Series’ mission and brand. Projects traditionally celebrate the joy of live performance and take place outside, at the end of September, are temporary and free. The public’s participation is an important component of each project. Past examples can be found at www.celebrityseries.org/publicart and illustrate both the spirit of the work that has been most successful as well as the project goals listed below.
Public Performance Projects Initiative Goals
Budget and Contract
The budget will be established on a yearly basis for each project. In general, project budgets should not exceed $130,000. This includes all artist fees, materials, installation costs (set up and break down), transportation costs, documentation and any other related expenses. The Celebrity Series has the institutional capacity to cover most standard insurance, marketing and public relations, as well as city permitting costs.
Finalist Proposal Development Fee
A $500 proposal development fee will be provided to the finalist artists or artist teams to develop the conceptual proposal to the next level.
Selection Process / Selection Committee
The selection of artists and projects will be based on the quality of the artist or artist team’s past work, the originality of the concept itself, and the proven ability of the participants to work on a large public scale.
Concept proposals will be reviewed by Celebrity Series staff in conjunction with public art experts familiar with contemporary trends in public, participatory art projects. Three to four finalists will be selected for a second round, exact date is TBD at this time (please see update at top of this document.) If selected as a finalist, please note in-person interviews in Boston will be scheduled. Details, including travel stipend and guidelines will be provided at a later date.
At the earliest, the selected project is scheduled to take place during the late summer or early fall of 2021. The exact dates will be determined in part by the nature of the project and in consultation with Celebrity Series staff. The quality of the presentation is of paramount importance and later dates may be possible to ensure the integrity of the project.
What to Submit
The proposal should include the following:
Insurance, marketing and PR are important for the success of any Public Performing Art Project. As noted earlier, Celebrity Series has the internal capacity to cover most standard expenses in these categories.
How to Submit
Concept proposals should be submitted digitally in pdf format to email@example.com
QUESTIONS? Contact Amanda Ice, firstname.lastname@example.org
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