We are inviting researchers and research organisations to research and evaluate our work in showcasing. If you think you are the individual or company for the job then please send a proposal (maximum 6 pages) to email@example.com by 20th July 2017. Details of the research brief can be found below. We aim to appoint a consultant by early August.
1. Background: British Council and its Music team
The British Council is the UK’s cultural relations agency and was founded to create "a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world." It makes a positive contribution to the countries it works with and, in doing so, makes a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes used to do this are wide-ranging and cover the Arts, Education, English, Science and Society.
The British Council Music team works in countries around the world to develop overseas audiences for British music and foster collaboration and exchange between the UK music industry and their counterparts abroad. The music programme is jointly curated by specialist UK-based music advisors and arts colleagues in British Council offices worldwide. Our work includes showcasing, collaborative projects, workshops, forums, networking events, encouraging exchange of knowledge and making the most of opportunities to present UK work overseas.
Showcasing is an important strand of the Music team’s work. The key elements of our showcasing programme are: create the opportunity for international sector professionals to see UK artists and artistic practice; professional development and exchange for the UK and international sectors; create networking opportunities. We aim to foster long term international connections, create dialogue between overseas counterparts and support exchange. Our ultimate goal is to develop opportunities for future projects, collaborations and the showcasing of UK acts overseas.
We work in partnership with music festivals and partners in the UK to showcase artists and organisations from the UK music sector. We create new opportunities for overseas promoters, festival directors, and music counterparts to experience the latest in UK music and artistic practice across a wide range of genres. We have worked with specific partner festivals, from The Great Escape to Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London Jazz Festival to Liverpool Sound City. We have also supported overseas festival showcases to encourage some of the key elements outlined above – seeing work, professional development and exchange, and enabling international networking. In recent years we have also explored the world of Digital Showcasing working with partners such as Boiler Room.
We also offer a subvention fund for supporting music performance overseas as a result of the showcase visits. We offer grants of up to £5,000 towards the realisation of a collaborative project or showcase of UK music, as a result of international delegates attending Music Department’s UK showcase events. This has been valuable in helping to build connections between the UK and overseas.
2. Aims of the research
We hope to answer the following questions:
- What is the long term impact of British Council Music showcasing?
- How can the future showcasing strategy be improved?
- What has been the short and long term benefits of music showcasing?
- What international relationships and projects have resulted from showcasing?
- Are there any gaps or areas of duplication in British Council’s showcasing that are not covered by other agencies?
- What other kinds of support or opportunity could the British Council consider for showcasing?
- Are there opportunities to work more strategically with showcasing partners?
- How can music showcasing better support the objectives and strategies of the British Council’s regions overseas?
3. Scope of the research
The research should focus on the impact of British Council music showcasing and look at the work and cultural exchange between British and international artists and practitioners as a result of the opportunities provided, alongside any other outcomes. The report should include samples from showcases over three to five years from 2013-17. In order to keep the scope of this project realistic and to promote a clear set of priorities for future strategic development and collaboration within current budgetary limitations, it is suggested that this research centres on the current efficacy of opportunities. Consultation should include conversations with external partner organisations, internal British Council arts teams in the UK and overseas and past participants of our showcasing programme. The evaluation should provide insight into the current need and the perception of opportunities available but should not attempt to be a fully comprehensive needs analysis.
4. Submit your proposal