In Good Company, the Midlands’ flagship, professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the region, continues to thrive, evolve and provide more fantastic opportunities than ever before. In summary, over the past 12 months, In Good Company has: financially supported 22 new shows, ran over 150 artist surgeries, offered over £25,000 worth of in-kind rehearsal space and provided 2058 artists with the chance to engage in workshops and events.
Just over twelve months ago, In Good Company secured funding from Arts Council England’s Project Grants to continue the programme for a further three years, in conjunction, the partnership moved from a five-partner venue programme to ten. Each venue invests varying amounts of partnership funding, in-kind space and resource into the project, allowing companies to access more support across the region.
Led by Derby Theatre, the IGC partners are Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Burton Brewhouse, Lincolnshire One Venues, Mansfield Old Library, Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, Nonsuch Studios in Nottingham, Curve in Leicester, Nottingham Playhouse and New Diorama in London.
IGC continues to evolve! From 1 November 2019, the programme’s Artists’ Network, an open access, physical collection of theatre makers will become a digital directory. This coincides with the launch of In Good Company’s new website, in additional to their newsletter, outlining their core artist development offer, whilst acting as a catalyst for artist develop opportunities right across the Midlands. This refresh of the network will continue to enable artists to keep up to date with opportunities across the region but will also enable artists to connect with potential collaborators and unlock new relationships and opportunities.
To join the Artists’ Network and to access the online digital directory, visit www.ingoodco.org.uk
Ben Anderson (In Good Company Creative Producer) said: “It’s totally validating to see In Good Company continue to go from strength to strength. We’re uniting the mighty Midlands, proving that we are truly In Good Company. I’m so proud of the artists who have seized the many opportunities available and navigated their own way through the programme. The programme is so expansive now, and each artist has a bespoke journey through it, marrying both their entrepreneurial and their creative skills. We have a wealth of venues tied together now through our core artist development offer, which hopefully now complements the work they are also doing as the region’s venues. I think that’s what makes the programme so successful. As a regional collective, championing artist development, we have something really special and unique and through this artist directory we can help more people, help themselves too.”