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Vanishing Point is offering 10 FREELANCE INDIVIDUALS who work in the performing arts and are based in Scotland a fee of £1500 to imagine, research and develop an idea they have.

Who Can Apply?

If you live in Scotland, work as a freelancer in the performing arts and have an idea for a project, you can apply.

You don’t have to consider yourself an ‘artist’ or a ‘theatre maker’. E.g. You could be a technician, stage manager, producer, actor, director, writer, designer, costume maker etc or meet none of these descriptions.

We would particularly encourage applications from practitioners who are under-represented in the performing arts in Scotland. This might include, but is not exclusive to, people who identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, minority ethnic, D/deaf, disabled, LGBTQIA+, people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and people without academic qualifications.

Because this initiative is aimed partly at supporting individuals struggling financially during the pandemic, we politely ask you not to apply if you consider yourself to be inherently financially comfortable.

Your Idea

Your idea could be anything. Here are some examples of what you might apply for:

  • An idea for a show you would like us to produce
  • Professional development practices you would like to undertake
  • A workshop/series of workshops you would like to prepare and lead
  • A conference or a symposium you would like to organise
  • A technical experiment you would like to set up
  • Anything else that’s interesting and relevant to you and your work, whatever you do. 

The Fee

The fee of £1500 is for your time - to think about, research, prepare and compose your idea, or undertake professional development. It is not for you to make the project yourself, but to have some time to imagine it. It is up to you to quantify the time you would spend working in relation to the fee. Eg: X amount of weeks at £X per week.  At the end, you summarise or present your imagined idea and submit a proposal for how it could potentially be developed further. This enables us to measure what the money was used for (for our funders) and also to see if there is a possibility we could take it further (should you be interested). We would like to be able to describe your idea in one sentence for publicity purposes (this can be as general as it needs to be) but beyond that your idea need not go into the public domain. Whether the idea is taken further or not, all copyright remains with you.

To Apply

Send an email (max 300 words), audio file or a video (max 2 mins long) to simply outlining the following:

  • Who you are, where you live and what your basic idea is
  • What your long-term goals are and how this will help support you in what you want to do / who you want to be / where you want to go

Don’t spend long on your application. Just an email/audio/video expressing your idea will be enough.

If you would like to apply in a different format, please contact us at and we can discuss this with you.  


Closing date for submissions: 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021
Successful applicants notified: by 5pm on Monday 10 May 2021
Unsuccessful applicants notified: by 5pm on Monday 17 May 2021*

There will be no requirement for interviews.

Decisions will be made by Vanishing Point staff, Harriet Mould (Press and PR Manager, Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Vanishing Point Board Member) and another independent panellist to be confirmed. 

*We undertake to reply to all applicants. However, should any oversights/errors occur, and you have not heard from us by Tuesday 18 May 2021, please assume that you have been unsuccessful, or email us for clarification.



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