Call out for Dance City commissions is now open. 

Dance City is seeking applications from dance artists/companies from across the North East to apply for our annual Commission programme which will support up to 8 artists/companies to develop new dance work from an overall budget of up to £24,000.

There are 3 commission strands available:

  • Full Production
  • Early Stage Production
  • Charlotte Grant Early Career Artist Award

We recommend that you read the guidance carefully to ensure you select the most appropriate strand for your work.

Deadline for submissions Thursday 28 November. 

Please only apply for one commission strand, per work, artist/company

All strands are open to artists/companies (not NPOs), regardless of whether you’ve applied for or received a commission from us previously. Across the 3 commission strands we are particularly looking to support artists who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic/People Of Colour, Disabled and mature (10 years plus of professional practice), the latter an area highlighted by sector consultation. We define dance in this context as all styles and genres of movement focused work, including aerial and circus arts.

All strands welcome artists/companies who are producing a full-length live performance, film or outdoor dance work. Any film work is to be in accordance with Arts Council England’s definition, ‘creative films that involve artists working in our supported artforms and where film is the medium for their work.’

The commission period is January 2020 – December 2021. Commission funds will be released in installments from April 2020, to be discussed with Dance City.

This commissioning programme is exclusively for artists who are from, who studied at undergraduate level or above, or who are based or working in the North East of England. The lead applicant must show their connections and commitment to developing the North East dance sector.

You can find full details of the commission strands on offer and how to apply in the documents below:

Dance City 2020 Commissions Call Out

Dance City 2020 Commissions Call Out (Easy Read)

Dance City 2020 Commissions Application Form

Further advice and information about Dance City commissions and application support can be obtained by contacting