Analysing the first call for submissions - Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales
We’re running up to the deadline for second call for submissions to the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales, so it seemed like a good time to reflect on what happened when we closed the first call for submissions.
As with the first call for applications in Scotland and the first pilot fund in England, this call for submissions demonstrates a desire from organisations with arts projects to experiment with digital technology, to enhance audience reach or develop new business models. Applications were received from across Wales and from a range of organisations and art forms.
Looking at the objectives and themes chosen by applicants, it seems that organisations are keen to connect with their audiences in new ways, particularly through the distribution of their content digitally, or through the use of social media. It appears that organisations are perhaps more reticent to explore ways in which new revenue can be generated through the use of digital technology.
The competition for funding in Wales was particularly strong. Of the 57 applications, 54 were deemed eligible, we shortlisted 7 for interview (12%) and funded 4 projects (7%). We’re anticipating a similar level of competition for the second call.
Nesta will undertake an analysis of applications to the second call for submissions to the Digital R&D fund for the Arts in Wales in Spring 2014. You can download a copy of the full analysis of applications on the right of this page.
The second call for submissions closes at noon on Friday 10th January 2014. To apply, please visit the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales homepage. If you’d like to talk more about an application, please drop me an email – [email protected]