WHAT ARE THE ORCHARD PROJECT’S GOALS? The Orchard Project was created to support storytellers and stories of extraordinary promise and impact. It is our core belief that a community of artists and a structure of flexible support can accelerate artistry and process. The Orchard Project supports original artists, teams, and companies as they aspire to develop stories in a multitude of forms, from live performance to episodic to digital to audio content. In particular, the Orchard Project is interested in supporting:
- Ambition: Artists and projects that think ambitiously and/or push expected and traditional forms.
- Does the creative work assume risk and subvert dominant norms, values, narratives, standards, or aesthetics? How does the work take risks of form, content, or medium? What is the point of risk-taking?
- Expansion: Narratives that expand the cannon to include participation, form land ideas that are not regularly presented
- Does the creative work give voice to novel and under-represented bodies or perspectives?
- Essentialism: Artists and projects that can uniquely be supported by the Orchard Project’s community of artists
- Would the project benefit from a more form-fitting development approach that moves beyond traditional write/reading/workshop/production paradigm? How does the stage the work is in (early idea/late draft/etc) affect its stated needs? Could feedback and support from other artists be a necessary catalyst?
- Engagement: Artists and projects that will be engaging and inspiring to other artists currently supported by the Orchard Project
- Is their work relevant to larger communities of artists? Can the artists and project be ongoing and future contributors to the Orchard Project’s community of artists
- Collaboration: Artists and projects that, when possible, reward collaboration
- Does the artist/work reflect purposeful relationships among stakeholders?
HOW THE ORCHARD PROJECT 2023 APPLICATION PROCESS ASPIRES TO OPERATEAPPLICATION FEES: The Orchard Project will not require an application fee for the first application. As of 2023, The Orchard Project will charge a small fee for each additional application beyond the artist’s first submission. ROUND ONE: THE APPLICATION All of the OP 2023 programs will have two rounds in their application process. The first round will be the same for all labs and consist of the following questions, in addition to asking for program preference and basic info: Please tell us a bit about yourself, your work, and the work you aspire to make. For most labs, include CV, work samples, collaborators (if any) Please tell us a bit about what you are looking to gain from participating in the OP program. Tell us about where you might see your process before and after the OP. Please also tell us about any other developmental opportunities you are participating in or exploring. While understanding that this might change, please tell us about the work you are looking to accelerate at the Orchard Project For most labs, this would include a small project description. For example, for the Episodic lab, we would look for a project description (logline and series overview). For all our labs, we would like to also understand anything about the logistics of projects that might identify areas of concern about whether or not the OP could support them. (size/tech) ROUND TWO: INTERVIEWS After tabulation of scores from Round One, the Orchard Project will invite a number of applicants for short interviews with review panelists. Before these interviews, applicants at this stage will be invited to anonymous information sessions in which they will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the programs. Interviews will be short and will likely include an opportunity to ask further questions about applications, but the format of these interviews will be up to the panelists. Interviews will be one on one, but may include a non interviewing Orchard Project staff member present to help answer questions and facilitate. All these interviews will be recorded.
2023 REVIEW STRUCTUREThe OP had historically different application protocols for its programs, and in 2021, merged and simplified its applications There are now a two round process for all applications – one round in which to hone the pool of first round applicants to viable proposals, and an interview round in which additional materials may be requested. In 2021, we expanded the number of interviewees and interviewers substantially. The process ends with a live panel dialogue process to make the final selection of support. While final decisions for support will be made by Orchard Project leadership and staff, by creating a process wherein our staff only manages the process in the early phases of the process but does not serve any role in promoting applicants to the final stage, we are endeavoring to create as balanced and open a process as possible. Using past application pools as a predictor, we are seeing the following contractions occurring after each phase:
- AFTER 1st round applications – pool reduces to 15% of original size
- AFTER Interviews – pool reduces by another 25-50%, to 3-5% of original size