THE
ELGIN GROUP COMMITTEE

"The Elgin Fringe Festival is an uncurated, multi-disciplinary arts festival, featuring dance, theater, music, visual art, and the undefined at venues in downtown Elgin."

THE MISSION

The Elgin Fringe Festival (EFF) is dedicated to investing in creators and talents within our city to better distinguish Elgin’s unique artistic voice. From the previous festivals, the EFF committee finds that the Elgin artist is underrepresented in the lineup of performances year after year. Therefore, the committee is dedicating more attention and resources to address this concern starting in 2022. This initiative is supported by Side Street Studio Arts and The Elgin Cultural Art Commission.

This new initiative is focusing its efforts first on underrepresented and marginalized communities within our city; We highly encourage the application of BIPOC and Queer/LGBTQ+ people to this initiative. This equity investment will ensure a more diverse lineup of performances and enrich the EFF experience for artists and audiences who come from all over the country to participate.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for artists who have experience in music, theater, stand-up/comedy, dance, spoken word, and other performing arts who would like to take on an arts administration role in order to identify and investigate boundaries in the performing arts field. The Elgin Group is looking for individuals who possess strong, written, verbal, or visual communication skills, with a specific interest in documentation and research, to join as members of the committee who will appoint the beneficiaries of this initiative. The Elgin Group Committee members will receive a stipend starting at $500 dollars with the potential to increase based on the individual contributions to this initiative. This will be distributed throughout the 6-month agreement.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS

Mentorship and Professional Development: The subcommittee will not only be built on the expertise and professional backgrounds of its members to provide support for its appointed artists, but also depend on its member’s unique experiences, interests, and passion for the arts to help develop this initiative further. Committee members are to act as artist mentors who are expected to provide critique and push the artist to meet their individual expectations. This will come in the form of rehearsal sit-ins, monthly check-ins, and collaboration. 

Investigation and Documentation: This year The Elgin Group will be heavily documenting work via social media channels. The aim is to use the platforms and their explicit mechanism for virility to help promote and share the findings of the committee members' investigation of their choice of topics within performing arts. The purpose of this is to reframe these conversations through a current and intersectional lens. The use of video, audio, image and text post will be collected and distributed via the appropriate channels. 

YOU MAY LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POSITION AND APPLICATION PROCESS BY VISITING THE APPLICATION LINK BELOW

WE ENCOURAGE THOSE TO APPLY WHO IDENTIFY AS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:


- A person with an interest in Arts Administration
- Have some performing arts experience (not required)
- Knowledgeable of Fringe (not required)
- Queer/LGBTQ+ 
- BIPOC 
- Have strong written/verbal/visual communication skills

APPLICATION MATERIALS


- Complete all required fields
- Artists Bio (Tell us about you)
- Artist's Statement (Tell us about your work)
- Resume or CV or Links to previous work
- Samples of social media content