- What are the dates for the 2019 festival?
Ans: Late September 2019
- What do artists get for performing at this festival?
Ans: Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance is widely regarded as the most reputed festival of Indian dance in North America. As an artist, performing in this festival gives you the opportunity to showcase your dance on a great platform the festival receives significant media attention, and is reviewed by noted critics. Several emerging artists who have previously performed at Erasing Borders received several additional opportunities from this festival.
- Do you pay the artists for the performance?
Ans: Yes. Artists are paid an honorarium for presenting their work at the festival. Since we are a non-profit, our means for providing financial support to artists are limited. In addition to the honorarium, we also cover transportation for bringing the artists to New York, and in some unusual and special cases, visa related fees incurred in the USA.
- What travel, accommodation and meals do you cover, especially for artists traveling from outside the USA (e.g., India)?
Ans: IAAC covers transportation to New York. If you are abroad, we cover the airfare to New York. For local artists, this means we cover bus/train tickets. There are some nuances here though, and those details are laid out in the contract which is signed after the artist is selected to perform. An example of a nuance is if the artist is going to perform at other events or with other organizations as well, the transportation costs are split between IAAC and those other organizations.
If a visa is needed to enable the artist to perform in the festival, we also cover the visa fees incurred in the US (not in the home country of the artist). Again, if the artist is going to perform at more than the Erasing Borders festival, the fees are shared by multiple organizations.
For out-of-town artists, we provide accommodation for the dates of the festival, as well as meals and a metrocard (for local transportation). Please note that the accommodation is only provided for the days of the festival. An artist who is going to perform at both the Outdoors and Indoors festival is responsible for making their own accommodation & other living arrangements for the duration between those two events.
We inform the relevant artists on the detailed costs that are covered after the artists have been invited to perform.
- Does IAAC cover travel, accommodation, visa or other costs for a performer's family member or next-of-kin?
Ans: Unfortunately not. We are a not-for-profit organization with modest means, and are unable to cover costs for the performer's family members, friends or next-of-kin.
- Do you present both solo and group works?
Ans: Yes, we present solos and well as groups (duets, trios, quartets, or larger!)
- Which video do we submit with the application? Do we need to shoot a special video to apply for the festival? Does the video need to be shot using a professional camera?
Ans: You need to submit a video of the work that you intend to perform at the festival. If you have performed this work previously and have footage of that prior performance, you may submit that existing video. If you have never performed this work before, you would need to take a video of the work and submit it to us. You are welcome to submit videos of performances or from practice sessions / rehearsals. You do not need to submit a video shot using a professional camera - you can submit a video shot using your phone, so long as the quality of the video is good and your dance can be seen well.
- Can we submit our work using a DVD?
Ans: No. You need to upload your work to youtube, vimeo or dropbox, and include a link to that uploaded video with your application form. We do not accept submissions in the form of DVDs any more.
- I am trying to submit my application. But I get an error message that I have exceeded the character limit even when I am well within the word limit specified for that question.?
Ans: The limits are specified in
characters and not
words (we understand this is less intuitive than a word limit might be, but unfortunately this is what Google Forms support out-of-the-box today...). Please ensure that the number of characters in your answer fits within the maximum number of characters allowed for that answer. Further, remember that whitespace is also considered a character. An easy way to check your character count is by pasting your answer into a Word document, and using the
Word Count feature of MS Word, which displays not just the number of words, but also the number of characters (including whitespaces).
- I have submitted my application. How do I go and pay the $20 application fee?
Ans: You can pay the $20 application fee using Paypal. This is the link to pay your fees: https://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2019/dance.php
paypal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I have submitted my application but am having difficulty paying my application fee. Who can help?
Ans: Please email Richard Tigga, IAAC Accountant, and he will be able to help you with the application fee. His email address is email@example.com.
- I have submitted my application. When will I come to know if I was selected?
Ans: Selected artists should expect to hear back from us by 30-Apr-2019.