FAQ: Pitchbook

Q) How do I know if my work qualifies for Pitchbook?

A) Pitchbook is intended to promote new dance works by American artists. Your project must have premiered after March 2017 and before February 2019 in order to qualify for Volume IV. Works also qualify if they are revivals of projects that have not toured recently that will re-premiere during the above time period.

Q) How do I know if my images are high enough resolution? What else should I consider when submitting images?

A) The dimensions of Pitchbook is 6 x 9 inches. Your images must be submitted at 300 dpi. Ideally, the files will be at least 2.5 MB in size. It generally works well to submit one vertical image and one horizontal image for your layout. If possible, please submit an image of the work being pitched, or one that is aesthetically similar to your new work.

Q) What should be included in my video pitch?

A) The most successful video pitches include a combination of verbal pitching by your company’s representative (Artistic Director, Choreographer or other appropriate staff), and performance footage. Even if you do not yet have footage of the work you are pitching, the video should refer specifically to the piece being pitched. We are not looking for an overview of your company. Please limit your pitch to five minutes.

Q) Where can I find examples of video pitches?

A) Three volumes of Pitchbook are available as PDF downloads from www.americandanceabroad.org/pitchbook. Each contains links to our past Pitchbook artists’ video pitches. Here is a pitch by Lucky Plush Productions that we find especially successful. You may also visit ISPA’s Pitch New Works page, where you will find a directory with live pitches, including video samples, which exemplify different ways that pitches may be structured. Please note: Pitchbook is not affiliated with ISPA’s pitch session – we simply recommend this website as a resource.

Q) I do not have copyright permission to use the music in my video pitch. Can I still submit it?

A) No. Please choose alternate music. Your video pitch will be available to the public through our website and we do not recommend copyright infringement.

Q) How do you define the “type of support being sought”?

A) The following are typical definitions of support types. Generally, work that is still in development may need more support, whereas work that is ready to tour or already touring will only need tour support.

Commissioning support – money to help underwrite the idea and creative process, and usually identified/negotiated before the new work is begun.  Both national and international presenters may collaborate to co-commission a new work.

Production support – to help pay for the costs of creating/setting the work – rehearsal costs (dancers’ salaries), costumes/sets, music if an original score is being developed, etc.

Post-production support – tech costs for lighting, staging, final rehearsals on stage, dancers’ salaries, musicians’ fees if live music is incorporated, etc.

Tour support – the fee to present the work at a venue (dancers’ fees/salaries, per diems, travel, hotel, local transportation, freight, etc.)

Any of these can be negotiated to include more or less.

Q) Who will Pitchbook be distributed to?

A) Approximately 100 printed copies of each edition of Pitchbook are distributed to international programmers at events such as PAMS, Aerowaves, internationale tanzmesse nrw, Shanghai International Arts Festival, and more! PDFs of each volume are also emailed to all past international participants of our American Dance Recon program (a constantly growing group of over 50 programmers). The exact distribution of Pitchbook will vary with each volume, as it depends on which events American Dance Abroad attends during that time period.

Q) Will I receive feedback on my Pitchbook submission if I am not selected for inclusion?

A) Due to the high volume of Pitchbook submissions, we are unable to provide individual feedback to artists.

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