Open Call for Creative Proposals, DISRUPT (Guildhall School and Barbican)

DISRUPT is a brand new digital arts festival taking place 8-9 July 2021. The event will explore how the performing arts has supported communities during the pandemic and how a year of uncertainty and change has encouraged new and radical ways of working. It’s time to unlearn, rethink and restructure.

Deadline: 30th January 2021

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

What they are looking for?

DISRUPT want to fund projects that will premiere or showcase work at DISRUPT 2021. In particular they want:

  • new and experimental performance-based projects created with, by and for communities during the pandemic.
  • tools and tactics to build skills on new or  different ways of working in the performing arts, including practical steps on how communities, artists and organisations can collaborate.
  • projects that explore alternative and more democratic futures for the performing arts.

Who can apply

DISRUPT is open to communities, community organisations, researchers, creatives, artists, charities and arts organisations that work meaningfully together. Applications must be co-written by a community partner and a creative partner. For more information on what they mean, take a look at the Open Call and Terms & Conditions.

What they can fund

  • They have structured the call around three programme strands, and you can apply for between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • They can 100% fund projects or part-fund them. 
  • You must be able to premiere an aspect of your work digitally for DISRUPT 2021. For further information on this, please see the Open Call document. 

Key information

How to apply:

  1. Fill in an application form, available as an online form here.
    You can also answer the longer written questions via video or audio application by adding a private YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud link to that section of the form.
  2. Please download a budget template here, which you should upload to the online form.
  3. You can use Microsoft Word version of the application form to draft your application before you complete the online form. If possible, please still use the online form to apply.
  4. If you prefer, you can apply by sending an email attaching your completed Word application and budget to disrupt@gsmd.ac.uk

If you need support filling in your application, DISRUPT are happy to help on the phone. Just send an email to arrange an appointment disrupt@gsmd.ac.uk.

Out of fairness to other applicants, they are unable to give detailed advice about your project. However, access support is available for all applications and they can answer brief, factual questions regarding the Open Call and process by email.


DISRUPT is a festival created in partnership with BarbicanCulture, Health and Wellbeing AllianceCulture MileGuildhall School of Music & DramaLived Experience NetworkMaya ProductionsMuseum of London; and Slung Low.


For more information, visit the website


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