ORIGIN AND OBJECTIVES
The Latin American fund Iberescena was created in November 2006 following the decision of the Latin American Congress of Heads of States and Governments in Montevideo (Uruguay) to create a program for the support, exchange and integration of Latin American performing arts activities.
Iberescena aims to promote the creation of an integrated space for performing arts in its Member States, through funding and financial support.
Among its objectives are the following:
- Encourage the distribution, circulation, and promotion of Ibero-American shows.
- Stimulate co-production in performances among Ibero-American public and/or private sectors, as well as promote such presences in international perfoming arts spaces.
- Promote the dissemination of the work of Ibero-American authors.
- Support Ibero-American scenic spaces and festivals, in order to encourage the prioritization in their programming of regional productions.
- Favor professionalization in the areas of theater, dance, and circus arts.
- Advance efforts in collaboration and synergies with other programs, as well as instances related to performing arts.
- Promote the creation of projects which include the following the following themes: gender perspectives, native peoples, persons of African descent, as well as those topics which favor social cohesion and inclusion.
MEMBER STATES AND WORKING STRUCTURE
The Iberescena fund is currently ratified by 13 countries which support it financially: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, as well as by the Ibero-American General Counsel (Secretaría General Iberoamericana).
Iberescena is led by the Intergovernmental IBERESCENA Committee (CII), for which each participating state appoints a local authority in performing arts (denominated as Antenna). This Committee defines policies and modes of aid, as well as making key decisions, in accordance to the rules outlined in Iberescena Working Regulation document. One or two ordinary Committee meetings are to take place, as well as all those meetings deemed extraordinary, in order to pick those projects that will be supported and the monetary aid that will be awarded to each of those projects. Within the aforementioned organizational structure, Iberescena's Technical Unit (UTI) carries out the realisation and functioning of the program.
Los recursos económicos del Fondo provienen de las contribuciones de los Estados miembros del Fondo y de otros posibles recursos negociados por la Unidad Técnica Iberescena.
The Intergovernmental Committee has decided to focus its actions during the three-year period from 2014 to 2016, taking into account the financial means available:
- Financial aid to networks, festivals and performance spaces for the programming of shows.
- Financial aid to co-productions of Ibero-American shows in the performing arts.
- Financial aid for Ibero-American performing arts creation process residencies.
- Special projects.
- Promotion through the Iberescena website.
Description: These are projects meant to strengthen and broaden the objectives and visibility of the Iberescena Program in the collective construction of an Ibero-American performing arts space, as well as its promotion in the international realm, through various forms of reflection, training, production, promotion and circulation of current creations in theater, dance and circus arts in Ibero-America
- Projects must be submitted directly by one or various Antenna, by the Intergovernmental Committee, or by Iberescena's Technical Unit, at committee meetings.
- Those collectives, groups, or public and/or private sector organizations of Iberescena member countries may propose topics for Special Projects, which will be agreed on among the respective Antenna. Said projects must not coincide in any of their elements (both formal and thematic) with those already mentioned in the previously mentioned financial aid specifications (Líneas de Ayuda).
- Projects will be funded in an amount established yearly in the Intergovernmental Committee meetings, and will correspond to a percentage of the yearly global pay quota that has been contributed by participating countries.
- Said projects will aim at strengthening the growth of pre-existing regional initiatives; as well as the resolution of situations, issues or detected lacks. For said purpose, analysis examining and evidencing the need or importance of the lacks detected, will be taken into account alongside the relevance of the particular project's contribution to the Ibero-American scenic spaces integration processes.
- Projects must justify their Ibero-American dimension. In the case of regional projects (i.e. those which are conformed by various Ibero-American countries), this justification is also required in order to evidence their link to the rest of the region.
- Projects must prove their innovative character and/or social, cultural and artistic pertinence. What does the project promote? What does it resolve? What types of contributions does it enable? Which collectives does it benefit?
- Categories/ thematic focus for projects are open, but may be related to:
- a) Research or training processes;
- b) Distribution or circulation networks;
- c) Conferences, forums or seminars dedicated to analysis and reflection;
- d) Festivals and artistic encounters;
- e) Specific instances and circuits of international promotion;
- f) Incentives for co-productions among countries;
- g) Strengthening of spaces, sectors or scenic organizations;
- h) The creation of joint strategies for the development of specific aspects and/or circumstances, such as translation and publishing, among others;
- i) Management and production of the performing arts.
- All projects must be backed by a public or private organization, which would manifest in writing its commitment to the administration of the granted funds. Said organization must also be the project's executant. Under no circumstance should this organization be the Antenna him/herself, nor the institution which carries out the financial contribution to Iberescena.
- The project must comprise: a) Description, b) Justification, c) Objectives and goals, d) target public, e) organizing country or countries, f) participating countries, g) detailed budget, h) anticipated schedule of activities, i) contact information of the organization backing up the project.
- The budget must be comprised of at least three columns: a) Amount requested to Iberescena, b) amount funded by the organizing country/countries, c) amount funded by the supporting organization. Under no circumstances should the financial aid requested be above 70% of the global budget.
- Special Projects will be subject to approval by the Intergovernmental Committee, at its annual summits.
- The maximum amount alloted to a Special Prooject of Iberescena Program will be determined by the Intergovernmental Committee.