About Our Residency Programme

About Our Residency Programme

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Throughout the year Dance Base offer a series of paid residencies to professional dance artists, choreographers and companies who are based in Scotland to develop their work in a supportive, well equipped, and welcoming space.

Each residency provides:

  • A studio space at our home in Edinburgh on a weekly basis, Monday – Friday
  • Funds that cover the residency budget provided at application and an additional access budget to support any requirements
  • The opportunity to share and discuss your practice with the Dance Base team, your peers and the wider dance sector.

We strive to support artists at each stage of their career and welcome applications for proposals at all levels.

We open call outs throughout the year and these will be displayed on our Current Opportunities Page.

Below you will find full details on what the residency programme is, who it is for, and how to apply. If you have any questions or would like to chat with our team please contact dance@dancebase.co.uk


Our residency programme is structured around three terms:

  • Spring (January – April, 13 weeks)
  • Summer (April – July, 10 weeks)
  • Autumn (September – December, 13 weeks)

Space is provided on a weekly basis (Monday – Friday) in two of our studio spaces, enabling a total offer of 72 weeks.

Our average annual budget is £25,000 and this will be split between each term with approximately £8,500 per term.

Applications are made three times a year through an open call process. Applicants are asked to answer a series of short questions and to provide a fully costed budget (support and templates available). All applications will be read by the Dance Base Artistic Director and members of the Artist Advisory Group (a group of artists who reflect the diversity of voices that make up the Scottish dance sector).

Please note that our Paid Residency Programme is specifically for artists who do not have the full financial support in place to develop their project. If you are planning to apply to Creative Scotland or a similar funding body for the full costs of your project then please check out our In-Kind Studio Space offer instead. Through this programme we can book you in to our space free of charge, and write a letter of support for your application so that the funder can hopefully provide the full costs.

If you have funding already in place to cover part of your project but require additional budget for other artists fees etc. then you are welcome to apply for this through the Paid Residency Programme.

While you are welcome to apply for a residency at any time, it is unlikely that the panel would be able to award an artist with more than 1 paid residency in a 12 month period.

Dance Base recognise that there are significant barriers to working in the dance sector and that these challenges are experienced more acutely by those facing marginalisation and deep-rooted systemic injustice. As part of our on-going commitment to support artists who have this lived experience and ensuring that we support the full vibrancy of the dance sector in Scotland, we guarantee that at least one of our residencies each year will go to a lead artist who identifies as a member of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities, and that at least one will go to a lead artist who identifies as d/Deaf or Disabled. This is a minimum but not a limit.

Artists are invited to identify if they are part of these communities in their application form and this will be brought into the decision panel making as the residencies are allocated.

Our Residency programme is open to artists at any stage of their career and we welcome applications for proposals for works at all levels.

The Paid Residency programme is open to:

  • Artists who are predominantly based in Scotland (this applies to the lead artists – you can welcome collaborators from outside of Scotland but we may not be able to support travel & accommodation costs for these individuals)
  • Artists who see their work as based in physical or choreographic practices

The Paid Residency programme is not open to:

  • Artists who are predominantly based outside of Scotland
  • Artists who are in full time academic study
  • Artists who are already members of the DEBS scheme

If you are based outside of Scotland and therefore ineligible for the paid residency please see our In-Kind Studio Space & Support programme.

  • A clean, warm studio space Monday – Friday roughly 10:00 – 17:00 (times vary per studio)
  • The full funding that the artist requires to:
    • Pay fair artist fees to themselves and their collaborators
    • Cover travel & accommodation costs
  • Artistic mentoring from the Artistic Director (on request)
  • Basic studio sound equipment (See our equipment list)
  • Free wireless internet
  • Access to a shared Greenroom, changing rooms (including showers and lockers) and kitchen
  • An additional access budget to support the artist and their collaborators as they require

As part of the week, each residency artist will be invited to share their practice with their peers, the public and the sector if this is suitable for them to do so. This could take the form of a taught company class, a structured work-in-progress sharing at the end of the week or anything that compliments and enhances and artist’s residency experience.

We understand that each project will be at a different stage and that the decision of if, and what, to share must be bespoke and beneficial to your project and this will be discussed with the artist once the residency has been offered.

Dance Base commit to providing the full funding that the artist requires to pay themselves and their collaborators to deliver their residency. Applicants are asked to complete the Template Budget and submit this with their application detailing the rationale behind the request. Our producing team are on hand to support applicants who have questions about creating a budget.

Dance Base have a total budget of £25,000 for the yearly Residency programme (approximately £8,500 per term) and this will be used to fund each successful residency as they require.

When creating your budget, we ask you to ensure that your payment rates abide by fair pay standards as laid out by the ITC as an absolute minimum. We anticipate that the weekly rate for artists will be between £500 – £1000, depending on experience.

Dance Base will support:

  • Artist fees for those taking part in the residency
  • Travel & Accommodation expenses

Dance Base are unable to support:

  • Additional set materials or technical hires (you can see our in-house provision here)
  • Hospitality expenses or per diems
  • Marketing or promotional fees

Our annual budget of £25,000 will unfortunately not be able to support all the applications that we receive across the year. We therefore ask that when compiling your budget that you consider any additional funding that you have in place to support the project already. For example, if you have funding to support the lead artists time, we do not expect this to appear in your ask from Dance Base. This will ensure that we can support the largest number of artists possible.

For context, the average residency fee offered in 2021/22 was £2,300. The maximum awarded was £4,500 which supported a two week long project with a range of collaborators, while the lowest fee awarded was £670 to support an artist who had additional funding in place already.


Budget to Support Access Requirements:

Dance Base are committed to providing an accessible programme. Additional funds and provisions are available to support access requirements for artists and their collaborators. We ask that you identify potential costs in your budget in the section provided so that our Producing team can anticipate the budget spend. This information will NOT have any impact on the panel’s decision. Dance Base will endeavour to provide the support required and this will be agreed in conversation between the Artist and Dance Base once the residency is offered.

If you have any question or would like to discuss this further please contact


When we are accepting applications we will display this on our Current Opportunities Page.

Applicants will then be invited to complete and submit the following items:

  1. A Residency Application Form: The online application can be completed in a written or video/audio recording format. The form details work count and recording duration. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions, and spelling and grammar will not form part of the consideration of written

The form will ask:

  • How do you envisage using this residency? Please include information on what your artistic process might be (800 words / 6 minutes)
  • How might this residency affect your artistic evolution? (500 words / 4 minutes)
  • Do you plan to work with any collaborators during the residency? If so, who? And why / what will they bring to the artistic process? (500 words / 4 minutes)

You will also be asked to provide a link to more information about your practice – this could be a CV, personal statement or a link to your website. You will receive a copy of your application once you have submitted and edits can be made up until the deadline.

  1. A Residency Budget: You will be asked to complete a template  and attach this to the application form in the section at the end. The template is just a guide so please do expand and edit as you need.


You can find out about open opportunities and their deadlines on our Current Opportunities Page.

Applicants will be informed of the panel members after the closing date so that conflicts of interest can be declared and mitigated.

Applications will be read by the Artistic Director and members of the Artist Advisory Group – a group of artists who represent the diverse array of voices and lived experiences that make up the Scottish dance sector. The decision of who the residency weeks are allocated to will be based on:

  • The information provided in the application, and how this gives a sense of the artistic process for the submitted idea
  • How the artists will use, and ultimately benefit from, the space and resources provided
  • The urgency of the project – this may be practically, socially or personally
  • Whether the scope of the residency is realistic and manageable in the time frame and resources available
  • The diversity of voices represented through the residencies
  • The distribution of opportunities across the sector

The panel will create a shortlist and then the Artistic Director and Head of Professional Programme will work together to examine the logistics of the programme in relation to budget, studio availability and dates. The Artistic Director will make the final decision on the programme.

Our Artist Support Programme is here to help! As part of our support our team provides 1-2-1 Producing Surgeries for all artists to help with any questions you have about the opportunity and your application. This could range from chatting through your idea to proofreading your application. Please contact our Professional Programme Coordinator Ondine Oberlin on Ondine.Oberlin@dancebase.co.uk to book in for a session.

Please also contact us if you require this information in an alternative format or have access requirements we need to meet to support you in making an application.

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