Got a question about applying to DBACE? Have a look at the questions we are sometimes asked.

Can I apply for course fees? 

  • No. DBACE is a programme that awards investment in creative projects or creative businesses. We are therefore unable to fund training or course fees.

Which category should I apply under?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot advise you on which category to should apply under. You must decide for yourself – consider which category you feel your project is most closely aligned to.

Do you accept cross-arts projects? Which category should I apply under?

  • Yes, we do accept cross-arts projects (projects that straddle different artforms and categories).
  • However, you can only apply under one category, and we cannot tell you which category that should be. We recommend you think carefully about which category your project is most closely aligned to and go for that.
  • We’ve had past winners who have had cross-art projects, but they made the case for why they applied under the category they selected in their plan and their pitch. Remember, the people shortlisting and judging your application are experts in their sector, so you need to be clear in your plan about why your project sits in their category.
  • You might also want to consider the advantages for how your project might be different- is it offering something new and innovative to the sector? Make that clear in your plan.

Are applications for a project in the early stages of development at a disadvantage to those that are more established?

  • No. We’ve had past winners who have entered with entirely new projects and also quite well established. Both have advantages, but you should make your case in the plan – if it’s something fresh, or if the project has a track record.
  • If the project has a track record, make the case in the plan for why you want to continue and develop it. The judges want to award projects that are at towards the start of their journey, so if you’ve tested the idea before, or started it before, tell us how the Award will take it to the next stage in its development, and why that’s important. The advantage is that you know what works and what doesn’t work, so tell us about it. What have you learned already, and how you might do things differently?
  • Remember, the judges want to know that the funding, mentoring and business training will make ‘the difference’ to your career – show them what the support will mean to you and your project.

Can the award be used to set up a charity or social enterprise?

  • Yes – we welcome applications for non-profit plans, or for potential charities. Be clear in your plan how your project will launch sustainable creative careers for you and/or for others.

Do I need to include a budget in my plan?

  • Yes, absolutely. We need to know how you will use the £10,000 Award if you win. It’s also your chance to tell us the cost of the project, and how expenditure breaks down. In many ways, your budget tells us how your idea will become a reality, so it can be an exciting thing to put together.
  • If a budget feels overwhelming – don’t worry! We know that creating a budget can feel challenging at first, which is why we’ve created a downloadable Guide to Writing a DBACE plan to help.
  • If you need a template to help you budget, there are plenty of resources online that will help you.
  • And remember, you could ask a tutor or a friend to look at your budget and check it adds up.

Do the judges prefer a ‘type’ of project plan? e.g. Social, Business-led, Digital?

  • There is no typical, preferred or “ideal” business or project idea.
  • Deutsche Bank wants to help creatives to make a living from their talent. It’s less important what you do, more important the impact it will have on your future. Providing you can demonstrate that your project or business idea plus the DBACE funding will kick-start your career, that it is visionary and you can deliver it, then go for it!

Should I include cash flow and project budget for my other business activities too?

  • It depends on how closely related the other business activities are linked to your proposal. If your art project is very dependent for its success on the success of the other business activities, then you should include a cashflow for both. However, if the other activities are quite separate, then refer to them but don’t include a cashflow or budget.

What crucial things do people tend to leave out of their applications that would have otherwise made them successful?

  • It’s not necessarily the case that people leave things out – it’s more that applicants don’t give enough detail, or show the depth of their knowledge about their project/business plan. Clearly articulating your creative vision is vital. Our judges come from both business and creative worlds so they may not be experts in your field. Ask someone who is not connected to your project to read your plan, and if there are areas that don’t make sense, make sure they are clarified.

What sort of supporting materials should be submitted?

  • In the online application, we ask for one jpeg image (ideally over 1000px wide) that represents your work or your project. This will also be used as your promotional image on our website if you are shortlisted. You may include further images within the content of your plan.
  • If you are a musician, filmmmaker or performer and there are recordings of your work that are relevant, we suggest including links to these within your plan and application.

Can I bring additional materials/prototypes to the pitching day if I am shortlisted?

  • Yes, but please only bring items relating to your specific business or project idea. If you’re shortlisted we’ll be in touch to talk to you about this.

If a group is shortlisted, is it okay if only the lead applicant attends the pitching day?

  • Yes. Although the judges like to meet the whole team to understand the dynamics of the project, if it’s not possible, think of a fun and creative way to include the personalities/credentials of the rest of your team. Your team are fundamental to the strength of your business/project plan and idea, so make sure you mention them.

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