Remote mentoring applications have now closed and have been reviewed. 12 applicants (including one group) will be using the pilot service.
Cy Starkman, General Manager said “We’ve started bringing people in to discuss their specific needs and working with them to select their exact remotes mentors that they’ll be working with.  The rehearsal room has now been technically set up with a large screen projector, a wireless mic that they’ll be able to use if they are doing performance-based work.”
Red Hot Arts already has a relationship with organisations and mentors nationally that they can tap into.  They’ll also be using these to develop business to business relationships.
Cy Starkman said, “The range of participants is quite exciting, we have cabaret, directorial theatre, shoemaking, music, interactive youth theatre, writing and comedy.  We even have Curatorial mentorship.”
The mentors extend across the country and the world,  coming from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, London and Israel.  They will be using digital systems to connect with the mentees.  Some participants will get projects out of the mentoring that will be included in the Desert Festival.  While others are also developing not only a product but also personal development.  Others will be looking to sell their product nationally and internationally.
As part of the mentoring, participants will also be able to work with internal staff from Red Hot Arts with one on one support.  Most of them will be starting quite soon with the first one kicking off in June.
The goal is to demonstrate that living in regional and remote areas is actually viable to develop your practice.  Additionally, the outcome will be to develop more enduring relationships elsewhere, in fact, as a result of one of the mentors being engaged from Melbourne, has put in an application to be a part of the Desert Festival.  By doing this, Red Hot Arts has already achieved great results. By creating relationships with professionals, it entices them here and that attraction can only get stronger.  It demonstrates that in Regional Australia there is more opportunity to develop your art form.  This is because there is less competition and with less competition, there is more access to resources.  Additionally, productions are more accessible encouraging better audience numbers.
Perhaps these mentors will start to see this as viable opportunity to work in other regional areas as well.