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ISPA's Pitch New Works Program provides a forum for creators and arts professionals to share and discover new performing arts projects. Twice a year, ten submissions are selected to "pitch” their new work to more than 400 performing arts professionals from over 50 countries.

The next Pitch New Works program will take place during the New York 2016 ISPA Congress, January 12-14, 2016. The application process will be launched, Monday, August 24th, 2015 with a Wednesday, September 30th, deadline. Please check back then for guidelines and application materials. 

Pitch New Works at the New York 2015 ISPA Congress, Photo by Rebecca Singh


Developed from a program which originated at the Banff Film and Television Festival in Alberta, Canada, Pitch New Works provides a forum for creators and arts professionals to share and discover new performing arts projects. Selected presenters have the opportunity to "pitch” their new work to more than 400 delegates from 50 countries at ISPA's annual Congresses.

Selected applicants have seven minutes to pitch their new work and three minutes following their pitch to answer questions. After the session, participants have the opportunity to interact with delegates during ISPA’s informal networking session; ProEx (Professional Exchange).


Past presenters in Pitch New Works have included new works from many of the world’s leading dance, music, and theater artists including, but not limited to: AsiaNow and Noreum Machi (South Korea), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, SITI Company, and Mark Morris Dance Group (United States), Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Imogen Heap, and Siobhan Davies Dance Company (Great Britain), Chinese Music Virtuosi (Hong Kong), Chunky Move and Force Majeure (Australia), Soundstreams, Tafelmusik and Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada), Emio Greco/PC (Netherlands), Farm in the Cave (Czech Republic), Opera Africa and Farber Foundry (South Africa), Tao Dance Theater (China), T’Ang Quartet (Singapore), Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Ultima Vez (Belgium).

Past Pitch New Works participants have secured additional project support, representation, touring opportunities, performance engagements, international exposure, premiere locations, and more as a direct result of their presentations at ISPA Congresses. Read more about why you should participate in ISPA's Pitch New Works

View and share the Malmö/Copenhagen 2015 Pitch New Works projects (as well as projects from the New York and international congresses since 2012) here. You can also view an example of a pitch presentation given at the New York 2015 ISPA Congress on the Pitch Project Directory page.

Interested in submitting an application for Pitch New Works? Learn how to apply here.

Questions? Contact Nora Fleury at or 1 212 206 8490 x201.
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