Through the expansion and development of In Good Company, the scheme will deliver an enhanced programme of artist development opportunities, including:

- Masterclasses and workshops
- Rolling artist-support fund
- Offering seed commissions to regional artists
- Three commissioning funds for mid-career artists, two commissioning funds for specific areas of work suggested by IGC partner venues (e.g. working for young people and diversity)
- New writing development opportunities
- Platforms to showcase new work through festivals and scratch nights (including Departure Lounge and Check-In Festivals)
- A subsidised touring programme supporting partner venues to programme three high quality, diverse shows
- Regular newsletters, social events, 1-2-1 advice meetings for artists and an online directory allowing artists upload and share CVs and portfolios (delivered as part of The Big House consortium). 

The Artists' Network

The Artists' Network is a digital and physical collection of artists. It is open access - it brings together the “I”s to make a “we”, it turns acquaintances into friends and competition into collaborators.

We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter and your one-stop-shop for all artist development opportunities across the region. Email igc@derby.ac.uk to join. See back issues of our network here.

As a local artist who is a member of the Artists' Network you are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with one of our programme producers. 


Have a read of the press release for the announcement IGC commissions here.

Artist Support Fund

We are incredibly proud of our associate artist programme and to date have supported 14 associate companies. However we were often unable to respond with financial and in-kind support to some exciting regional projects, and we would like to change this to enable more of the artists we meet with to realise work.

In Good Company will have a rolling programme of bursaries that are awarded three-times a year, via an open application process and from partner venue recommendations. Keep your eye out for further information coming soon. 

Check-In and Departure Lounge Festivals

Our annual Check-in Festival is designed for local artists to experiment and play ahead of Departure Lounge.

Our annual Departure Lounge Festival is a performance platform of national importance, attended by artists, industry and audiences. We invite local and national artists to showcase their work and celebrate new and innovative performance. 

Departure Lounge is the arts festival for groundbreaking work in the heart of the country. Every corner of Derby Theatre and beyond will be brought to life by extraordinary performances, workshops and discussion. Check back next year for details on the 2019 festival.


PlayShuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page so they can stand on their own two feet.  We provide the Dutch courage so actors can stretch their sight-reading muscles; producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential and playwrights hear their work for the first time.

Scratch Nights

Our scratch nights offer a selection of new work from the most exciting artists in the region. This is a chance for artists to try out new ideas in front of an audience and for audiences to feed into the development of the next big thing. Come along to get inspired or just enjoy a great evening of new writing. 

The next Scratch Night is our Student Scratch Night, taking place on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November at 7pm. 


We offer year-round 1-2-1 mentoring meetings for all artists working in the region to give advice on funding, touring, sustainability, wellbeing, artistic practice etc. 

Hang Outs

In Good Company knows that it can be lonely being an artist, so we’re committed to providing you with opportunities to connect – about art, but also just the stuff of life. Come hang out with us and each other. From drinks to dancing and picnics to day trips keep watching the IGC calendar for upcoming socials.