The Brassy Award was created to foster innovation and professionalism in burlesque production. A joint-venture of The Great Burlesque Exposition and Brown Paper Tickets, The Brassy is awarded annually to a producer selected from a pool of applicants. Applicants submit detailed information about the show they wish to produce, including a pro forma budget, production schedule, marketing plan, and other relevant materials.
Applications close in on December 31, with finalists announced in January and the award-recipient announced at The Great Burlesque Exposition in February 2016. The Brassy Award includes:
- a grant to help jumpstart the production
- mentoring from the Brassy selection committee
- marketing support from Brown Paper Tickets
- a set of tools and reviews to help produce the best burlesque show possible