Heidi is an artist and experienced producer who draws on her own lived experience to support and promote artists with experience of diverse mental health and disability and those from the Deaf community.
Quiet Riot describes itself as an activist production house committed to change.
Freya is an Independent Producer who supports numerous contemporary independent performance makers to build and maintain sustainable practices.
Kin is a producer and writer who moves across art forms to create new work for social change; their practice is informed by experimentation, immediacy and collaboration.
Applicants to Round 2 of Unlocking Capacity, please note:
It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available. Round 2 closed on Thursday 17 September at 5pm AEST.
There will be one final round of the Unlocking Capacity grant in early 2021.
The Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) supports independent producers, and through them, independent artists and companies in the performing arts, based in Victoria.
This initiative has been designed in consultation with the Victorian independent performing arts sector, specifically independent producers, with input from other key stakeholders across the Victorian creative industries.
VIPI is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, delivered in partnership with Theatre Network Australia.
Through supporting independent producers, this initiative aims to:
VIPI is made up of three core components:
The Producers Mentorship Program suits people who already have some producing experience in the performing arts and want to be part of a group learning environment to explore new models of independent producing. Round 2 is a 12-month program from August 2020 – August 2021, for up to 8 individual independent producers. There will be bespoke relationships in pairs or small groups, along with monthly group sessions with all participants.
A multi-year grant of up to $35,000 per annum for a maximum of three years for independent producers of performing arts who have a minimum three years of experience and who dedicate at least 50% of their time to their independent producing practice. Noting the significant impacts the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had, applicants can apply based on their work history pre-pandemic. Recipients will need to demonstrate how the grant will support their independent producing practice and provide professional support of Victorian-based independent artists and independent companies.
The Salon Series will bring together groups of people already involved in VIPI and provide an access point to VIPI for those outside of the program. The Salon Series will include professional development sessions, networking and peer learning for the independent performing arts sector. The series will respond to the most urgent skill requirements and provide a forum for conversations that the sector needs to be engaging in.
The initiative aligns closely with Creative State – Victoria’s First Strategy for the Creative Industries, in further increasing State Government support and investment in the independent creative sector.
For under-represented applicants into the VIPI program who have lived experiences as First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and/or People of Colour, Deaf and/or Disabled people and/or people based regionally:
Please contact the VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti on email@example.com
to discuss additional support that you can receive in preparing your application.
For more information, please find the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) below and/or contact the VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti on firstname.lastname@example.org
Aïsha is an Afro-Greek artist and arts worker who lives on Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung land. She enjoys making zines, writing poems, painting, sometimes performing, and trying to figure out what she's meant to be doing here. From 2018-2019 Aïsha was the Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Aïsha has performed at Yirramboi Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Arts House, Testing Grounds, Melbourne Fringe Festival and elsewhere.
Charice is Co-Artistic Director of contemporary circus company One Fell Swoop Circus through which she combines her passion for innovative expression and considered ideas to create powerful physical performances. She is passionate about growing the practice of circus producing in order to support the careers of circus artists and companies.
Ching Ching is an independent director and producer, born and raised in Hong Kong, living and working on the unceded lands of Kulin Nation in Naarm (Melbourne). Her practice has a focus on intercultural dialogue and collaboration, cultural translation, multilingual writing and framework in theatre and contemporary performance.
Jenny has over 2 decades of experience managing not-for-profit arts organisations and local government venues, events and arts teams. She launched her own company - Packed House Productions - in 2018, and is currently working with Trash Puppets, Fusion Theatre and a variety of cabaret and comedy performers.
After decades of writing and preforming comedy in Australia and overseas, Luke is now the lead producer for the Bendigo Comedy Festival, Movember Comedy Fundraiser and Women of Wit series of stand-up comedy nights, and works to foster comedy and social wellbeing throughout regional Victoria.
Inclusive Creative Independent Producer of The Demographic Dance OFF Collective. Melody's focus is contemporary experimental performance art and dance. She consults with artists on embedding physical stories with “creative access” to inform new, interactive and inclusive performances.
Monique (she/they) is a child of the Stolen Generations living on Bunurong Wurundjeri Country. A multidisciplinary artist with a film production background she is interested in identity, the generational effects of institutionalisation and the White Australia Policy. She is currently an Emerging Producer at Blak & Bright, and is working on The Wall Remix, a First Nations reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera The Wall.
Ripley (he/them) is a transdisciplinary practitioner with a deep grounding in music forms destined to be liberatory. Born in Papua New Guinea and living in so-called Melbourne, they embody an artistic practice that is generative, community based and attuned to a sense of place where they create and commune on Wurundjeri Country. They have 7 years of practice drawing on their expertise as a musician, producer, DJ, educator, event organiser, youth worker, mentor and project lead. They are currently developing a presentation of new works with their music collective 'FAMILI' at Arts House in 2022.