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Register now: TNA’s Producing Fundamentals

Over two days, TNA will be hosting a series of in-person workshops and networking events for emerging independent performing arts producers and artists at the Fringe Common Rooms. This is an opportunity for you to connect with peers, refresh and develop your producing practice, and hear from established practitioners.

There will be a mixture of in-depth panel conversations, participatory workshops, and times for reflection. Catered lunch and drinks after are provided for both days. An online option is available for those based interstate, or with access requirements. 

A professional photographer will be offering free headshots for those who are attending in-person for both days. Huge!

The workshops will cover fundamentals on marketing, contracts, grants and money, building a sustainable practice, and producing in and for your community. Program details and guest speakers below.

Registrations close Monday 18 July 11:59 AEST. Book your ticket via TryBooking.


TimeThursday 21 July
9:30 – 10:30 amArtist x Producer Breakfast Coaching Session
As part of the event, we’re paying producers and artists to meet with each other in one-on-ones for an hour coaching session over breakfast. All participants will be paid $150 for their time. EOIs for this have closed.
10.45 am – 12 pmGetting the Money
When it comes to grant-writing, Pauline Cady has written A LOT of applications as Funding, Strategy and Evaluation Manager at Melbourne Fringe. In this conversational and participatory workshop, Pauline will be sharing her attitudes and experiences writing grant applications, and how to decode, pull apart and identify what a grant is asking of you.  
1 pm – 2.15 pmCommunicate Your Message Without Selling Out
How can we make sure that work has its audience built in from the beginning for stronger impact and deeper conversations? Independent producer Lana Nguyen will be leading this participatory workshop, with a chance for you to share and brainstorm what meaningful communication looks like.
2.30 pm – 3.45 pmA Humanistic Approach to Contracting
Too often we hear of ‘legalese’, of the law trumping the human. How do we translate and embed the human in contracting? How do we make contracting work for us? Join Jamie Lewis, CEO of Next Wave, independent performing arts producer Ade Djajamihardja, a solicitor from Media Arts Lawyers, and facilitator Erica McCalman, in a round-robin/speed-dating conversation to find out more.
TimeFriday 22 July
10 am – 12 pmBuilding a Sustainable Practice 
How do we build and sustain arts careers that acknowledges the complexities of our wellbeing and needs? Fleur Kilpatrick will present research in conversation with another established arts practitioner, and provide prompts for self-reflexive activities.
1 pm – 2.15 pmSorting Out Your Money
Good budgeting is the foundation of every project. An esteemed financial consultant in arts will be taking us through the basics of arts money management, with a focus on how to project your income.
2.45 pm – 3.45 pmEmbedded Producing in the Community
How do we cultivate relationships that have meaning and longevity as part of our practice? Join independent producers including Efren Pamilacan as they unpack how good producers are immersed in the realities of the communities they are producing for. In conversation with facilitator Erica McCalman.


Standard single day: $20
Standard two days: $35
Equity single day: $10
Equity two days: $15
Online for interstate/access requirements: free

If the equity price is still a barrier for you to access this event, please get in touch with Wen-Juenn, as we have a number of fully subsidised places available.


If attending this event in-person means you’ll be travelling from outside Melbourne, and/or paying for child-care/care-giver costs, please email TNA has a limited bursary to help cover these costs.


Thursday 21 July—Friday 22 July
Day One (Thursday): 10am—4pm (with drinks after)
Day Two (Friday): 10am—4pm (with drinks after)


Fringe Common Rooms, Victorian Trades Hall Council
54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053
More information on how to get here.

The Producing Fundamentals Series is part of our Victorian Independent Producers’ Initiative (VIPI) Salon, an initiative delivered in partnership with Creative Victoria to support Victorian independent performing arts producers.

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