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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. You can read the full list of our speaker bios here.

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


TimeThursday 21 July Online engagement
9:30 – 10:30 amArtist x Producer Breakfast Coaching Session
Producers and artists meet with each other in one-on-ones for an hour coaching session over breakfast. In order to participate in this, artists and producers need to submit an EOI. 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.  
Full participation available.
The session will be live; people in-person can hear online participants and vice versa. Pauline will be speaking to some grants which will appear on the projector, which will be shared also via your Zoom.

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.
The session will be live; people in-person can hear online participants and vice versa. Lana will be encouraging some small working groups/discussions – online participants will be able to form their own working group.
Full participation available. It may be quite noisy though, as most of the speakers will be speaking in the main room.
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, solicitor Jessica Iuliano from Media Arts Lawyers, and facilitator Erica McCalman, in a ‘choose your own’ conversation to find out more.
Full participation available.
Each speaker will have a table at the Fringe Common Rooms, and a laptop set up for their ‘breakout room’. You can join any of these sessions via breakout room. Jessica Iuliano will be Zooming in from NSW. Every 20 minutes, a bell at the Fringe Common Rooms will be rung – you can move on to a new speaker, or you can stay in the breakout room that you are at.
TimeFriday 22 JulyOnline engagement
10 am – 12 pmBuilding a Sustainable Practice 
How do we build and sustain arts careers that acknowledges the complexities of our wellbeing and needs? Creative Producer at Riverland Youth Theatre, Fleur Kilpatrick will present research in conversation with multidisciplinary performer, dramaturg, director, producer and arts activist Sonya Suares. Fleur and Sonya will facilitate prompts for self-reflexive activities.
Full participation available.
The session will be live; people in-person can hear online participants and vice versa. After the presentation and conversation, Fleur and Sonya will open up for self-reflexive activities. This is something you will be able to join in on from your own home.
1 pm – 2.15 pmSorting Out Your Money
Good budgeting is the foundation of every project. John Paxinos, Managing Director of John Paxinos & Associates Pty Ltd and co-founder of Auspicious Arts, will be taking us through the basics of arts money management, with a focus on how to project your income.
Limited participation available.
You can attend this session via Zoom, but there are no participatory elements for online.
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 Efren Pamilacan, Kush Kuiy and Eliki Reade as they unpack how good producers are immersed in the realities of the communities they are producing for. In conversation with facilitator Erica McCalman.
Full participation available.
Traditional Q&A. There may be time for questions at the end from in-person and online participants, but this is up to the facilitator.  

People attending online will receive a Zoom link after registrations close on Monday.


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.

Thank you for the venue support from Melbourne Fringe.

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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