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Response to the Federal Budget
Before Tuesday’s federal budget, TNA wrote: “While there are significant investment needs across the Creative industries, the urgent priority is to stabilise the Australia Council’s programs. $30m p/a is needed”. Read the full ArtsHub article here. The budget failed to deliver such security. Read the analyses from our colleagues at Live Performance Australia and AMPAG.

Advocacy Towards the Federal Election
TNA has been working with an alliance of performing arts peak bodies as we head to the May election. We have recruited TNA members from across the country to write and seek meetings with their local MPs and Candidates – calling for a Secure Creative Future.

TNA’s Victorian Roundtable Series – Join the conversation
Roundtable #1 – ‘Strengthening a Diverse Ecology – Independents, Small to Mediums and Majors’ will be held at TNA, 222 Bank St South Melb, Wed 10 Apr, 1.30 – 4.30pm (followed by AGM with snacks). | Roundtable #2  – ‘What is artform?’ will be held in June. | Roundtable #3 – ‘Touring and Presentation’ will be held in Sep. Free. Limited places. Register your interest.

16 Oct – Save the date: National Young People and Theatre Symposium, Melbourne
Held on Wed 16 Oct at Abbotsford Convent as part of an ARC Linkage grant from Melbourne University, this gathering will look at evidence-based research around the impact of theatre on young people. We invite our national colleageues making work by / with and for young people to save the date. More info to follow – and check out the job below!

Creative Convergence role at Melbourne Uni and partnering with TNA
Arts practitioners! Apply for this great part-time, fixed term job on an Australian Research Council project – Creative Convergence – with which TNA is a partner. One of the key tasks will be working on the Symposium (led by TNA and partners) in October 2019. As such, you will work closely with TNA. We dearly want to see applications from people with disabilities, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. About the job.


15 Apr – Indigenous Makers’ Studio – Performing Artist Residency NSW
A new residency opportunity for a mid-career Indigenous artist. Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) will support an artist and/or artistic team to: research and develop a new work, existing work or get a work to presentation. Support includes artists fees and other cash / in kind support for travel, research and production. EOIs close Mon 15 April. More info.

Creative Health Leadership – the Art Tonic Series
This fun advocacy and reference tool looks at the value of arts and health with references to evidence. Five focus areas: wellbeing, ageing, childhood development, health-care/recovery and healthy neighbourhoods. “The more frequently people attend performing arts … the more likely they are to report good health”(6,7). Read more here.

18 April – Australia Council for the Arts – Chief Executive Program
Apply to be one of 3 Australian arts executives to join a cohort of 50 global leaders including two residential trips to the US (13-18 October 2019 and 19-23 April 2020), via a scholarship of US $25,500 per person. Apply by 18 April. More info.

8 Apr – The Green Room Residency Call Out – Darwin
Darwin Airport’s Green Room will offer one lucky creative professional the opportunity to be paid while developing their work, in a unique open studio space located at Darwin International Airport during the month of May 2019. The residency can take place during any 21 day period. Applications close 5pm 8 April.

Renewed Cultural and Creative Industries Strategy for 2019 – Tasmania
The Tasmanian Government has committed to developing a strategy beyond 2019 and will offer stakeholder engagement sessions in coming months. They have published a progress report from the 2016 – 2018 strategy, and the new vision will build upon this work.

11 Apr – AICD Directors’ briefing: Emerging governance issues – Alice Springs
Dr John Harte Australian Institute of Company Directors facilitator, will speak on best practice for boards including: effectiveness; growing from basic compliance to high performance; practical tips for directorship challenges. Thur 11 April 2019, 4pm – 5pm at Central Australia Development Office, 55 Todd Mall, Alice Springs. Free entry. More info.

10 Apr – FLOCK #9 – FREE event for Independent Artists, Perth
Join colleagues for a workshop with Dr. Louise Devenish. Includes discussion on mentoring facilitated by Alex Desebrock. Flock #9, Wed 10th April, 5.30-9pm at PICA. Perth based, regional WA and visiting artists of all disciplines and all stages of career welcome. Book here, or just turn up!

1 May – Theatre Network NSW May Day Forum, Sydney
Does NSW theatre need a network, a peak agency? What do you want and need, and how can TNN ensure it is provided? Anyone working in theatre in NSW is invited to attend a forum to consult about the future of Theatre Network NSW. Your voice matters. 3pm – 5pm, Wed 1 May 2019 at Bell Shakespeare Rehearsal Room, Level 1, 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks, NSW. More info.

21 May – Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Apply now
Supports emerging or early-career artists to undertake international professional development opportunities. Early career or emerging artists with an opportunity to further professional development overseas may be eligible for up to $10,000. Applications close 21 May for Projects/Travel after 20 Sep 2019. More info.

Bundanon Trust – Artist In Residence 2020, NSW
Residencies support new work, research and collaborations by Australian and international artists in studios on properties on the south coast of NSW. Open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups. Applications will open this month. Keep an eye on the site here.

7-10 Jul – Think Tank and Industry Forum: Australian Youth Dance Forum, Melbourne
Program from Mon 8 July – Wed 10 July for dance leaders, professional and emerging artists, and educators. Hear from and engage with a range of national and international guests, youth companies, artists, leaders, policy makers and the next generation. More info here.

Call for Papers – Communicating the Arts, Sydney
Submissions are now open for Communicating the Arts in Sydney, 12-14 November. Submit your ideas for a Keynote Speech, Case Study, Interactive Workshop or Panel Discussion. What can leaders learn from artists? Tell your leadership story. Submissions close 30 April 2019.

5 May – Call for Submissions: National Dance Forum in August, Darwin
Featuring discussions, workshops and debates, the National Dance Forum 2019 will be presented by Ausdance National with Tracks Dance Company on 9 & 10 Aug 2019. Calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Home—dance of place, disruption and belonging’ by 15 May 2019.  More info.

8 Apr – Create NSW – Arts and Cultural Projects: Round 2
Projects must involve professional artists and arts/cultural workers based in NSW. Up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months. Up to $75,000 for projects delivered within 24 months. Applications close Mon 8 Apr for projects commencing after 31 May 2019. More info.

5 Apr – RSVP for Carclew Futures: Child Directed Arts Funding Project, Adelaide
Join the launch of Carclew Futures: child-directed arts funding 6pm – 8pm, Mon 8 April 2019 at Carclew Ballroom, 11 Jeffcott St, Kaurna Country, North Adelaide. All welcome, RSVP essential by Fri 5 Apr. The launch will also be broadcast live through Carclew’s Facebook page.

10 May – AusCo’s Future Investment in the Arts – Respond to the discussion paper
Australia Council for the Arts is inviting all people and organisations with an interest in arts and culture to respond to the proposed Strategy and priorities for 2020-2024. Read the short discussion paper, then take the survey. Discussion Paper and Survey available until 5pm AEST 10 May 2019.


11-12 May – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid – FREE
Learn how to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who are developing or experiencing a mental health problem. Course open to anyone – specific cultural background not required, but a certain level of knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities assumed. Course delivered by AJ Williams of Wiradjuri / Watjobuluk background. Thur 11 and Fri 12 April 2019 at Arts Centre Melbourne. More info.

6 Apr – Register for ‘Up Next – Free Masterclasses in Melbourne’s West
A series of masterclasses for the next generation of emerging artists in Melbourne’s west, Up Next: The Change Makers encourages participants to bring the big issues of the world to the core of their practice. Free, open to anyone from the West aged 16 to 25. Limited spaces. Registrations close Sat 6 Apr.

1 May – Emerging Cultural Leaders (ECL) – Footscray Community Arts Centre
A six-month skills development and mentoring program for emerging artists and cultural facilitators who live, work or have other connections to Melbourne’s western region. Program runs June – Nov 2019. Applications close 1 May. More info.

12 Apr – Call for creative minds – Help shape Victoria’s creative future
EOIs now open for industry experts to join the Creative Industries Advisory Group that will assist with the development of the strategy for launch in 2020. Advisory chaired by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. Appointments for a fixed term, commencing May 2019. EOIs close on Fri 12 April 2019.

29 Apr – ArtPlay artist learning session – Relational Practice
A hands-on session exploring the principles behind ‘relational practice’ in a multi-artform hands-on session with installation artists The Seam, musician Zoë Barry and Drop Bear Theatre. Half day $25, full day $50. 9.30am to 2pm, Mon 29 April at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr. More info.

City of Melbourne’s Quick Response Arts Grants pilot are now open.
The focus of these grants is on unforeseen or unexpected opportunities. Cash flow your art with up to $4,000 though the Quick Response Grants. Grant turnaround will be a matter of weeks. Application dates and details for 2020 grants available soon.

11 May – Australian Women Director’s Alliance – Creative Practice
AWDA’s next Creative Practice Exchange will take place on Sat 11th May, 10am – 1pm at VCA. For updates and info, join the  AWDA network online.

25 Apr & 17 May – Arts West: Catch Up Club events
Circus Fun (Artist Networking Event) – meet local artists from the west, learn circus skills and chat over lunch. 11am – 2pm, Thur 25 April 2019 at Women*s Circus, Drill Hall, Footscray. Limited spots. | INfuse Artist Networking event – hear from artist Ethereal Andy whose work includes performance, visual art and spoken word. 6pm – 8pm, Fri 17 May 2019 – St Albans Community Centre, Princess Street, St Albans.

12 Apr – Call for speakers – Creative State Summit 2019
Submissions are now open for speakers with insights, case studies and stories relevant to the summit theme ‘What Next?’ Formats include keynotes, panels and workshops – or you can suggest a format of your own. Creative State Summit will be held at Melbourne Museum on 30 and 31 May 2019. More info.


30 Apr – Open Call – Mafuwe International Festival of Dance, Aug 2019 in Zimbabwe
International dance festival calling for performances by African dancers / choreographers living in other continents and other international productions focusing on diversity and intercultural understanding. Program to include dance for young audiences. Festival held in Harare, Zimbabwe, 16-18 Aug 2019. Applications close 30 Apr. More info.

8-10 Oct – Communicating the Arts, Montreal 2019
An international visual and performing arts gathering in Montreal, Canada, featuring directors, communication and marketing specialists, engagement experts and leading entrepreneurs sharing best practices from all over the world. 2019 Theme: Inclusivity, Empathy and Well-Being. Read more here.

5 Apr – Early Bird offer closing for IUGTE – Movement for Actors/Acting for Dancers, Austria
This training aims to open the full potential of performer – actors speaking text with physical action inside, and dancers having an inner monologue while they perform. Practice in cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment in Ragnitz – Austria, 22 – 29 November, 2019. Early bird offer closes Fri 5 Apr 2019: EUR 250, after April 5: EUR 350. More info.

19 May – Call for Papers – Arts in Society, Portugal
This International Conference on the Arts in Society will be held at Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal from 19–21 June 2019. Focus this year is ‘Art as Communication: The Impact of Art as a Catalyst for Social Change’. Final submission date 19 May 2019.


ASSITEJ Network Booklet – Independents
Thanks to our member companies for supplying logos for our ASSITEJ sector overview booklet. We are now building a list of Independents working in Youth Arts and Theatre For Young Audiences as an appendix to this promotional resource. Contact Bethany with your name and website to be included. Note: this opportunity is for TNA members only.

2 May – Call for Artistic Applications – IPAY Showcase 2020, Philadelphia
IPAY is accepting Artistic Applications for Showcase 2020, January 21-25, in Philadelphia, USA. Final deadline is 2 May 2019. More info.

30 Apr – Call for Proposals: Take Part in Art 2019, Poland
Teatr Malego Widza (Warsaw) is calling for productions to be presented during next edition of the International Festival of Theatre for Early Years ‘Take Part in Art’ between Sep and Dec 2019. Applications close 30 Apr 2019. Read more.

1 Jul – Carclew’s Career Development Fellowships – $3,000 – $12,000
Artists or arts workers aged 26 and under, of any background and experience, are invited to pitch a proposal. International summer schools, masterclasses, residencies, internships, mentorships, or immerse yourself in a new environment to be exposed to innovation. Applications close 1 Jul 2019. More info.

5-7 Jul – The 1st International Dance Congress for Young Audiences – Granada, Spain
ASSITEJ Spain and the International Dance Network for Young Audiences will host a congress from 5 – 7 Jul 2019 within the Granada Festival of Music and Dance program. 3 days of shows, workshops and meetings to establish action that contributes to a greater visibility of dance aimed at children and young people. About the congress.


26 Apr – Call Out: Sidesault at the Melba
The Melba is seeking applications from independent artists and small to medium companies who would like to be a part of the third festival of innovative and experimental Circus work at The Melba Spiegeltent, Sidesault at the Melba 7-17 Nov 2019. Applications close 26 Apr. More info here.

25-28 Apr – Adelaide Juggling Convention
Meet and learn from Australia’s première jugglers and manipulators in a 4 day event. Offering workshops from Juggling to Unicycling and Hoops to Fire Spinning. Festival passes and single day tickets available. More info here.

29 Apr – Participant Call Out: La Magic Clown Training and Show Project
A professional development opportunity for clowns, theatre makers, improvisors and circus artists to extend their skills into clown and magic. The 10 week course with Liz Skitch and Anthony de Masi (Mon nights, 29 April- 1 Jul) culminates in a short season as part of the Melbourne Magic Fest (5 & 6 Jul) at the Melba. More info here.

Keep In The Loop
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  • Eva Grace Mullaley appointed as Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin.
  • Sam Strong to finish up as Artistic Dircector of Queensland Theatre in November.
  • Erica McCalman leaves Next Wave to take up the role of Special Events Producer at Darwin Festival.
  • Rosie Dennis steps down as AD of Urban Theatre Projects to join Bleach* Festival.
  • Circus Oz appoints Carly Sheppard and J-maine Beezley as BLAKFlip Producers.
  • Creative Victoria appoints Jane Crawley as Executive Director – Creative Industries, and Max Coffman as Executive Director – Governance and Infrastructure.
  • Craig Harrison has left Gravity and Other Myths.
  • Sophie Travers appointed General Manager – Creative Programs for the City of Melbourne Arts, including Arts House.
  • Back to Back have appointed Katherine Branch – Director of Development and Communications;
    Lisa Cooper – General Manager and
    Bao Ghislain Ngouansavanh – Production Manager.
  • Jodie Kinnersley finishes up as General Manager of Snuff Puppets.
  • Rachael MazaRhoda Roberts, and Vicki Van Hout among those honoured at the 2019 Australia Council Awards.
  • Jane Howard departs ActNow Theatre.
  • Melbourne Fringe to relocate Festival Hub and Club to Trades Hall and will open a year-round licensed venue there dedicated to supporting the independent arts sector.
  • Government appoints Tina Arena AM and Mario D’Orazio as members of the Australia Council Board.
  • Simone Schinkel (TNA) and Joe Toohey (Regional Arts Victoria) appointed co-convenors of Arts Industry Council of Victoria (AICV).
  • Phillip Adams BalletLab farewells Kristy Ayre and welcomes new Executive Director, Veronica Bolzon.
  • Margaret Bourke and Tim Stitz co-sharing Creative Producer – Theatre and Contemporary Performance role at Arts Centre Melbourne for 12 months.
  • Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director of IFACCA, has been selected as a member of the 2019-2022 EU/UNESCO Expert Facility.


Head of Marketing and Business Development, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apps close 5 Apr (TODAY).
Executive Director, La Boite (QLD). Apps close 8 Apr.
Research Assistant – Creative Convergence ARC Project, Melb Uni (VIC). Apps close 8 Apr.
Fringe Furniture Coordinator, Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apps close 8 Apr.
Senior Production Officer – Bunjil Place, City of Casey (VIC). Apps close 10 Apr.
Admin & Office Manager, Junction Arts Festival (TAS). Apps close 10 Apr.
Events Officer, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (WA). Apps close 11 Apr.
Artistic Director, Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). Apps close 15 Apr.
Various roles, NIDA (NSW & VIC). Apps close from 15 Apr.
Producer – Programming, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apps close 15 Apr.
Event Producer, City of Parramatta Council (NSW). Apps close 15 Apr.
Artistic Director/CEO, HotHouse Theatre (NSW). Apps close 16 Apr.
Administration Coordinator, Restless Dance Theatre (SA). Apps close 18 Apr.
Aboriginal Arts Development Officer – Blacktown Arts, City Council (NSW). Apps close 19 Apr.
Marketing and Membership Coordinator, Ausdance Victoria (VIC). Apps close 25 Apr.
Casual Teaching Artists, Marian Street Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apps open now.
Various roles, Arena Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 10 May.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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