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At least $7m p/a needed to retain 124 Four Year Funded Organisations 2021-2024
TNA has modelled that to secure the future of the small to medium sector – a vibrant and internationally important sector – at least $7million p/a additional funding is needed.

TNA Program Producer announced!
TNA is delighted to announce Rani Pramesti as Program Producer, joining us in delivering the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI).

Safe Theatres Workshop Queensland – Free
This workshop will include industry updates and round-table scenario discussions to give a practical understanding of the current issues around addressing sexual harassment and bullying in our industry. 1.30pm-4.30pm, Mon 23 Sep 2019 at Brisbane Powerhouse. Event details.

Registrations now open for ‘Converge’ – TNA’s National Symposium in Melbourne
Registrations are now open for Converge – Wed 16 Oct at Abbotsford Convent, VIC. This is our national gathering for 2019, and is a great opportunity to catch up with your colleagues in the Youth Arts and Theatre for Young Audiences sector. All welcome! Register here.


TNA and Kiln 2.0 – This Is How We Do It – Creative Practice Exchange – Documentation
TNA recently partnered with Arts Centre Melbourne’s Kiln 2.0 program for independent creatives, hosting a practice-based discussion with artists Tariro Mavondo, Gareth Hart and Emma Hall. Listen to recordings here.

Aug – Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants
RAF grants are open around the nation for projects that promote arts and culture participation in regional, rural and remote Australia. Applications close across Aug depending on your state.

29 Aug – EOIs for Arts House CultureLAB 2020/21
Supporting creative developments, the next CultureLAB has 2 areas of focus in addition to general programming: Dance Massive 2021; and an interdisciplinary residency with Science Gallery Melbourne. Applications close 29 Aug. Read more. 

30 Sep – Parliamentary inquiry: Nationhood, national identity and democracy
The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee will conduct a broad inquiry into the changing notions of cultural identity; contemporary notions of cultural identity, multiculturalism, regionalism and more. Submissions (individuals and orgs) due 30 Sep 2019. More detail here.

30 Aug – APAM ‘Profile’ EOI Due
Highlighting the ideas, works and practices of Australian and New Zealand artists and organisations, the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA has 3 types of Profile sessions: Pitches, Snapshot and Tour-Ready. EOIs close 30 Aug. More info.

30 Aug – Qantas Regional Grants
Qantas are offering a $5 million grant pool to organisations, projects and individuals helping deliver direct services or benefits to regional communities. Applications close 30 Aug. About the program.

31 Aug – NT Government – The Community Benefit Fund: Major Community Grants
Major community grants provides funding to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities to Territorians. Eligible organisations can apply for amounts between $15,001 and $250,000. Applications close 31 Aug.

NIDA’s MFA in Cultural Leadership – National Information Sessions
The NIDA MFA in Cultural Leadership is for those who have active roles in the cultural sector and who aspire to facilitate new leadership models. Information Sessions will be held in each capital city across Aug and Sep. Register interest here. 

10 Sep – Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants – $10,000
Grants are for early career or emerging artists to undertake international professional development opportunities in their field. Apply by 10 Sep. More info.

Diversity Arts Workshops – EOIs open for ‘Stories from the Future’
Culturally diverse creatives or arts workers interested in an equitable arts future are invited to register for Stories From The Future workshops in ACT, WA and SA from Sept – Nov 2019. Read more.

1 Sep – Apply for Carclew’s next funding round
Individuals, aged 26 or under, can pitch for Project and Development grants of up to $10,000 to fund arts projects with a tangible outcome and/or up to $3,000 for skills and career development. More info.

5 Sep – Contemporary Asian Australian Performance hosts ‘Longhouse’ at MTC
CAAP is hosting a Longhouse panel event with Melbourne Theatre Company on 5 Sep from 6pm in The Lawler, Southbank Theatre. Panel includes Sarah Goodes, Alice Qin, and Kat Chan. Event info.

6 Sep – Engage with Playwriting Australia’s Review Consultation Paper
PWA has released its Review Consultation Paper. The review considers the most effective and sustainable model of supporting play development. Submit your responses by 6 Sep.

9 Sep – Parramatta Artists’ Studios – 2020 applications now open
PAS studio program is calling for EOIs from artists from Parramatta, Western Sydney and Greater Sydney to apply for the chance to access one of 13 studios. Applications close 9 Sep.

15 Sep – Call for Entries: Queensland Premier’s Drama Award
The QPDA is a development award assisting writers and performance makers to grow first drafts, pitch documents and findings into a production-ready text. Application deadline 15 Sep.

Festival Call Outs – Ten Days, Midsumma, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy
Artist and venue registrations closing soon: Midsumma closes 23 Aug; Brisbane Comedy and Ten Days on the Island (for TAS artists) close 9 Sep; Adelaide Fringe closes 25 Sep.

7 Oct – Griffin Theatre Company – The Lysicrates Prize 2020, 
The 2020 prize is calling for new Australian comedies. Submit the first 15 pages of new material for the chance to have your work read aloud by a cast, and be in the running for a winning commission of $15,000. Entries close 7 Oct.

Join ‘Creative Hello’ – Collaborative Network for Sydney Creatives
National Theatre of Parramatta at Riverside is providing opportunities to meet and mingle with other emerging and professional creatives. Register your interest here. 

Wellbeing Helpine – Free, 24/7 support for the Performing Arts
Arts Centre Melbourne has partnered with Support Act to pilot a sector-wide Wellbeing Helpline, staffed by clinicians with an understanding of the performing arts industry. This is a free, confidential, 24/7 service for anyone working in the performing arts. Call 1800 959 500.

RAF’s Working with Vulnerable People and Working with Children Resources Kit
Check out Regional Arts Fund’s new resource on working with vulnerable people and children.


26 Aug – TNA’s Performing Arts Gathering – Ballarat
Performing arts practitioners, companies and managers from the Goldfields region are invited to attend a roundtable discussion and meet and greet with TNA on Mon 26 Aug, 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Runway, 124 Albert St, Ballarat. Free event, RSVP here by this Fri 23 Aug.

30 Aug – Contribute your voice to Creative State 2020+
Contribute to a state-wide consultation that will shape the future of Victoria’s creative industries. Provide your ideas and insights online by 30 Aug. More info.

19 – 21 Aug – Creative Exchange Events: Audience Research Toolkit jumpstart workshops
Jumpstart your research using Creative Victoria’s new free online Audience Research Toolkit. Workshops this week in Wodonga (19 Aug), Healesville (20 Aug) and Melbourne (21 Aug). Info and registration.

20 Aug – Seminar: Employment Law, Festivals and the Arts – $40
Arts Law are hosting a seminar tomorrow on employment and festivals in the creative sector. Tue 20 Aug, 2pm – 4:30pm at Holding Redlich, 555 Bourke St, Melbourne. Book here.

Sessional instructors wanted – Event Management (undergraduate) at Deakin University
Deakin is seeking sessional instructors with industry expertise in event management and teaching experience (tertiary or otherwise) to teach in 2020 and beyond at the Burwood campus. Email Dr Amanda Coles for more information.

20 Aug & 5 Sep – Arts West Artist Networking Events
Join Arts West’s August and/or September Catch Up Club, an opportunity to meet your fellow artists in the west. Book here.

13 Sep – Artist Residency at cottage in Portsea VIC
Emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are invited to apply for a supported or fee-paying residency (2–6 weeks duration) at Police Point, VIC. Closes 13 Sep. More info.

22 Aug – Creative Victoria Grants Upcoming Deadlines
VicArts Grants closes 22 Aug, Creators Fund closes 29 Aug, Small Regional Presenters closes 5 Sep, Touring Victoria closes 5 Sep.

25 Aug – Sharing your blak arts practice – Free workshop
Workshop your worshop ideas with Taungurung artist and curator, Kate ten Buuren. Kate introduces ways of centring blakness, honing ideas and attracting audiences. 25 Aug, 1 – 4pm st SIGNAL – Flinders Walk. Free. More info.

27 Aug – Ausdance VIC Creative State Consultation
Join Ausdance VIC and Dancehouse in an informal facilitated consultation to explore issues, challenges and opportunities faced by the dance sector. 27 Aug, 3.30 – 5.30pm at Dancehouse, Carlton. Book your free spot.

6 Sep – Multicultural Festivals and Events Program
Receive up to $75,000 to hold multicultural and multifaith festivals and events in your local community. Eligible activities include events that promote cultural dialogue and understanding across communities. Applications close 6 Sep. More info.

11 Sep – Creative Partnerships Workshop: The Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising – $88
For emerging practitioners who want to learn the basics of arts philanthropy and sponsorship, and established arts workers looking for a refresher. Registrations for Melbourne now open. Wed 11 Sep, 9am – 1pm.

15 Sep – Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program EOIs open
This program supports artists to develop site-specific or site-responsive works, builds professional networks and share work with diverse audiences. Open to artists in all artforms until 15 Sep. More info.

31 Dec – First Peoples Investment Program
Creative Victoria’s newly announced pilot program will offer three grant categories to help build skills and cultural knowledge, and create new work. Funding of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for groups for professional development and mentorships and $20,000 to develop new creative products or artwork. First round closes 31 Dec.

Echo Collective looking for members
Echo Collective is an inclusive and culturally diverse artist-led performance group meeting weekly  in Footscray. Artists with disability aged 16-30 with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are invited to join.

Melbourne Fringe invites Trades Hall Event EOIs
Melbourne Fringe is moving to Trades Hall to open a brand-new, year-round venue. If you have an idea for an event taking place between Nov 2019 and Mar 2020, submit an EOI here.


20 Aug – ISPA Series at the Fringe, Edinburgh
ISPA and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society are hosting a global dialogue and networking lunch tomorrow: Tue 20 Aug, 11am – 2pm at Fringe Central – Informatics Forum, Venue 2. Free for participants of the 2019 Edinburgh festivals. Register here.

20 Sep – Early Registrations for IETM Plenary Meeting 2019 – Rijeka, Croatia
IETM Rijeka 2019 runs from 24 – 27 Oct 2019 and will focus on Audiences. Early-bird registration deadline: 20 Sep, noon CET. Open to IETM members and non-members. Tickets range from 50 – 300 Euros. More info.


19 Aug – Spark Youth Theatre – Ensemble Auditions
An exciting opportunity for 12 – 25yr olds to join the 2019 – 2020 Spark Youth Theatre Ensemble. Small fee on offer. Auditions will be held from 19 – 25 Aug across Sydney. More info here.

28 Aug – Darebin Arts – Let’s Take Over!
This skills development program is for 10 aspiring event producers and programmers aged 15 – 25 years. Budget and program a one day arts festival in Northcote Town Hall. More info.

30 Aug – EOIs to facilitate ArtPlay Signal Artist Learning Lab
ArtPlay Signal (Melbourne) invites artists from all over to submit an EOI to facilitate new artist learning experiences in a peer-to-peer learning program focused on nurturing skills and philosophies that inform youth arts practice.

31 Aug – Open Call: International Productions for Kininso Festival in Lagos, Nigeria 
This international theatre festival runs from 12 – 18 Nov 2019. Accommodation, food and local transportation provided for the period of the festival. Submission deadline is 31 Aug. More info.

9 Sep – Propel Youth Arts WA – Drug Aware YCulture Metro Grant – $3,000
Young creatives aged 12 – 26 are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 for professional development, project support and more. Applications close 9 Sep.  About the grant.

12 &13 Sep – ‘Make Space’ – Youth Arts Summit 2019, Adelaide
The National Youth Arts Summit will be held at Carclew next month. Day 1 is for young creatives (under 30). Day 2 is for all professional arts organisations, cultural leaders, artists, young creatives and policy makers. More info.

22 Sep – ArtPlay workshop: Making stories without words
Explore how design and non-verbal forms of communication can create stories for young audiences. 22 Sep, 10am – 5pm. Tickets: $20. Fill in EOI to apply; applicants will be notified by 8 Sep. Read more.

21 Oct – Register for Sharp Short Dance 2019, Parramatta NSW
Presented by Form Dance Projects and Riverside, the festival invites aspiring choreographers and dancers 21 years & under to display their work in a supportive environment. Entries close 21 Oct. More info.

Coming Soon: Young Connectors – Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne is getting ready to launch Connect – a new program which aims to build the capacity of emerging creative leaders aged 18 – 25. Young Connectors will engage critically, creatively and collaboratively in the development of future programs. Register your interest.


Save the Date: Australian Circus Festival
The 4th Australian Circus Festival will be held in Brisbane from Nov 25 to Dec 01 2019. 10 performances over 7 days. More info here.

1 Sep – Circus TrickTease – Hand2Hand Incentive – $2k seed funding
Open to Australian artists looking to present new and risky ideas on stage. $2k cash awarded to two artists in 2019 – artists to “hand” back the funds at the end of the season to benefit artists in the next round. Applications close 1 Sep. More info.

2 Sep – NICA Bachelor and Cert IV in Circus Arts applications
Apply for the internationally recognised National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Bachelor and Cert IV in Circus Arts. More info. 

Save the date: Catapult Festival, Bathurst NSW
Catapult National Youth Circus and Physical Theatre Festival will return to Bathurst from 15 – 19 Apr 2020 – a meeting point for metro, regional and remote youth circus practitioners and professionals. Troupes across Australia are welcome. Follow on facebook to stay updated or get in touch.

14 Nov – Save the date: TNA’s National CaPT Sector Gathering at Sidesault Festival
TNA’s next CaPT Sector Gathering will be held in Melbourne at The Melba Spiegeltent during Sidesault at the Melba in November. Hear from colleagues, TNA, and the CaPT Advisory Group. More details soon.


  • Penny Miles has been appointed Executive Director of Circus Oz.
  • Aneke McCulloch joins Lucy Guerin Inc as Executive Producer.
  • TNA welcomes Rani Pramesti as Program Producer to help deliver the new VIPI program.
  • Ann McLean joins BlakDance as General Manager.
  • Tariro Mavondo and Penny Harpham appointed co-Artistic Directors of Western Edge Youth Arts.
  • Australian Plays has announced that due to losing organisational funding from the Australia Council (2021-2024), they will be regrouping to look at alternative structures and ways to support their core work.
  • Ausdance National regrettably announces it will be winding up the association, due to the impact of shrinking government funding.
  • Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) has announced a new partnership with Creative New Zealand.
  • Alison Croggon joins ArtsHub as Acting Performing Arts Editor while Richard Watts takes long service leave.
  • Natalie Smith has joined Abbotsford Convent as Producer.
  • ACMI appointed as new operator of Bendigo Creative Industries Hub.
  • Michelle Wigg commences as Programming Administrator at Auckland Festival.
  • Clare McKenzie farewells Ausdance Victoria to take up Executive Director role at PHOTO2020.
  • Jodie Wainwirght appointed CEO of Milk Crate Theatre.
  • Martin Paten steps down as CEO/Director of FCAC to take up a new role as Manager of Arts and Culture with the City of Greater Geelong.
  • Deon Hastie appointed Head of Dance of NAISDA Dance College.
  • Narelle Wood joins Theatre Press as Editor.
  • Gilles Doré is the new International Development Director at CINARS.


TNA is saddened by the unexpected passing of much-respected Indigenous actor, Ningali Lawford-Wolf. Our condolences to family, friends and colleagues.


Various roles, Queensland Ballet (QLD). Apps close TODAY.
Partnerships Communications Coordinator, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 19 Aug.
Development Manager, Trusts and Foundations, ACCA (VIC). Apply by 21 Aug.
Marketing & Publicity Assistant, Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apply by 21 Aug.
Youth Engagement Officer, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (WA). Apply by 21 Aug.
Various director roles, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 22 Aug.
General Manager, Punctum (VIC). Apply by 23 Aug.
Artist Coordinator, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (VIC). Apply by 23 Aug.
Head of Marketing, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 25 Aug.
Program Assistant, Carriageworks (NSW). Apply by 25 Aug.
Australian Cultural Fund Manager, Creative Partnerships Australia (VIC). Apply by 26 Aug.
Festival Director – Horizon, Sunshine Coast Council (QLD). Apply by 26 Aug.
Head of Marketing, Circus Oz (VIC). Apply by 27 Aug.
Company Adminstrator, Lucy Guerin Inc. (VIC). Apply by 29 Aug.
General Manager, Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). Apply by 30 Aug.
Director of Development – Arts & Culture, University of Sydney (NSW). Apply by 1 Sep.
Artistic Director, Geelong After Dark 2020 (VIC). Apply by 1 Sep.
Artistic Director, Auckland Arts Festival (NZ). Apply by 2 Sep.
Various roles, Bundanon Trust (NSW). Apply by 2 Sep.
Executive Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre (NSW). Apply by 2 Sep.
Director, Canberra Theatre Centre (ACT). Apply by 3 Sep.
General Manager, Ausdance VIC (VIC). Apply by 11 Sep.


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