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TNA E-News – August 2020

Check out the TNA August E-News below, with national and Victorian arts news, industry goss, and current positions vacant. Make sure you sign up to receive the E-News in your inbox by using the form at the bottom of the page.


21 Aug – VIPI Unlocking Capacity Grant (Round 2) Info Session
Multi-year grant of up to $35,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years, for independent producers of performing arts. Zoom Info Session: 24 Aug, 1:30 – 3pm AEST. RSVP via Trybooking by 21 Aug. Applications for Round 2 close 17 Sep. More info.

1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash: Submit Requests for Support
Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 may apply for one-off emergency payments of $1,000. Simple EOI process.

Behind the Scenes Podcast with Joel Bray
In our ‘Member of the Month’ spot on Vision Australia, dance artist and Wiradjuri man Joel Bray talks about the online performance pivot, being busy in a pandemic and his first upcoming dance film. Listen here.


COVID-19 Creative Economy Package: Guidelines for RISE and Sustainability Funds
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE): $75,000 – $2 million to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. Sustainability Fund: $100,000 – $5 million targeted at significant organisations at risk of insolvency. Both open 31 Aug and close May 2021 or until expended.

Live Performance Australia (LPA) COVID Safe Guidelines
Read LPA Guidelines for Auditions, Rehearsals and Performances  and Touring Guidelines.

PAC Australia Guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres (updated)
This is an updated version of guidelines released in June.

AusDance NSW: Guidance Notes on Wearing a Mask in Dance
Read ‘Re-Opening Dance in NSW COVID-19 Guidance Notes’ and ‘Mask Wearing in Dance’ supplementary document.

FILO Artist Risk Management Pack
A resource to assist artists in developing a risk management process for their creative projects and organisations. Includes guide, 23 fact sheets and 14 templates. Cost: $14.95

A New Approach Report #4
‘Behind the scenes: Drivers of arts and cultural policy settings in Australia and beyond’ unpacks the policy drivers that most significantly influences arts policies. Read.

Creatives of Colour Research
A report on the problems experienced by creative people of colour in navigating a predominantly White arts sector.

30 Sep – New National Disability Strategy (NDS): Stage 2 Consultations
Now open, which includes an eight-week public submission process. The Office for the Arts is engaging closely with the Dept of Social Services to align a renewed National Arts and Disability Strategy with a renewed NDS.

11 Aug – Australia Council National Innovation Games
A hackathon inspired 2-day virtual event bringing together artists, cultural practitioners and other industry experts. Explore the topic: How might you creatively embed technology to deliver more sustainable organisations, practices and communities? 19 – 20 Aug, Free, Register by COB today.

13 Aug – Adelaide Fringe First Nations Collaboration Grant
First Nations artists or collectives presenting at Adelaide Fringe may apply for up to $10,000 to cover costs including travel, marketing and presentation. More info.

14 Aug – Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) Artist Lab EOIs
A new initiative to provide continued professional development for artists who have been involved in CAAP’s programs to date. Comprises online weekly seminars, lectures, and workshops between 26 Oct – 27 Nov, culminating in a 5-day lab from 23-27 Nov in Paramatta. Open to NSW residents.

14 Aug – 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards
Now taking applications. Recognising those making a difference in their communities, demonstrating excellence in leadership and a commitment to Australia’s engagement with Asia.

14 Aug – arTour Queensland Touring Showcase EOIs
Artists and producers may pitch a production or provide an update on touring or regional engagement strategies. Format will be a live videoconference between presenters and producers in Oct, focusing on conversation rather than pitching. Submit EOI.

16 Aug – Theatre Network NSW (TNN) short 6-question survey
TNN is seeking feedback from NSW artists and arts workers on State Government grant programs, for the Legislative Council’s Inquiry into the integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs. Do the survey.

16 Aug – Undercover Artist Festival Grants (deadline extended)
Supports QLD performing artists with disability and/or who are D/deaf to develop skills and create new work, which will be exhibited virtually in early Dec. More info. 

17 Aug – British Council UK/Australia Season 2021-22
The British Council and the Australian Government’s Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is inviting UK and Australian arts organisations and individuals to submit proposals for inclusion in the UK/Australia Season 2021-22. Grants also available. ‘UK in Australia’ stream closes 17 Aug, ‘Australia in the UK’ stream closes 13 Sep.

17 Aug – Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-In-Residence Program
5 artists with disability from NSW and the ACT will be funded to undertake a 6-night residency from 12 – 18 Oct. More info. 

17 Aug – NAIDOC Local Grants Re-opened
Up to $50,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, to support the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities. NAIDOC week has been postponed to 8 – 15 Nov. More info.

19 Aug – APAM Wire #9: Adaptation & Innovation in North American Performing Arts Markets
Engage with directors and producers of arts markets and festivals in the United States and Canada, who are exploring innovative ways to sustain international engagement in the foreseeable future. 19 Aug, 10 – 11:30am AEST. Register.

21 Aug – Arts Queensland Funding: Space and Places
Up to $250,000 to support organisations, festivals and local councils to develop new products with cultural tourism potential that employ local artists. More info.

23 Aug – Bundanon Trust Prelude Residency for Composers
A national network of residencies for composers housed in historic buildings, providing time and space to create new work. Artists will be provided sole occupancy for 3 – 12 months. $15,000 stipend for 12 months or scaled for shorter residencies.

27 Aug – Deakin Uni Webinar on Arts Fundraising, Sponsorship and COVID-19
The panel will discuss prospects for fundraising and sponsorship, identify new pressures on donors and sponsors, and explore emergent trends. Panellists: Hilary Glow, Ben Lee, Jayne Lovelock and Tim Stitz. 27 Aug, 7 – 8pm AEST, via Zoom, Free. Register.

1 Sep – National Arts and Disability Awards
Established Artist recipient receives $50,000, Young Artist recipient receives $20,000. Nominationsmust be made by third parties.

1 Sep – Australia Council Grants
Individuals and Groups ($10,000 – $50,000); Projects for Organisations ($20,000 – $100,000); Fellowships ($80,000). More info.

4 Sep – Regional Arts WA Resilience Grants
Up to $15,000 to sustain creative practices disrupted by COVID-19. Activities may include creative development, capacity building or community engagement. Apply.

14 Sep – Arts Access Victoria Stella Young Award
Awards a young disabled artist aged 16 – 30 with $3,000, in recognition of their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice. More info.

15 Sep – Campfire Stories EOI
Campfire Stories is an online watch party sharing queer/trans-friendly video stories on the 1st of every month. Queer and questioning creators may now submit for Oct gathering. Register for more info.

18 Aug – Justice Connect Webinars for Not-for-profits
Upcoming webinar is on Planning a Merger, Free. View all webinars.

21 Aug – WA Dept of Local Govt, Sport and Cultural Industries: Culture and the Arts Survey
A survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the WA creative industries.

Australian Women Directors Alliance (AWDA): Women Directors Mentoring Call Out
This visibility project shares stories of women directors’ mentoring experiences, encouraging people to foster and forge new relationships. Contribute your mentoring stories.

Catch Up On Ausdance Session “What is Access in Dance”
Public forum on accessible dance education, training and practice. Watch the video. 

Catch Up On Diversity Arts Australia Event “How to be Non-Racist in the Arts”
Video recording of this recent panel/ presentation is now available online.


Stage 4 Restrictions Update
TNA attended a meeting with Creative Victoria on 6 Aug on the details of Stage 4 restrictions, and the impact on the arts and cultural sector workforce. Read key points from the meeting, including what is permitted and COVID-safe plans.

Worksafe: Reporting a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 
Employers and self-employed persons must inform Worksafe if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving employees, employers or independent contractors. Read more.

14 Sep – Business Support Fund Expansion (deadline extended)
$5,000 – $10,000 grants to support businesses through the renewed restrictions. More info.

Business Victoria: Upskill My Business
Free short courses, online events and resources to help prepare for recovery. Read more.

Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust (VABT) COVID-19 Assistance Fund
Available to professional theatre, dance, circus, film and TV artists, creators or crew members. Provides financial assistance by way of a $250 Food Voucher. Simple to apply.

17 Aug – Geelong COVID-19 Arts Recovery Grants and Creative Communities Grants
Both grant programs offer up to $5,000, closing 17 Aug and 14 Sep respectively. More info. 

3 Sep – VicArts Grants deadline extended
Individuals and organizations may apply for between $5,000 – $60,000 to deliver projects. Solo projects may apply for up to $20,000. More info and new guidelines.

21 Aug – Festivals Moreland Development Program
$5,000 – $10,000 available to support the development of live art and participatory works, to be premiered at a Moreland-produced festival. Priority given to Moreland-based artists, groups and companies. Apply.

Green Room Awards Announcements
Registrations are open for digital shows presented in 2020. Range of awards on offer will be slightly reduced due to the fewer number of shows across most genres, but a few special commendations will be introduced. Free to register all shows this year.


Catch Up On ASSITEJ International “Inclusivity and Diversity” Session
Eva Grace Mullaley and Zac James from Yirra Yaakin participate in this regional session giving an update from Australia. Watch it here.

15 Aug – WE ARE HERE Company Auditions
FORM Dance Projects invites Western Sydney dancers aged 16-30 years to audition for its youth dance company. To be held on 15 Aug at Riverside Studios in Parramatta.

26 Aug – JUTE Theatre Company: Board Observer EOI
Opportunity for a young (18 – 30) emerging leader to take up an observation position on the JUTE Board. 12-month term beginning 29 Oct, meetings held monthly. Submit EOI.

28 Aug – Platform LAB for Emerging Artists and Collectives, Geelong
This residency offers 6 months free space and $5,000 cash to undertake new works, research, experiments and collaboration. Includes participation in 2 LAB intensives and in the Platform professional development program.

31 Aug – Darebin Arts Speakeasy Let’s Take Over
Young people aged 15 – 25 are given the opportunity, budget and skills to develop their careers as artists, producers and programmers. Weekly workshops lead to 2 outcomes: a festival designed by participants, and a youth-led symposium in partnership with the Science Gallery. Participants paid a fee of $2,800 across 16 weeks. More info.

1 Sep – Carclew Grants Programs
Artists aged 26 or under can apply for Projects Grants (up to $10,000 to support creative outcomes) or Carclew Fellowships (up to $10,000 for professional development). Grants for organisations available through Project Grants and Capacity Building Grants.

14 Sep – Sharp Short Dance Registrations
Dancers, choreographers and filmmakers 21 & under may submit a dance film or online work for Form Dance’s youth dance festival, which will be digital this year. Register by 14 Sep and submit by 19 Oct. Registration fee $15.


16 Aug – Register your event for Nuit du Cirque
3-day event from 13 – 15 Nov. Register online or live events, workshops and performances.

21 Aug – Cluster Arts International Circus Pitching Initiative
A facilitated, curated online program for Australian Independent circus companies to promote their work to targeted international presenters. Company/artist will be paid a $300 pitching fee, no fee to submit EOI.

21 Aug – Circostrada General Meeting (Online)
Includes plenary, keynote and presentation on the Czech scene. More info. 

6 Sep – La Llotja Online: Virtual Marketplace
Present your projects and participate in this professional gathering to take place on 9 and 10 Sep. Registrations close 6 Sep.

7 Sep – Panel Event: Circus Presenters and Producers on Planning for the Future
Panellists: Linda Catalano (Quiet Riot, Melbourne), Ruth Wikler (TOHU, Montreal) and Anke Politz (Chameleon, Berlin). 7 Sep, 10pm AEST, via Zoom. RSVP.

Call Out for Strut & Fret Artist Database
Skilled circus performers and musicians may submit a form to be included in this database, which will be used to help cast new and current shows for future touring.


  • Lucy Guerin Inc welcomes Brendan O’Connell as Executive Producer.
  • Wit Incorporated has announced that Jennifer Piper will step down as Company Manager and El Boydell will take on that role. Belinda Campbell will move from Artistic Director to Board Member and Artistic Advisor.
  • Esther Anatolitis will move on from her role as Executive Director of NAVA at the conclusion of her contract.
  • Back to Back Theatre has appointed Tim Stitz as Executive Producer and Co-CEO.
  • The Unconformity has announced the appointment of Kate Harrison as General Manager.
  • Tom Múller has stepped down as the Director of Programs at PS Arts Space.
  • Stephen Pike is moving on from his role as Artistic Director of Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (aka ‘the Q’).
  • Penny Camens has been promoted to General Manager of Patch Theatre.
  • Melbourne Opera has announced the appointment of Anastasia Fai Kogan to its Board.
  • Access Arts has announced new appointments for the Undercover Artist Festival: Madeleine Little as the next Festival Director, and Hana Tow as Festival Producer.
  • ART ON THE MOVE has announced the appointment of Theo Costantino as new Executive Director.
  • APAM have appointed Emma Calverley in the role of Manager – Partnerships & Operations.
  • Yirra Yaakin welcomes Aunty Rayma Morrison as new Office Manager. They have also announced the appointment of Ellery Blackman as new Chairperson and Elfie Shiosaki as new Vice-Chairperson.
  • With great sadness, Yirra Yaakin also shares the news of the passing of former Chairperson Clem Rodney.
  • Kate Costello has been appointed as the new Chair of Adelaide Fringe.
  • Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) will close after 21 years of advocacy for the Major Performing Arts companies.
  • Carriageworks has reopened to the public.


Board Positions, Women’s Circus (VIC). Apply by 11 Aug today.
Access Manager, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 11 Aug today.
Senior Manager, First Nations Strategic Projects, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (NSW). Apply by 12 Aug.
Learning and Engagement Manager, Australian Chamber Orchestra (NSW). Apply by 14 Aug.
Associate Artist, Australian Art Orchestra (VIC). Apply by 16 Aug.
Manager Arts and Culture, Waverly Council (NSW). Apply by 16 Aug.
Public Art Policy Consultant, City of Ballarat (VIC). Apply by 16 Aug.
Co-facilitators, Creatives of Colour (National). Apply by 17 Aug.
Production Manager, Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Apply by 17 Aug.
Creative Leaders Project Coordinator, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 17 Aug.
Deputy Production Manager, Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA). Apply by 21 Aug.
Ticketing Services Officer, Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QLD). Apply by 21 Aug.
General Manager, Arts Mildura (VIC). Apply by 21 Aug.
Project Officer (Maternity Cover), Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 23 Aug.
Volunteers Coordinator, Midsumma Festival (VIC). Apply by 24 Aug.
Program Manager, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 24 Aug.
Philanthropy Manager, Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 28 Aug.
Artists Services Officer, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 30 Aug.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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