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TNA E-News – December 2021


Champions of Arts and Culture Meetups – TNA Members
In preparation for the Federal Election next year, TNA is hosting online Champions Meetups to offer support and guidance on how to support the advocacy effort to ensure that Arts and Culture stays on the agenda of the political parties. This is for TNA Members only: Individual Membership starts at $33 per year.

Advocacy Toolkit
We have compiled an Advocacy Toolkit on our website, from an overview and guide on figuring out how each level of government works and who to contact; on how to draft an effective message; to understanding the recent National Cultural Plan and its importance.

TNA Policy Database
We’ve collected some really great policies from organisations across Australia, which organisations can use as resources to draft their own. These include Covid Safe and Covid Vaccination policies, as well as policies on diversity and equity.


5 Dec – RISE Funding
Batch 7 of RISE funding is closing 5 Dec at 23:59 AEDT. Previous applications in Batch 6 that identified a project start date of 1 Feb 2022 or later will also be included in assessment Batch 7. More info.

6 Dec – The New Platform Papers – Call Out
Platform Papers, an AU industry journal that addresses current issues in the performing arts and public affairs, from the point of view of the arts practitioner, is open for proposals for their July issue 2022. Payment is a flat fee of $14,250 for an essay of approximately 15,000 words. Submissions for proposals closes 6 Dec.

7 Dec – RAF Cultural Tourism Accelerator
For arts organisations to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional Australia. The Flash Marketing Campaign offers $2,500 for upcoming projects to extend marketing into a new visitor market – closes 7 Dec. Applications for Targeted Marketing Campaign of $10,000, Experience Initiative of $10,000 and Partnership Initiative of $15,000 opens 10 Jan 2022.

10 Dec – Stories from the Future Workshop (TAS)
One-day workshop gathering for TAS based creatives who identify as being from a First Nations, culturally diverse, migrant, POC, humanitarian entrant, or refugee background, to imagine an equitable future. Participants receive an honorarium of an online voucher of $100 after the workshop.

13 Dec – Keir Choreographic Award 2022
For professional artists to propose a choreographic idea for an original work. Eight applicants will be selected to develop and present a completed live work in Dancehouse, Melbourne, and Carriageworks, Sydney, before one is selected as a recipient of the $50,000 Keir Choreographic Award 2022. Additionally, audiences will vote for the recipient of the $10,000 Keir Choreographic 2022 Audience Award.

14 Dec – Jumpcut Playwright Call Out (TAS)
Salamanca Arts Centre is seeking Tasmanian playwrights to participate in the creation of a new work in 2022, under the dramaturgy and direction of Chris Mead. The theme is ‘Crisis, what crisis?’. Stage one is a writers’ residency, with $2,000 paid to the writers to attend.

17 Dec – Red Hot Arts Central Australia: Project Seed (NT)
$10,000 to create, develop and present a project/work at the Desert Festival, with mentor/dramaturg, production and marketing support, and in-kind rehearsal space over a five-month period in the lead up to the festival. EOIs close 17 Dec.

10 Jan 2022 – Global Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry Conference
One day online event which brings together directors, performers, technicians, producers, designers, writers from all over the globe. Speakers include Gilles Ste. Croix, Co-founder of Cirque du Soleil; Lighting Designer, Dawn Chiang; Artistic Director of Theatreworks Singapore, Ong Keng Sen; and more. Tiered pricing from $50–180.

17 Jan 2022 – Performing Lines’ Local Giants: Capacity Building Program
Multi-year program to unlock the cultural ambition of regional Australia. Opportunities include Regional Producers Career Development Program, Regional Artist Residencies, and New Regional Work Co-Commissions. EOIs for the Regional Producers Platform will open on 17 Jan 2022.

31 Jan 2022 – Accessible Arts Next Level Creative Mentorship (NSW)
Providing artists with a mentorship within a leading performing arts organisation and $5,000 in project funding to develop an innovative new project. Writers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, and producers with disability or who are d/Deaf from NSW are invited to apply.

1 Feb 2022 – The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship
$30,000 travelling scholarships for Australian citizens aged 17–29 with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera. Application closes 1 Feb 2022 – or earlier if the application limit is met.

1 Feb 2022 – Martin Bequest Scholarships
$50,000 scholarships for artists aged 21–25 (17–35 for ballet) in acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas.

Next Wave – Getting to Know You
Next Wave has a rolling national invitation for artists to share a little a bit about themselves, and their practice. Creative Producers will contact artists quarterly to map out opportunities and ways to engage.

November Insights – Patternmakers
Read the Patternmaker’s latest findings on audience sentiments in November. In outbreak affected states, 50% say they are ‘ready to attend’ events, however only 29% have done so in practice.

Platform Arts – ‘Debrief’ & ‘Fundamentals’ Series Recordings
Recordings from Platform Arts’ professional and creative development series are available to watch online. ‘Fundamentals’ includes ‘Funding Your Arts Practice’, and ‘Arts Project Management’. ‘Debrief’ includes ‘Tools for Critical Thinking’, and ‘Research and Development’.

Creating Out Loud – Paid Survey
As part of the Creating Out Loud project, Dr Kate Power from the University of Queensland is researching artists’ past experiences with mentoring/coaching, and what you think should be included in a new peer-coaching program for the arts and culture sector. The first 100 respondents will be paid $10 for completing the survey (via PayPal). Takes less than 5 minutes.


4 Dec – Footscray Community Arts RESIDENCE
Offering free studio space to independent artists, collectives and small-medium organisations from a community underrepresented in mainstream arts and culture. Residency spaces include artist studios, a fully equipped podcast studio, galleries, and theatre space. Apply on site.

6 Dec – Melbourne International Comedy Festival Zoom Info Session
A Participants Info Session to hear from the team about marketing, ticketing, finding a venue and other tips to help you produce your show. Everyone is encouraged to register by 15 Dec; registrations must be completed by 31 Jan. RSVP to the Info Session.

6 Dec – Arts Access Accelerate Program
Pilot program in creating accessible funding for Deaf and Disabled artists. $5,000 grants (plus $2,500 access costs) to support individual artists for a short period of time to continue their work as a professional artist. Or $15,000 grants (plus $5,000 access costs) to support artists or collectives with the creative development or presentation of new work.

23 Dec – Moreland City Council Arts Advisory Committee and Reference Groups
The council is seeking community members to join their advisory committees and reference groups, to provide advice and aid in decision-making from their specific area of expertise. Includes the Arts Advisory Committee, Gender Equality, LGBTIQA+, and Disability Reference Groups. You must live/work/study within the City of Moreland and have personal lived experience/professional expertise of the committee/group you are applying for.

31 Dec – Ausdance VIC’s Annual Dance Sector Survey
Collects critical data about the broad range of Dance and Dance activities in Victoria, building an accurate and comprehensive picture of our people, our economy, where we are now and what the future of Dance looks like. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey – everyone who completes it will go in the draw to win a $500 Visa Gift Card, or a 12-month Ausdance VIC individual membership.

Covid-19 Event Insurance
Cover by the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) for events held in Victoria with estimated revenue or cost of between $20,000 and $10 million, which covers 100% of the event’s declared value if the event has to be cancelled, or 50% if the event goes ahead with reduced capacity (or, if you choose to cancel the event because of those capacity restrictions). 

14 Jan 2022 – Showcase Victoria 2022
The one-day arts market event will focus on ‘reconnection’ rather than touring. Selected artists and producers will receive an online performance profile as an alternative to the traditional pitching model and facilitated networking with presenters. EOIs close 14 Jan.

30 Jan 2022 – Maloya Studio Dancehouse Workshop & Punctum Opportunity
Workshop for dancers of any form or discipline to learn more about the practice of Maloya, a living cultural practice of Réunion cultures. Participants will be invited to submit EOIs to Punctumfor dance artist roles in the contemporary performance work, Maloya Moshpit. Collaborating dance artists in the project are paid equity rates across two part-time developments in 2022, and presentation at Castlemaine State Festival in 2023.


10 Dec – Young Belvoir Theatre Club
Offering a Year 10, 11 or 12 student who loves theatre the opportunity to connect and extend their relationship with Belvoir, including access to six free productions, exclusive pre-show and post-show talks from artists, and Belvoir staff.

24 Jan 2022 – 2022 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Fellowship
Supporting the development of an artist’s practice with $20,000. Open to emerging or established artists already working in or wishing to diversify their practice into theatre for young audiences (primary school aged 5-12).

25 Feb 2022 – Theatre & Dance for the Very Young Virtual Conference
Virtual event for makers/artists/scholars in Theatre & Dance for the Very Young, hosted by The Lawrence Arts Center (US). Registration will open on 25 Feb with a choose-what-you-pay model of $25-$150 USD per attendee.

New Performance with/for/by Young People Companies Database and Map
TNA and ATYP have established a live database and map for Australian companies that create and present professional artistic work with, for, and/or by young people. We invite companies to add themselves to the database, which will be used as an advocacy tool and to increase visibility for the sector. Contact if you need to update your listing.

18–20 July 2022 – YPA Sector Conference
ATYP are hosting a YPA Sector Conference at their home in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Sydney. Early interest can be registered at Travel subsidies will be offered. More details to come; save the date!

National Youth Performing Arts eQuarterly
ATYP are producing a new eQuarterly, designed to help further connect the sector, keep conversations happening and provide updates on activities around the country. Subscribe now.


7 Dec – Circus Monoxide AGM
Circus Monoxide’s AGM next Tuesday at 6pm. Held over Zoom, this meeting invites all members of our community to join and become members and nominate for positions on the Management Committee. You will need to register in advance.

CaPT Resources and CaPT Performing Companies Database
We have compiled a CaPT Performing Companies Database on the TNA website to advocate to funding bodies and for use by presenters and potential collaborators. Add yourself to the list and view the Database on site. We also have a list of CaPT resources which can be filtered by topic – from Crying Out Loud’s Circus Snapshot to a Creative Equity Toolkit. 


  • Stephen Page is stepping down as Artistic Director at Bangarra Dance Theatre. Choreographer Frances Rings will be the company’s incoming Artistic Director in 2023.

  • Sanja Simic has left her role at La Boite as Creative Producer to take up a new role at Unless Pictures.

  • Adam McGowan has finished up as Senior Producer & Development Manager at Urban Theatre Projects to take up a new role as Director, Industry Initiatives at the Australia Council for the Arts.

  • Mariam Veiszadeh joins Media Diversity Australia as their inaugural CEO.

  • Bell Shakespeare has announced the appointment of Philip Crutchfield QC as the company’s new Chair, commencing 1 January 2022.

  • Vernon Guest has been appointed the new CEO at Ten Days on the Island.
    Nadine Lee, Ben Graetz and Haneen Martin will join CEO Sophia Hall in an interim Artistic Leadership Team at Darwin’s Brown Mart Theatre. Jo Shearn has also joined the organisation as Associate Producer.

  • Rebecca Pearce has been appointed the new Executive Director at Adelaide-based theatre company Slingsby.

  • Joseph Alessi has been appointed the Director International Engagement at the Australia Council for the Arts.

  • Jolyon James has stepped down as Artistic Associate at Bendigo’s Arena Theatre.

  • Pieta Farrell is stepping down as Participant Services Manager at Melbourne Comedy Festival, with Matt Hirst taking up the role.

  • Phoebe Tan Rui Qi has joined Propel Youth Arts WA as their new Communications Officer.

  • Nicolette Fraillon AM, Chief Conductor and Music Director of The Australian Ballet is stepping down. Recruitment for Fraillon’s successor will commence in the coming months.

  • Gordon Ramsay, the ACT’s former Minister for the Arts, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the ACT’s Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC). The CFC manages the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, and the ACT Historic Places.

  • Katherine Hoepper has been appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the The Little Red Company. Hoepper was previously Executive Director at La Boite.


Black Swan Theatre Company is seeking a Chief Executive Officer and an Artistic Director.
Business Manager, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apply by 6 Dec.
Marketing and Engagement Manager, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apply by 6 Dec.
Associate Producer, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apply by 6 Dec.
Operations Coordinator, Circus Nexus (VIC). Apply by 6 Dec.
Project Manager, Finucane and Smith’s Dance Hall (VIC). Apply by 6 Dec.
Client Manager, Culture Counts (VIC, WA). Apply by 6 Dec.
Arts and Cultural Development Officer, City of Darwin (NT). Apply by 6 Dec. Administration Assistant, Melbourne Comedy Festival (VIC). Apply by 6 Dec.
Producer, Programming, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 9 Dec.
Actors, ActNow Theatre (NSW). Apply by 10 Dec.
Event Operations & Production Coordinator, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 10 Dec.
Program Administrator, Testing Grounds (VIC). Apply by 10 Dec.
Director of the Drama School, The National Theatre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 12 Dec.
Senior Manager, Arts Program, Carclew (SA). Apply by 12 Dec.
Senior Manager, Finance & Operations, Carclew (SA). Apply by 12 Dec.
Production Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 13 Dec.
Designer, NGV (VIC). Apply by 13 Dec.
Venue Operations Manager, Queensland Ballet (QLD). Appl by 15 Dec.
Head Mechanist (Seasonal), Bell Shakespeare (NSW), Apply by 16 Dec.
Senior Editorial Coordinator, NGV (VIC). Apply by 16 Dec.
First Nations Producer, Sydney Fringe (NSW). Apply by 15 Jan 2022.


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This E-News was written by Wen-Juenn Lee, covering Yuhui’s role (on parental leave).

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