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TNA E-News – February 2020

Check out the TNA February 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.


Pre-budget Submission for the 2020-21 Federal Budget 
The Federal Government annually calls for pre-budget submissions. For the 2020-21 Budget, TNA called for the urgent investment of $7million per annum to the Australia Council to ensure that a similar number of organisations (124) can be funded in the Four Year Funding process (announcements late March). This request was made as a part of our ongoing call for increased funding to the Australia Council of $25million per year to address the dire success rates of project grants rounds. Read TNA’s submission.

Independent Producers Database and Call for Mentors
TNA has launched a database for independent performing arts producers. We are also collecting information from independent producers who are interested in being a producer mentor for the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI)’s Producers Mentorship Program. About the VIPI program.

28 Feb – Neighbourhood – How Might We Weather This Storm? – APAM, Melbourne
TNA has partnered with APAM and Australia Council for the Arts for ‘Neighbourhood’ – keynotes, small group discussions and regional snapshots on Fri 28 Feb, 9.30am – 5.00pm. The Co-curators are Eugyeene Teh and Mish Grigor. Please note this gathering is open to APAM delegates. Register here for the full APAM program of pitches, talks and exchange.

14 Feb – TNA AGM – Sign up for our 15min AGM
Sign up as a member to get an invite to our 15min AGM on Fri 14 Feb (and check out our amazing new office space). Join here.

24 Feb – Farewell Bethany, Welcome Yuhui, Work with us!
Bethany Simons will finish up as Program Director next month to focus on her creative practice as a writer, performer and teaching artist, after almost 6 years in various roles at TNA. | We welcome Geelong-based independent artist and arts administrator, Yuhui Ng Rodriguez, as Enews Editor commencing March 2020. | We’re hiring! Applications for the newly designed Manager, Artist and Sector Development role will close Mon 24 Feb.


April – Save the date: Safe Theatres Workshops in WA, SA, NSW
TNA will be on the road delivering Safe Theatres workshops across the following dates and cities: Perth 2 Apr; Adelaide 14 Apr; Sydney 23 Apr. Program details are still being finalised with the local sector. If you are based in the above listed States and interested in supporting TNA with this work, please contact us.

Pre-budget Submission for the 2020-21 Federal Budget – AICV
The Arts Industry Council of Victoria (AICV) facilitated a joint submission with other State Chamber and Industry bodies, calling for an Immediate Request (from 2020-21) of $15m per annum investment in small-medium organisations and individual artists; and a Long-term Request (to 2030) of an increase in the total investment in arts and culture to 1.11% of GDP by 2030.  Read the full submission here and please reach out to your state council or chamber.

Arts Response to Bushfires
AMPAG article on The Arts’ Role in Recovery. | The Arts Health Network (NSW / ACT) has a list of helpful resources. | Creative Recovery Network is calling for creative responders. Submit your details here.

7 Feb – Desert Festival 2020 EOIs close TODAY
Desert Festival (24 Sep – 11 Oct) showcases local and interstate artists, celebrating artistic and cultural vibrancy in Alice Springs/Mparntwe. EOIs for the 2020 festival are open, all artistic disciplines are invited to apply. EOIs for Show Development support also close today.

7 Feb – EOIs for Art & About Sydney 2021 Program close TODAY
Art & About Sydney is currently looking for big ideas that will temporarily transform public and unusual spaces in the City of Sydney. Ideas and proposals from all art disciplines are welcome. Open to local, interstate, first nations, and international artists.

Quick Response Grants – NSW, QLD, VIC
Flying Arts QLD Quick Response Grants are now open. In New South Wales and Victoria the Quick Response Grants are being directed to support creative recovery projects in areas impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires.

28 Feb – Opportunity: Female Classical Choreographers
The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House and Dance Australia are offering a classically trained dancer/choreographer a residency at the Sydney Opera House and a commission to create a work for The Australian Ballet’s 2020 Bodytorque season. More info.

17 Feb – The Unconformity Artist-in-Residence Program
This opportunity is for artists working in any artform to conduct a residency in Queenstown, Tasmania. Artists will be provided a fee, materials budget, in-kind accommodation, per diem and a contribution towards travel. About the residency.

27 Feb – HOTA Creative Development Program 2020
HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast are offering cash, space and resources to help artists create, develop and collaborate in 2020. Apps close 27 Feb. Read more.

28 Feb – NT Community Benefit Fund and Arts Grants Programs
Major Community Grants, Major Community Events Grants and Vehicle Gifting Grants close 28 Feb. More info. | Other grants including Professional Development Fund and Strategic Projects (Access and Independent) and Strategic Arts Industry Development close from 14 Mar. View all grants under ‘Arts’ tab here.

28 Feb – Callout: Griffin Scratch is Back
Griffin Scratch is a chance for writers and performance makers to showcase a glimpse of their work. Submit a one-page EOI by 28 Feb.

28 Feb to 15 Mar – Regional Arts Fund Community Grants
Regional Arts Fund Community Grants have applications open across most states. Flying Arts Alliance (QLD) closes 28 Feb. Country Arts SA closes 15 Mar. RANT (TAS) closes 1 Mar. Regional Arts Victoria closes 2 Mar. Regional Arts WA closes 6 Mar.

10 Mar – Arts Tasmania Grants
Programs for this round include Artsbridge, Education Residencies, Low-interest loans and The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary. Applications close 10 Mar. More info.

10 Mar – Creative Partnerships Australia Masterclass
CPA is running an upcoming Masterclass, Stewardship: Creating Relationships for Life, to help organisations build lasting relationships with donors. Runs across various dates and cities in March. More info.

16 Mar – Creative Hobart Grants
Small Creative Hobart Grants and Medium Creative Hobart Grants close 16 Mar. Read more. 

27 Mar – City of Melbourne: EOIs for 2021 YIRRAMBOI Commissions
YIRRAMBOI Commissions will provide direct support to emerging and mid-career artists with First Nations background, to develop and present new work for the Festival. YIRRAMBOI Festival is seeking EOIs from artists, collectives and creative community groups to showcase projects as part of the 2021 festival.

29 Mar – Darwin Fringe calling for applications
Darwin Fringe (3-12 July) is an open-access community arts platform presenting hundreds of independent artists with professional opportunities every year. Hub applications due 16 Feb; general applications due 29 Mar.

31 Mar – Submit Pitch to Sydney Festival Disability Programming Initiative
Sydney Festival encourages artists with disability to submit a project idea for their Disability Programming Initiative. Submissions due 31 Mar.

Adelaide Fringe Access Guide
To ensure that everyone can make the most of its program, Adelaide Fringe has published an Access Guide as well as a list of accessible and inclusive events.

2-6 Sep – Save the date: Artlands 2020
Artlands 2020 will take place at Junction Arts Festival, in Lutruwita on Palawa country in north–east Tasmania from 2-6 Sep 2020. EOI’s open this month, stay tuned.

Arts and Culture Governance Spotlight Report
“Arts Boards…lack representation by young people, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.” The Australia Council has partnered with the Institute of Community Directors (ICDA) and Our Community to publish the Arts and Culture Governance Spotlight Report. Read it here.

Gender Equity and Diversity in Opera Summit
On 2 December 2019, the Gender Equity and Diversity in Opera Summit was held in Sydney. This was a first gathering calling on the opera sector to actively support gender equity and diversity. Outcomes include a sector working group for positive change. Read more here.

Arts Industry Council of South Australia – Report on the impact of the S2M arts sector
This visually engaging report looks at the combined impact of the small to medium sector in SA. Statistics incude economic impact, audiences and more. View the report.


10 Feb – HOME 2020: Call for Artist Proposals
Artists who are seeking asylum or have a refugee background are invited to apply to participate in HOME – a national arts program curated by the City of Greater Dandenong. Closes 10 Feb.

10 Feb – Creative Spaces sub-lease opportunity at new warehouse space
Creative Spaces has announced a sub-lease opportunity adjoining River Studios in West Melbourne. EOIs for the 400sqm warehouse space close 10 Feb.

17 Feb – Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) – Access Session
This VIPI information session is for Deaf & Disabled artists with ANY level of producing experience. Mon 17 Feb 2020 from 5:30pm – 7pm at Arts Access Victoria, 222 Bank St, South Melbourne. More info here.

20 Feb – Glance at Dance: Diversifying Audiences, Challenges and Opportunities
Join Ausdance Victoria for this dance sector gathering and panel featuring Priya Srinivasan, Gülsen Özer, Veronica Pardo (Multicultural Arts Victoria), Irine Vela (Outer Urban Projects) and Janice Florence (Arts Access/Weave Theatre). From 4pm, Thur 20 Feb at The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne. Free event, bookings essential.

13 & 27 Feb – Creative Victoria Grants
Touring Victoria closes 13 Feb; Small Regional Presenters close 13 Feb; Innovation in Marketing Fund closes 27 Feb.

14 Feb – EOI: Creative Recovery Artist Facilitator
Up to 9 local artists are being sought to participate in a creative program to support recovery and build resilience following the east-region bushfires of Feb and Mar 2019. Closes 14 Feb 2020. More info.

20 Feb – Audience Atlas Deep Dive in Ballarat with Andrew McIntyre
Creative Victoria and City of Ballarat present this practical session for regional arts organisations on how to explore the Creative Victoria Atlas tool, and use the data  to develop audiences. 20 Feb, 3 – 5pm, free but bookings essential.

20 Feb – Apply for City of Melbourne Quick Response Grants
Quick Response Arts Grants provide flexible and quick funding opportunities. Funding project must be activated within the City of Melbourne municipality. Applications assessed from the 20th of each month; grants remain open until funding pool exhausted.

20 Feb – Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund
Receive $10,000 – $100,000 for your multicultural community group to undertake upgrades to community facilities. Apps close 20 Feb. More info.

24 Feb – VicHealth Partnership Grants
VicHealth Partnership Grants is a new multi-million dollar funding pool that will help drive positive health and wellbeing outcomes for Victorians. Two streams: Everyday Creativity and The Art of Good Health. Applications close 24 Feb. Bushfire-affected organisations can contact VicHealth to discuss support at this difficult time.

New Platform for Culturally Diverse Artists / Artists of Colour
MAV is developing a new platform for the exploration of arts and cultural practice with artists of colour and culturally and linguistically diverse artists and communities. Artists/creatives of colour or culturally diverse artists are invited to submit a brief EOI. About the initative.

6 Mar – 2020 THRIVE: Creative Grants Funding for artists with disability
THRIVE – Creative Grants for Disabled Victorian artists. Project outcomes will be in the City of Port Phillip, during Open Doors Emerald Hill in July 2020. Arts Access Victoria will support applicant artists to apply.

Call For Artists – Bukjeh: Stories of home, and of having to leave it
Bukjeh is an installation and a series of short performances created with people who have been forced to leave their homes. Artists must be available for rehearsals in May and performance between 15-30 June 2020. Read more and email Aseel Tayah with your EOI.

10 Mar – Grants celebrate Victoria’s Vibrant Multiculturalism In 2020
Small grants up to $2,000 (community stream) and large grants between $7,000 and $70,000 (partnerships stream) are available. More info.

14 Mar – Register for Back to Back Theatre’s CAMP 2020
Join leading contemporary artists for performance and art making workshops in Geelong as part of CAMP: Come And Make Performance (14 & 15 Mar). Register for the full weekend, one day or a single workshop. No previous experience required.

15 Mar – First Peoples Advisory Panel Call for Nominations
City of Port Phillip are calling for nominations for the Boonatung Ngargee Yulenj: First Peoples Arts Advisory Panel – providing advice and feedback in the development and implementation of the Arts Plan 2020-2025. Read more.


6 Mar – Call for Submissions – M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021
This festival covers a range of art forms, and is one of the few festivals in Singapore with a strong curatorial identity. Performance and live art works that will fall within the theme of ‘Quiet Riot’ are invited to apply by 6 March 2020. More info.

2 Apr – Earlybird regisrations close for IETM Tromsø Plenary Meeting 2020, Norway
The theme of the meeting is Activism. 30 Apr – 3 May 2020. Open to IETM Members and Non-Members. Early-bird registration closes 2 April. Read more here.

Last Chance: Register for APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA, Melbourne
Australian artists, companies, venues, festivals are invited to join 350 national and international colleagues at the APAM Gathering in Melbourne from 24 – 28 Feb 2020. Register here.


10 Feb – ASSITEJ Advisory Pool – Leading the Sector
In 2020, TNA is building a pool of TYA and Youth Arts representatives from across the country to provide advocacy leadership for the ASSITEJ Australia Network. To be considered for the National Advisory Group, please complete this short survey by 10 Feb 2020.

27 Mar – MCA Professional Development Program: Working with Young People in the Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, is offering a 2-day program (27 & 28 Mar) led by Jo Higgins and a team of MCA Young Creatives alumni. Learn more about creative youth development, how to build informal youth-led arts programs and develop strategies for advocacy and evaluation. Details and tickets.

IPAY 2020 – Australian Delegation Wrap Up
Read responses from the Australian delegation to International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) showcase in Philadelphia, USA, this January.

ASSITEJ Sector Booklet
The following member booklet gives a sector snapshot and shows the breadth of the work being created across Australia. It includes making companies listed by state and a link to independent practitioners working in TYA and Youth Arts. This booklet will be used as a promotional tool for international delegations.

Sydney Theatre Awards – Panel Advocacy
In response to the recent omission of Best Production for Children and Best Production for Young People from the 2020 Sydney Theatre Awards, TNA is collating names of NSW-based TYA and Youth Arts practitioners to put forward to the committee as prospective panel members. TNA wants to ensure that works are seen, assessed and celebrated. Submit your name and role / experience here.


22 Feb – Cherche – Trouve: A Masterclass with Lân Maurice Nguyễn
National Institute of Circus Arts and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA is offering a masterclass with Vietnamese Bamboo Circus Artistic Director Lân Maurice Nguyễn. Cherche – Trouve (search and find) is a creation methodology. Dates: 22 & 29 Feb. Attend one or both.

16 Feb – EOIs close soon for Women’s Circus ‘Room of One’s Own’ residency
This residency offers women, trans and non-binary artists working in circus, performance and/or physical theatre up to 2 weeks of access to training and rehearsal space in West Footscray (VIC) for free. Explore and rehearse in a fully-equipped circus and performance space. Apply here by 16 Feb.

16 Apr – Catch the World’s Best Jugglers, Adelaide
The Adelaide Juggling Convention (16 – 19 Apr) offers workshops ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels in multiple disciplines. International guests include Taylor Tries, Naoya Aoki and Lisa Komatsubara. More info.

9 May – Warehouse Circus looking for new Board Members
Warehouse Circus (ACT) is seeking nominees for their volunteer Board of Directors who are responsible for the strategic guidance and governance of the organisation. Nominations close on 9 May. AGM will be held on 16 May. More info.

14 -18 April – Final Catapult Festival in Bathurst
Catapult will be delivered on a much smaller scale in 2020, with a condensed skill sharing program and workshops with Gravity and Other Myths who will be touring their show Backbone. It will be the last Catapult Festival. Registration info.

Documentation of Fresh Circus #5
Fresh Circus – flagship event of the Circostrada network and ARTCENA, the International Seminar for the Development of Circus Arts – took place in France last October. View documentation here. 

2020 Arts Hub’s Dance and Circus Calendar
Keep in the loop here.


  • Declan Greene has been announced as Griffin Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director.
  • State Theatre Company South Australia CEO, Jodi Glass, has announced she is stepping down after a three-year stint in the role.
  • Josh Wright to take over from Angela Conquet as Artistic Director/CEO of Dancehouse.
  • Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) welcomes Petra Kalive as Associate Director.
  • Jaclyn Booton has taken on the role of Executive Director of the Stella Prize.
  • Members of AusDance National have determined a new direction for the association electing an interim Board led by President Paul Summers (VIC) and Vice President Julie Dyson (ACT).
  • Performing Arts Connections Australia (PACA) Executive Director Rick Heath leaving to take up the role of Executive Director and Co-CEO at Black Swan State Theatre Company. Katherine Connor to step in as Interim ED of PACA.
  • Roger King, Managing Director of The Boîte, retiring. Eyal Chipkiewicz appointed to take over leadership of the company.
  • Monique Beaudoire appointed Philanthropy and Sponsorship Manager at Barking Gecko Theatre.
  • Co:3 appoints Maria Sioulas as Marketing Manager and Katt Osborne as 2020 artist in residence.
  • Jonathan Llewellyn appointed as Manager of Cowra Civic Centre.
  • Festivals Adelaide announces Justyna Jochym to the role of CEO following the departure of Christie Anthony.
  • National Arts and Culture Editor at Time Out Sydney, Ben Neutze, announces his departure.
  • Boden Evans appointed as Marketing Officer at Casula Powerhouse.
  • Ausdance Victoria welcomes Fiona Hulands as Dance Development Officer and Amy Fox as Manager, Ausdance Victoria.
  • Congratulations to TNA members and colleagues receiving recognition at the Australia Day awards: Anni Davey, Maude Davey, Wesley Enoch, Carly Findlay, Rachael Maza, Jodee Mundy, Katrina Sedgwick, Claire Spencer, and Emma Webb.
  • TNA welcomes Yuhui Ng Rodriguez, commencing as Enews Editor from March 2020.
  • Bethany Simons farewells TNA in order to focus on her creative practice as a writer, performer and teaching artist. (Thanks for reading, everybody! It’s been a pleasure sharing opportunities, curating events and supporting the sector. I dedicate this final eNews to my beautiful Nan who passed away this week – my favourite storyteller and the inspiration for my first play.)


Manager – Artist and Sector Development, Theatre Network Australia (VIC). Apply by 24 Feb.
Production Logistics Coordinator, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 7 Feb.
Channel Manager, Melbourne International Arts Festival (VIC). Apply by 9 Feb.
Various Arts and Culture roles, Wyndham City Council (VIC). Apply by 9 Feb.
Director, Watch This Space (NT). Apply by 9 Feb.
Various roles, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (NSW). Apply by 9 Feb.
Production Coordinator, Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (VIC). Apply by 9 Feb.
Project Manager, Venice Biennale, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 10 Feb.
Marketing, Comms and Development roles, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 10 and 17 Feb.
Production Coordinator, Griffin Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 11 Feb.
Box Office Supervisor, Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apply by 12 Feb.
Marketing Manager, Substation (VIC). Apply by 13 Feb.
Philanthropy Coordinator, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 14 Feb.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Junction Arts Festival (TAS). Apply by 14 Feb.
Executive Director, Performing Arts Connections (WA). Apply by 17 Feb.
Various roles, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 17 Feb.
Program Manager (Common Rooms), Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apply by 18 Feb.
Senior Production Manager, Performing Lines (NSW). Apply by 20 Feb.
Sustainability Leader, Country Arts SA (SA). Apply by 20 Feb.
Various roles, Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC). Apply now – 21 Feb.
Director, AusDance Queensland (QLD). Apply by 21 Feb.
Artistic Director, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 22 Feb.
Philanthropy Manager, Belvoir (NSW). Apply by 24 Feb.
Venue and Technical Coordinator, Dance North (QLD). Apply by 24 Feb.
General Manager, Newcastle Arts Space (NSW). Apply by 28 Feb.
Arts and Culture Centre Coordinator, Desart (NT). Apply by 28 Feb.
Executive Producer, ILBIJERRI (VIC). Apply by 9 Mar.
Producer, Q Theatre (NSW). Apply by 13 Mar.


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