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TNA E-News – February 2024


E-News in Plain English
At TNA, we are teaching ourselves to do more of our comms in Plain English. This is our first (imperfect!) attempt.

TNA’s Federal 2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission
Last month, TNA made a submission to the Federal Government as part of its regular Pre-Budget Submissions process. Read our recommendations in full.

The Australian CaPT First Nations Circle
TNA is pleased to announce the First Nations Circle members: Dale Woodbridge Brown, Ally Humphris, Janine Oxenham, Kirk Page, Ghenoa Gela, Maggie Church Kopp, Tara Gower and Lara Croydon. The Circle is a group of eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the continent, here to amplify First Nations perspectives, celebrate the good work already being done, steer the work yet to be done and invite collective responsibility in fostering more equitable CaPT spaces.

Leaps and Bounds: APAM x Honey Pot Travel Bursary Recipient
Congratulations to circus practitioner, Winter Chapman, on receiving TNA’s Access & Equity Bursary to attend Leaps and Bounds: APAM x Honey Pot during Adelaide Fringe.

Join TNA as a Financial Member
TNA membership is open to individuals and organisations who want to engage with our advocacy and sector work. Fees are $33/yr for indies and may be waived for those from underrepresented groups or those experiencing financial barriers. Contact Yuhui at or (03) 9947 1015 if you want to find out more or read about our member benefits.


8 Feb – Free Online Grant Writing Workshop by Auspicious Arts Projects and Multicultural Arts Victoria
For artists new to grants or seeking to brush up on their skills. The session focuses on the Creative Australia projects grant round closing in March. Workshop covers preparing your application, support materials, budget, and auspicing. Today at 5.30pm.

9 Feb – Pitch New Works at the Perth 2024 ISPA Congress in May
ISPA invites EOIs for creators to pitch their new work to a global audience of performing arts professionals. Participants have seven minutes to present and three minutes to answer questions. They also participate in the informal marketplace, Professional Exchange. There is a $50 USD application fee.

11 Feb ­­­– galang residency 2024 (Australia-based First Nations creatives only)
A fully supported 12-week residency hosted by Cité internationale des arts in Paris, in partnership with Powerhouse Parramatta.

11 Feb – George Town Festival 2024 Artist-in-Residence
Participate in a one- to three-month residency in George Town, Malaysia, between 15 March–15 June. The theme is ‘Here and Now’. The festival provides accommodation, workspace, artist and production fees, and a residency allowance.

10 Feb – Brown’s Mart BUILD UP (NT)
Up to $15,000 towards the development of a work. Includes in-kind space, project mentoring, peer-support, and professional advice.

16 Feb – SITUATE 2024/25 Digital + Live (TAS)
Two-year program supporting regional TAS emerging and mid-career artists to develop bold and experimental work, with digital and live project outcomes.

19 Feb – Individuals and Groups Project Funding (NSW)
Up to $60,000 to deliver an arts and cultural activity that benefits NSW by employing professional NSW artists or arts workers, or by providing arts and cultural experiences to NSW.

19 Feb – Riverside National Theatre of Paramatta’s Staging the World (NSW)
Opportunity for four POC directors to be mentored by US director Mina Morita. Mina’s practice focuses on contemporary work by POC. Intensive over Sept and Oct. $500 stipend provided.

19 Feb – DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab
For early career professionals to explore their creative practice. Selected participants receive $1,862 for two weeks, studio space, a mentor, up to four dance artists (paid), peer showing and professional documentation.

19 Feb – Arts Queensland Peer Assessors EOIs
Seeking peer assessors with expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures, arts and disability, community networks, and other fields.

23 Feb ­– Regional Arts North Queensland Artist Residency (Regional QLD)
Test ideas and explore cross artform possibilities over three days in May on Magnetic Island. $400 to secure a spot, $335 is refundable. For performing arts practitioners from Townsville and surrounding areas.

25 Feb ­– Next Level Creative Mentorship Program (NSW d/Deaf or disabled artists only)
Develop a new project with $3,000 funding and access to mentorship within a leading performing arts organisation.

1 March – Junction Arts Festival 2024 EOIs (TAS)
Submit an EOI to present work at the festival, held in Launceston from 19–22 Sept.

3 March – Have Your Say NT Arts Strategy
Informed by the National Cultural Policy, Arts NT are seeking input to develop a 10-year arts strategy. NT Individuals and orgs are invited to submit a response.

3 March – Studio1 EXCHANGE Afternoon (QLD)
Hosting three dance/physical theatre artists to share their works-in-progress, with audience feedback, and artist and community networking. The guest curator choreographer is Liesel Zink.

4–11 March – NT Arts and Culture Grants
Arts Industry Development Grant provides up to $20,000 to increase accessible arts, diverse audiences, and digital capacity. Arts Projects Grant provides up to $20,000. Closing 4 March and 11 March respectively.

5 March – Arts Projects for Organisations Additional Youth Funding
Up to $100,000 for a single project, a suite of projects, or an annual program. Creative Australia will distribute an extra $450,000 towards competitive applications that increase participation in youth arts and youth theatre activities.

5 March – Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Up to $50,000 for a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public.

8 March – Maitri Cultural Partnerships
Supports activities that help exchange between Australian and Indian creative industries. Up to $250,000 for major arts orgs to engage Indian partners. , and between $20,000–$90,000 for smaller organisation-to-organisation and peer-to-peer collaboration. 

11 March – Helpmann Academy Creative Innovator Program (SA)
For individuals or small groups with an existing project or new idea for a creative enterprise. Receive training and support, and the chance to pitch for up to $20,000 cash funding.

12 March – Mobility Webinar: The International Mobility of Disabled Artists and Culture Professionals (EU)
The webinar discusses inequalities in accessing international opportunities for Disabled artists and arts workers. 9pm AEDT, free.

Australian Apprenticeship Priority List:  Sound Technician and Light Technician
The Federal Government’s 2024 Australian Apprenticeship Priority List now includes Sound Technician and Light Technician. An eligible full-time apprentice may receive up to $10,000 over the duration of their apprenticeship, while an employer may receive up to $15,000.


11 Feb – Emerging Writers Festival 2024 EOIs
For emerging writers, artists and creatives to take part in the festival, held on the 5–15 Sept.

12 Feb – Geelong Arts Centre Creative Engine 
$3,000 and $5,000 grants available with in-kind studio access for rehearsals. Applicants must show connection, innovation and thoughtfulness.

12 Feb – City of Melbourne Community Inclusion Grants
Up to $20,000 for not-for-profit community orgs and schools to support the needs and aspirations of diverse communities in the municipality.

12 Feb – La Mama Cabaretica EOIs 
For short cabaret acts to present at La Mama’s upcoming shows. Artists receive $70 plus box office split after expenses.

 25 Feb – Melbourne Fringe Fund
Four great opportunities for Fringe: $25,000 grant for an experienced artist to fill the 200-seat ETU Ballroom. $20,000 climate crisis commission. Two $20,000 commissions for artists to premiere new work. $100,000 Melbourne Civic Commission, to create a new civic artwork which will premiere at the 2025 Melbourne Fringe Festival. EOIs for the Civic Commission closes 12 March.

3 March – La Mama Pathways Writing Intensive EOIs
Professional skills development for emerging and mid-career playwrights and theatre-makers on theatre writing and craft. Includes weekly sessions, dramaturgical mentorship, culminating in sharing and pitching works.

Schizy Inc Performing Arts Collective Workshops
Free short courses starting from mid-Feb in cabaret, theatre and dance. For creatives with diverse complex mental health. Professional tutors, interactive learning, with performance opportunities.

Gasworks Arts Park Create & Connect Facilitators
Seeking facilitators for big group arts participatory events to propose a range of activities. The event should be crafted within a single day, for at least fifty people per session.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

9 Feb – 2024 PYT Fairfield Ensemble Callout (NSW)
Professional development for Western Sydney artists aged 18–28. Workshops include improvisation, writing, performing and creating original work for the stage. In 2023, 95% of Ensemble members received paid arts work as a direct result of their participation. Some members will be invited to join the PYT Company.

16 Feb – SIGNAL Screen Commission (VIC)
For emerging artists aged 16–25 to produce their screen work for a showcase in Melbourne city. Provides technical and creative support, mentoring in development workshops, and an $800 commissioning fee.

19 Feb – Request for Proposals on Children, Young People and the Arts – Analysis and Strategic Advice Report
Creative Australia seeks proposals for an experienced consultant to develop a report. The report will provide analysis and advice on what support is needed in the area of Children, Young People and the Arts. The report may inform future strategy development.

26 Feb – Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary (NSW)
Up to $20,000 to support an emerging creative 18–35 in their study or professional development at a recognised university, in acting, dancing, or singing. Where there’s several suitable applicants, priority may be given to people from the Darling Downs region.

17 March – Carclew Project and Development Grants (SA)
For individuals 26 years or under. Up to $3,000 for skills development in creative practice, up to $10,000 for development and/or presentation of new or existing work, or work that enables participation for children and young people.


Victorian Circus and Physical Theatre Funding (VIC)
Creative Australia has announced up to $300,000 support for two years of operations and activity for micro and small-medium CaPT orgs, and up to $50,000 support for individuals and groups in VictoriaThere are information webinars for both streams on 20–21 Feb.

23 Feb – Registrations for Leaps and Bounds: APAM x Honey Pot
Registrations are open for the two-day special platform event focused on Australian CaPT during Adelaide Fringe. The program will include pitches of tour-ready works, panel conversations, roundtables, networking and showcase works. Tiered pricing from $134 for independent artists and producers.

29 Feb – Spoffin OFF 2024 Applications (Amersfoort)
Emerging street artists across dance and circus can showcase their work during the street arts festival in the Netherlands in August. Spoffin offers accommodation, meals, reasonable travel compensation, and the opportunity to win the Spoffin OFF Award worth $4,000 AUD.

8 March – temperART Callout (Santa Maria da Feira)
Inviting artists and companies to submit proposals that explore the intersection between contemporary circus and gastronomy. Selected artists develop work on residency in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, and present the project at the International Street Theatre Festival. Financial support worth $26,000 AUD.

Gasworks Circus Showcase 2024 (VIC)
For circus performers to develop acts for presentation. Shortlisted acts perform in an onstage showcase in front of a live audience in May. Acts or excerpts of acts must be 10–15 minutes in duration. Preference is given to work that has not had a ticketed season in Melbourne.


  • Caroline Bowditch will be stepping down as CEO at Arts Access Victoria in July 2024. Recruitment has started, it is a Deaf and/or disabled identified role. See in Jobs.
  • Eric Holowacz will be stepping down as CEO of Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (Godinymayin).
  • The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA has appointed Tania Hudson as CEO.
  • Ausdance WA has appointed Amy Wiseman as the new Associate Director.
  • Australian Theatre for Young People has appointed Matthew Hall as Executive Director, Management.
  • Sarah Leighton is starting a new position as Chief of Staff at the Office of the Hon. Colin Brooks of the Victorian Government.
  • Damien Hodgkinson is stepping down as the Executive Director at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, to take up the role of CEO at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
  • Olivia Allen is the Arts and Culture Team Leader at Wyndham City Council.
  • Natano Fa’anana has taken on the role of Executive Producer at Moogahlin Performing Arts.
  • Tim Newth AM has stepped down as co-Artistic Director of Tracks Dance Company.
  • L2R Dance has appointed Lucy Pitt as General Manager.
  • Next Wave has announced the eight artists that make up their Artistic Directorate: Bruno BoothLibby HarwardLucy BleachMarian AbboudRosealee PearsonSally GoldingYuhui Ng-Rodriguez, and Yusuf Hayat.
  • Brendan O’Connell is stepping down as Executive Producer & Deputy CEO at Lucy Guerin Inc, to take up the newly created role of Director, Programming at Sydney Dance Company.
  • The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards have announced the recipients for 2023. Lucy Guerin Inc was awarded the Group Award, Jane Harrison the Individual Award, and Collette Brennan the Facilitator’s Prize.
  • Brianna Kell has been appointed Artistic Associate at Australian Dance Theatre.
  • James Kenyon has stepped down as Senior Advisor, Creative Industries at the Victorian Government.
  • Georgia Hendy has stepped down as Executive Producer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, to take up the role of CEO at Darwin Entertainment Centre.


Ongoing Casual Supervisor, NICA (VIC). Apply now.
Production Manager, MONA (TAS). Apply now.
Arts Admin Ninja, The Listies (VIC). Email
Specialist in Voice, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 7 Feb.
Programming Coordinator, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 9 Feb.
Art Director/Senior Designer, DARKLAB (TAS). Apply by 9 Feb.
Producer, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 9 Feb.
Junior Artistic Associate, Brunswick East Entertainment Festival (VIC). Apply by 12 Feb.
NICA Represents Agent, National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apply by 14 Feb. 
Box Office Supervisor, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 15 Feb.
Board members (Volunteer), MADE (TAS). EOIs by 16 Feb
Company Manager, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 18 Feb.
Producer, Performing Lines TAS (TAS). Apply by 18 Feb.
Producer, Pathways & Engagement, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 19 Feb.
Producer, Performing Lines VIC (VIC). Apply by 22 Feb.
Program and Engagement Manager, Blue Room Theatre (WA). Apply by 19 Feb.
Operations Manager, Accessible Arts (NSW). Apply by 19 Feb.
Executive Producer, Lucy Guerin Inc (VIC). Apply by 21 Feb.
Head of Programming Operations, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 23 Feb.
Administration Coordinator, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 23 Feb.
Senior Business Manager, Junction Arts Festival (TAS). Apply by 28 Feb.
Senior Creative Producer, Junction Arts Festival (TAS). Apply by 28 Feb.
CEO, Arts Access Victoria (VIC). Apply by 4 March.

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