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21 Jul – Program Producer – an exciting job opportunity with TNA!
TNA has been contracted to deliver a major new program designed to build capacity for the independent sector in Victoria. We are now seeking a Program Producer to join our team! EOIs close 21 July. Apply here.

12 Jul – TNA’s Small to Medium Salary Survey 2019
TNA’s Biennial Salary Survey of Small to Medium Organisations in the Arts is a respected piece of ongoing research used by the sector as a benchmarking tool, ultimately contributing to better pay and conditions across the sector. Take the survey (20min) and share the link with your colleagues. Results are anonymous. Survey closes NEXT WEEK Fri 12 Jul.

16 Oct – ‘Converge’ – TNA’s National Symposium in Melbourne
Join us for ‘Converge’ – a National Symposium on Theatre and Young People, in partnership with Melbourne University and Abbotsford Convent. 9.30am – 6.00pm, Wed 16 Oct 2019, Abbotsford Convent, Collingwood VIC. Full program and registration info announced in August. Read ASSITEJ stuff (below) to read the Call for Research.


14 July – Keir Choreographic Award applications close
An increased cash prize of $50k will be awarded in addition to a $10k audience choice award and further commissioning and touring opportunities. Entries close 14 July for works to be presented in March 2020. Full length development opportunities available for two works. More info.

10 Jul – Industry Forum: Australian Youth Dance Forum, Melbourne
A facilitated discussion on the value of youth dance and how it impacts a young person’s development. 3pm – 5.30pm, Wed 10 Jul at Meat Market Stables, North Melbourne. Tickets $80 and include networking drinks and performance. More info.

5 Jul – Darwin Fringe Festival – Artist programs
Check out the series of artist workshops and masterclasses programmed for Darwin Fringe Festival, 5 – 14 July 2019.

30 Jul – Apply for Performers’ Trust Foundation Grants
Grants of $3,000 for individuals or $5,000 for groups / organisations available. Activities include performances in charitable institutions such as hospitals, promotion of performing arts to the general public, and more. Applications due 30 Jul and 31 Oct. More info.

Creative Partnerships Australia – Matched Funding returns for 2019/20
Check out the PLUS1 program for small to medium not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations, and MATCH LAB for independent artists and collectives. Applications for 2019/20 round open this month.

9 & 10 Aug – Tracks and Ausdance deliver 2019 National Dance Forum at Darwin Festival
Held across Darwin on 9 & 10 August, this year’s forum acknowledges dance as a political force and a provocation for change. Presenters include practitioners from the Northern Territory and around Australia. Tickets: $75 – $250. Download the program.

Online training for community directors and fundraisers
Courses cost $55 each (or $85 with book) and are delivered via a smart learning management system – study in your own time! Current courses include ‘Step In, Step Up’ (for Community Board Members), ‘Where’s the Funding?’ and ‘Win More Grants’. More info.

29 Jul – Applications for the 2020 Bundanon Artist-in-Residence program closing soon
Apply for a residency for research and development or the creation of new work. Available from July 2020 onwards, this residency is open to groups and individuals from all genres. Deadline 29 Jul 2019. Info and guidelines.

15 Jul – Flock #12 – Free Gathering for Indie Creatives in Perth
Get messy in a hands on workshop in wet/dry black pastel with Esther / Yabini McDowell and then join an “artists and earth” conversation facilitated by Daisy Sanders looking at environmental aspects of artistic work. Suitable for artists of all disciplines. Mon 15 July 5.30pm – 8.30pm at Art Gallery of WA. Book here.

Arts NSW updated funding model
NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, has reworked Arts and Cultural Funding Program assessment and delivery in response to sector feedback. A new streamlined approach consolidates the existing 14 funding rounds into two annual calls; reworked assessment criteria reduces 26 checkpoints to three elements; and cross-sector peer review panels will be replaced with ten new Create NSW Artform Assessment Boards.

4 Aug – Call for submissions – Playwriting Australia’s Lost Plays series
Up to six works (written between 2007 – 2017) will be selected for a one-week development with an artistic team of actors, dramaturg and director. Applicants must have previously been commissioned by a professional Australian theatre company. Read the guidelines. Applications close Sun 4 Aug 2019. Apply here.

Creative Industries Survey – Northern Territory
Information gathered in this survey will inform the development of the 5 year Creative Industries Strategy for the NT which will be presented in Dec 2019. Take the survey.

26 Jul – Register for PAC Australia Performing Arts Exchange and Conference
Artists, producers, marketers, programmers and presenters are invited to connect, create, build touring opportunities and cultivate audiences.Held from 26 – 29 August at The Events Centre, Caloundra QLD alongside Horizon Festival. View conference program here. Earlybird tickets deadline: 26 Jul 2019.

29 Aug – REMIX Academy Perth
This one-day summit on culture, technology and entrepreneurship will be held at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia on 29 August. Tickets range from $175 – $395. Program here.

3 – 22 Jul – Adelaide Fringe: Artist and Venue Info Sessions in Adelaide and Brisbane
Adelaide: Wed 3 July, 6pm-7:30pm at Marion Cultural Centre and Thur 4 Jul, 6pm-7:30pm atHolden Street Theatres. Brisbane: Mon 22 Jul, 6pm-7:30pm at Metro Arts. | Check out the Fringe Works podcast here.

Handy Resources and Links
Next week (7 -14 July) is NAIDOC week – get involved! |  Regional Arts Australia toolkit for Collaborating with Regional Communities. | UK innovation foundation, Nesta, on better ways of mapping and measuring public value. | Disability Advocacy Resource Unit oulines how to be Disability Inclusive. | Free resources from Arts Wellbeing Collective.


12 Aug – Creative Victoria – Creative Learning Partnerships
Do you work with students? This funding initiative provides opportunities for Victorian schools to partner with creative professionals ($10,000) or arts and cultural organisations ($35,000). Info webinars will be held on 23 and 24 July. Grant round opens 12 Aug and closes 19 Sep. More info.

5 Jul – Arts Access Victoria – Apply for Nexus training program
Nexus is an 8-week professional development program for young Victorian artists and arts workers with disability led by creatives and industry professionals. Applications close 5pm this Fri 5 Jul.

25 Jul – Arts West’s Catch Up Club – Connections
Food, wine and conversation. Come and hear artists talk about their work and the importance of connection to their artistic practice and wider community. 6pm – 8pm, Thur 25 Jul. Free event, bookings recommended.

29 Jul – Arts House’s Time_Place_Space lab for artists
Time_Place_Space is a 10-day research-based mobile laboratory. Artist EOIs close Mon 29 Jul and residency takes place 27 Nov – 7 Dec 2019. Open to Australian independent contemporary and experimental artists. Places available for artists who care for preschool-aged children who would otherwise be unable to attend.

9 Aug – Nominations for the 2019 VicHealth Awards close soon
If you or your organisation are working to create a healthier Victoria, VicHealth Awards have 11 categories including ‘improving the health and wellbeing of young Victorians’. Nominations close on 9 Aug. More info.


12 Jul – Apply for an ISPA Global Fellowship 2020 
Open to those currently employed/working in the professional performing arts with a minimum of 5 years experience. Applicants must be available to participate in the NYC 2020 ISPA Congress, Jan 14 – 16, 2020 and Fellows Seminar on Jan13, 2020. Apply by 12 Jul. More info.

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.

18 Jul – Open Call for 2019 PAMS Pitching, Korea
Open to artists, producers and presenters. 30 projects will be selected for the PAMS pitching program which runs from 8 – 10 Oct 2019 in Seoul, Korea. Applications close Thur 18 Jul. More info.

Professional registration open for FiraTàrrega 2019
This annual international market for performing arts will take place in Tàrrega, Spain during the second weekend in Sep 2019. Read more here.


15 Jul – Call for Research – TNA’s National Symposium on Theatre and Young People
Converge – a national Symposium in Melbourne (Wed 16 Oct) will present a range of evidence-based industry research. If you have a project that focuses on the impact of theatre on young people, we want to hear from you! Email Bethany with a one paragraph summary and link to your research by Mon 15 Jul 2019.

1 Sep – Carclew’s Project & Development Grants for Individuals and Organisations
Individuals – open to early career artists aged 26 years or under. Apply for up to $10,000 for projects or $3,000 for professional development. | Organisations – Not for profit or incorporated SA based organisations may apply for up to $20,000 for projects. Deadline for both opportunities: Sun 1 Sep 2019. More info.

12 &13 Sep – ‘Make Space’ – National Youth Arts Summit in Adelaide
Carclew invites young artists, arts workers and creatives across Australia join critical conversations on 12 & 13 Sep 2019. Day one for young creatives only. Day Two open to all. Earlybird tickets close 12 July. More info.

22 Sep – ArtPlay SIGNAL artist learning session: Making stories without words
Caroline Bowditch and Laura Hook lead this inclusive, multi-disciplinary session using design and non-verbal communication to create stories for young audiences. 10am – 5pm, Sun 22 Sep at ArtPlay, Melbourne. Cost: $20 (lunch included). Workshop for adults, EOI required to attend. Click here for more info closer to the date.


8 Jul – Circus Oz – Devising for Subversive Performance with Leah Shelton
Open to female, female-identifying and non-binary circus artists interested in devising politically subversive solo / duo circus acts. Submit a 200 word statement on how you would like to develop your act, video link to primary act, and CV. EOIs close Mon 8 July. Masterclass: Sat-Wed 24 Aug – 4 Sep, 9am to 4.30pm at Circuz Oz. More info.

1 Aug –  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 open from 1 Aug – 1 Sep. More info.

22 to 24 Oct – Circostrada – International Seminar for the Development of Circus Arts
The 2019 seminar will take place in Auch, France, during Circa Festival. Fresh Circus #5 will adapt the traditional conference model and look at the relation between circus and territories, with an emphasis on rurality. More info.

17 Jul – Circus Oz Sidesault Feedback Session
If you have previously been a participating artist/producer in Sidesault, or have accessed Circus Oz and/or The Melba Spiegeltent spaces, this open forum is for you. Wed 17 July, 2.30pm Big Meeting Room, Circus Oz. RSVP here by Wed 10 July.

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.


  • Artist and Executive Director of AAV, Caroline Bowditch, joins TNA’s board of directors.
  • Board of Playwriting Australia announces leadership redundancies and review of current model.
  • Kamarra Bell-Wykes finishes up as Creative Director of ILBIJERRI and will work with the company in a freelance capacity whilst focusing on personal practice.
  • HotHouse Theatre appoints Karla Conway as Artistic Director and CEO.
  • Board member Danielle Norrish to replace Natalie Jenkins as Executive Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company.
  • APAM announces ILBIJERRI as First Nations Lead and Naomi Velaphi and Josh Wright as Program Producers. Sign up for APAM enews here.
  • La Boite has welcomed Zohar Spatz as Executive Director.
  • Playwright Vanessa Jo Di Natale announced as 2019 recipient of Arts Access Victoria’s Stella Young Award.
  • Critical Stages appoints new board members Pearl Tan and Joel McGuiness.
  • Brittany Green commences as Assistant Producer of the PICA performance program.
  • Alison Dunn appointed Head of Business Development and Marketing at Sydney Festival.
  • Paul Kildea to take on the artistic leadership of Musica Viva Australia.
  • Mark Crees appointed Group Manager, Cultural Strategy, City of Parramatta.
  • Katherine Hoepper commences as Programming Director at Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • Local and board member, Jamie Lea, to continue as Creative Director of the Shepparton Festival in 2020 and beyond.
  • Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek have been appointed as the Co-Artistic Directors of Melbourne’s new cultural festival from 2020-2023.


Development Coordinator, Perth Festival (WA). Apply by 3 Jul.
Executive Producer, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 5 Jul.
Assistant Company Manager – West Side Story, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 5 Jul.
Producer, Home of the Arts (QLD). Apply now.
Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre (QLD). Apply by 7 Jul.
Business Manager, Seymour Centre (NSW). Apply by 8 Jul.
General Manager, Pinchgut Opera (NSW). Apply by 8 Jul
Executive Producer, Lucy Guerin Inc. Apply by 9 Jul.
Various Roles, Performance Space (NSW). Apply by 10 Jul.
Technical Coordiantor, Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (VIC). Apply by 10 Jul.
Artist and Venue Coordinator, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 10 Jul.
Deputy Director-General, Commonwealth Foundation (UK). Apply by 12 Jul.
Lecturer – Stage Management, TAFE SA (SA). Apply by 12 Jul.
Head of Finance & Administration, Sydney Festival (NSW). Apply by 12 Jul.
Program Producer, Theatre Network Australia (VIC). Apply by 21 Jul.
Executive Director, Snuff Puppets (VIC). Apply by 2 Aug.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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