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TNA E-News July 2016


13 Jul – Victorian Theatre Forum: ‘The Next Stage’ at Arts House next week
We’re looking forward to seeing you all – members and non-members! – at the Victorian Theatre Forum next week. Our theme is resilience and adaptability, so we’ll be looking at ways to continue making art in a troubled climate. Program includes keynote addresses, breakout discussions, curated walking tours and more. 11.30am – 5.30pm (followed by a sector party) at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall. Ticket prices: $27.50 – $66.00 (incl. catering). Note that registration is open to non-members. Join the conversation: register here.

Election Advocacy – your job isn’t over yet!
Regardless of the election outcome, it’s important that positive advocacy continues. We encourage you to write to your local member to check their arts plans and priorities in the new world order (note – you may need to confirm your local member once the results have been finalised). For hints and tips on what to write, click here.


27 Jul – National Play Festival 2016, Malthouse Theatre – Program Announced
A celebration of Australia’s most ambitious new playwriting, the 2016 National Play Festival will be held at Malthouse Theatre from the 27 – 30 July. This year’s program includes a Keynote Address by Michael Gow, playreadings, playwriting masterclasses, artist talks, an Industry Program and late night events. Read about the full festival program.

11 Jul – Independent Producers Bootcamp, La Boite – Last chance to apply! – $50
This two day intensive for independent producers focuses on processes to manage effectively and creatively. Learn about pitching, funding, marketing, touring and more. The workshop takes place from 9am-5pm, Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 July, La Boite Theatre, Kelvin Grove QLD. Book now.

30 Sep – First Drama Australia Symposium in Adelaide
Teaching Artists, Drama Educators and Researchers: Registrations are now open for Looking Forward, Looking Back. The inaugural Drama Australia Symposium will be held at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, from 30 September  – 1 October, with an optional Cultural Excursion on Sunday, 2 October 2016. Read more here.

ShowBroker: Adelaide to host new National Performing Arts Touring Arts Market
Adelaide will host a new national performing arts touring market from February 2017. Arts South Australia will deliver the market in collaboration with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival Centre and the South Australian Presenters’ Association with the endorsement of the Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA). ShowBroker will be a transactional market for 300 delegates, focused on bookings and tours. About ShowBroker.

4 Oct – Australia Council – National Touring Status Grant – Up to $400k for 3 years
Touring organisations are eligible to apply for funding for tours starting after 1 January 2018. Closing date is midnight 4 October 2016. Please note that applicants awarded a National Touring Status Grant will not be eligible to submit applications to Playing Australia. Read more. 

15 Sep – Catalyst: Australian Arts and Culture Fund – Apply for the next round
It’s time to get your project application ready for the next round of Catalyst grants. Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. Submit before midnight (AEST) 15 September for activities commencing after 1 January 2017. Apply now.


25 Jul- Regional Arts Fund (RAF) – Applications are now open
The RAF supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia. Community Grants are available in two rounds per year. The catergories are: Cultural Projects & Skills Development (Up to $15,000) and Toe in the Water (Up to $6,000 for first time applicants). Join theFacebook Q&A on 25 July, 12pm – 1pm. For more info, read about the RAF.

Jul/Aug – Dancehouse – Next Stages: Capacity Building Workshops – $25
Next Stages is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Weekly workshops run from 6pm – 8pm from 21 July – 11 August. View the program.

21 Jul – Expressions of Interest – Black Hole Theatre: Puppet Slam
Artists from all genres are invited to submit an EOI for a small work that expresses grief, rage, hope, or passion in regards to politics. Selected works will be presented as part of a Puppet Slam in late November/early December. EOIs are open until 21 July, 2016. Email Black Hole Theatre for info.


29 Jul – Scholarships: Creative Innovation Global Conference
The Creative Innovation Global scholarships are provided to emerging leaders to help them access key decision makers across society and the economy. Creative Innovation Global will offer up to 10 places to the Ci2016 conference (7-9 November, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins) for leaders from any sector. Deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016. Eligibility Criteria and Applications.

Research Survey: Fundraising strategies of Australian S2M performing arts organisations
This research is part of an international research project in association with Windesheim University (UAS, The Netherlands) and HoGent University (UAS, Belgium). In cooperation with AusStage, a survey has been designed to identity successful ways that small to medium organisations acquire private donations in Australia. The results of this research will be published online. Take the survey.


Kate Cherry to finish at Black Swan Theatre Company and commence as Director/CEO of NIDA.
Terese Casu will leave Performance Space to take up the CEO role at Sydney Mardi Gras.
Euan Murdoch to commence as the CEO of Melbourne Recital Centre in September.
Ruth Atkinson (Hodgman) has finished as Director, Centres of Contemporary Arts at Arts Queensland to take up the role of Managing Director at Visual Focus.
Julianne Pierce to replace Michelle Wigg as Executive Officer of Arts Industry Council of SA.
The board of Big West Festival have announced closure of the festival by the end of this year.


Administration Officer – Dancehouse. Apply by 10 July.
Programming Coordinator – Brisbane Powerhouse. Apply by 11 July.
Project Producer – Arts Centre Melbourne. Apply by 17 July.
Manager First Nations Strategic Development – Australia Council for the Arts. Apply by 27 July.
Executive Assistant – Sydney Theatre Company. Apply by 13 July.
Arts Precinct Coordinator – City of Darebin. Apply by 25 July.
Producer – Programming – Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Apply by 21 July.
Marketplace Coordinator – Adelaide Fringe. Apply by 8 August.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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