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TNA E-News July 2018


Federal Advocacy Update

TNA recently joined a coalition of national performing arts peak bodies responding to the Draft Labor National Policy Platform, and calling for Labor to reaffirm the additional $20m p/a to the Australia Council committed before the 2016 election. We also wrote to new Australia Council Chair Sam Walsh to introduce the sector and outline our advocacy agenda. More here.

TNA Membership Booklet 2018
We have a few outreach/profile opportunities in the coming months and will be printing the 2018 TNA Members Listing in preparation. Sign up or renew your TNA membership by Friday 10 August to have your name/company listed! View our 2017 booklet here.


2 Aug – Theatre of the Global Majority – Free workshops in Adelaide
ActNow Theatre has launched Theatre of the Global Majority – a new workshop series for people from culturally diverse backgrounds led by Yasmin Gurreeboo alongside local artists. Workshops are free and run fortnightly on Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm, at Station Arcade, Adelaide. More info. 

Addressing Sexual Harassment

As the sector starts to develop and improve policies and new practices to make safer workplaces, resources are being developed and shared. Check out Creative Victoria’s Respectful Workplacespage. | Live Performance Australia expects to finalise their sector-wide code soon. Read LPA’s draft code. | A commitment from the March Safe Theatres Forum is that the MPA theatre companies will work with their local sectors to run state workshops in late 2018. Dates TBA.

28 Jul – Byelections around the country this Saturday

There are five byelections coming up this Saturday across the country – the Guardian has a guide here. Contact candidates here: ALP | Liberals Greens | and various independents.

10 Aug – National Touring Selector – Spring Round opens today!
If you are pitching at PAX, finalising a 2019 show tour or building a 2020 one, the current Spring Round is a great way to showcase your latest performing arts tour-ready work to over 400 programmers. Submit between now and 10 August.
 Visit the NTS.

27 Jul – The Channel’s ‘Diverse Storytelling’ grant to support LGBTIQ+ communities
4 x $2,500 grants are available for projects that support members of LGBTIQ+ communities to tell their stories and have their voices heard. Individuals, groups or organisations can submit a video before 5pm AEST on the 27 July 2018. More info.

Funding deadlines for various state grant programs
NSW: Applications for Country Arts Support Program close 3 August. Applications for the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants close 10 August 2018.
ACT: The $5-50k category of the Arts Activity funding round will close on 31 July 2018.
SA: The next Country Arts Regional Arts Fund round closes 15 August.
WA: Country Arts WA Quick Response Grants as part of the RAF. Applications close 7 December.
Check out other funding rounds and key dates by state here.

15 Aug – Apply now for CPA’s MATCH Lab and Plus1 program
MATCH Lab is a matched funding program for independent artists and groups looking to build their fundraising and arts business skills. | Plus1 is a dollar-for-dollar matched fundraising program, designed to boost the fundraising of small to medium non-profit arts organisations. Applications close 5pm AEST, Wed 15 August 2018.

11 Sep – Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants – Up to $10,000

The Cultural Trust offers up to $10,000 grants to assist emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.
 Current round closes on 11 September. More info here.

National Overview of Industry Memberships – See you at the theatre!
We’ve done a quick round-up to save you some pennies! 
Queensland Theatre Company offers an 8-play package for $88 to artists. 2019 season tickets go on sale 20 August. | For a $10 membership, Melbourne Theatre Company offers practising theatre artists $29 tickets to designated performances of each MTC production. | Pay a $30 membership fee and access $35 tickets to Malthouse Theatre productions. | Belvoir offers practising artists $20 tickets to selected performances of all shows across the season. | State Theatre Company of South Australia hosts ‘pay what you can’ and industry nights, and will launch a formal industry membership scheme in September.

19 Aug – The Observership Program – Applications open for Sydney and Melbourne
The Observership Program facilitates the involvement of young, talented and energetic individuals in a structured experience on non-profit Boards. Each Observer is paired with an organisation for a 12-month period. TNA has been involved as a host, and there are lots of other arts organisations involved. 2019 applications close 19 August for Melbourne and 2 September for Sydney.

Australia Council interactive resource: The Electorate Profiles
This new interactive tool reveals arts engagement data by suburb, as well as ticketing, jobs and business trends. The Electorate Profiles breaks down the 150 federal electorates. Search by engagement or industry.

Currency House Platform Paper launches in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne

The latest Platform Paper ‘Falling Through The Gaps’ by Mark R.W. Williams looks at artists’ health and welfare. Launches will be held in: Sydney on Wed 1 Aug, 6 – 8pm, Denton’s Seminar Room, CBD. 
Bookings $15, includes a Platform Paper
 | Canberra on Mon 20 Aug, 6.30 – 8pm at Parliament House. Free entry. RSVP here. | Melbourne on Thur 23 Aug, 3.30 – 5pm at 45 Downstairs, Flinders Lane. Bookings $15 entry with Platform Paper, or Free RSVP.

18 Sep – International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund – $5,000 – $30,000
This fund supports opportunities that directly arise from strategic initiatives delivered by the Australia Council in target regions. Next round applications close Tuesday 18 September
. Find out more. 

9 Aug – Major Performing Arts Framework – Have Your Say
2019 will mark 20 years since the Major Performing Arts Inquiry was established, which outlined criteria for how MPA companies should be funded.
 TNA encourages you to fill in the Framework survey with your considered response before 9 August. Info and survey here

7 & 8 Aug – Arts Grant Writing workshops in regional NSW
These workshops by Arts North West offer tips and tricks to any individual or community organisation applying for arts grants. Moree 9.30am – 12.30pm 7 Aug and Inverell 9am – 12pm 8 Aug. Book here.

Create NSW and Accessible Arts – arts and disability consultation
Arts and disability consultation forums will be held in July and August across Sydney. Attend and influence policy and program decisions ahead of Create NSW’s Arts 2025 development and the next National Arts and Disability Strategy. Dates and times: 
Tuesday 31 July from 2pm – 4pm in Seven Hills; Thursday 9 August from 2pm – 4pm in Moss Vale. Register here.


26 Jul – Creative Victoria – 
Creator’s Fund new round – $20,000 – $50,000
The Creators Fund provides support for creative practitioners to undertake intensive creative research and development activity. Applications can be for individuals or small creative collectives. Submissions close 5pm 26 Jul.

4 Aug – Weave Movement Theatre – Winter Workshops
This workshop series is for artists who identify with having a disability and who want to broaden their experience in theatre and movement. Facilitated by Weave Artistic Director Janice Florence and Drama Instructor Zya Kane.
 Workshop dates: Sat 4, 11, 18 and 25 August at Northcote Uniting Church. 
Register here. 

6 Aug – Anat Shenker-Osario: Public lecture about race and class – $10
Cognitive linguist and messaging expert, Anat Shenker-Osorio (highly acclaimed when she was in Melbourne previously!) will reveal her large-scale research and data on how to build an effective narrative about racial injustice, economic exclusion and democracy. 6pm – 8pm, Mon 6 August at Melbourne City Conference Centre, Swanston Street. Tickets are $10. Book here.

6 Aug – Next Wave Producers-in-Residence
This new springboard is for three emerging First Nations creatives who want to leap into producing, programming or curating in the arts and creative industries. Applications close 6 Aug. More info.

COM Planning and Community Feedback
The City of Melbourne’s Participate Melbourne wesbite has a new mapping tool to help you find out about projects in your neighbourhood that are looking for feedback. You can also submit feedback about the new map via email:

26 Jul – VicArts Grants – Round 2 closes this week
Open to Individuals and Organisations, applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $60,000. Submissions close 5pm this Thur 26 July. More info here.

Dancehouse – Next Stages artist workshops
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. Programs run on Sundays from 12 – 26 August at Dancehouse in Carlton, tickets start at $25 per session. View the program.

19 Aug – 
Municipal Association of Victoria – Arts and Culture Forum 
This two-day tailored program for Local Government 
will focus on strategies that bring economic, cultural and social benefit to communities. 

Day 1 (Wed 22 Aug): 4pm to 8.30pm, Drum Theatre, Dandenong. 
Day 2 (Thur 23 Aug): 9.30am – 5.30pm, Southbank Theatre, MTC. TNA will be at the forum on 23 August as part of an expo. | 
Registrations close 19 August.
 About the forum.

Arts West – Training and Membership
Arts West – an alliance of seven arts organisations based in Melbourne’s West – has a new Creative Membership program for independent artists, ensembles and small companies. Sign up here. 
Member benefits include resources, networking, and the opportunity to join steering committees with Arts West organisations. Arts West also offers training events. More info here.

15 & 16 Sep – Symposium on the Art of Embodiment at Abbotsford Convent
‘Thinking Bodies: Moving Minds’ will gather leaders from the fields of somatics, dance and dance movement therapy. Program includes movement workshops, presentations and discussion, reflection and professional development. 15 & 16 September 2018, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. About the Symposium.

Free space in Geelong and artist rates for rehearsal spaces in Melbourne
Renew Geelong is offering free space for creative projects. | Looking for an affordable rehearsal space in Melbourne? Check out Cecil Street Studios in Fitzroy ($17p/h); Dancehouse in Carlton ($18p/h for rehearsals); Lucy Guerin Inc in West Melbourne ($18.50p/h for unfunded projects by independent artists).
 Find more venues on Creative Spaces. 


31 Jul – COAL Prize 2018 – France
Open to artists around the world, the 2018 COAL Prize includes an award of 5,000 euros and a residency with additional support for artistic production at the François Sommer Foundation’s property in the north of France. Application deadline is 31 Jul. More info here.

13 Aug – 
K3 Choreographic residency – Hamburg
This program is for artists currently at the beginning of their professional choreographic careers. The on-site residency begins middle of August and runs until middle of April of the following year at Tanzplan Hamburg. About the program.

15 Aug – Saari Residence – Finland
Hosted by the Kone Foundation in Southwest Finland, this residency is for artists of all disciplines and nationalities. Work in tranquil settings for a two month period between September and April. Applications close 15 August. More info.

15 Sep – Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019 for dancers and choreographers

This international fellowship includes support for temporary residence and participation with renowned institutions and personalities. It is not a project fund for new work. Applications close 15 September 2018. About the fellowship.

1 Nov – IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018
Held from 1-4 November 2018, the Munich Plenary Meeting is open to members and non-members. Earlybird registrations close 28 September. 
Read more.


1 September – Carclew’s Project & Development grants submission deadline
Early career South Australian artists (up to 26 years) can apply for up to $10,000 for creative projects, and/or career development activities. Organisations can apply for up to $20,000 to support artistic projects for, by and with children and young people. Round closes 1 Sept. About the grants.

University of Melbourne – Creative Convergence research project
This research project examines the work of Arena Theatre Company, Arthur, Bell Shakespeare, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, HotHouse and Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) and their interaction and engagement with young people in regional Victoria. TNA is a research partner. More info and project updates. 

Marian Street reopens
North shore icon The Marian Street Theatre NSW is reopening as a new $9.8 million cultural centre for Ku-ring-gai with three performance spaces, and a continued emphasis on performances by and for young people.

Drug Aware YCulture Metro – $3,000
This funding and skills development initiative provides arts grants of up to $3000 for early career artists (aged between 12 and 26) who would like to plan and coordinate their own projects or initiatives across any artistic medium. All project ideas must come from young people. Read more.

1 Aug – Performance Call Out: International presentation opportunities, ASSITEJ
Cradle of Creativity 2019 will be held in Cape Town from 20 to 25 August 2019. Deadline for applications is 31 October 2018. | Various festival call outs from the Dramatic Arts Center of Iran. Submissions deadlines from 1 Aug – 1 Dec.

20 Sep – Open Call for Productions: ASSITEJ Norway and the Sand Festival 2019
The 2019 International ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering will take place in Kristiansand, Norway, 2 – 7 Sept 2019. This event is ASSITEJ’s largest and most important gathering of artists, scholars, presenters and buyers of performing arts for young audiences. Submit your production by 20 Sep 2018.

CCYP Info Sessions: Reportable Conduct and Child Safe Standards  – Free
The Commission for Children and Young People is holding information sessions about the Reportable Conduct Scheme and Child Safe Standards, designed to support organisations to understand and meet their legal obligations. Sessions run between July and November and will be held at Level 18, 570 Bourke St. Register here.

31 Jul – Mentees for Global Youth Culture Forum – Jeju, Republic of Korea
The 2018 forum will be held from 29 October to 4 November 2018. The call for mentees is open to international artists who have interest in public space and work in any art media. Travel and accommodation will be covered. Submissions close 31 July. More info.


TNA CaPT Advisory Group
TNA held the second CaPT advisory group meeting this month, reviewing the list of identified sector issues from the Circus Industry Forum, and digging deep into some of those. Read the recent bulletin here.

Circus Artists and Arts Workers on Peer Panels – Register yourself now! 
We encourage our circus colleagues to consider being a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and other state-based registers. Building a strong and diverse pool of CaPT practitioners demonstrates the value of this artform. Read about peer assessing in our June CaPT bulletin.

TNA Indie Survey Report
In April, we also released the Indie Survey Report, ‘THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: Working trends of independent artists, creatives, and arts workers’. Read the report here. “In circus there is so often someone willing to do it for less. It’s like a race to the bottom but completely unsustainable.” – Mid-Career Urban Circus Performer.


  • Arts Access Victoria welcomes new Executive Director Caroline Bowditch – choreographer, performance artist and acclaimed leader in disability access, inclusion and inclusive practice.
  • Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) announces Veronica Pardo as newly appointed CEO to commence in September, and Michael van Vliet as incoming Chair.
  • The Board of Playwriting Australia announces Lachlan Philpott as Artistic Director and CEO.
  • ILBIJERRI Theatre Company in partnership with Boonwurrung Custodian Caroline Martin, is the recipient of the first Creative State Commission ($931,470). The First Nations theatre project will bring to life the stories of generations of Victorian Koorie women.
  • Experimenta Media Arts announces Victoria Lynn, Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art, to the position of Board Chair.
  • Amy Maiden finishes up as General Manager of ATYP to take up a new role at Sydney Festival.
  • Tenure finishes for Rupert Myer AO, Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts for the past six years.
  • Cranlana Programme appoints Vanessa Pigrum as CEO.
  • Tasmanian Theatre Company (TTC) has announced Adam (Gus) Powers as Director and Designer to commence at the start of 2019 replacing Artistic Director, Charles Parkinson.
  • Adelaide Festival Centre has announced Julia Zemiro will be the Artistic Director for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2019 replacing Ali McGregor.
  • Professor Judith Mclean replaces Jan Pool as Chair of Dancenorth, with Jacinta Wight as Deputy Chair/Company Secretary.
  • La Mama farewells Office Coordinator Elena Larkin and welcomes new team members: 
Xanthe Beesley in the role of Artistic Program Manager; Tim Stitz in the role of Rebuild La Mama Fundraising Manager; and Bec Etchell will be returning to La Mama as Production Advisor.
  • Penny Burtt has been appointed the new Group CEO of Asialink.
  • Michaela Coventry returns to Lucy Guerin Inc as Acting Executive Producer while Annette Vieusseux is on maternity leave.
  • Tasdance announces Adam Wheeler as Tasdance’s new Artistic Director.
  • Artistic Director of Barking Gecko Theatre, Matt Edgerton, to deliver his final program in 2019.
  • Jo Dunbar finishes up as Inclusion Coordinator of St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
  • Henry Boston steps down as Executive Director of Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
  • Perth Festival appoints Iain Grandage as new artistic director from 2020.


Learning Manager, Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apps close 23 Jul (TODAY!)
Various roles, Ten Days on The Island (TAS). Apps close 23 Jul (TODAY!)
Various roles, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apps close from 24 Jul.
Development Manager, Circus Oz (VIC). Apps close 25 Jul.
Various roles for ‘Liveworks’, Performance Space (NSW). Apps close from 26 Jul.

Philanthropy Manager, Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA). Apps close 27 Jul.
Executive Director, Montsalvat (VIC). Apps close 27 Jul.
Various roles, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apps close 29 Jul.
Marketing & Communications Manager, Bundanon Trust (NSW). Apps close 30 Jul.
Finance Officer, Seymour Centre (NSW). Apps close 30 Jul.
Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Facilitator, Country Arts SA (SA). Apps close 3 Aug.

Ensemble Member, Back to Back Theatre (VIC). Register interest by Fri 3 Aug.
Production Technician, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 6 Aug.
Coordinator Cultural Services, City of Joondalup (WA). Apps close 6 Aug.
Assistant Producer, Moogahlin Performing Arts (NSW). Apps close 6 Aug.
Secretary General, IETM (Brussels). Apps close 1 Sep.

Lived Experience Advisors, Accessible Arts Advisors (NSW).  Applications ongoing.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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