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TNA E-News – July 2020

Check out the TNA July 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.

It has been a challenging week with COVID-19 numbers rising in Victoria and New South Wales, multiple borders shutting, Stage 3 restrictions being reintroduced in Melbourne and venues once again announcing temporary closures. We understand that this may bring a renewed sense of uncertainty and anxiety for many peers and colleagues. Please prioritise your health and wellbeing, check in with one another, and do not hesitate to seek help. If you require immediate mental health support, phone Lifeline 131141 or Support Act 1800 959 500.


Arts Industry Hearings – Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 Transcript
The inquiry into the government’s response to COVID-19 heard from several arts industry representatives on 30 Jun. Read the TNA highlighted transcript. As the inquiry goes until 2022, we must keep the pressure on to deal with the impact on our sector.

This Is How We Do It: Indie Artists Survey
We are looking for independent artists and creatives in the performing arts to fill out a survey about their working trends. This second edition will build on longitudinal data collected in 2017, assist ongoing advocacy and provide benchmarking to assist indies in quoting for freelance work. It will be available as a public report in the coming months.

15 Jul – VIPI Round 2 Producers Mentorship Program EOIs
The Producers Mentorship Program suits people who have some producing experience in the performing arts and want to be part of a group learning environment to explore new models of independent producing. EOIs close at 11:59pm tomorrow. More info and to apply.

31 Jul – VIPI Salon Series: “What is a producer?”
The VIPI Salon Series are professional development, networking and peer learning sessions for the independent performing arts sector. This session features producers who work across a range of art forms locally, nationally and internationally. 31 Jul, 2 – 3.30pm AEST. Register by 9am AEST.

1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash for Artists – Requests for Support – Extending eligibility to include Independent Producers and Production Crew in the performing arts
As of 13 Jul, we have reviewed the campaign, and are now in a position to extend requests for support to Independent Producers and Production Crew in the performing arts. Independent artists / production crew / producers in the performing arts who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 may apply for one-off emergency payments of $1,000. Simple EOI process.

First ASSITEJ Advisory Group Announced
TNA as Australia’s National Centre for ASSITEJ and Australian representative Sue Giles have created a group of Theatre for Young Audiences and Youth Arts representatives to provide advocacy leadership for the ASSITEJ Australia Network. Keep connected with them and us so we can strengthen the sector. List of names here.

TNA 2019 Annual Report
In 2019 TNA ran 2 major advocacy campaigns; 17 events including the Converge National Symposium; worked with 64 partners; engaged with 7348 social media followers and 389 members; increased turnover by 50%; and moved into a new home with APAM! Read full report. 


Arts Wellbeing Collective: Promoting positive mental health in the performing arts
Watch a short video on looking after your mental health during COVID-19. Listen to a podcast series about the challenges of an arts career, strategies for overcoming them and browse other resources.

Petition for 000 Mental Health Line
A petition calling on the government to implement a mental health line to the 000 emergency grid, so that the right professionals attend to mental health emergencies.

Australia Council: Re-opening of suspended grants programs and other announcements
Arts Projects for Individuals & Groups, Arts Projects for Organisations , Fellowships & Awards and National Arts & Disability Awards are open. Cherish II will open 3 Aug. International opportunities not currently available. More info on all grants. Read full communique.

ASAP – Regional Arts Fund Relief Grants
Between $3,000 – $5,000 available across states and territories to meet immediate needs including asset purchase, small projects, professional development, and support for practice.
Regional Arts WA: open year round | RANT (TAS): close 1 Aug | Regional Arts NSW: until expended | Regional Arts Victoria: close 30 Sep | NT Regional Arts: until expended. | Flying Arts (QLD): Round 2 opens 14 Sep. | Country Arts SA: until expended.
While at your state’s website, also have a look at Recovery Grants and other grants currently open.

14 Jul – Horizon Festival Commissions
$3,000 for Sunshine Coast-based artists to create new work as part of Homegrown – a new initiative developed in response to COVID-19. More info.

16 Jul – APAM Wire #8: Frank and Fearless Relationships in the Performing Arts
Focuses on open and transparent relationships between artists, companies and presenters, while unpacking cultural differences and competing demands. 5 – 6:30pm AEST. Register. 

17 Jul – Australia Post Community Grants
Up to $10,000 for local organisations aiming to connect individuals and communities through projects that relate to mental health. More info.

20 Jul – City of Darwin Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee
New members are sought for the committee, which advises Council on Arts and Culture matters in the Northern Territory. Read more.

20 Jul – Young Leaders Forum Scholarships
McKinsey & Company and the Australian Scholarships Foundation are offering emerging leaders from the not-for-profit sector the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend McKinsey Academy’s Young Leaders Forum. Program begins Sep 2020. $4,000 scholarships available, in conjunction with employer contribution.

20 Jul – DirtyFeet Choreographic Labs EOIs
2 weeks of rehearsal space, mentorship and documentation for emerging NSW choreographers who are developing new work. Held at ReadyMade Works in Sydney. More info and lab dates.

24 Jul – Tuggeranong Arts Centre INTERPOSE Artist Call Out
Ideas sought for performances, installations, interactive activities and workshops across multiple locations. Must be socially distanced. Fleeting, ephemeral and small group activities preferred. Event dates: Aug – Nov 2020.

27 Jul – WESTPAC: Social Change Fellowship
10 fellowships of up to $50,000 will be awarded to deliver an initiative that will improve the wellbeing of Australians. Open to applicants from any sector. More info.

31 Jul – ANZ Community Foundation Grants
Up to $30,000 available for community projects that improve financial wellbeing, environmental sustainability, housing access, and/or that help communities thrive. More info.

31 Jul – Casula Powerhouse Artist Callout for 2021
Propose performance and creative development ideas and opportunities for collaboration and presentation. Seeking projects related to the local area (Western or South Western Sydney).

31 Jul – The Unconformity Festival West Coast Seed Funding
Individuals or groups on the West Coast of Tasmania can apply for up to $2,500 for skills development opportunities, mentoring, project costs, or the acquisition of equipment related to creative or cultural endeavour. More info.

Blacktown Arts offering Research and Development Space
Spaces available to independent artists or companies undertaking creative development, research or writing for the development of new work. Maximum 2 week period, spaces are available from 6 Jul to 25 Sep. Applications now open, applicants advised within 2 weeks of submission.

Australia Council Webinar series on Leadership, Digital Practice and Adaptation
Creative Connections runs every Wed and Fri. Upcoming sessions: Inclusion in Online Spaces (15 Jul, 11am), Finance for Non-Finance Leaders (15 Jul, 3pm), Guide to Flexible Remote and Online Working (17 Jul, 11am), Strategy through Uncertainty (22 Jul, 3pm).

24 Aug – Midsumma 2021: Open-Access Event Registrations
Midsumma Festival expands over 22 days of summer with an explosion of queer events from 17 Jan to 7 Feb 2021. For more info and how to register.

Institute of Community Directors: Board Position Matching Service
TNA’s indie survey showed that 33% of respondents would like to join a board. Find or advertise a board position.

Country Arts SA National Touring Selector to be taken offline
As of 1 Jul, this platform has been taken offline as it is no longer financially sustainable for Country Arts SA to run. They are in discussions with other parties about passing over the management of the platform.

Returning Volunteers Safely – Resources
Volunteering Victoria has recently released a range of resources to help organisations prepare for the safe return of volunteers to their programs.

Australia Council Resources to Support Re-Opening
Re-activate: Beyond Step Three contains information about protocols and essential advice regarding next steps for the arts in recovery mode. Addresses rehearsals, audience, queues, cleaning and outbreak management.

Ausdance VIC Re-Opening Resources for the Dance Sector
Read Managing COVID-19: Recommendations for the VIC dance sector and resources on cleaning of studio floors and equipment.

Australian Institute Of Company Directors: Not For Profit Recovery Plans
Shift from immediate crisis response to governance for recovery. Read article.

Small Business Roadmap for Recovery & Beyond
Deloitte have created a workbook to drive small businesses through recovery and beyond.

Diversity Arts Australia: Creative Equity Toolkit
A knowledge-exchange website and program to support arts and creative organisations in reaching their diversity and inclusion goals. Features toolkits, guidebooks, directories and how-to instructions, along with links to research, case studies, and policy documents. Launch on 21 Jul.


Business Victoria: Support Staff Experiencing Stress
Information on how to identify signs of stress, and the support services available to business owners, managers and staff.

19 Aug – Business Support Fund – Expansion
$5,000 grants to support businesses through the renewed restrictions. More info.

Dear Landlord: Self-help tool for Victorian renters
Resources and information to help avoid eviction, including navigating VCAT proceedings, rent reduction agreements, tailored letters to landlords/ real estate agents and legal help.

30 Sep & 1 Nov – Regional Arts Fund COVID-19 Recovery Boost
Relief grants of up to $5,000 to assist with immediate needs, close 30 Sep. Recovery grants of up to $30,000 to meet medium term recovery needs, close 1 Nov. More info.

22 Jul – Castlemaine State Festival COVID-19 Artist Relief Commissions
$3,000 fee for bold new performance/live art projects by artists living in Mount Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges, Hepburn Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and the City of Greater Bendigo – or projects created within those borders. Submit a proposal. 

22 Jul – Maribyrnong Council Festival City Grants Program
Financial and in-kind support for festivals that take place in the City of Maribyrnong. No limits on grant amount, previous grants ranged from $2,000 – $60,000. More info.

26 Jul – Gasworks Arts Park Outdoor Performance Commission
$3,000 + in-kind support (total value $10,000) to develop a new site-specific work. 3-month development to take place from Sep to Nov, culminating in a preview to an invited audience. Read more.

3 Aug – Brunswick Mechanics Institute Call for Proposals
Seeking proposals that are ambitious, experimental and critical for the Melbourne Fringe program. Artists who live in or intend to present in the City of Moreland may also apply for Microgrants to cover Melbourne Fringe registration fees.

9 Aug – Moreland City Council FLOURISH: Arts Recovery Grant Program
Up to $10,000 available to artists and organisations based in the City of Moreland. More info.

31 Oct – Creative Recovery Small Grants for 2019/20 Bushfire Affected Regions
Up to $5,000 for individuals and organizations to support creative activities that encourage community connection, engagement and resilience. Apply anytime up to 31 Oct.

WorkSafe Grants Program
Supports initiatives that deliver outstanding workplace safety and education. Grants are available in 3 tiers: from under $50,000 to over $500,000. Available all year round. More info.

Get Creative Facilitators EOIs
City of Greater Dandenong seeks ideas for creative workshops and classes across all artforms. All workshops to be run online. EOIs ongoing, no deadline.

Fareshare x Messina: Free Meals
If you are an artist experiencing financial hardship, Fareshare x Messina are offering free cooked meals to those in need. Weekly collection from East Brunswick warehouse. Reserve online.


22 Jul – SHOPFRONT CO-OP: ArtsLab 2020-2021
An annual artist-in-residency program for early career artists aged 18 – 26. Offers 6 months of free space, resources, networking opportunities and mentorship to pursue a creative project, and culminates in a festival style public season. Apply here. 

HOTA Junior Playwrights Program
Young playwrights aged 14-17 may apply to this free program run by Matthew Ryan. Selected participants will present their short play in a rehearsed reading in Nov. Submit an original one paragraph story to apply.

10 Aug – Terrapin Puppet Theatre: Writing for Puppetry Program EOIs
Calling writers, dramaturges and theatre makers who wish to author a narrative to be presented through puppetry. Terrapin will commission a number of treatments before moving some to full commissions, all of which will go into production. More info.

Seeking artists with inclusive, participatory practice for young audiences
Francis Italiano and Michelle Hovane of Sensorium Theatre (WA), Inclusivity Country Champions for ASSITEJ network IIAN (International Inclusive Arts Network), are looking for other artists and companies working in inclusive, participatory work for young audiences. Get in touch to become part of this international network.

ASSITEJ International “Regional Coffee Sessions”
In ongoing efforts to keep a global community of Theatre for Young Audiences and Youth Arts connected, nine global conversations took place across the regions of the world in May and June. Catch up on the conversations on Facebook Live.


CircusWorks Un-Conference
Online keynotes, discussions, workshops and virtual coffee over a wide range of topics. Every Thursday until 27 Aug, GMT (UK time) 6 – 8pm, $16 per session. More info.

19 Jul – Women’s Circus Masterclass
Devika Bilimoria, a multi-disciplinary artist, will run Emit and Emulate: Tactility and Digital Space, exploring the intersections of digital art and movement. 19 Jul, 1 – 3pm AEST, via Zoom. To join for free, register to be a member from $25.

16 Aug – Circostrada Nuit du Cirque Registrations
Event dates are 13 – 15 Nov. Fill in the form to participate.

Circa ‘Producing Heroes’ Podcast
A podcast featuring interviews with creative producers. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


  • Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) has appointed Tom Molyneux and Richard Hull to the Board of Management. RAV also welcomes Bridgette Le (Partnerships Administrator), Lee Darroch  (Creative Recovery Coordinator, East Gippsland) and Kellie Sutherland (Creative Recovery Coordinator in North East Victoria) to new roles that will support creative recovery in bushfire-affected regions.
  • Matthew Hall has joined Arts Access Australia (AAA) as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Lee Cumberlidge has joined Arts Projects Australia as Co-Director.
  • The SUBSTATION has appointed Luke Issacs to the newly created position of Community Ambassador.
  • Red Hot Arts has appointed Penelope McDonald as Chair following the resignation of Jonny Rowden.
  • Celia Wordsworth, Producer of Showcase Victoria 2020, is moving on following the completion of her contract.
  • Actors Centre Australia (ACA) welcomes two new staff members: Anthony Kierann as General Manager, and Jessica Khoury as Marketing Manager.
  • Bleach Festival will run from 12 – 22 Nov 2020.


General Manager, Sensorium Theatre (WA). Apply by 15 Jul.
Producer, PYT Fairfield (NSW). Apply by 17 Jul.
Communications and Marketing Manager, Metro Arts (QLD). Apply by 17 Jul.
Admin Assistant, Arts North West (NSW). Apply by 17 Jul.
General Manager, Western Edge Youth Arts (VIC). Apply by 19 Jul.
Marketing and Development Manager, Ilbijerri (VIC). Apply by 19 Jul.
Redevelopment Change & Communications Manager, Geelong Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 19 Jul.
Development Manager, Country Arts SA. Apply by 22 Jul.
Venue Hire Coordinator, Footscray Performing Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 24 Jul.
Executive Officer, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NSW). Apply by 24 Jul.
Executive Assistant, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 26 Jul.
Executive Producer/ Curator – Festival Club, Adelaide Festival (SA). Apply by 26 Jul.
Liveworks Ticketing and Audience Coordinator, Performance Space (NSW). Apply by 27 Jul.
Industry Development Coordinator, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 2 Aug.
Programming Manager, Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 4 Aug.
Associate Producer, Back to Back Theatre (VIC). Apply by 6 Aug.
Manager, Assessment, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 9 Aug.
Dance Development Officer, FLING Physical Theatre (NSW).
Various Roles, HOTA (QLD).
Non-Executive Directors (Volunteer), La Boite (QLD, but interstate applicants welcome).


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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