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TNA E-News – June 2020

Check out the TNA June 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.


We need your help today!
TNA and our colleagues believe that the federal government is working on final details of a support package for the arts this weekend. It will help if TNA subscribers ask your local MP (especially if they’re from the Liberal or National parties) to support such a package. The arts is the second hardest hit industry. TNA has called for a $70m package for the Australia Council to support independents and non-profit companies. We also support LPA’s $345m plan to restart and rebuild the live performance industry.

1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash: Artist Requests Now Open
If you are an independent artist who has lost work due to COVID-19 and are in a high-risk group, this program has a simple EOI process. We have dispensed 84 grants to date, thanks to over 260 industry donors.

Our Artist and Sector Development Manager is moving to Sydney
Our Manager, Artist and Sector Development, Tessa Leong, has been announced as the Associate Artistic Director at Griffin Theatre Company (part-time), based in Sydney. She will remain working with TNA to strengthen the arts sector, in addition to her new role.

TNA Survey 2020: Working trends of independent artists, creatives, & arts workers
TNA is currently putting together the 2020 Indie Survey which reflects the realities of making it as an independent artist or arts worker in Australia. It will compare with the 2018 Report and will address COVID-19 impacts. We’ll be looking for respondents soon!

This is How we Do It – Indie Practice Exchange
Co-presented with Arts Centre Melbourne’s The Kiln in 2019, audio recordings of the conversation are now available online. Delve into current processes for making art and living life as a creative practitioner.


Australia Council Framework
Re-ignite is a two-part response: ‘Re-activate’ supports jurisdictional compliance; ‘Re-imagine’ seeks to influence the national response to COVID-19. Read the step by step guide to re-activate.

PAC Australia Guidelines for COVID Safe Theatres
National guidelines now available, which aim to provide consistency and a common framework, while recognising different approaches and timelines.

Creative Victoria Arts and Culture Return-to-Business Guidelines
Guidelines, checklists and templates have been developed to help organisations and venues prepare to safely reopen and return to business. Read more.

NSW COVID-19 Rescue and Restart package for arts sector
This $50million package will be delivered in 2 stages: 1) Funding available now to enable temporary hibernation 2) Funding available in coming months to restart operations. Available on a case-by-case basis. To find out more, contact Create NSW.

NT Guidelines for re-opening of arts sector
NT is now at Stage 3 of easing restrictions. All orgs must have submitted their COVID-19 Safety Plan. For more info, watch webinar or read FAQs.

Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost
‘Relief’ assists with immediate needs, ‘Recovery’ meets medium-term recovery needs (from bushfire, drought and/or impact of COVID-19), ‘Renewal’ provides 3 years of funding to support projects with strong partnerships and long-term outcomes. Check your Regional Program Administrator’s website towards end of June. More info.

AusDance Return to Dance Framework
A tool on how to reintroduce dance activity in a cautious and methodical manner. Covers preparation, 3-stage roadmap and ongoing management. Read more.

Circa COVID Safe Plan
Addresses unavoidable close contact between circus performers in rehearsals, and how to mitigate those risks. Read more.

Practical Safe Work Resources
The resource kit includes cleaning, social distancing and workplace checklists. Read the national safe workplace principles.

Easing of Restrictions by State
Each state has a different timeline, stay up to date.
ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

US Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
A collective work by event industry professionals, to be adapted to users’ contexts and circumstances. More info.


Anti-Racism Resources
Read resources compiled by Marisa Garreffa, Claire Bowen, Elena Carapetis and Chloe Christos.

Pay the Rent
An invitation to non-First Nations people living on the unceded lands of Australia to pay 1% of our income in rent. All rent goes to Aboriginal people in Victoria. Read more.

First Peoples Independent Performing Arts Survey
To ensure that FIRST PEOPLES FIRST remains at the heart every level of consultation and conversation around how our sector reimagines its future, ILBIJERRI, Yirra Yaakin, Moogahlin and BlakDance have developed a survey for First Peoples independents. Take the survey.

8 Jun, 11 Jun, 31 Jul – Regional Arts WA Grants
Regional Arts Sector Investment supports orgs with up to $60,000 p/a for 2.5 years. Close 31 July. | Regional Artist Fellowships offer $50,000 to 4 outstanding established artists/ artsworkers. Close 11 Jun. | Next Level offers up to $5,000 for emerging artists/ arts workers. Close 8 Jun.

Merrigong Theatre Company will commission up to 12 new performance projects by artists residing in Wollongong, or with strong links to the Illawarra region. Grants of $2,000 to $4000 are available. More info.

14 Jun – Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and PVI Collective: KISS Club EOIs
Present 10 minutes of a work-in-progress to an audience. Support includes fee of $1,200, access to rehearsal space, provocateur, tech support and documentation. Event dates TBC, likely between Sep and Dec 2020. EOIs close 14 Jun.

17 Jun – Wheeler Centre Signal Boost
An initiative offering tailored mentorship, practical support, and professional development for aspiring podcasters. Apply by 17 Jun.

21 Jun – The Hatch Lab: Musical Theatre Residency
Salty Theatre in partnership with Theatre Works is offering an individual writer/composer or duo a 12-month residency to workshop and develop the resident’s musical, which will be presented as part of the Theatre Works 2021 season.

22 Jun – Apply for APAX (delivered as online event between Jul & Sep)
Producers and artists may apply to present updates on their practice/ organisations and future plans. Focus will be on exchanging ideas and initiating conversations about what is possible, rather than building tours. Apply by 22 Jun. Full program to be announced in early July. More info. 

22 Jun – Dead Puppet Society and Brisbane Powerhouse Call for Submissions
3 creative development projects will receive training and mentorship in visual theatre making over 10 weeks. Process will culminate in showings at Brisbane Powerhouse. Includes $1,000 and in-kind support. Read more.

22 Jun – Australian Dance Awards Nominations
Ausdance National is reintroducing the Australian Dance Awards. Nomination fee: $25 for individuals nominating, $60 for funded companies. Nominate by 22 Jun.

23 to 24 Jun – Centre for Australian Progress: Virtual Progress conference
An online rapid response conference for the social change sector on how we build back better. Tickets: $50 (code: vp2020conference-partialscholarship) or free if you have been impacted by COVID-19 (code: artists-vp2020). More info.

25 Jun – Arts NT Grants: Territory Arts Projects
Up to $20,000 for arts projects; up to $15 000 for emerging artists. Read more.

26 Jun – Sunsuper Community Grants
Not-for-profits can apply for up to $20,000 to impact their community. 3 streams: ‘Better Living’, ‘Brighter Futures’ and ‘Active Community’. More info.

30 Jun – CreateNSW Creative Kids Provider EOIs and Grant
Being a registered provider means NSW children may put their $100 vouchers toward activities you offer. Program has been expanded to include online activities. Digital Small Business Grant of up to $5,000 also available to help transition to online program delivery.

30 Jun – City Renewal Authority’s City Grants (Canberra)
Up to $50,000 for activities that strengthen people’s connection to public spaces. Read more.

10 Jul – National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship
$10,000 to support writers and artists to spend 4 weeks in the Library developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections. More info.

30 Jul – Pause Fest 2021 EOIs
Ideas are sought from creative leaders, innovators and visionaries for the festival (3 – 5 Feb), which focuses on creativity in business. Speak, host a panel, run a workshop etc. Submit by 30 Jul.

Melbourne Fringe Festival Registrations Open
Festival dates are now 12 – 29 Nov. Registrations are open for online events. Registrations for live events open 1 Jul.

Performing Lines First Nations Grant Writing Support
Free consultations for First Nations artists based in Australia. 2 sessions per artist, limited capacity and offered on first come first served basis.

APAM Wire #6 Notes: Programming Performance Post-Pandemic
Australian and international presenters discuss thoughts around what and how to program when restrictions are lifted. Read summary notes. 

Patternmakers Report on COVID-19 Audience Outlook
Phase 1 results of a three-phase study that track how audiences feel about returning to events. Read full report or browse dashboard to get insights for your artform and region.

CultureCounts COVID-19 Recovery Survey
Following a first stage research on the impact of COVID-19, this survey explores what the recovery phase might look like. Individual practitioners and organisations are encouraged to complete the survey – including those that completed the Stage 1 survey.

Accessible Arts NSW: Tips for Accessible Online Events
Read 10 tips to help make your digital content and online event more accessible and inclusive.

Australia Institute Research: Most Australians support Creative Industries
1 in 2 agree that the Government should double funding for Australia Council to help support the arts during COVID-19. Only 7% correctly answer that the arts employ significantly more than coal mining does. Vast majority (73%) agree that the arts have improved their mood and quality of life during the pandemic. Read full report.

Multicultural Matters forum
Organised by Victoria University and the City of Melbourne, the discussion looked beyond COVID-19 to reimagine an inclusive community. Watch it here with the code MM2020.


VIPI Info Session: Producers Mentorship Program (Round 2)
The Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) Producers Mentorship Program supports Victorian-based independent producers. Info Session via Zoom: 17 Jun, 1 – 2.30pm AEST. RSVP by 16 Jun, 5pm AEST.

Recipients of VIPI Unlocking Capacity Grant
Unlocking Capacity Round 1 recipients are: Heidi Everett, who supports artists living with diverse mental health experiences and disability; Erin Milne of Bureau of Works, who supports artists in contemporary performance; and production house Quiet Riot, led by Linda Catalano, who supports CALD female identifying artists. Round 2 will open in the second half of 2020.

VIC Rent Relief Grant
Package provides a one-off grant to help renters maintain accommodation. Also available to non-PRs and non-citizens. More info.

8 Jun – RISING Festival EOI
Taking the place of the Melbourne Festival and White Night, RISING seeks proposals for new work from artists, collectives or companies. Shortlisted EOIs receive $2,000 to develop proposal further and resubmit into a second round. Festival takes place in May 2021. EOIs close 8 Jun 12pm.

8 Jun – City of Port Phillip Arts COVID Response grants
3 streams (Up to $4,000 and $8,000) to support artists, organisations and groups. Specific streams available for First Nations artists and disability and deaf artists/ groups. Must live or work locally, or be Boon Wurrung artists living in Victoria. Read more.

9 Jun – Melbourne Theatre Company Next Stage Writers-in-Residence
3 positions available for playwrights to benefit from experience within a mainstage company – learning about its operations, programming, production, decision-making processes etc. Residents receive a $25,000 stipend and are encouraged to write a full-length play. More info.

26 Jun – Chamber Made High-Viz Short Work Commission
$4,000 for a work that emerges from the intersections of performance, sound and music, addressing the interplay between ‘live’ and ‘non-live’. To be presented in Nov 2020 as part of a day-long practice exchange. Open to women and non-binary artists. Read more. 

29 Jun – Your Space: Melbourne Fringe and Darebin Arts Speakeasy Initiative
An inclusive mentorship and development program for emerging producers and self-presenting artists who are deaf or living with disability. Includes 2 weeks of free space, $1,000 honorarium and other in-kind support. Work to be presented at the 2020 or 2021 festival. Apply here.

13 Jul – Whittlesea Creative Communities Fund
A new COVID-19 grants program, providing up to $2000 to develop a new project in any artform. Project must be delivered locally.

La Mama Script & Proposal Feedback
Get in touch for feedback on scripts (or non-scripted proposals) that are not yet ready to produce. Read more.


12 Jun – Foundation for Young Australians COVID-19 Youth Response Fund
$5,000 – $20,000 for new and existing youth-led initiatives that have been affected, or that respond to the impact of COVID-19 on young people. More info.

15 June – Drug Aware YCulture Metro Grant
Up to $3,000 for young and emerging artists aged 12 – 26 to deliver a project idea, and develop skills and experience in the process. More info.

20 Jul – Queensland Theatre Young Playwrights’ Award
High school aged writers (Years 9-12) may submit an original play of any length and genre. Winner will receive dramaturgy sessions and a public rehearsed reading of their work.

Register for John Bell Scholarship auditions
Bell Shakespeare gives regional high school performers aged 16 and over the opportunity to train with the company for one week in Jan 2021. Auditions via Zoom, 1 Jun – 31 Oct. Read more. 

ASSITEJ International World Congress online
Representatives from hundreds of countries gathered online last week, with Sue Giles (ASSITEJ Vice President) speaking on behalf of Australia. Watch videos of the congress sessions and ‘Regional Coffee Sessions’ on facebook.

Online safety and young people
St Martins Youth Arts has an Online Safety Guide for participation in digital workshops, which covers safety features of Zoom and behavioural requirements.


ASAP – Circa Casting Call: Acrobatic Base
Seeking acrobatic base for ensemble. Full-time role based in Brisbane, able to start ASAP. Apply with CV and 3 links to your work.

8 Jun – Women’s Circus unlimited free access to online classes until Sep
Includes classes in aerials conditioning, circus tricks, and acro-based strength. Classes start 8 Jun. Become a member from $25 a year to enrol.

10 Jun – Circa podcast: Producing Heroes
Launching next Wednesday, this Circa podcast features Yaron Lifschitz and creative producers as they share triumphs, challenges and experiences of Broadway. Listen on Google Play, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

The Circus Arts Hub panel discussions
Catch up on online panel discussions over a wide range of topics with national and international artists, practitioners, producers and presenters. More info on future events.

American Circus Educators: COVID-19 resources for Circus Organisations
Set of resources to help resume, adapt, reduce or pause circus arts educational programming.


  • Olivia Ansell has been appointed the next Sydney Festival Director.
  • Karen Rodgers has been appointed Manager, Multi-Year Investment, Arts Investment at Australia Council after stepping down from her role as Executive Producer of Griffin Theatre.
  • Caroline Lee steps down from La Mama Committee of Management. La Mama welcomes new member David Geoffrey Hall.
  • Rick Knight has been appointed as Channel NT – Virtual Territory Producer.
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced the appointment of Amylia Harris as Co-Artistic Director.
  • Tony Mack AM has stepped down as Chair of the Board of Slingsby Theatre. Board member Gillian Mercer has been appointed as the company’s new Chair.
  • La Mama has appointed Tessa Spooner as Acting Company Manager while Co-CEO and General Manager Caitlin Dullard is on Parental Leave.
  • Kathryn Osborne has been appointed Executive Director of Blue Room Theatre, replacing Julian Hobba who is now Executive Director at State Theatre Company South Australia.
  • The Unconformity festival will be postponed to 15-17 October 2021.
  • Mullum Circus Festival and its National Training Program will be postponed to 20-26 Sep 2021.


Executive Producer, Lucy Guerin Inc (VIC). Apply by 5 Jun.
Head of Communications, ACMI (VIC). Apply by 8 Jun.
Production Manager, FUSE festival, City of Darebin (VIC). Apply by 15 Jun.
Festivals Engagement Officer, FUSE festival, City of Darebin (VIC). Apply by 15 Jun.
Manager, Aboriginal Art Centre Hub (WA). Apply by 15 Jun.
Artistic Director, Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 19 Jun.
Head of Combined Arts, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 21 Jun.
Creative Director & CEO, Burrinja Cultural Centre (VIC).  Apply by 22 Jun.
Production Manager, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 22 Jun.
Ticketing Services Manager, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 22 Jun.
Digital Marketing Coordinator, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 22 Jun.
Visitor Services Officer, Western Australian Museum (WA). Apply by 23 Jun.
Marketing and Digital Content Coordinator (Maternity Cover), ACE Open (SA). Apply by 23 Jun.
Technician/ Production/ FOH Contractors, Macquarie City Council (NSW). Apply by 24 Jun.
General Manager (Maternity Cover), Australian Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply by 26 Jun.
General Manager, The Unconformity (TAS). Apply by 26 Jun.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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