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TNA E-News – June 2021

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.


1000 x $1000: Crisis Cash – Urgent Call for Donations
Donations to Crisis Cash via the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) are being accepted until June 30, after which TNA will disburse funds until expended. There has been a surge of requests for support given the recent Victorian lockdown, and every dollar supports independent artists/ producers/ production crew in the performing arts who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. No fees are taken by TNA or ACF – Donate. To request support as an indie, fill out a simple EOI.

21 June – Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI): Bendigo Info Session
TNA is hosting a VIPI regional info session ahead of application deadlines for the Producers Mentorship Program and Unlocking Capacity Grant. Emerge Cultural Hub, Bendigo (COVID restrictions permitting). 22 June, 4.30 – 6.30pm. RSVP by 21 June.

TNA Celebrates Young People and Theatre
TNA worked with artist Amelia Ducker and 55 contributors to create an inspiring 14 minute video celebrating work made with, by and for young people across Australia. We thank outgoing TNA staff member Tessa Leong for her excellent work on this as her final project with TNA.

Introducing new TNA staff member Wen-Juenn Lee (Communications Coordinator, Parental Leave Cover)
This will be my last e-news for 2021 as I will be going on Parental Leave. From July, send e-news items and cross-promo requests to, or for other comms related enquires Wen-Juenn may be contacted at Back in Jan 2022!


15 June – MakeSpace Artist Residencies EOIs (SA only)
Selected Residents will be paired with a mentor and offered in-kind space, $6,000 fee, and an additional $5,000 to pay collaborators. Work does not need to be theatre-based or theme-specific but should have a digital outcome. For artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) or Queer. Apply for MakeSpace.

17 June – EOIs: Present Melbourne Fringe Work at Dancehouse
Offering a 4-night season for new or existing live dance projects to be presented in October during Melbourne Fringe. Upfront season fee up to $1,000, 50:50 door split on ticket sales over $2500, access to studio time and technical equipment are included.

17 June – Arts Wellbeing Collective’s Mental Health Matinee
Online session exploring how we can take steps to care for our mental health, as we get our creative community back on stage safely. 11.30am AEST via Zoom.

20 June – Office for the Arts RISE Fund (New Guidelines)
The new RISE Fund guidelines have been released, with changes to make it more accessible for independents. Office for the Arts is now also on Facebook, for the latest news in funding, grants opportunities and more.

21 June – Dancehouse’s Dance (Lens) 2021 Submissions
Screendance works selected for Dance (Lens) Festival will be paid a webcast and screening fee of $200. Work must have been completed within the last 5 years.

21 June – Not In My Workplace: Respect @ Work Summit
virtual summit on progressing actions to stop sexual harassment in workplaces, focusing on the public sector. Discussion will draw on the Sexual Harassment National Inquiry. Grace Tame is a keynote speaker. 11.30am – 3.30pm. Cost: $110.

23 June – Arts on Tour: Touring Lab (Sydney only)
Full day in-person workshop for independent artists, producers and companies who are new to touring or want to learn more about performing arts touring in regional Australia. Cost: $48.56.

24 June – The Storymakers Institute
A one-day virtual summit exploring the question, ‘What makes a great story?’ Keynote speakers include Alice Pung and Bert LaBonte. Cost: $48.56.

26 June – Adelaide Fringe Professional Development Series
Series of workshops and masterclasses for artists to develop skills and ideas for Adelaide Fringe 2022. Topics include ‘Build Your Audience Now’, ‘Craft to Creation’ and ‘Producing Workshop’. Runs from 26 June – 28 Aug. Free but registrations essential.

28 June – Hot House Theatre’s Greenhouse Residency
Residency of up to 2 weeks for live performance-makers to develop a new work, expand their artistic process, and/or experiment in the development of new forms. Funded, co-funded and unfunded residencies available.

29 June – National Arts, Cultural and Creativity Plan: A New Approach (ANA) Analysis Paper and Webinar
ANA has released its first analysis paper Imagining 2030, on what a National Arts, Culture and Creativity Plan looks like. Creative Victoria and ArtsHub will also host a webinar on 29 Jun 1.30pm on how Victorians can contribute. Open to all.

1 July – Superannuation Contributions to Increase to 10%
Employers are required to increase the minimum superannuation contributions to employees from 9.5% to 10% effective 1 July.  Also, a reminder that contractors (sole traders/ workers with an ABN) are entitled to super in certain circumstances. Make sure you are getting your super!

1 July – Artlands Registrations and Participation Grants
This regional art gathering from 1 – 3 Sep will be delivered alongside Junction Arts Festival. Conversation will focus on the creative practice of regional artists, and facilitate connections across industry, research and academia. Early Bird registrations  end 1 July. Full program announced 2 July. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to support arts practitioners and volunteers attending.

5 July – Stella Young Award Applications
The award ($3,000) recognises disabled artists aged 16–30 for their impact on disability activism and culture.

9 July – Melbourne Fringe Registrations
Artist registrations are open to present work at the festival. Artists will be required to put down a $95 deposit when registering, with tiered pricing for registration starting at $275.

11 July – Zen Zen Zo Artist Retreat (Brisbane only)
Full day physical theatre retreat designed to recharge and reinspire artists. Cost: $110.

12 July – Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency
The residency includes 3 weeks accommodation, a $3,000 artist fee, and access to a Melbourne-based industry mentor. Women and gender-diverse artists who are working at the intersections of performance, sound and music may apply.

18 July – Propose Work for 2022 Season at Dancehouse
For live-performance projects with a presentation outcome. Successful proposals will receive an all-inclusive presentation fee, use of Dancehouse spaces, and other in-kind support. Submit an idea. 

30 July – APAX 2021 Registrations
The online and in-person (Sydney) program from 6 – 10 Sep will focus on new models of success and inclusion, and what it means to thrive. View Professional Development Program; full program to be announced 17 Jun. Tiered pricing begins at $165 for indies. Early bird registrations end 30 Jul.

Eight small to medium organisations to join Partnership Framework
The Australia Council’s Partnership Framework (formerly the Majors) will include 8 new organisations covering remote, regional and diversity, according to CEO Adrian Collette speaking at Senate Estimates (27/5/21). The announcements will be made IMMINENTLY.

APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival Registrations
The virtual and in-person gathering from 10 – 19 Aug (virtual) and 14 – 17 Aug (in-person) highlights the works, ideas and ambitions of Australian and New Zealand artists and companies. Full program details to be released mid-June.

Working with First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts
Download Australia Council’s Protocols.

Research on Diversity in Arts and Cultural Sector Released
Australia Council has released Towards Equity: A research overview of diversity in Australia’s arts and cultural sector, bringing together published and unpublished data on representation within the sector.

JobMaker Hiring Credit Wage Subsidy Scheme
The Federal Government’s new wage subsidy scheme is available to businesses that employ people aged 16–35.

Findings from the Australia Council’s Re-imagine: What next?
Three key themes emerged in the findings from the 2020 sector consultation: survival and resilience, centring equity and public value. Download full findings and discussion paper.

Disabled Artists Invited to Participate in Survey (Unpaid)
Adelaide Fringe and APR Intern has commissioned Curtin University to conduct research on the barriers that stop artists or performers from taking part in festivals. Fill out the 10-min survey or contact Mary-Anne Romano for more info.


24 June – Circuit Breaker Business Support Package
State Government Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are available for eligible businesses in sectors most impacted by the lockdown. Sole traders may apply if you meet the criteria – see discussion on the Arts Amidst COVID-19 Facebook group regarding GST and the $75,000 turnover requirements. TNA believes that anyone who has voluntarily registered for GST, regardless of income, is eligible. Details of the Events Support Package have not been announced but TNA understands that sole traders are being considered under this scheme.

Support for Individuals Affected by COVID-19 Lockdown
A range of emergency food and relief packages are available for those impacted. Call Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 to request. Victorians from low-income households can access a one-off $250 payment to help pay energy bills. More info on Coronavirus Victoria.

Federal Government COVID-19 Disaster Payment
People who lose work in a Commonwealth-defined ‘hotspot’ that goes into a lockdown of longer than 7 days may be eligible for disaster payments of up to $350-$500 per week, provided you are not on other income support payments. Apply through Services Australia.

13 June – Creative and Engage Yarra 2022-2023 Grant Program
Organisations and individual artists may apply for 2-year funding of up to $30,000 and $15,000 (per annum) respectively.

15 June – City of Melbourne (CoM) Arts Grants
Grants of up to $20,000 available for one-off projects, a specific component of an annual program or a creative development that has a public outcome in the municipality. More info on CoM Arts Grants.

19 June – Making it in Moreland: Arts Moreland Free Workshop Series
Upcoming on 19 June: Get Your Head Around Grants Writing and Access and Inclusion in Venues and Art Spaces. Free but bookings essential.

Jobs Victoria Fund: Wage Subsidies
Wage subsidies of up to $20,000 are available to assist businesses who employ people from listed priority groups.

Seeking New Members for Green Room Awards’ Dance Panel
The Green Room Awards’ Dance Panel is seeking new members to replace recent departures. Diversity of experience and literacy in a wide range of practices is being sought.


21 June – SIGNAL’s Screen X Sound Commissions EOIs
Emerging artists aged 16–25 with an idea for a screen or sound work may apply for a commission which offers $800, in-kind support and professional development.

1 July – Carclew Fellowships 2022
The Fellowship offers $10,000 to emerging cultural and creative artists and arts workers aged 26 and under. Funding supports career building, skills development, and research.


30 June – Inaugural International Circus Awards: Call for Submissions
Circus Companies and Artists are invited to submit full-length shows for adjudication by an international voting committee consisting of over 30 members.

12 July – MICC Virtual Annual Market
Online Circus Market/Networking Festival from 12 – 15 July, activities from midnight to 8am AEST. Pricing begins at $30, but membership fee can be waived in cases of financial hardship.


  • QMusic, Queensland’s music industry development association, announces Kris Stewart as CEO. Kris Stewart steps down as Artistic Director of Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • Kate Gould joins Brisbane Powerhouse as CEO/Artistic Director.
  • Sophie Travers has stepped down from her role as General Manager, Creative Programs for Arts House. She is newly appointed Director of Collingwood Yards.
  • Glenn Shea is taking on a new role as First Nations Producer at La Mama Theatre.
  • National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) announces new Advocacy Director Mimi CroweClothilde Bullen, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, joins NAVA as newly appointed Chair of the Board.
  • Robert Love, Director of Riverside Theatres, is stepping down from his position mid-year.
  • Beau James joins Sydney Opera House as the new Head of First Nations Programming.
  • Daniel Riley has been appointed as the next Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre and will commence in 2022.
  • Nicola Forrest AO has stepped down as Chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, with Francois Witbooi, current deputy chair, taking up the position.
  • Regional Arts WA has announced two new Board Members: Bobbi Lockyer and Grace Crogan.
  • Carriageworks has announced the addition of five new board members: Gitanjali BhallaAndrew MaidenMatthew McCarronCameron Honey and Sani Townso.
  • Northern Territory Dance Company announces Jessica Machin as the company’s new Chair, while Rod Gonzales has also joined as a Board Director.
  • Dr Wendy Were is stepping down from her role at the Australia Council for the Arts as Executive Director Advocacy and Development. She will take up a new senior executive role at the Greater Sydney Commission, as Executive Director, Thought Leadership and Engagement.


Technical Production Traineeship, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply Now.
People and Safety Support Officer, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QLD). Apply Now.
Venue Hire Officer, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QLD). Apply Now.
Artists Services Officer, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 13 Jun.
Director of Business Development, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 13 Jun.
Touring Manager – Regional Tour, The Australian Ballet (VIC, NSW, SA). Apply by 14 Jun.
Deputy Company Manager, The Australian Ballet (VIC). Apply by 14 Jun.
Community Engagement Coordinator, Flying Fruit Fly Circus (NSW). Apply by 16 Jun.
Senior Producer, Darebin City Council (VIC). Apply by 16 Jun.
Fly Supervisor, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 17 Jun.
Associate Producer – Music, Perth Festival (WA). Apply by 17 Jun.
Associate Producer – Creative Learning, Perth Festival (WA). Apply by 17 Jun.
Finance Administrator, Chunky Move (VIC). Apply by 17 Jun.
Administration Assistant, Trafalgar Entertainment, Theatre Royal Sydney (NSW). Apply by 18 Jun.
Front of House Manager, Theatre Royal Sydney (NSW). Apply by 18 Jun.
Ticketing Manager, Newtheatricals (NSW). Apply by 18 Jun.
Production Manager, Mona Foma (TAS). Apply by 18 Jun.
Senior Manager for Arts Programs, Carclew (SA). Apply by 20 Jun.
Creative Producer, Carclew (SA). Apply by 20 Jun.
Cabaret Director, Women’s Circus (VIC). Apply by 20 Jun.
Education Resources Officer, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 21 Jun.
Manager, People and Culture, Geelong Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 21 Jun.
Artist Liaison, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 21 Jun.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 23 Jun.
Box Office & Marketing Coordinator, Goulburn Council (NSW). Apply by 25 Jun.
Technical Coordinator, Goulburn Council (NSW). Apply by 25 Jun.
Online Learning Product Manager, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 27 Jun.
Venue Technical Supervisor, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 27 Jun.
Technical Stores Manager, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 27 Jun.
Marketing and Administration Coordinator, Performance Space (NSW). Apply by 28 Jun.
Creative Producer, Riverland Youth Theatre (SA).


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.

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