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TNA E-News – June 2022


THIS IS HOW WE DO IT 2022: Survey of Indies’ Working Trends
TNA invites independent artists and creatives in the performing arts to fill out a survey on their working trends. This third edition will assist TNA’s ongoing advocacy and provide fee benchmarking for indies. It will be available as a public report in the coming months for everyone to use. The first 250 respondents receive $50 to participate.

21 July–22 July – VIPI Producing Fundamentals at Fringe Commons 
TNA will host a series of in-person workshops and networking for emerging independent performing arts producers and artists at the Fringe Commons. People interstate or with access requirements can attend online for free. A professional photographer will be offering free simple headshots for those who are attending in-person for both days. $20 for one day, $35 for two days. Equity prices are available.

21 July – Artists x Producers Coaching Session EOI
As part of our Producing Fundamentals event, we are hosting a one-hour coaching session for artists with a professional producer over breakfast. If you are an artist or mid-career/established producer interested in being a part of this coaching session, submit an EOI. Names will be selected randomly out of a hat. Participants will be paid $150 for their time. Depending on numbers, 1-2 artists will be paired with 1 producer. 

New Chair and Farewell to Jill Smith
TNA is pleased to announce that Erica McCalman has been appointed our new Chair. Our outgoing Chair, Jill Smith AM, was awarded a Life Membership for her incredible contribution of ten years of service. Robyn Gawenda has been appointed Deputy Chair and Lou Oppenheim stays on as Treasurer.

New Access & Equity Resource List
TNA has added to our Resources page, including a list of access and equity resources, training and workshops, and an essential reading list for beginners.


APAX Registrations 2022
APAX 2022 will be presented in-person at NIDA, Sydney from 5–9 September. People can attend online via livestream. Pitching program to come. Registrations are open – PAC members start from $240 (online) non-members start from $295 (online).

Strengthening Rural Communities Program
Three funding streams for remote, rural and regional communities. Grants up to $10,000 and $50,000 for ongoing Covid-19 recovery, up to $25,000 for ongoing bushfires recovery, and grants up to $10,000 for small community initiatives.

Family Attendance Outlook Monitor
6 in 10 parents are ready to attend cultural events with their children – consistent with audiences generally. Similarly, 24% report financial barriers to attending. Read the full report by Patternmakers.

5 June – Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships
Grants of $160,000 for early midcareer artists, arts managers and leaders in the humanities. Submit your nomination. Applicants cannot self-nominate.

7 June – Internationale Tanzmesse NRW
$3,000 (Australia-based) or $1,500 (overseas-based) to attend the largest international professional gathering for contemporary dance. 5–27 Aug, Berlin, Germany. Apply for Australia Council support to attend. Australian artists and companies attending on a self-funded basis may also join the delegation. 

7 June – Playing Australia Project Investment
Supports performing arts tours to reach regional and remote communities. Open to individuals and organisations for a range of activities including alternative touring models, not just strictly tours.

13 June – Art On Tour Salon EOIs (ACT and NSW)
NSW and ACT artists and producers can apply to present a short pitch about their work at the salon, with presenters/venues present. Work must be relevant to metro and regional NSW and ACT audiences, and available to tour in 2023 and beyond.

27 June – New Dance Festival Commissions
A new dance festival in Melbourne has been announced for March 2023, taking the place of its predecessor, Dance Massive. The 11 festival partners seek projects for inclusion. Arts House is also looking to commission 2 new works, offering $15,000 and up to 4 weeks of in-kind space. Lucy Guerin Inc is accepting EOIs for a project in development (offering $8,000 and a 1-week residency), professional development workshops and talks.

30 June – Support Act Covid-19 Crisis Relief Grants (NSW)
A reminder that Support Act’s Crisis Relief Grants are available for all eligible live performing arts workers in NSW. $2,000 for individuals, $2,700 for families with dependents. 

4 July – Arts Tasmania Residencies: all that we are, Glover Country, Poatina, TRIP (TAS)
Supports Tasmanian artists to undertake four-week residencies across Tasmania. $5,000 provided, which must be used to cover the accommodation fee of $500 per week.


La Mama Maya Drive Performer Call Out
Male 25–35, and female 45–65 actor required for Maya Drive: set in Melbourne on December 20, 2012. Rehearsals begin June 18. Email Jonno Shaw or call him on 0409 466 984 for more information.

5 June – LGI x Temperance Hall Out of Bounds EOIs
EOIs for dance artists to present showings of recent choreographic investigations to local audiences over the 13–14 Aug weekend. Participants will receive creative feedback, with post-showing discussions facilitated by experienced dance practitioners.

6 June – Bunjil Place New Ground Commissions
Early midcareer creatives in Casey, Cardinia and Dandenong are invited to respond to the provocation ‘What is it to be an artist in the South East?’ Commission tiers range from $4,000 to $14,000.

6 June – Women’s Board Leadership Program
Governance training and networking for women to advance their board careers. All women in Victoria with two to five years’ experience serving on government or not-for-profit boards or committee of management can apply. 

6 June – Southside Festival 2023 EOIs
$25,000 commission for a local organisation to present an arts/culture/heritage project, and $25,000 for artists or organisations to engage in a large-scale community event – both to be presented as part of Southside Festival 2023. Applicants must be based, operate in, or strongly connected to the Frankston City Council municipality.

15 June – City of Melbourne Arts Grants 2023
Up to $20,000 for the creation and presentation of projects shared with the public, $5,000 for project developments only, and $10,000 for art residencies. More info on annual arts grants.

19 June – Darebin Council FUSE Fund 2023
$1,000 to $20,000 to support the development and presentation of arts projects, cultural projects and events as part of FUSE in Autumn/Spring 2023.

City of Yarra – Free Community Training Program
Free training program aimed at community leaders and managers, open to residents in the City of Yarra. Upcoming: Project Management Essentials in June, Building Effective Partnerships and Networks in July, and Understanding Finances for Community Groups in August.

1 July – Melbourne Fringe Artist Registrations
Present work in this year’s Melbourne Fringe on 6 Oct–23 Oct. Tiered registration starting from $95 for a free event, or from $215 for a ticketed event. 

8 July – Midsumma Pathways
Nine-month mentorship and workshop program for LGBTQIA+ emerging artists with disability. Delivered in a hybrid online/on-site model, including some in-person/online activities.


10 July – EOIs for TYA Directors International Exchange
Directors in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) – An International Exchange, takes place June 18-25 2023 at Hessisches Landestheater Marburg in Germany. TNA will be selecting one director to attend, to be decided through an EOI process.

12 June – Backbone PILOT Artist Residency (QLD)
Artists under 30 can engage in the first stage development of a new work for six months, part-time. $1,000 towards project development, paid employment 15 hours a week, access to masterclasses and an industry mentor. The developed project will be presented at Backbone Festival in Oct-Nov 2022.

13 June – Darwin Festival Call Out for Dinosaur Loving 11–13-Year-Olds (NT)
Darwin Festival is presenting an exciting family show at MAGNT in August 2022 and they’re on the hunt for two performers aged 11–13, who love dinosaurs, know a lot about the prehistoric age and enjoy performing to a live audience. Paid opportunity. EOIs close June 13.

12 July – Canberra Youth Theatre Scratch Night EOIs (ACT)
For performers, writers and theatre makers aged 18–25 to share ambitious ideas, make new connections and be supported to develop their creative projects with a live audience. Participants have up to 10 minutes on stage to showcase their work or idea.

18–20 July – ATYP’s Youth Performing Arts Summit
Companies and organisations, from, and connected to, the youth performing arts will connect again at this three-day event in Sydney. Share stories, concerns and solutions, as we navigate our fast-changing world. Info and registrations on website. $300-$400pp, travel subsidies available.


19 July – Australia Council Funding for Victorian CaPT Projects – Organisations, Individuals and Groups
This program is designed to specifically support the CaPT sector in Victoria. Non-Victorian applicants may be eligible if the project can demonstrate impact for the Victorian CaPT sector. Organisation Grants available from $20,000 to $150,000; Individuals and Groups may apply for $10,000 to $80,000.

30 Sept – Spaghetti Circus National Circus Festival
National Training Program runs 26–29 Sept and festival weekend 30 Sept–2 Oct, in Mullumbimby, NSW. Limited run of Early Bird Tickets now available from $25 to $625.


·         Tony Burke has been sworn in as Minister for the Arts and Minister for Workplace Relations.

·         Congratulations to TNA board member Andrea James on receiving the Mona Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers.

·         Michelle Hanna has been appointed Chair of the Board at UTP.

·         Rosie Dwyer has stepped down as as Director, Programming at Regional Arts Victoria.

·         Jane Griffiths has been appointed the Head of Collarts’ new School of Performing Arts.

·         Roxane Eden has been announced as La Boite Theatre’s new Executive Director. Roxane was previously La Boite Theatre’s Finance and Venue Manager.

·         Stompin has announced the appointment of Rachel Moore as the company’s new General Manager and Producer.

·         Force Majeure’s Executive Director Colm O’Callaghan will be leaving the company to take up the position of Executive Director of The Gate Theatre in Dublin.

·         Executive Producer and co-CEO of The Last Great Hunt Siân Roberts has stepped down in what she describes as ‘time for intermission’.

·         Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has announced the appointment of Andy Miller and Zii Nzira as Co-CEOs until the end of 2022.

·         Australian Ballet’s Executive Producer Libby Christie will be stepping down from her role at the end of 2022.

·         Lauren Eisinger has joined Legs on the Wall in the role of Producer.

·         Brown’s Mart Theatre in Darwin has announced its first two Artistic Associates, Cj Fraser-Bell and Haneen Mahmood Martin

·         Prof Ruth Rentschler has been appointed as Australian Dance Theatre’s new Chair, taking over from David Stobbe.

·         Nexus Arts has announced its new leadership team, following the resignation of previous Chair, Adrian VicaryTerri Dichiera has been appointed Chair and Dr Boram Lee as Deputy Chair.


Venue Producer, Malthouse (VIC). Apply now. 
Artistic Director, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply now.
Operations Coordinator, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 5 June.
Fundraising and Development Manager, Tantrum Youth Arts (NSW). Apply by 5 June.
School Workshop Facilitators, Act Now Theatre (SA). Apply by 6 June.
Project Officer (First Nations Arts and Culture), Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 6 June.
Learning Officer, Bundanon Trust (NSW). Apply by 6 June.
Curator Public Programs and Publications, ACCA (VIC). Apply by 6 June.
Senior Lecturer, Arts and Cultural Management, WAAPA (WA). Apply by 6 June.
Lecturer, Lighting, WAAPA (WA). Apply by 6 June.
Artistic Services Orchestra Coordinator, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 6 June.

Executive Producer, Festivals, Moreland City Council (VIC). Apply by 8 June.
Marketing Assistant, Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA). Apply by 8 June.
Artistic Director, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 10 June.
Actors, Tantrum Youth Arts (NSW). Apply by 10 June.
Communications Coordinator, Next Wave (VIC). Apply by 11 June.
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 12 June.
Grants Executive, Victorian Opera (VIC). Apply by 15 June.
Producer – Events, Carriageworks (NSW). Apply by 13 June.
Associate Dean, Production, WAAPA (WA). Apply by 15 June.
Production Manager, Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 17 June.
Director Business and Strategic Partnership Development, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 19 June.
Operations Manager, White Night (VIC). Apply by 20 June.

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