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VIPI Info Sessions – Find out how you can get involved!
Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) is being rolled out and we’re excited to announce dates and locations for the VIPI Info Sessions. VIPI supports Victorian-based independent producers and, through them, independent artists and companies. Sessions will be held from 20 Nov – 4 Dec across Melbourne and in regional Victoria. RSVPs close 13 Nov. Session info and bookings.

Converge 2019 – Wrap up and Documentation
Thank you to everyone who attended, facilitated and contributed to our national sector gathering in Melbourne on 16 Oct – it was such a special day! We have been preparing wrap up materials, keynote videos and handy industry resources. If you were unable to attend but would like to receive the documentation wrap up, email Bethany. A reminder to delegates to fill out the short survey.

Winner of the 2019 TNA SMASH Bursary for Independents – Alex Desebrock (WA)
We are pleased to award the 2019 SMASH bursary to independent artist, Alex Desebrock. Alex is the director of Maybe ( ) Together, working primarily in the area of theatre for young audiences. This award acknowledges the many unpaid hours Alex spends, not only in her own artistic work, but in the pursuit of a fairer sector for independent artists through research and the FLOCK indie gatherings initiative in Perth.


Choose Art – Arts Access Victoria’s new online resource for accessible arts experiences
Choose Art has been designed to improve access to arts for people with disability. Promote your inclusive and accessible arts programs or search for opportunities or events specifically aimed at, or inclusive of Deaf and disabled people.

New National Performing Arts Partnership Framework
The Meeting of Cultural Ministers approved the new National Performing Arts Partnership Framework to replace the MPA Framework. Companies funded under the new framework – called Partnership Organisations – benefit from the stability of up to eight years funding. Read the communique from MCM here. Read a response from the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, here.

Resource: ‘Creatives of Colour’
Rani P Collaborations has launched, curated conversations with creatives of colour. Commissioned by Diversity Arts Australia, the site features interviews in Australia and internationally, survival strategies for creatives of colour, and a call-out for contributions.

4 Nov – Australia Council for the Arts – Opportunities for First Nations Artists
The Custodianship Program is designed and delivered by First Nations leaders for First National leaders across art forms and career levels. Includes residences and on-country learning. Apply by 4 Nov. | The Dreaming Award ($20,000) supports a young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. Apply by 4 Nov.

10 Nov – Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship
This scholarship offers a 12-month residency at Arts Access Victoria with a $5,000 grant to create an arts project that represents the disability experience. Applications close 10 Nov. Read more.

22 Nov – Ian Potter Foundation announces new funding objectives / guidelines
The Ian Potter Foundation has announced four funding pillars that promote a Vibrant, Healthy, Fair and Sustainable Australia. From Round 1, 2020 all grants will be based on revised funding guidelines. EOIs close 22 Nov. More info here.

22 Nov – Apply for 2020 Cranlana Scholarship
Cranlana Centre is offering one scholarship place in their Executive Colloquium and Vincent Fairfax Fellowship programs. Open to outstanding leaders from the not-for-profit, arts and culture, start-up and community sectors who are demonstrating ethical leadership. Closes 22 Nov. More info.

29 Nov – Arts NT Creative Fellowships – Up to $25,000
Open to an established NT artist or arts worker seeking to develop their professional arts career, as well as the development of arts, culture and creative industries in the NT. Apply here.

2 Dec – Seedpod Pilot 2020 Sunshine Coast Residency
Seedpod Pilot is the first Queensland-based residency program from renowned Victorian live arts organisation, Punctum. It is presented in collaboration with Horizon Festival, Arts Coast and Creative Spaces. Apply by 2 Dec.

2 Dec – Matching Community Grant Program
The matching grant program aims to deliver local, community-based projects in the City of Sydney. The program mainly works with community groups to support events, services and projects in their local neighbourhoods. Apply by 2 Dec. More info.

3 Dec – Australia Council International Development Opportunities
Applications are now open for Australian performing artists, curators and producers to apply for international residencies, professional placements and market development in 2020. Read more here.

3 Dec – Not in My Workplace – Sydney Summit
This event unpacks knowledge and views on how to address sexual harassment in the workplace. The day program will be led by Kate Jenkins, Australian Human Rights Commission Sex Discrimination Officer. Tickets $199 incl. GST. 9am – 5.30pm, Tue 3 Dec at Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney. Program and bookings.

13 Dec – Adelaide Fringe’s International Arts Marketplace – Honey Pot Industry Registrations
Honey Pot runs from 14 Feb – 15 Mar 2020 as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. This dynamic matchmaking service is for Fringe delegates seeking the best in contemporary arts for future programming. Registrations close 13 Dec. More info.

ArtsHub offering discounted memberships to Deaf and Disabled Artists
Memberships are offered at $69 instead of the usual $149 annual membership fee. Offer is for individual members. About the offer.


18 Nov – First Peoples Creative Industries Traineeships Program – Placements / Host Orgs
Opening doors to the creative industries for young First Peoples aged 18-24, this program offers and funds 12-month paid placements. Now seeking hosts for 2020. Click here for Host Organisations EOIs and see what trainee positions are currently on offer.

13 Dec – Save the date: End of Year Arts Party for Indies in Melbourne
Are you an independent artist who misses out on end-of-year party invitations? Melbourne Fringe and TNA are throwing an Indie Arts Party at Common Rooms, Trades Hall, Carlton, to celebrate the silly season. 13 Dec, 7.30pm. Free, but ticketed.

13 Nov – Arts House – Final Makeshift Gathering of 2020
Developed by artists, for artists, the final Makeshift Gathering will take place on Wed 13 Nov, 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Arts House, North Melbourne. Free, booking required. Light dinner provided.

23 Nov & 3 Dec – Arts West Catch Up Clubs: Next Generation and INfuse
Family friendly Arts West Catch Up Club as part of Due West Arts Festival, Sat 23 Nov, 2019, 1.30pm-4.30pm. | INfuse – Artist Opportunities across the West features presentations from Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong & Melton Councils, Tue 3 Dec, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Info and bookings for both events here.

1 Nov – Malthouse Theatre’s Director in Residence (2020 – 2022) – CLOSES TODAY!
This 3-year salaried role is for a theatre artist who identifies as female or non-binary. The Director in Residence will develop and direct work for the mainstage, be immersed in the day-to-day activities of the company and receive mentoring and support from the Artistic Director. Apply here.

8 Nov – Assistant Director roles, Melbourne Theatre Company
MTC has 3 paid Assistant Director positions available in 2020 for emerging or mid-career directors. Successful applicants learn about the process of developing shows for large-scale companies. Apply by 8 Nov.

17 Nov – Moreland City Council’s Arts Investment Grants Program
Infrastructure Grants of up to $10,000 and Organisational Grants of up to $5000 are available. Applications close 17 Nov. Read more.

22 Nov – Apply for Lucy Guerin Inc’s 2020 Residency Program
Studio-based residencies are available to independent artists, collectives and companies. Successful applicants receive up to 3 weeks’ studio time, alongside additional in-kind support. Apply by 22 Nov. More info.

28 Nov – City of Melbourne – Arts and Creative Investment Partnerships EOI
Funding for medium to large organisations representing diverse artforms. Submit a funding EOI for either 2 years ($30,000-$100,000) or 4 years ($50,000-$350,000). Briefing sessions on 13 and 14 Nov. Read more.

Nov – Melbourne Fringe Festival Commissions
Melbourne Fringe has announced its inaugural Common Rooms Writer’s Residency for a playwright (closes 11 Nov) and the Deadly Fringe Performing Arts Commissions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (closes 20 Nov). Check out the links – So much money for artists!

6 Dec – Community-engaged Artists-in-Residence at Braybrook Community Hub
Work with and celebrate the communities of Braybrook. Open to artists of all disciplines who will build a deep connection to the community, working part-time over a 3-month period. EOIs close 6 Dec. More info.

6 Dec – First Nations Creative Projects Initiative
The First Nations Creative Projects Initiative is designed to give professional Indigenous artists the opportunity to lead the creation and development of a new work anywhere in the City of Maribyrnong. EOIs close 6 Dec.

6 Dec – Apply for 3-year studio tenancy at Burrinja
Aerie Creative Ecology at Burrinja is offering studio tenancy for artists, creative enterprises and arts businesses across most disciplines, ranging from writers to game developers, and everything in between. More info.

Way Out West looking for new members
Join an inclusive arts studio to participate in creative workshops that focus on the development and presentation of new performance works. Contact Geoff Robinson here / or call (03) 8640 6010.


15 Nov – Call for Fringe Productions – ASSITEJ World Congress, Japan
The 20th ASSITEJ WORLD CONGRESS and International Theatre Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young People MIRAI Festival, is calling for proposals for fringe productions. Applications close 15 Nov. Read more.

8 Dec – Open Call 2020 – International Forum at Theatertreffen 2020 by Berliner Festspiele
Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen invites young, progressive artists from across the world to participate in the International Forum, an 18-day exclusive scholarship program in May 2020. Open to fields including directing, design, dramaturgy, choreography and theatre education. Applications close 8 December 2019. Fellows announced Feb 2020.

2 Apr – IETM Tromsø Plenary Meeting 2020 – Registrations Open
IETM´s 2020 Spring Plenary will be held from 30 April to 03 May 2020 in Tromsø, one of Norway’s most northern cities, situated above the Arctic Circle. The theme of the meeting is Activism. IETM members and non-members welcome. Earlybird closes 2 Apr 2020. More info.


15 Nov – IPAY Showcase 2020 Registrations closing soon
Showcase 2020 will be held in Philadelphia, USA, from 21-25 January. Delegate and exhibitor registration is now open. Off-IPAY submissions due 15 Nov. Earlybird deadline is November 20. More info.

Resource: ‘The arts in your electorate’
Australia Council has refreshed their electorate profiles resource. It now includes Children’s engagement with arts and culture. TNA encourages you to look up your electorate and become familiar with the industry/employment information and the levels of engagement in arts and culture.

7 Nov – PYT Fairfield 2020 Ensemble Program
PYT Fairfield is accepting applications from young and emerging artists (18- 28 years) for their 2020 Ensemble Program. Open to young creative from Western Sydney with a passion for contemporary performance. Apply by 7 Nov. More info.

14 Nov – ArtPlay SIGNAL Artist Learning Session: Creating with Complexity
Join Kamarra Bell-Wykes and Shiralee Hood to learn about how to make art and work sensitively and effectively with Indigenous young people and vulnerable young people with diverse needs. 14 Nov, 2pm – 5.30pm at Signal, Flinders Walk, Melbourne. Free, bookings essential. More info.

China Professional Placements – Art Space for Kids (A.S.K)
Applications for Australia Council for the Arts’ China Placement close on Tue 3 Dec.  Applications are open for arts managers, tour managers and producers to apply for a 2020 professional placement between May – June 2020. More info.


14 Nov – TNA’s National CaPT Sector Gathering at Sidesault Festival
TNA’s CaPT Sector Gathering will be held in Melbourne at The Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood, during Sidesault at the Melba in November. Hear from colleagues, TNA, and the CaPT Advisory Group. Thurs 14 Nov 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Free event, bookings essential. More info.

EOIs for the Springboard Circus Funding Program are live!
Springboard is a new collaboration between Melbourne Fringe and Circus Oz to support the development of four new circus works for Fringe. Submit an EOI by Wed 20 Nov. More info here.

4 Nov – Circa – Production and Ensemble call out
A range of production roles and 3 ensemble positions available. Read more here.

1 Nov – Spin Circus Festival and Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention (APAC)
APAC (11 – 14 Jan) and Spin Circus Festival (17 – 19 Jan) will be held in Wensleydale, Victoria at the start of 2020. Early bird deadlines for both programs close today – Fri 1 Nov 2019.

Nov 25 – Dec 01 – Australian Circus Festival and Artist Learning Opportunity
The 4th Australian Circus Festival will be held in Brisbane from 25 Nov – 1 Dec 2019. 10 performances over 7 days. Book tickets here. Professional circus artists are invited to book a one-on-one with Stacy Clark from Cirque du Soleil between 1pm – 5pm on Tue 28 Nov.

Dec 1 – Acro: Professional Development Pathway for Emerging Circus Artists
ACRO is a 6 month program to develop skills towards becoming a circus professional. This course is for people of any age who have finished high school, and are serious about starting a career. Applications close 1 Dec 2019. Course details and registrations.

6 Jan – The international training project and Lunar Circus classes in WA
Classes in every discipline will be taught by Trainers from all over the world in Karridale, WA. Open to kids and adults, training is for two weeks: 6 -10 Jan and 12 – 16 Jan, 2020. More info.


  • Jacob Boehme appointed Artistic Director of Geelong After Dark 2020.
  • Maeve Mhairi MacGregor appointed Artistic Director/CEO of Tasmanian Theatre Company.
  • Bradley Chatfield joins the board of Expressions Dance Company (EDC).
  • Cultural Ministers invite Circa into the existing MPA Framework.
  • Jarra Steel appointed Indigenous Arts Officer for the City of Port Phillip, working as part of the Art & Heritage team.
  • Horizon Festival welcomes Lynne Bradley as Festival Director.
  • APAM welcomes Fraser Orford in the role of Delivery Producer.
  • The National Institute of Dramatic Art appoints Liz Hughes as CEO, effective December 2019.
  • Punctum farewells Adrian Corbett and welcomes Steve Mayhew as General Manager.
  • Marika Lucas-Edwards joins the team at the National Gallery of Australia as Head of Communications.
  • Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) announces board changes: Board Chair James Arvanitakis steps down, Debbie Lee appointed Chair. New members include Georgie McLean, Nareen Young and Karen Soldatic.
  • The Adelaide Festival Board announces Executive Director Rob Brookman AM will retire following delivery of the 2020 festival.
  • Emily Tulloch appointed Artistic Director and Dr Blythe Chandler appointed General Manager at Nexus Arts.
  • Biennale of Sydney appoints Johanna Featherstone and Rachel Verghis to the board.
  • Abbe May joins the Board of the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA Board.
  • Melinda Watson and John Waight join Arts Law Centre of Australia.
  • Bundanon Trust announces Mark Johnson as Chief Operating Officer and Holly Vale as Development Manager.
  • Performance Space at Carriageworks welcomes artists Agatha Goethe Snape and Brian Fuata to their board.
  • Deakin University awards Jill Smith an Honorary Doctorate for her work in Geelong advocating for a creative city and the value of the arts.
  • Kali Michailidis departs The SUBSTATION to join TarraWarra Museum of Art.
  • Angela Conquet to depart as Artistic Director and CEO of Melbourne’s Dancehouse in April 2020.


Ensemble Members, Circa (QLD). Apply by 4 Nov.
Ticketing and Marketing Officer, University Theatres (WA). Apply by 4 Nov.
Production Staff, Circa (QLD). Apply by 4 Nov.
Administrator, Tasmanian Theatre Company (TAS). Apply by 5 Nov.
Various roles, Canberra Theatre Centre (ACT). Apply by 5 Nov.
Production Manager, JUTE Theatre Company (QLD). Apply by 5 Nov.
Artistic Director/ CEO, Dancehouse (VIC). Apply by 6 Nov.
Executive Director, Create NSW (NSW). Apply by 6 Nov.
Various roles, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 6 – 18 Nov.
Assistant Client Manager, Auspicious Arts (VIC). Apply by 7 Nov.
Multiple Roles, Koorie Heritage Trust (VIC). Apply by 8 Nov.
Finance & HR Manager, Desart (NT). Apply by 8 Nov.
Executive Director, Eastern Riverina Arts (NSW). Apply by 8 Nov.
Content Growth Editor, Arts Hub (VIC). Apply by 8 Nov.
Visitor Experience Coord., Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (NT). Apply by 10 Nov.
Theatre & Community Venues Team Leader, Coffs Harbour City Council (NSW). Apply by 10 Nov.
Various roles, Country Arts SA. Apply by 11 Nov.
Artistic Director/Acting Executive Director, Warehouse Circus (ACT). Apply by 11 Nov.
Various Roles, Belvoir (NSW). Apply by 12 Nov.
Various roles, Melbourne Fringe Festival (VIC). Apply by 13 Nov.
Executive Director, Adelaide Festival (SA). Apply by 15 Nov.
General Manager, Sydney Fringe (NSW). Apply by 15 Nov.
Project Manager First Nations, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 17 Nov.
Executive Producer, Substation (VIC). Apply by 22 Nov.
Various Roles, Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA). Apply by 22 Nov.
Creative Workshops Program Producer, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 25 Nov


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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