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TNA E-News – November 2021


Bi-partisan recommendation for a National Cultural Plan
The Federal Inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions has recommended the development of a national cultural plan, as a key plank of ‘Sculpting a National Cultural Plan: Igniting a post-COVID economy for the arts’. TNA is particularly pleased that the report demonstrates bi-partisan support for a plan. Read the plan. TNA will work to secure commitments from the Government and the Opposition as we head to a federal election, due by May 2022.

TNA’s New VIPI Program Manager
TNA is pleased to announce that Wen-Juenn Lee has been appointed the new Victorian Independent Producers’ Initiative (VIPI) Program Manager. Wen-Juenn commences her role this week. 

25 Nov – VIPI Unlocking Capacity Grants
Applications for our multi-year grants of up to $35,000 per annum for up to three years, run in partnership with Creative Victoria, opens 4 Nov and closes 25 Nov 3pm. Applicants will be assessed by one of three streams: First peoples, Deaf and disabled, and general. Read our website for more information.

TNA Databases 
TNA is starting a policy database with a particular focus on collecting COVID-19 vaccination policies. If your organisation has any policies it can contribute, it would be greatly appreciated. TNA also has three databases on site ready for your browsing: the Independent Producers database, the Designers Database, for female, non-binary and trans designers, and Circus and Physical Theatre companies. A database for performance companies working with/by/for young people will be developed in early 2022. Keep your eyes peeled!


International Travel
From 1 Nov, fully vaccinated Australians will not require an exemption to depart Australia. More information on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Election enrolment information
With the Federal Election coming up, make sure that you are enrolled to vote, and that your enrolment details are up to date.  

National ‘PulseCheck’ Re-Opening Report
Data collected between 28 September and 1 October 2021 by the Pattern Makers show that audiences in outbreak-affected states (NSW, VIC, ACT) have become more risk averse. A separate report also measures NSW audience sentiments, as the state opens up. Read the reports on site. Pattern Makers have also compiled a list of tips and tactics for sustaining audience engagement, based on evidence from their Audience Outlook Monitor.

Joint Statements by Sydney and Melbourne Theatres
A group of Sydney Theatres, including Belvoir, Griffin and Bell Shakespeare, have released a joint statement, requiring all visitors to their venues to be fully vaccinated while on-site until the end of the year. Victorian theatres and arts venues have also released a joint statement requiring all visitors to be fully vaccinated while on-site. Signatories include Dance House, Malthouse, La Mama, Footscray Community Arts Centre and MTC.

Not-for-profits’ guide to complying with Commonwealth electoral laws
With the next federal election not far away, charities and community groups are thinking about what advocacy they want to do. Under Commonwealth electoral laws, some advocacy spending and donations may need to be publicly disclosed. Two key questions to ask: are we creating ‘electoral matter’, and are we spending ‘electoral expenditure’? Find out more.

Artist Led ArtsPay – Support The Arts Through Payment Processing
Payment processing is a highly profitable industry ($39 billion last year) – and ArtsPay wants a piece of that to get to the arts. Artist researcher Amy Spiers (with Lara Thoms and Alistair Webster) is currently consulting on how ArtsPay will direct funds with a focus on independent artists and small/micro orgs. Their foundation will be artist led. Businesses switching to ArtsPay will pay nothing more but will benefit the arts.

Ethical Fundraising Policy Template (UK)
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy UK have drafted a best practice Ethical Fundraising Policy Template.

Arts Wellbeing Collective – Understanding Self and Identity
Watch a recording of this workshop with Chris Cheers, who provides strategies to help artists cope during Covid-19, and to explore ways to find meaning, values and identity beyond our role in the arts.

5 Nov – Australia Council Arts and Wellbeing Forum
Online forum to discuss the positive effects of arts for mental health, and the potential for the arts to help address a major policy challenge. Register for your ticket.

Australian Plays Transform – Multiple Opportunities
Closing this month: for First Nations playwrights to spend focused time on the development of a new play. Accommodation, food and travel provided, and participants will be paid a fee. Apply by 7 Nov. The Pride Foundation Commission and Development Program commissions $16,000 to a successful LGBTQIA+ mid-career playwright to write a new play that engages with LGBTQIA+ representations and POVs. Apply by 28 Nov.

9 Nov – Australia Council x Singapore Digital Residencies
Two residencies: $5,000 grants to seed research or projects between Australian applicants and a proposed Singaporean independent/institutional partner. Applicants determine their own digital residency structure with the agreement of the partner. Digital Theatremakers Program is for early to mid-career artists/creatives with involvement in live theatre/performance to begin a process of contact and digital collaboration with Singaporean artists. $2,000 funding. Both applications close 9 Nov.

9 Nov – Australia Council International Engagement Fund
Fund to encourage borderless thinking and applications for engagement in any part of the world.Remote, online and hybrid modes of cross-border engagement while international travel is restricted will be prioritised. $5,000–$15,000 grants for development and prototyping, or $15,001–$30,000 for action and new models.
16 Nov – Digital Transformation for the Creative Industries Course

Short course in 2022 designed by AusCo in collaboration with UTS Sydney for artists and arts workers to understand digital practices for the arts.

18 Nov – Platform Arts’ Online Reading Group
For those seeking stimulating company and discussion. Platform Arts’ Reading Group will be unpacking material and contributing to the poly-narrative of the arts and culture online.

21 Nov – Platform Lab 2022 EOIs
Platform Arts’ residencies with three streams: 12-month digital residency open to all AU artists, 12-month studio residency for Greater Geelong artists, and a 2-month Creative Development studio residency open to all VIC artists. Each participating artist receives $5,000, participation in LAB residency intensives, and mentorship. Info session on 11 Nov.

30 Nov – ADSA Online Conference: Conditions for Decentring Scholarship and Pedagogy
The Australian Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Association’s annual conferencefocuses on de-centring practices and performers, makers and methodologies. One day online event on 30 Nov. Tiered pricing, with also a ‘pay what you can afford’ option.

30 Nov – Digital Fellowship with Aotearoa (NZ)
Six-month program between Australia Council and Creative NZ for artists based in the two countries to co-develop their digital practice. Online gathering sessions, mentoring, and $10,000 funding.

30 Nov – nbn Regional and Remote Grants
$10,000 grant to support regional businesses run by artists that show the ways they use technology to engage with their communities. Other streams available.

7 Dec – APAM Wire #15: Accessibility for Professional Artists with a Disability
An online conversation curated and hosted by Dan Graham, a Sydney-based theatre director and disability advocate, featuring performing artists/arts workers from AU and the UK on what is currently being done about accessibility for performing artists with disabilities, and what needs to change. 

Women in Theatre Report (UK)
Funded report by Arts Council England on the impact of Covid-19 on women in theatre.

A New Approach: Twenty-first century priorities for Australian arts and culture policy
Read and download a new Analysis Paper on what Australians believe about arts and culture and what they expect from their national leaders in this space.

Safer Spaces Network
A new initiative formed by a group of VIC artists to keep arts workers safe, with a platform to share stories/speak out against unsafe behaviour.

Brisbane Comedy Festival 2022 EOIs (QLD)
Dates: 29 April–29 May. Tiered registration from $320, with box office split depending on venue. Venue, marketing and technical support provided.

Fringe World 2022 EOIs (WA)
Dates: 14 January–13 February. Tiered registration fee–but ticketed event registration fees can be payable at settlement by being deducted from ticketing income. Marketing, access to venue finder, and participant services provided.

Feb 2022 – Adelaide Fringe International Arts Marketplace: Honeypot
Free matchmaking service during Adelaide Fringe for artists and industry delegates to connect. Tiered level of registration/access for first timers to established artists ready to discuss future bookings. Industry delegates can also register throughout Fringe.

Financial Management for Senior Arts Executives Seminars
Run by arts management consultants Paxinos & Associates, to equip arts managers with the financial skills they need to effectively manage their organisations. Series one in Nov/Dec 2021 and series two in Feb/Mar 2022.

Funding Boost for Gold Coast Arts
Congratulations to organisations receiving City of Gold Coast’s Arts Organisation Triennial Funding. Recipients include The Farm, ARC Circus Co, and TNA company member Everybody NOW!

Theatre Network NSW Survey – health check for the NSW Performing Arts sector
TNN wants to capture data to show how the NSW performing arts sector has been affected. The survey will take 15 mins.


COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Vouchers
$2,000 vouchers to support outdoor hospitality and entertainment. Performing arts operation, creative artists, performers, venue operation are eligible. Open until funds are expended. 

8 Nov – Lucy Guerin Inc Quick Response Grants
Quick response grants to support the independent dance community. Mental Health Support Grants provides $600 cash grants for independence dance artists to use towards their mental health needs. Creative Focus Grants of $1,800 will fund a dance artist in the development/exploration of their creative practice.

11 Nov – Dancehouse Emerging Choreographers Program 2022
For Victorian emerging choreographers and dancers to develop an ongoing, sustainable choreographic practice alongside peers. Free access to workshops, space in studios, and mentoring. Priority given to artists 21–28 years or artists in the first 5 years of their practice.

18 Nov – First Nations Arts x Science Residency
Interdisciplinary research and creative development program for an Australian-based First Nations artist, collective or small company to develop their own research directions. $20,000 project fee contribution, with a 2-week residency at Arts House, and up to 4 weeks at Science Gallery Melbourne.

22 Nov – Sustaining Creative Workers Round 2
Quick response funding for individuals and businesses affected by Covid-19. Up to $5,000 for individuals; up to $10,000 for collectives and micro-organisations; and up to $2,500 in additional access funding for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives/organisations.

25 Nov – Platform Arts’ Community Crits #2
This month’s online facilitated session for artists seeking constructive, group feedback on works in development, or aspects of practice will be facilitated by TNA’s own Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez (currently on parental leave). Registrations are free.

Creative Victoria Artists Essential Toolkit Video Series
Videos on accessibility, building support for your arts project, and more, with speakers including Caroline Bowditch, Richard Watts, and Jini Maxwell.

Melbourne Fringe Memories
In partnership with State Library Victoria, Melbourne Fringe is seeking stories from artists, audiences, volunteers, staff and supporters who have shaped the last 40 years of Fringe. Stories may be included in an exhibition, celebrating the festival’s history and future.

Melbourne Comedy Festival 2022 EOIs
Artist registrations are now open and must be completed by 31 Jan 2022. Registration fees apply but are not specified yet. Festival dates: 30 March–24 April 2022.

MAV’s Ahead of the Curve Recipients
Congratulations to the 26 recipients of the Ahead of the Curve commissions, which includes arts maker and TNA member Jonni Homsey. Find out more about the recipients and their works.


14 Nov – Tantrum Residency
In 2022, Tantrum Youth Arts will support three artists/teams aged 18–30, or in the first five years of their practice, to undertake creative development of their own new performance work in Newcastle. Providing four months of access to studio space, professional mentoring, networking and technical support. Applications close 14 Nov.

Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre – Random Acts of Theatre (VIC)
For theatre lovers and makers aged 16-24, Red Stitch will provide either a full year or half year season membership to their 2022 season, free of charge, to successful applicants. All you need to do is tell Red Stitch why you care about theatre.

Shopfront Opportunities (NSW)
Looking for people 15–20 with a passion for creative storytelling and art to join Playwave Creative, a dedicated team of young people who are re-defining the arts in Sydney. Scratch Night EOIs remain open, for artists to try out new works in front of Shopfront’s audience for 15 minutes. Unpaid.

7 Nov – 2022 NT Youth Round Table (NT)
12-month program for aspiring leaders aged 15–25 residing in NT to develop their leadership skills. Members engage in consultation to advise government agencies, community groups and other organisations on key initiatives.

 9 Nov – PYT Fairfield Ensemble 2022 (NSW)
For young creatives in Sydney 18–28 with a passion for contemporary performance to develop in a free year-long program. Includes theatre-making, stage and screen workshops, access to theatre spaces, mentorships and masterclasses. Potential for paid directing and performing opportunities for successful Ensemble participants.

15 Nov – NXT Gen ARTS grants (NT)
NT artists or arts workers 18–25 may be eligible for grants up to $10,000 to support a three-month placement with an arts organisation.


Circus Oz Blogs
Read from the Circus Oz fellows – from a love letter to static trapeze, to acrobat and the power of authenticity, to love in limbo.

Spin Circus Events
Dates for APAC (Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention) have been announced: 8–13 April 2022. The dates and location for Spin Fest (Spin Circus Festival) have also been announced: 14–18 April 2022, Camp Cooriemungle in Victoria. Tickets go on sale December 2021. Go to Spin Circus for first release tickets.

Adelaide Juggling Convention 2022
Dates have been announced: 22–25 April in 2022. Early bird tickets for the 4 day convention are on sale now until March, for $120.


  • Tim Munro has stepped down as CEO of Theatre Royal. Simon Wellington has commenced as the new CEO.
  • Arena Theatre farewells Jolyon James as Artistic Associate after 8 years with the company.
  • Sarah Gilchrist has stepped down as Head of Development at Belvoir, to take up a new role as Development Director at Red Room Poetry. Daria O’Neil is the new Head of Development at Belvoir.
  • Circa will finish managing arTour at the end of 2021. Transfer arrangements to the new providers will be announced in the coming months.
  • Eleanor Boydell has recently stepped into the position of Interim Executive Director at Temperance Hall/Phillip Adams Ballet Lab.
  • Louise Gough will be departing Australian Plays Transform as Executive Producer/CEO at the end of October to take up the position of Head of Development at Screen Australia, commencing November.
  • Veronica Pardo will be stepping down as CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria at the end of this year.
  • Sam Strong has been appointed Creative Victoria’s new Executive Director of Creative Industries.
  • Professor Emma Redding has been appointed the incoming Director of the Victorian College of the Arts. Professor Redding joins the VCA from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the UK, where she is currently Head of Dance Science.
  • Liz Martin has been appointed Accessible Art NSW’s interim CEO.
  • Shay Vigona-Goudge has been appointed as CEO at Artback NT.
  • Patrick McCarthy is the new Executive Director of Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres from 8 Nov.
  • Miriam Silva has been appointed the new Chair of Collingwood Yards, succeeding Founding Chair Daniel Besen, who stepped down in March.
  • Tariro Mavondo is stepping down as co-Artistic Director/CEO at Western Edge Youth Arts to grow and develop in other areas outside of the arts sector. Current co-Artistic Director/CEO Penny Harpham will step into a new Executive Director role, and recruitment will begin for two new Artistic Director roles.
  • Kerry O’Sullivan is leaving her role as Executive Director/Co-CEO at St. Martins Youth Arts Centre.
  • Shelagh Magadza is stepping down as Executive Director of Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
  • Marrugeku has appointed Natalie Smith to the role of Producer and Operations Manager. Smith was previously Producer at Abbotsford Convent.
  • David Martin Harris has been appointed the new CEO at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
  • Nancy Bates has been appointed Reconciliation and Diversity Manager at Adelaide Fringe, and Tara MacLeod has been appointed the new Head of Operations.
  • Zoë Graham has been appointed the new State Manager for Queensland at Creative Partnerships Australia.
  • Opera Australia has appointed a new Chair, Professor Glyn Davis AC, who will join the Board in November 2021. Current Chair David Mortimer AO will step down in early 2022 after nine years in the role.
  • The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) has welcomed Rhoda Roberts AO as the organisation’s First Nations Consultant.


Development Coordinator, Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apply now.
Multiple roles, Geelong Arts Centre (VIC). Apply now.
Artist, Hello Togetherness (VIC). Apply by 4 Nov.
Producer, Hello Togetherness (VIC). Apply by 4 Nov.
Production Manager, Hello Togetherness (VIC). Apply by 4 Nov.
Producer NSW, Performing Lines (NSW). Apply by 4 Nov.
CEO/Executive Producer, Barking Gecko Theatre (WA). Apply now.
Marketing Coordinator – Commercial and Venue, Merrigong Theatre (NSW). Apply by 5 Nov.
General Manger, Desart (NT). Apply by 5 Nov.
Senior Procurement Officer, Geelong Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 7 Nov.
Indigenous Graduate Program 2022, National Library of Australia (ACT). Apply by 7 Nov.
Producer – Social Impact, ILBIJERRI (VIC). Apply by 8 Nov.
Customer Services Assistant, Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apply by 8 Nov.
Production Manager, Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apply by 8 Nov.
Executive Director, Curatorial, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 10 Nov.
Business Manager, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apply by 12 Nov.
Associate Producer, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apply by 12 Nov.
Marketing and Engagement Manager, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apply by 12 Nov.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW). Apply by 12 Nov.
Executive Producer, APHIDS (VIC). Apply by 15 Nov.
Executive Producer/CEO, Australian Plays Transform (NSW). Apply by 15 Nov. Administrator, Australian Plays Transform (NSW). Apply by 15 Nov.
Public Art Projects Lead, City of Greater Dandenong (VIC). Apply by 15 Nov.
Marketing and Communications Manager, The Wheeler Centre (VIC). Apply by 15 Nov.
Venue Operations Coordinator, City of Newcastle (NSW). Apply by 16 Nov.
Programs Producer, Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW). Apply by 19 Nov.
Marketing and Communications Assistant, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apply by 19 Nov.
Executive Director, Darlinghurst Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 22 Nov.
Creative Director, City of Hobart (CoH) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TAS). Apply by 26 Nov.
Administration & Operations Coordinator, Arena Theatre (VIC). Apply by 29 Nov.
Marketing Manager, Arena Theatre (VIC). Apply by 29 Nov.
CEO, Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 30 Nov.
Assistant Professor, Sustainable Performance, Design and Technology, Concordia University Montréal. Apply by 30 Nov.


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