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TNA E-News – October 2020

Check out the TNA October 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.


22 Oct – Federal Inquiry into Creative & Cultural Industries & Institutions
Arts Minister Paul Fletcher has asked this House of Representatives (not Senate) Committee to inquire into and report on: economic and non-economic benefits, policy coordination, COVID impact, and opportunities in innovation and digital. TNA will prepare a full submission, and urges artists and arts workers to fill in the survey. We have prepared a survey template so you can take your time and then cut and paste. Read our detailed bulletin for more info.

Federal Budget 2020-21
TNA notes that the Federal Budget has not provided the arts industry with anything significant to help it begin recovery. We are pleased that the Australia Council’s funding remains secure for now. Our colleagues at Live Performance Australia have prepared a good summary, and allowed us to share it. Read more here.

Power Play: New Advocacy Program
TNA has received funding to implement a paid leadership program for 10 independent performing arts professionals focused on providing the strategic leadership skills needed to support recovery in the performing arts. Participants are Ching Ching Ho, Bron Batten, Jack Sheppard, Deanne Butterworth, Lana Nguyen, Steph Cox, Harley Mann, Creatrix Tiara, Eliki (Alec) Reade and Desiree Tan. This project kicks off TNA’s nation-wide Advocacy Development program, more soon!

Revised Criteria: Crisis Cash Requests for Support
In response to JobKeeper reductions, we have updated the EOI criteria for Crisis Cash. Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have lost income, are not receiving JobKeeper at the full-time rate, and belong to a high-risk group may apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000. View the expanded criteria and EOI process.

Announcing Second Cohort of VIPI Mentorship Program
TNA welcomes and congratulates Kuichiang “Kush” Tut Kuiy, Eliki (Alec) Reade, Takashi Takiguchi, Eva Sifis, Steve Mayhew, Tegan Nash, Lana Nguyen and Ade Djajamihardja. View their bios. The third and final round of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) Producers Mentorship Program will open in early 2021.

Behind the Scenes Podcast with Aseel Tayah
Aseel Tayah, Palestinian and Melburnian artist and activist, talks to Chris Thompson of Vision Australia about channeling anger into art, and the power of languages and love. Listen.


COVID Safe Plans by State
TNA has compiled guides for COVID Safe Plans which vary across states – from industry-specific plans and approved templates, to exhaustive documents and simple checklists. Some states require plans to be approved, but most only require plans to be available for inspection on premises. View COVID Safe Plans by State tab on the TNA Resources page.

9 Oct – Australia Council Re-Imagine Discussion Sessions
Most sessions are now full but there are 2 sessions open for First Nations participants on 9 and 12 Oct. Indies are paid an honorarium to attend. You may still post on the wall or make a submissionby 13 Oct.

Support Act: New Support Hotline for Managers
Helpline specifically tailored to support managers and leaders who may need assistance when supporting performing arts workers. To speak to a senior counselor, call 1800 818 728. Read more.

A New Approach: Working Paper
Extract from forthcoming report “Australia’s cultural and creative economy: A 21st century guide”. Includes some key concepts and figures which may be useful in preparing submissions to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts
Australia Council has updated this resource that examines key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of First Nations cultural material in the arts.

QLD 10-year Arts Roadmap Launched
Creative Together 2020-2030 is the QLD Government’s 10-year vision for arts, culture and creativity. (Note that the QLD election is coming up on 31 Oct 2020.)

‘Recognition Matters’ Resources: Nominate Exceptional Women for Australian Honours
An initiative to get people thinking about women they could nominate, with the aim of gender equity in Australian Honours.

CACWA New Membership Category for Independent Artists
Join WA’s peak industry body for arts and culture to help increase representation of independent artists within their membership. Cost: $55.
(You can also join TNA as a member – $33 for indies!)

10 Oct – CAAP Longhouse Goes Global
The international panel will discuss responses to this year’s challenges, new ways of working, and what it is like running an organization that advocates for Asian diasporic storytelling. Panellists include Snehal Desai (East West Players, LA), Kumiko Mendl (Yellow Earth Theatre, London) and David Yee (Fu-GEN Theatre Company, Toronto). 10 Oct, 4 – 5pm ADST, Free to Register.

10 Oct – I Am Not A Virus: Diversity Arts Australia Commissions
Submit proposals for new works that respond to COVID-19 racism. Open to Asian artists from all creative practice areas. Paid opportunity with minimum set fee of $600. More info. 

12 Oct – Arts Wellbeing Collective Mental Health Matinees Season 1
A series of online presentations promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts. Upcoming session: 12 Oct, 3 – 4pm AEST,  ‘Connect, rest and repair’. Season runs till 22 Oct. Free to register.

14 Oct – CPA Australia and Australian Scholarships Foundation Scholarships
Enables managers and financial officers of Not-for-Profits to enhance their knowledge and skills through a flexible distance-learning program. The scholarship provides exemption from all CPA Program subject fees and is valued at $7740.

16 Oct – The National Awards for Disability Leadership Nominations
The Disability Leadership Institute is acknowledging the work undertaken to support the disability community through the pandemic, bushfires and other major disasters. Nominate.

16 Oct – DFAT Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program Round 2
$10,000 – $60,000 to support recovery of the creative sector, build people-to-people or institutional links, leverage existing partnerships and foster engagement with key stakeholders. More info.

16 Oct – Festivals Australia Grants
Funding to support individual art projects at festivals or significant one-off community events. No limit to funding sought, but average funding request is usually around $40,000.

19 Oct – NT Arts and Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program
Up to $10,000 to support artists and arts workers to create digital content, develop digital production skills, and explore new ways to reach and engage their audiences. More info.

20 Oct – Chamber Made Hi-Viz Practice Exchange Online
Event for women and non-binary artists working at the intersection of sound, music and performance. Includes artist talks, listening sessions, participatory workshops, provocations, break out sessions and performances. 22 Oct, 10am – 4pm AEST. Free, bookings essential by 20 Oct.

20 Oct – OzAsia Festival Talks (Online)
A series of conversations chaired by Annette Shun Wah with artists from across Australia and Asia, including Ong Keng Sen, Jing Han, Jo Kukathas, Anchuli Felicia King and S. Shakthidharan. 20 Oct – 3 Nov.

26 Oct – NT Arts Projects funding
Up to $15,000 for emerging artists; Up to $20,000 for individuals, groups and organisations for professional development, presentation and promotion. More info.

29 Oct – Creative Partnerships Australia MATCH Lab
Builds fundraising skills and provides dollar-for-dollar matched funding (of up to $5,000) for fundraising campaigns.

30 Oct – NIDA Scholarships
The YouTube Scholarship ($44,000) is for applicants from a background historically underrepresented in the screen and stage industry. The Luminis Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership ($15,000) is for indigenous applicants to the MFA (Cultural Leadership) program.

6 Nov – Ian Potter Foundation Arts Sector Funding for Organisations
Supports organisations to host artists in professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months, including fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships and internships. Recommended minimum ask is $100,000. Opens 19 Oct. More info.

7 Dec – First Nations Arts Awards
The Dreaming Award ($20,000) supports an inspirational young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. The Red Ochre Award($50,000) recognizes an outstanding senior male and female artist. Nominations must be made by third parties.

National Theatre of Parramatta CALD Designers Database
Share your thoughts on how to build design careers.
(TNA also has a Designers Directory for female, non-binary and trans designers. Contact Jamie to list or update your details.)

List your Production on Ausstage
Free interactive online resource that collects and shares data for researching live performance in Australia, led by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions.

Equity Pride Survey for LGBTQIA+ Performers
This survey seeks to gather information from a wide array of LGBTQIA+ performers on what it is like being a performer in the industry, and takes 30 – 45min to complete.

Federal Government Announcement: $50 Million Business Events Exhibitor Grants Program
Businesses exhibiting at an approved business meeting, convention, conference and incentives event in 2021 may apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50% of costs ($10,000 – $250,000). More info to become available.


$3 Billion Business Resilience Package for Victorian Businesses
This includes a third round of the Business Support Fund ($10,000 – $20,000) and a new Sole Trader Support Fund ($3,000) for those who operate from commercial premises. More info on full package.

9 Oct – Besen Family Foundation Arts & Culture Grants
Up to $10,000 for projects that strengthen and enrich communities. More info.

11 Oct – Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence Nominations
The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations who strengthen multiculturalism across 15 categories – including arts, education and youth.

18 Oct – Deadly Fringe Commissions EOIs
$10,000 for development and presentation of First Nations work at Melbourne Fringe. Submit EOI.

27 Oct – VicHealth Reimaging Health Grants
$3,000, $10,000 or $50,000 for projects that cover priority areas of social connection, physical activity and food security. Applications accepted between 16 Sep and 27 Oct, assessments ongoing across that period.

31 Oct – Survey about New Dance Festival in Melbourne
Let Dancehouse, Arts House and their new Co-Design team of independent practitioners know what you would want in a Melbourne contemporary dance festival. Find out more and
do the survey.

30 Oct – Metro Tunnel Creative Program EOIs
$40,000 to support the development of a new, site-responsive participatory work in the Arts Centre Melbourne precinct. Open to deaf and disabled artists. More info.

30 Oct – Arts Centre Melbourne Frank Von Straten Fellowship
Access the Australian Performing Arts Collection for a project and receive a stipend of $15,000. Fellowship commences in Mar 2021 subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

31 Oct – Creative Recovery Small Grants Program
Up to $5,000 for creative activities that foster connection, engagement and resilience in communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires. More info.


12 Oct – Shifting and Stirring Season 2: Participatory Creative Encounters for/with Children
National learning exchange for the children’s art sector by ArtPlay, ArTELIER, Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of and Carclew. Upcoming workshop by Sarah Houbolt, ‘The Offer of Relying on the Voice’, 12 Oct, 4pm AEDT/ 1pm AWST.  Free to register.

Youth Arts COVID-19 Impact Survey Round 2
This survey seeks to capture the impact of COVID-19 on the youth arts sector six months in.

ASSITEJ International Manifesto Goes Live
A manifesto has been created to address what needs to be done worldwide to address countries’ obligations with respect to Articles 13 and 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read, listen watch or download here.

Behind the Scenes Podcast
Alex Walker of House of Muchness talks about young people as meaning makers and culture shifters within her work as a youth arts practitioner. Listen.


Federal Inquiry: CAPT-Specific Response
TNA’s CAPT Advisory met last month and will be putting in a CAPT-specific response. Contact Jamie for more info or to contribute.

Circus Arts Hub Panel: Circus Presenters and Producers on Planning for the Future
Watch video recording of the panel discussion (2nd video). Panellists: Linda Catalano (Quiet Riot, Melbourne), Ruth Wikler (TOHU, Montreal) and Anke Politz (Chameleon, Berlin).

CircusTalk Panel: Abuse and Assault in Circus (Content Warning)
A diverse group of panelists explore this topic and highlight best practices and policies for individuals and organizations that will improve the outcomes for survivors, and prevent future incidents. Watch video.

16 Oct – National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Auditions for 2021 Entry
More info on application process. Auditions will take place by video this year.


  • Viv Rosman has announced that she is stepping down from her role as Executive Producer of Polyglot, to take up the role of Manager, Arts and Culture at Waverley Council, NSW.
  • Cathy Adamek has been appointed Director of Ausdance ACT.
  • Danny Pearson is Victoria’s new Creative Industries Minister, replacing Martin Foley who has stepped into the role of Minister for Health.
  • Information + Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) has announced the appointment of Hannah Donnellyas Producer, First Nations Programs.
  • Jane Tonkin has announced she is stepping down from her role as Executive Producer of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (NT) to move back to Melbourne.
  • Lucy Hamilton has been appointed CEO of Writers Victoria. She steps down from her role as General Manager and CEO of Express Media.
  • Arts NT now forms part of the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities, under the leadership of Ken Davies PSM, Chief Executive Officer.
  • Ausdance Victoria welcomes Alisdair Macindoe to its board.
  • Mona Foma will go statewide in Jan 2021, running in Launceston from 15 – 17 Jan and in Hobart from 22 – 24 Jan.
  • Midsumma Festival to change its dates for 2021 from Jan/Feb to Apr/May.


Board Director (Volunteer), Polyglot Theatre (VIC). Apply by 11 Oct.
Marketing and Business Development Manager, Milk Crate Theatre (NSW). Apply by 11 Oct.
Head of Social Impact, Milk Crate Theatre (NSW). Apply by 11 Oct.
Head of Marketing, C!RCA (QLD). Apply by 11 Oct.
Marketing and Administration Coordinator, Pinchgut Opera (NSW). Apply by 12 Oct.
Board Director (Volunteer), Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 12 Oct.
CEO, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (SA). Apply by 12 Oct.
Director (with acquired brain injury and/or disability), to collaborate with Eva Stifis for VIPI (VIC). Contact Eva for more info.
Arts in Community Officer, Bunjil Place (VIC). Apply by 12 Oct.
Development and Alumni Coordinator, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 14 Oct.
Director, National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apply by 15 Oct.
Executive Producer, Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre (NORPA) (NSW). Apply by 15 Oct.
Project Coordinator, Sensorium Theatre (WA). Apply by 16 Oct.
Course Manager, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 16 Oct.
General Manager, Ausdance Victoria (VIC). Apply by 16 Oct.
Creative Producer, Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). Apply by 19 Oct.
Associate Director, Windmill Theatre Co (SA). Apply by 19 Oct.
Executive Producer, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (NT). Apply by 22 Oct.
Financial and Administrative Manager, Midsumma Festival (VIC). Apply by 23 Oct.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Dancenorth (QLD). Apply by 26 Oct.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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