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TNA E-News – September 2020

Check out the TNA September 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 – Inquiry: Australia’s 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.

17 Sep – Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) Unlocking Capacity Grant
Multi-year grant of up to $35,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years, for independent producers of performing arts. More info.

24 Sep – VIPI Salon Series: Coaching Sessions for Victorian Independent Artists
Independent artists/  collectives/ companies are invited to apply for a free 1-on-1 coaching session with an independent producer. There are 30 x 1 hour coaching sessions available. Both artist and producer will be paid. Express your interest. 

1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash: Submit Requests for Support
Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 may apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000. Simple EOI process.


JobKeeper Extension 
To be eligible from Oct, you will have to prove a fall in turnover for the same quarter in 2019. The full announcement provides more info on the 2 extension periods and change in payment rates.

Designing a Psychosocial Safety Framework: COVID-19
Guidelines for re-opening to help mitigate risks to mental health and wellbeing, by the Arts Wellbeing Collective.

Australia Council Sector Consultation – Reimagine: What Next
The Australia Council has published a discussion paper ahead of a series of online town hall discussions scheduled for 30 Sep and 2 Oct, to facilitate a national conversation about the future of our sector. More info.

Creating Art Part 1: The Makers’ View of First Nations Theatre and Dance
This report explores First Nations artists’ experiences realising work. It maps pathways for works, highlights opportunities, challenges and calls to action.

Results of National Arts Participation Survey
98% of Australians engage with arts and culture. 84% acknowledge its positive impact, up from 75% in 2016. Read full report. 

Australia Council Update on International Engagement
The Government’s ban on overseas travel remains in place and current advice is to consider digital options for international engagement at least until 30 Jun 2021. Full announcement includes update on International Arts Strategy and Future International Engagement.

Update from Playwriting Australia and Australian Plays
Following the REA review, a new national organisation is on track to be operational in early 2021. See list of National Advisory Panel members and full update.

Mini Podcast Series: “Undisciplined: wisdom from womxn in the arts”
Created and produced by a group of Australia Council Future Leaders Alumni, this series features conversations with six womxn forging new ground across the arts from around the world.

8 Sep – Racial Equity in Dance: Ausdance NSW Inaugural Consultation Meeting (Tonight)
Open to NSW CALD dance practitioners and dance workers – including producers, arts managers and other related professions. 5.30 – 6.30pm AEST online. Register.

13 Sep – City of Adelaide Christmas Incentive Scheme
Pilot opportunity for businesses, artists/ performers and communities to re-activate the City post COVID-19. 1,000 – $20,000 available across 4 categories. Activities to take place 14 Nov – 25 Dec.

15 Sep – Arts Access Australia: Meeting Place
2-day program curated around the theme of ‘Creating Space’ for d/Deaf and disabled artists. $150/ $80. View program and register.

17 Sep – IETM Multi-location Registrations
Join a physical local meeting or participate in the digital program. Theme is ‘What matters now?’ Open to members and non-members. Event Dates: 1 – 2 Oct. Registration deadline: 17 Sep.

18 Sep – BlakDance: BlakForm EOIs
An incubator and accelerator for mid career artists and their producers to develop form and presentation opportunities.  Participants receive $5,000 for completing the platform, which includes a paid development lab ($1,200 + Super) focused on practice and a series of market development workshops. More info.

20 Sep – Sparrow Mentors Pilot Program
Empowers and connects creatives via a 6-month mentorship program that begins in Oct. $10 application fee, $150 cost for successful mentees. View list of mentors.

20 Sep – Volunteering Australia Volunteer Grants
$1,000 – $5,000 for organisations with a high proportion (over 40%) of volunteers. Grants may be used for training, transport, post-COVID reengagement activities, and adapting practices to support volunteers’ safety.

23 Sep – Performing Arts Marketing Seoul (PAMS): Digital Online Platform
Program includes a digital booth exhibition, showcase, pitching, panels, dialogue and networking. Dates: 12 – 15 Oct. Registration is free for individuals.

23 Sep – Create NSW Grant Programs Closing
Organisation Funding (up to $60,000 for projects, up to $140,000 for annual funding) and Individual Funding (up to $60,000) close 23 Sep. Creative Koori Projects (up to $60,000) for First Nations applicants closes 23 Sep. Country Arts Support Program (up to $5,000) for regional applicants closes 29 Sep.

28 Sep – Nominations for Board Positions: Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA)
CACWA members are invited to submit nominations. You must be a financial member to participate in the elections.

29 Sep – Australia Council First Nations Emerging Career Development Award
$10,000 for First Nations Artists aged 18 – 30 to pursue professional development. Apply.

30 Sep – Sydney Observatory Residency Program
Open to researchers, artists, scientists and creative organisations, with interdisciplinary collaborations between art and science encouraged. Offers in-kind space, opportunity to collaborate with curators, and engage audiences with the Observatory collection. Register to receive EOI pack.

2 Oct – Back to Back Theatre CAMP International Online
Performance-making workshops open to everyone with and without disabilities. Held every Friday in Oct. Full program here. $27 per workshop, $54 for full day. Registrations essential.

4 Oct – Call for Submissions: Moogahlin Yellamundie Festival
The festival identifies, develops, and presents new First Peoples stories from a range of live performance art forms. Festival takes place in Sydney in Jan 2021. Apply.

6 Oct – DFAT Australia-Japan Foundation Grants
$10,000 – $40,000 to support people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and Japan. Proposals must be consistent with government COVID-19 restrictions. More info.

6 Oct – Australia Council Grant Programs
Cherish II supports First Nations artists and orgs with $5,000 – $50,000 to respond to sector priorities. Playing Australia supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities, no limit on grant request.

Oct – Regional Arts Fund Recovery Grants
Supports the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Activities may include creative recovery projects, training, operational recovery plans, asset purchase and the development of risk plans and operating procedures.
Regional Arts WA: close 22 Oct | RANT (TAS): close 31 Oct | Regional Arts NSW: close 29 Oct | Regional Arts Victoria: close 1 Nov | NT Regional Arts: 31 Oct | Flying Arts (QLD): close 12 Oct. | Country Arts SA: close 12 Oct.

14 Oct – Regional Arts Australia Artlands Conversation Series
A curated program of critical conversations. View full program. Upcoming session: ‘How Art and Creativity can Create Pathways to Recovery’. Free, bookings essential.

21 Oct – Accessible Arts Workshops: Delivering Accessible Online Events
Improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of online events, rehearsals, meetings and social media. Session is 1.5 hours via Zoom. Book 2-for-1 special offer: $110.


DHHS COVID-19 Extreme Hardship Support Program
Provides financial assistance, information and referrals to Victorians unable to access other forms of state and federal income support. More info.

Performance artists under the Working For Victoria program
Work with Brimbank City Council for 6 months full-time creating work with the Creative Brimbank / Bowery Theatre team. To view details, you will need to register as a worker through the Working For Victoria platform.

9 Sep – Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) Shelter 2 Commissions
Inviting EOIs from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) artists who live in or who were staying in the any of 9 public housing estates in Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne during the July lockdown. Commissions range from $500 – $5,000.

18 Sep – Melbourne Arts Precinct 10-min Survey on Access
Melbourne Arts Precinct has partnered with Arts Access Victoria to ensure programs at its venues (ACM, ACMI, NGV, MRC) are accessible and inclusive. Do the survey.

20 Sep – Moreland City Council Writers In Residence Program
Offers 3 writers based in the City of Moreland a $3,000 honorarium and access to a studio space for 3 months. More info.

21 Sep – Back to Back Theatre: Acting, Writing and Making Positions for Film and TV
Back to Back is creating a screen-adaption of its theatre production ‘The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes’ and have a range of paid internships available on and off camera. Open to people with an intellectual disability, this is a professional engagement at industry standard rates.

21 Sep – City of Darebin COVID-19 Recovery Grants
Includes Cultural Infrastructure Grants (up to $5000), Business Recovery Grants (up to $3,000) and Creative Collaboration in Isolation Commission ($15,000 or $30,000). More info.

24 Sep – Creative Victoria Programs
Creative Activation Fund ($40,000 – $300,000) supports projects that increase visitation and have strong potential to become cultural tourist attractions. Close 24 Sep. | Creative Learning Partnerships is a residency program where schools partner with artists or organisations. $10,000 for individuals, $35,000 for orgs. Close 1 Oct.

28 Sep – Arts Access Victoria Nexus Program EOIs
Free 8-week skills development program for artists with Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury aged 18-26. Workshops run 15 Oct – 3 Dec on Thursdays, 11am- 1pm via Zoom. Submit EOI.

8 Oct – Darebin FUSE Fund Round 2
$5,000 – $20,000 to support the presentation of projects at FUSE Autumn 2021 (Mar 2021) and/or FUSE Spring 2021 (Sep 2021). More info.

27 Oct – VicHealth Reimagining Health Grants
For projects that address at least one priority area of social connection, physical activity and/or food security. Up to $3,000, $5,000 or $10,000 available. Opens 16 Sep. Read more.

28 Sep – Geelong Arts Industry Commissions
15 projects of up to $20,000 each will be supported. Geelong-based individuals, sole traders and organisations are eligible to apply.

Recovery Roadmap Webinars
Presented by ArtsHub and Creative Victoria, this series covers a range of topics as we look to a post-pandemic future, over 4 compact 30-minute episodes.


Empowering Children and Young People to Make Complaints
The Commissioner for Children and Young People in WA is developing resources to equip young people to speak up and out when they feel marginalised, uncomfortable or unsafe  – outlining the steps they can take to raise concerns or make complaints within organisations. Get involved.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (CIYA) Alumni Survey
CIYA is keen to learn more about the impact and outcomes of their workshops, programs or performances. Anyone who has participated in CIYA activities is invited to fill out this survey.

16 Sep – APAM Wire #10: Performance Work for Multigenerational Audiences
What does a ‘multi-generational audience’ mean in the context of live performance? Panel discussion hosted by Sue Giles, ASSITEJ Australia representative and Vice President of ASSITEJ International. 2 – 3.30pm AEST. Register.

25 Sept – What Shapes Programming in Theatre for Young Audiences?
A new coffee session by ASSITEJ International and International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) will be held online. Stay tuned for updates.

30 Sep – Pakistan Next Generation Program: Call for Applications
Theatre residency for emerging artists which includes showcase of projects, discussion sessions, and development of collaborative performances. 13 – 15 Nov, held online in 2020. More info.

9 Oct – Call for Young Storytellers: Matriark Theatre ‘Eerie Street’ Podcast Series 
Participants will attend a workshop program and receive mentorship, with chosen stories professionally produced and recorded. Must be NSW-based and aged 14 – 18 years. Apply.

31 Oct – John Bell Scholarship Auditions
Aspiring actors (high-school aged 16 and over) based regionally may audition for a fully funded scholarship to train with and learn from Bell Shakespeare during a week-long intensive in Sydney in Jan 2021. Auditions via Zoom.


5 Oct – Circus Arts Hub: Circus Dramaturgy Zoom Panel
Panel curator Zeb Hunter discusses approaches to circus dramaturgy with Sally Richardson (MAXIMA Circus; The Flying Fruitfly Circus) and Louis Patrick Leroux (The Montreal Working Group). 5 Oct, 10pm AEDT. RSVP.

25 Sep – St John’s International Circus Fest
Includes keynotes, panels, workshops and performances. Will be an interactive digital gathering this year. View full program.

Circus Talk Panel: Wake Up Call for Inclusion 
Panelists from five continents explore the geopolitical characteristics of inclusion, and its effect and manifestation in the circus arts. Watch video recording.


  • Artistic Director and CEO of La Boite Todd MacDonald will conclude his contract at the end of his current term.
  • Patrick Donovan will leave his role of CEO of Music Victoria after ten years at the helm.
  • Kate Costello has been appointed as the Chair of Adelaide Fringe.
  • Arts House and Dancehouse have appointed independent arts practitioners Mariaa Randall, Luke George, Priya Srinivasan and Tam Nguyen, to lead a community co-design exploring the potential of a dedicated contemporary dance festival in Melbourne.
  • Alisdair Macindoe has joined the board of Ausdance Victoria.
  • SUBSTATION has appointed Emma Valente, Lawrence English, Nikki Lam and Phuong Ngoas Curators at Large.
  • Melbourne Fringe has announced the appointment of three new board directors – Joel Bray, Rupert Sherwood and Sonia Lindsay.
  • Gareth Hart steps down from his role as Executive Director of Arts Mildura to join Burrinja as Creative Director & CEO. Toni Kirk will transition from Acting Executive Director of Burrinja into the new role of Chief Operating Officer.
  • Bek Berger has been appointed Artistic Director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia.


Community Arts Officer, City of Albany – Vancouver Arts (WA). Apply by 9 Sep.
Program Coordinators, Fringe World (WA). Apply by 10 Sep.
Content Coordinator, Belvoir (NSW). Apply by 11 Sep.
Arts and Cultural Facilitator, Country Arts SA. Apply by 11 Sep.
Centre Manager, Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre. Apply by 11 Sep.
Presenter Services Supervisor, Darebin City Council (VIC). Apply by 13 Sep.
Marketing Coordinator, Nexus Arts (SA). Apply by 14 Sep.
First Nations Lecturer, MFA Cultural Leadership, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 18 Sep.
Consultant Lecturers EOI, MFA Cultural Leadership, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 18 Sep.
General Manager, MESS (VIC). Apply by 18 Sep.
Development Manager, Sydney Writers’ Festival (NSW). Apply by 18 Sep.
Digital Artist, Women’s Circus (VIC). Apply by 21 Sep.
Board of Directors (Volunteer), PYT Fairfield (NSW). Apply by 21 Sep.
Manager of Crew, Volunteers and COVID-19 Safety, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 28 Sep.
Public Program Producer, RAWCUS (VIC). Apply by 2 Oct.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Dancenorth (QLD). Apply by 12 Oct.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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