18th June – NEON CONNECT as part of MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre.
Join us for a free networking event for independent theatre makers and producers to connect, express interest in collaborating, voice ideas and address shared concerns. Hosted by NEON in association with Theatre Network Victoria, this is set to be a fantastic evening with some of the best theatre makers in town!
The Australian Theatre Forum 2013 – International Speakers announced – Canberra Theatre Centre, 29-31 May, 2013
In case you missed it, we recently announced some fantastic international speakers for this year’s forum. Registrations are filling fast. If you’re planning on attending the ATF, you need to register and organise your accommodation and transport soon. It’s going to be extremely busy and accommodation will be at a premium. If you are within driving distance from Canberra, you may want to consider driving [or better yet, carpooling]. It’s cheaper and far more environmentally friendly that some other modes of transport.
Greening Our Performance – Help GOP raise funds to undertake Green Steps @ Work sustainability training.
Theatre Network Victoria is a proud Greening Our Performance alliance member. Angela Pamic, TNV’s Program Manager, will be one of six GOP alliance members who will undertake 4.5 days of intensive training with Green Steps @ Work(link removed) in June. This professional development program will assist Angela and the GOP team to gain a deeper understanding of sustainability issues, to develop practical skills to create and drive sustainability programs and to expand their environmental networks. On the completion of this training, GOP will be run a series of sustainability in the Arts programs for the sector, proudly supported by TNV, ACAPTA, Circus Oz, Lucy Guerin Inc, Victorian Opera and Tanja Beer. The Pozible(link removed) campaign will be launched on Monday 8th of April. Please help them reach their goal by donating or sharing the campaign. Every little bit helps.
8th April –Call for 2014 Griffin Independent Submissions close. Griffin Independent is Griffin’s annual season of new Australian and international writing co-presented with the country’s most exciting independent theatre-makers. The program provides independent artists and producers with substantial artistic and production support from Griffin including: expertise in production, direction, dramaturgy, publicity, sponsorship and marketing.
30th April – Pozible presents Let’s Talk Crowdfunding Perth(link removed) – Perth, WA FREE This event is for any creative looking for advice, tips and tricks on how to run a successful Crowdfunding campaign on a platform like Pozible. Project Creators (Past, Present or Future!), are encouraged to attend what will be an informative and passionate discussion on Crowdfunding your dreams and ideas with like-minded individuals.
30th April – Applications close for the Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency. NSW The annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency offers a week’s stay atVaruna, The Writers’ House to an unpublished writer under 30. The recipient is provided with a private working space to further develop a work-in-progress, as well as accommodation and meals. Travel expenses are not covered.
10th May – Artist registrations for the Sydney Fringe 2013 close. [Sydney]This year’s festival will run from the 6th to the 29th of September in venues all over Sydney. Register before the end of March and receive a discount on your registration fee.
Ongoing – Applications are open for the TCT Arts Tasmania Initiative Fund.In August 2011 Arts Tasmania announced the provision of an Initiative Fund of $84,829 under the Assistance to Organisations Program to support initiatives from the Tasmanian theatre sector. Applications are currently open to the 18 December 2013. The outcome of your application will be advised within 14 days of receipt by the TCT. All current, Tasmanian based TCT members are invited to propose an initiative that benefits you and the Tasmanian theatre sector.
8th April – Expressions of Interest to perform in a Melbourne Fringe’s Festival Hub venue open. The Fringe Hub is a precinct of venues in North Melbourne that presents a cross-section of the independent arts scene.
13th April – Expressions of Interest for ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab close! Are you an emerging or professional artist who would like to work with kids? New ideas are welcome from artists of all disciplines for creative arts programming including installations, workshops and creative developments where children and/or families are co-creators.
14th April – Playfulness and Devising: Creating Something from Nothing! $50/$65 The Women’s Circus is proud to host a Playfulness and Devising Workshop(link removed) with award winning director and teacher, Sam Holdsworth, the founder of UK theatre company Nimble Fish and director of Clowns Without Borders UK Chapter. The workshop will be followed by a free open talk. If you can’t make it to the workshop, please come along to the free talk to hear Sam discuss the devising process and her work as a director, teacher and clown.
15th April – Melbourne Fringe host their second forum – Venues. FREE This session will cover Venues – “Is This Venue The Right One For Me?” and “Working With Your Venue”. There’s no need to register and it’s totally free – simply turn up and absorb the info. There will also be a “speed meeting” session at the end of the Forum aimed at linking artists seeking a producer for their show in this year’s Festival and producers seeking a show to work on.
16th April – Applications open for Melbourne Fringe and Arts Centre Melbourne new Producer Mentorship Program. The program, open to emerging and established producers , will support four producers participating in the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
16th April – Beginning a Pathway to Certainty and Sustainability workshop. FREE Arts Victoria in partnership with Foresters Community Finance present an educational workshop designed to explore pathways for arts organisations to build certainty and sustainability through asset building and more flexible sources of income. The workshop will unpack access to community finance as a flexible source of capital as one method towards certainty & sustainability for arts organisations. It will also explore how community finance can play a part in the mix of sources of capital.
17th April – Applications close for inclusion in the 2014 Next Wave Festival. 1 – 11 May. Next Wave are looking to program 8 – 10 new works, ready for debut as part of their biennial celebration of emerging artists and emergent artforms. There are also 2 very special creative partnerships, supporting work in public space and artists based in regional or remote Australia. Click on The Seed and Aphids tabs below to find out more.
18th April – REMINDER – Applications for The City of Stonnington’s ‘Arts and Cultural Sponsorship Program’ close. The City of Stonnington’s Arts and Cultural Sponsorship Program (including Festivals and Events) supports organisations wishing to present quality, innovative Stonnington-based activities which enhance the cultural, community and economic development of the City.
19th April – Arts Participation Incubator present The Feral Abacus? The who, how and what of evaluating arts audiences [$40 Includes lunch] This half-day seminar is directed to arts/ cultural managers and individual artists who want to explore the range of ways arts organisations and projects can evaluate the impact and value of the arts on audiences and communities.
22nd April – Applications close for Yarra City Council new three year funding stream- Creative Yarra Arts Grants. The Council is offering organisations up to $20,000 per year in three year funding across all artforms.
22nd April – Pozible – Crowdfunding for Theatre Workshop. FREE Pozible(link removed) is running a Crowdfunding workshop for Melbourne based theatre performers and companies looking for advice, tips and tricks on how to run a successful Crowdfunding campaign on a platform like Pozible. More details and bookings can be made at
1st May – Applications for the Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship close.Each year the State Library of Victoria offers a scholarship program to artists and scholars who are undertaking projects that will use the Library’s extensive collection in new and innovative ways for a period of up to six months. Grant amount available up to $10,000.
3rd May – General Melbourne Fringe Festival Artist registration opens today and runs until Friday 17 May. The Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open-access, multi-artform event with a broad scope for programming and presentation spanning performance, comedy, music, visual art, cabaret, circus, dance and more.
24th May – REMINDER – EOI’s for RAVs 2014 Education & Families Incursion Program close. Would you like to play a part in providing young people across Victoria with the opportunity to engage with and participate in high quality live performing and visual arts? RAV are currently putting together their Education and Families program for 2014 and if you’ve got a workshop or production that you’d like to put forward now is the time to do it!
Get the VIP treatment at Arts Centre Melbourne – with your own Arts Industry Card. Arts Centre Melbourne has announced its very own Arts Industry Card which offers discounted tickets plus access to workshops, forums, masterclasses, news and most importantly 10% off at the bar! Arts Centre Melbourne’s Arts Card is available to artists or artsworkers who are directly involved in the creation or presentation of professional artistic work. It’s free to join so head to their website to sign up.
Applications are now open for the GRADUATE CERTIFICATE –ARTS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT [Victorian College of the Arts and Music – University of Melbourne – VCAM] – 5 week Intensive Course June July 2013A new PATHWAY for Art/ Design/ Music/ Performance/ Filmmaking Graduates, Community Practitioners and those working in Multi-disciplinary & Intercultural Practice. VCAM is providing a highly practical professional development course, integrating arts, culture and community and preparing an exciting pathway into the creative arts as a community-based practice.
15th April – Family Friendly Arts Conference, Birmingham, UK This event is specially designed for marketing, education, creative learning and outreach staff at visual and performing arts organisations, as well as arts development officers, but will also be valuable for anyone with an interest in understanding and growing family audiences and participants in the arts. The Campaign has commissioned new research into what are the key drivers for families involvement in the arts in 2013 and what are the barriers to engagement. This will be the first time this research is publically presented and will give you the chance to question the researchers first hand. Delegates will also receive information on how to take part in the Family Arts Festivals in October 2013 –
26th April – Applications for the International Performing Arts Markets Travel Fund close. The International Performing Arts Market Travel Fund supports Australian independent producers, managers and/or company and artist representatives to attend key international performing arts markets and events, to a maximum of $4,000 per event. This grants program supports Australian participation at key international performing arts markets to build international audiences for Australian arts. Focus events include the Performing Arts Market (PAMS) in Seoul, Korea; the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase, USA; and the International Network for Performing Art’s (IETM) twice-yearly plenary meetings. The fund also responds to travel requests for other key events where applicants have an existing relationship with the market.
- The Hon Tony Burke MPwas sworn in as Australia’s new Arts Minister. Mr Bourke is the member for Watson in Sydney’s south.Michael Danby MP, who is the member for Melbourne Ports, has been named Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts. The Hon Simon Crean MP steps down.
- Heidi Victoria MPassumes the role as Victorian Minister for the Arts, after serving as Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Premier on the Arts since 2010.
- Kultour appoints Marcus Hughesas their new Programs Manager.
- Chamber Made Opera announces Tim Stitzas their new Creative Director
- Lucy Guerin Inc has announced Interim EP, Annette Vieusseuxwill take on the permanent role of Executive Producer.
- Arts On Tour have announced Emma Corrickwill move into the more senior role of Touring
- Greg Randall, outgoing Executive Officer, departs PATA [Performing Arts Touring Alliance]. Merryn Carter joins as their new Manager.
- The Writers Victoria Committee of Management have announcedKate Larsenhas been appointed as the new Writers Victoria Director commencing May 2013.
- The Substation welcomes Cassandra Grayto the team as their new Venue & Event Services Coordinator