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TNV E-News November 2015

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#FreeTheArts – Fifield confirms $8million per year to be returned to the Australia Council
We received the news last night that $32million ($8million per year) will be returned to the Australia Council following the national #freethearts campaign. Though this is just under a third of what was moved to former Arts Minister George Brandis’ NPEA, we feel that it is important to celebrate this win as a sector. Our new Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield, is open to consultation with the sector, the national senate inquiry has provided strong evidence and solid data and we have used the last seven months to band together as a sector. The proposed NPEA has been renamed and will now be known as Catalyst – Australian Arts & Culture Fund. We look forward to learning more about how Catalyst will support small to mediums. Read the new Catalyst guidelines here.

TNV’s 2015 Small to Medium Salary Survey Report
The 2015 Salary Survey for Small to Medium Arts Organisations marks our fourth survey since it began in 2009. This year we’ve expanded the survey to include findings on length of tenure, and specific data on Producer and Finance Manager positions. The results show continued increases in salaries but significant concern for future salaries amidst funding uncertainty. Overall, the not for profit arts sector ranks below the wider not for profit sector in all areas, including professional development and additional benefits. Stay tuned for the upcoming release of our first Independent Artist and Producers report early next year. To view the full survey report click on the TNV and Partner Documents dropdown on the TNV Resources page.

17 Nov – ‘CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE’ 2015 Victorian Theatre Forum (VTF) –  Event wrap up
A big Thank You to the TNV members and guest speakers who attended our sixth annual Victorian Theatre Forum at The Malthouse in Melbourne on Tuesday. It was wonderful to see you all, and we hope you valued the opportunity to connect, share ideas and be part of the conversation. We won’t be sending out a formal survey this year, however delegates are encouraged to email us with:
1. New ideas stimulated by the forum program;
2. Other topics you would like to discuss as a sector;
3. Any other general event feedback.


28 Nov – Indie Theatre Picnic – Critical Stages to host Sydney’s Independent Theatre Makers
Critical Stages are pulling out the picnic rug and inviting Sydney’s indie theatre makers for an informal curated conversation on Saturday 28 November, 2pm-3.30pm in Victoria Park, Chippendale. There’ll be triangle sandwiches, ice cold refreshments and guest speakers including Polly Rowe (STC), Dino Dimitriadis (Apocalypse Theatre) & Red Line Productions. Open to producers, performers, writers, new companies or emerging artists. RSVP required. More info.

27 Jan – Ian Potter Cultural Trust applications now open
Applications are now open for the May 2016 round of Ian Potter Cultural Trust. Grants are offered to emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional opportunities, usually overseas. Travel and/or projects must take place after 6 May 2016. Applications close 27 January. Find out more here.

7 Dec – Final chance to register for the BlakDance Summit in Brisbane next month – FREE
The BlakDance Summit will be held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane on the 7 December 2015. This free event will evaluate the progress of the sector over the ten years since the 2005 forum, ‘Creating Pathways’. Registration is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance practitioners. Program and registration info.

4 Dec – Applications for CPA’s MATCH Funding Program close
Applications are now open for Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH funding program for independent artists. This initiative offers dollar-for-dollar matched funding for practising artists/ groups of artists that are prepared to undertake a crowdfunding campaign between February and May 2016. Matched grants of up to $10k per project will be available. Read the guidelines.

4 Dec – Final chance to apply for Honey Pot 2016 at Adelaide Fringe
Adelaide Fringe’s Honey Pot program forges relationships between 2016 Fringe artists and delegates while providing opportunities for touring, new commissions, collaborations, professional development and networking. Applications close 4 December and places are limited. More info | Register here

11 Dec – Submissions open – VCA New Music Theatre development
Submissions are now open for the development of new Australian music theatre works at the Victorian College of the Arts. This program provides support for the development of two new Australian music theatre projects and support for further development and a sung reading of one of those two projects. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 11 December. For more information, click on the Presentation Opportunities drop down on the TNV Industry Noticeboard.


Creative Victoria’s OIP changes announced – $60k per annum
Today Victorian Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley announced changes to Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program, addressing long-held industry concerns about the program. Key changes are: categories (lead, established, developing) have been removed; minimum funding increased to $60,000 per annum; and a simplified application process aligned to the Australia Council’s four year program. Applications for 2017-2020 funding close April 12 2016. More info.

23 Nov – Call Out for Emerging Performers – Park Lounge 2016
Wyndham City and Women’s Circus are calling for Expressions Of Interest from LGBTIQ artists wishing to develop a performance that responds to the provocation “Summer Rainbows”  – to be featured as part of the 2016 Park Lounge II program – a family-friendly celebration of LGBTIQ culture across Melbourne’s west. The opportunity includes 2 week Creative Development at Women’s Circus, group workshops, individual creative development sessions, $500 stipend, and access to costumes and resources. EOIs due Monday 23 November. Find out more here.

Showcase Victoria 2016 Expressions of Interest Open
EOIs are now open for Showcase Victoria 2016. Presented by the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) and Regional Arts Victoria (RAV), this annual touring market gathers presenters, producers and artists to discuss and sample the latest performing arts works with a view to buying into future tours. Showcase 2016 will be held at Plenty Ranges Arts Centre in Melbourne on May 17 & 18. Read more here.

26 Nov – Next Wave seeking applications for Writers in Residence 2016
Writers in Residence is Next Wave’s learning and development program for emerging critical and creative writers who identify as having a disability. This program provides mentoring, learning opportunities and practical experience for writers who want to receive feedback and develop new skills through workshops and engagement in Next Wave Festival 2016. Find out more here.

3 Dec – Panel Discussion at NGV: ‘The Author, the Artist & the Puppeteer’ – $35 – $42
Andy Freer from Snuff Puppets will discuss the journey of adapting Hughes’ mesmerising collection of fables that explore the animal origins of human traits. The panel discussion will explore the process of cross-disciplinary collaboration that emerges through the interpretation of Marco Luccio’s exquisite etchings and Hughes’ words into Snuff Puppets. Facilitated by Raymond Gill, Managing Editor of The Daily Review and former Arts Editor, The Age. Thursday 3 December 6pm – 8pm. Event info and bookings.

The Butterfly Club – EOI’s open for January 2016 program
Independent producers, performers and entertainers are invited to submit an Expressions of Interest to be a part of The Butterfly Club’s January 2016 program. This CBD venue has a proud history of presenting a range of genres including (but not limited to) cabaret, comedy, burlesque, theatre, vaudeville and variety. Typical seasons are a week long and run on a box office split arrangement. Performances should run for 50-60 minutes. Applications and more info.


26 Nov – Applications closing for Fogo Island Arts Residencies, Canada
Fogo Island Arts is seeking applications from artists working in a wide range of disciplines for residencies taking place between April 2016 and March 2017. Successful applications are provided with accommodation and studio space for one to three months, as well as a weekly stipend to offset the costs of materials, shipping, and day-to-day living expenses. Artists-in-residence must give one public presentation, performance, workshop, or lead a similar event during their residency. Read more about the residency here.

7th World Summit on Arts and Culture to be held in Malta in October 2016
The World Summit is the longest running international gathering of professionals and practitioners involved in cultural policy and arts funding. Bringing together national arts councils, ministries of culture, arts and cultural policy makers, community leaders, and artists from around the world, it provides a unique platform to address issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity at a global level. The 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture will be held from 18 – 21 October 2016 in Valletta, Malta. Find out more here.


  • Katy Green Loughrey has finished up at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.
  • Hilary Glow appointed as the new President of the Green Room Awards Association.
  • Erin Milne has commenced as Producer Arts Programs at City of Melbourne.
  • Daniel Clarke will finish up as Creative Producer/CEO of Theatre Works in March 2016 to take over performing arts programming at Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • The Arts Party has announced their first official local candidate, Lou Pollard from North Sydney.
  • Craig Connelly to replace Janet Hirst as CEO of the Ian Potter Foundation from December 2015.
  • Dr Mark Crees finishes as General Manager of Darwin Festival in order to take on the role of Director for Araluen Cultural Precinct.
  • Kim Tran commences as the new Director, Policy and Programs at Live Performance Australia.
  • Peter Mandersloot has finished up as Venue Manager of Malthouse Theatre.
  • Gemma Robertson announced as the new Showcase Victoria Coordinator following Samantha Butterworth’s years of fabulous work in the role.
  • Dianne Toulson to finish up as General Manager of Red Stitch Actors Theatre.
  • Mike McLeish announced as the new Artistic Director of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Outgoing AD, David Read, to stay on the Board of Melbourne Cabaret Limited and focus on his publicity business, Hot Ticket PR.
  • Former Director of Presenter Services at Arts Centre Melbourne, Bernadette Haldane, announced as new Head of Programming and Presenter Services for Auckland Live.
  • Michael Frawley commences as Service Manager of Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool.
  • Bridget Jones is the new Manager, Research & Analysis at Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.
  • Bec Allen will finish up as Executive Producer of Force Majeure in Feb 2016.


General Manager, Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Apps close 20 Nov.
CEO/Creative Producer, Theatre Works. Apps close 29 Nov.
Administrator, Performing Lines. Apps close 4 Dec.
Creative Producer, Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Apps close 2 Dec.
Marketing Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator, Next Wave. Apps close 22 Nov.
Program Assistant, Bundanon Trust. Apps close 1 Dec.
Creative Learning Producer, HotHouse Theatre. Apps close 1 Dec.
Marketing Co-ordinator, Country Arts SA. Apps close 8 Dec.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria

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