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TNV’s response to Arts Victoria Funding Program Review
Our nine-page response to the Arts Victoria review includes support for a State Arts Policy and a call for additional government investment to maintain the Organisations Funding Program’s remit. The TNV submission expresses concern that models proposed in the Discussion Paper are too reductive, limiting the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate innovation and cross‐sectoral approaches. TNV supports the Review and a welcomes change to the Organisations Funding Program.

Proposed tax legislation changes to affect arts organisations
New legislation may render some donations to arts organisations non-tax deductible. Donations supporting the sending of Australian artists and companies overseas would be impacted by the changes to how “in Australia” will be defined, under the new legislation. Read a statement from Live Performance Australia, explaining that small to medium companies with gift deductibility status “would be adversely affected by the proposed amendments unless an exemption is provided”.



$15,000 Richard Burton Award for Playwriting – closes 6 July
Presented yearly to Australian playwrights whose work demonstrates an original and outstanding theatrical voice, and whose plays have been produced within the last three years.

Program out for YPAA national symposium – Sydney, 11–13 July
“Speaking in Tongues: How to Translate the Collective Language of the Arts” is the central theme of this wide-ranging program of events.

Theatre Council Tasmania workshop with Moira Finucane, 12 July
Tasmania Performs and Theatre Council Tasmania invite you to a FREE (for TCT members) workshop focused on creating new work. 2–4pm, Theatre Royal Backspace Theatre, Sackville Lane, Hobart.

APACA Conference, Long Paddock and Darwin Festival all in August
Darwin is gearing up for a busy August as it prepares to host Into New Territory – the 26th APACA Performing Arts Conference; the Blue Heeler Network Long Paddock National Touring Forum, hosted by Artback NT; and the Darwin Festival. The APACA Conference runs 20–22nd August; Long Paddock runs 23–24 August; and Darwin Festival runs 9–26 August.

Besen Family Artist Program @Malthouse – applications close 3 August
Offered by Malthouse Theatre as a bridge between educational life and the professional practice of theatre-makers in specific areas, the Besen placements are offered in a range of disciplines and include a stipend of $3,000. Duration negotiable.

Regional Arts Australia National Conference in SA, 18–21 October
For professional artists, arts workers and volunteers interested in fostering and maintaining their local arts and culture.

7arakat |‘ḥarakāt’ Conference and Creative Development Lab – November
Led by Dr Rand T Hazou (and partnered by Diversity in Australian Theatre), ḥarakāt will develop theatre related initiatives between Australia and Palestine, including a Conference (2–3 Nov) and Creative Development Lab (5 – 16 Nov).


Cornelius, Rayson, Katz and Lee in discussion: TONIGHT, 6.30pm
Australian Writers Guild and Writers Victoria present a discussion on women playwrights in Australia, with Patricia Cornelius, Hannie Rayson, Lally Katz and Michele Lee. Wheeler Centre. $10/$5.

ILBIJERRI Black Writers Lab Reading, 4 July – during NAIDOC Week
The Black Writers Lab develops and nurtures Indigenous artists and community. Readings are performed by Indigenous actors in an informal style. Warehouse Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street.

FREE crowdfunding info session – 16 July, with Melbourne Cabaret Fest
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival presents a panel discussion on crowdfunding as part of its program of free professional development. Facilitated by the Festival’s David Read and featuring Rick Chen, co-founder of Pozible, cabaret performer Tom Dickins and producer Bryce Ives, this session is particularly relevant to independent artists and producers. 7pm.

Philanthropy Leadership in NYC – Australian Reflections: 18 July
With MTC’s Ann Tonks and Derek Young, and Sydney Dance Company’s Julian Knights and Anne Dunn. Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre. 4.30–6pm.

New funding program at Abbotsford Convent – applications close 31 July
“Spiritous” will support five creative projects across all creative streams with $2000 plus $1000 in-kind, in-venue hire.

Balnaves Indigenous Playwright’s Award – closes 31 August
New national award for an Indigenous playwright, comprising $7,500 prize money and a $12,500 commission.

Training for non-profits – grant writing, sustainable funding and successful boards
The Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance training in July and August is affordable and practical, and delivered by experienced community sector practitioners.

Melbourne Workers Theatre to close after 25 years
ArtsHub quotes MWT committee chair Lena Cirillo as attributing the closure to financial difficulty after the company lost Australia Council, Arts Victoria and City of Melbourne funding. Patricia Cornelius, Steve Payne and Michael White began the company in 1987 and it maintained its aim til the end – to produce work political in nature, relevant to Australia’s diverse society.

Jack Haber Scholarship with Westside Circus – applications open
The six-month scholarship provides fully subsidised access to the Westside Circus Public Program. Open to over 13-year-olds from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds, with a long-term interest in circus and the performing arts.

Congratulations Liz Jones OAM!
TNV was very happy to learn of La Mama’s Artistic Director Liz Jones’ Order of Australia recognition for distinguished service to performing arts and the community, and for promotion of indigenous playwrights and actors. Well earned!


50 Indigenous artists to attend Festival of Pacific Arts July 2012
Fifty of Australia’s best Indigenous artists are attending the 11th FOPA, running from 1 – 14 July, in Honiara, the Solomon Islands’ capital. FOPA brings together 2,500 performers, artists and cultural practitioners from 27 countries and territories across the Pacific region.


  • Ann Tonkswill step down as General Manager of Melbourne Theatre Company, after 18 years in the role.
    • Joining MTC are Sam Strong as Associate Artistic Director, Leticia Cáceresas Associate Director and Chris Mead as Literary Director.
    • Brendan O’Connell has stepped down as Associate Producer at Adelaide Fringe to take up the role of Program Executive of Come Out Festival.
    • Beau McCafferty joins City of Darebin as Arts Programming Coordinator.
    • Louise Herron is the new CEO of Sydney Opera House.
    • Julie Dyson steps down as National Director of Ausdance.
    • Marcia Ferguson is the new Artistic Director at Big West Festival.
    • Tija Lodins will take up the position of General Manager at PACT, stepping down as Program Officer, Theatre Board at the Australia Council for the Arts.


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