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Australian Theatre Forum Dates set – 19 – 21 September, 2011, Brisbane.
The second Australian Theatre Forum will be held from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st September, 2011, at Brisbane Powerhouse, during the Brisbane Festival. A steering committee has been formed, and will be announced soon.

Does Australia need a National Peak Body for Theatre?

TNV is preparing a discussion paper on the need for a National peak body for theatre in Australia. A call for input will be made next month, but if you have anything to contribute prior to then, feel free to contact Nicole at TNV.

Fiona Maxwell hands the Chair to Simon Abrahams

After getting TNV off the ground with a bang, Fiona Maxwell is moving to Queensland and will step down as Chair. Simon Abrahams will take up the position of Chair. Fiona will remain involved with the TNV committee to assist with the Australian Theatre Forum.

Victorian Theatre Meeting, Lawler Studio, MTC, 16th September, 1.30 – 5.30pm

Theatre Network Victoria will host a Victorian Theatre Meeting on the final day of the APACA conference, thanks to support from APACA and the Melbourne Theatre Company. Registrations will open in the coming month.


2010 APACA Conference, Passionate Perspectives – 13 to 16 Sept Melbourne. Including the Long Paddock National Touring Forum.

This year’s conference has been designed to build producer/presenter relationships and encourage direct and open dialogue. It will include industry issues, major national and international experts and over 20 different breakout sessions. As part of APACA’s commitment to encourage and support new producers, they have a special package for first time producers to the Conference of $290. (This is a discount of over 55% on the normal fee of $675). First time producers can also attend the Long Paddock forum for an additional $110. Details are on the APACA website (link removed).

TippingPoint Conferences – Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

Oct 28th-30th Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Nov 4th- 6th Performance Space, Sydney Nov 11th -13th The Edge, Brisbane TippingPoint is a network organisation based in the UK that connects the arts and climate science worlds. They have developed a unique conference format with an extraordinary international network of scientists and artists. Their purpose is to re-imagine a global future through dialogue and action, by audiences, artists, scientists and policy makers. Producer Angharad Wynne-Jones has been working to bring TippingPoint to Australia for three events in three difference cities. The first one, in Melbourne, includes a free evening (6-10pm) of conversation prior to the conference itself.

Australia Council – Cultural Leadership Program Development (Theatre). Applications close 10 November 2010.

In 2010, the Theatre Board’s skills and artform development categories will be focused on the development and strengthening of leadership capacity within the theatre sector.

Superannuation for contractors – great for artists, confusing for all!

The ATO has brought down new rules for superannuation that are already in effect. ‘If you pay your contractors under a contract that is wholly or principally for labour, you have to pay super contributions for them. This is even if the contractor quotes an Australian business number (ABN). These contractors are considered your employees for Superannuation guarantee purposes. Generally, a contract is principally for labour if more than half of the value of the contract is for the person’s labour, which may include: physical labour, mental effort, or artistic effort.’ The ATO also have a regular non-profit e-news bulletin which often contains this sort of info, and is free.

Who’s moving where:

  • Wesley Enoch has been named new director of the Queensland Theatre Company. He will be part time from July, and full-time from next year.
  • Sam Strong has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company. Strong replaces Nick Marchand who leaves to become Director of the British Council in Australia.
  • Roderick Poole replaces Joel Becker as the Director of the Victorian Writers’ Centre.
  • Ryan Johnston is the new Executive Officer & General Manager of Western Edge Youth Arts Inc. replacing Heather Marsh.
  • Next Wave Festival welcomes Paul Gurney as new Executive Director, replacing Fiona Maxwell.
  • Snuff Puppets welcomes Simeon Moran as new General Manager.
  • Minerva Draeger has left Phunktional as General Manager.
  • Melbourne Recital Centre has appointed Mary Vallentine AO, as its new Chief Executive Officer.
  • Sue Hunt has left Carriageworks and is taking up position of executive director of the royal children’s hospital foundation in Melbourne.

Australian Export Awards now open.

The Australian Export Awards is a national program that recognises and honours exporters who have achieved sustainable export growth through innovation and commitment. All of the States and Territories each independently run their export awards programs and the winners from these eight programs progress as national finalists to the Australian Export Awards. For your state’s deadlines and categories, go to (link removed) and click on your state. (for Victorian details, see below).


2010 Governor of Victoria’s Export Awards. (see above) ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT AWARD – closes 9th July.

The Victorian award program is specifically seeking new applicants for the arts and entertainment sector. Past winners include Strange Fruit, but recently they have had poor numbers of applicants from the live performing arts sector and winners have all been from the electronic and on-line entertainment sectors. There is no cash prize, but various business benefits. The prize is ‘For outstanding export achievement across all cultural industries including fine arts, performing arts, electronic and on-line entertainment.’ Contact Nicole Andrews, Project Officer, Export Programs, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.

The inaugural Victorian Community Sector Awards: Winning prize – $2,000 (shortlisted entrants will receive $500). Due Friday 9 July 2010.

The inaugural Victorian Community Sector Awards will be presented at the OCS Think Innovation Summit in September. In keeping with the theme of this year’s summit, the 2010 awards will recognise those organisations who have adopted a creative new approach to conducting their operations, no matter how big or small this change may be. The award categories are: 1. Operational /administrative practices; 2. Workforce practice; 3. Partnerships between NFP organisations, philanthropy and business; 4. Engagement with the local community. All NFP organisations are eligible.

ABAF Risk Management Workshop, 3 August, 9:30am – 12:30pm, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. $90 inc GST.

This workshop includes practical tools to utilise in the arts environment, as well as examples of actual scenarios where a lack of risk management brought about the failure of arts companies. Includes: an introduction to the principles of risk management including the Australia standard; the importance of integrating strategy and risk management; consideration of how to implement risk management into an arts company

St Martins 2010 National Playwriting Competition Now Open! Entries close, August 13.

The St Martins National Playwriting Competition predicts Australia’s brightest new writing talent and is open to 13 to 30 year old playwrights across Australia. Previous competition winners have had their work featured at the Malthouse Theatre, La Mama and in 2009, Amelia Roper’s BIG SKY TOWN (Playwrighting Competition winner 2007) was selected for the VCE Playlist and toured to the Arts Centre and Regional Victoria in mid 2009. Winning entries receive public readings and dramaturgical assistance.

St Martins Youth Arts Centre is also celebrating 30 Years in 2010 and is currently in preparation for what is going to be a huge Gala in October.

Are you, or do you know of anyone who has history with St Martins? Reconnect via the St Martins’ Alumni Register, which can be found here (link removed).

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