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TNV Members – 112 and growing! … All members are listed on the TNV website, and company members have their website link included. The membership fee ranges from an introductory price of $16.50 for individuals, to $412.50 for large organisations and there are categories for different sized organisations and for associate memberships too. Please support our work in 2014!

TNV is very pleased to announce that The Sidney Myer Fund has awarded TNV a Trustees’ Discretionary Grant in support of the organisation and our work in developing and strengthening the small to medium and independent theatre sectors. This is a welcome boon and will go towards some events for the sector later in the year, stay tuned!


7th March – Brisbane Festival – Independent Artists – Expressions of Interest close [QLD]
Brisbane Festival is seeking EOIs of small to medium size works with weekly presenting fees between $1,000 and $8,000. Expressions of Interest may include either existing work or a clear outline for new work to be premiered at Brisbane Festival 2014.

10th March – Applications close for Australia Council’s Creative Partnerships with Asia program
The Australia Council is offering grants of up to $40,000 to support at least ten creative partnerships between artists working in Australia and artists working in Asia, in all artforms supported by the Australia Council, including emerging and experimental arts, community arts and cultural development and hybrids.

7th April – Applications close for Fairfield Council’s Social Change through Creativity Grant Program [NSW]
The Program aims to encourage and support creative based projects that include and address an issue of importance in the community. One off grants of up to $4000 are available to not for profit groups or organisations. Information session Monday 10 February

7th April – City of Sydney – Cultural Grants and Sponsorship Program closes [NSW]
This program supports cultural development within the City of Sydney. Up to $5000 funding may be provided for a one year project or as a triennial grant. The City negotiates with all sponsored organisations to leverage benefits to the City and its residents equal to the value of the

28th April – Australia Council Community Engagement Initiative closes
Funding of up to $15,000 is available to support community engagement activities alongside confirmed tours of a theatre production. Open to individuals, groups and organisations. This initiative supports artists to engage with local artists and/or communities while on tour for artistic collaboration and

8th & 9th May – REMIX SUMMIT SYDNEY conference
Join nearly 2,000 global creative leaders at REMIX Sydney at our biggest event yet; part of a unique series of international summits in leading creative capitals including New York, London and Sydney exploring the intersection of Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. REMIX brings together thought-leaders and decision makers from across industries to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the cultural and creative sectors.

The APACA guide to touring is a comprehensive resource for the sector to understand and effectively operate in the national performing arts touring landscape, and has recently been updated.

Late last year The Australia Council presented a series of information sessions on the enhancements to a number of their programs: Festivals Australia – Regional Festivals Project Fund; Playing Australia – Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund; and Visions of Australia & CTI – Regional Exhibitions Touring Fund. They have now uploaded a number of online resources covering all of the details.

National Sector Development Initiative
In 2012, after extensive consultation with the community arts and cultural development (CACD) sector regarding better targeting of Australia Council resources to develop the capacity and sustainability of the sector, Community Partnerships announced support for a suite of new multi-year projects through its National Sector Development Initiative. The three proposals supported are; National Local Government Cultural Forum; The Digital Platform; and Creating Australia. More information can be found here


7th March – Applications for Lee Breuer Masterclass close. [21st to 27th July, 2014]
Tashmadada and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts invite theatre practitioners the rare opportunity to participate in a Masterclass with Lee Breuer (founder and co-artistic director of the seminal experimental New York theatre company Mabou Mines) and Maude Mitchell (associate artist and Obie award-winning actress). The Masterclass will include direct mentorship on a creative project of your choice.

8th March -Deakin Arts Participation Incubator [API] Grand Grants
Grand Grants is simple – local artists with a wildly creative and participatory artwork idea can apply for a $1000 grant. Each quarter, our advisory panel selects 2 winners, and we host a dinner salon at a lovely local restaurant. Attendees pay $100 to attend, and $50 of the ticket price covers the cost of their dinner and the other $50 is used as a donation to the grant. We pool the cash, and hand it over to the artist in a brown paper bag – no strings

14th – 30th March – The Festival of Live Art (FOLA) hits Melbourne.
Starting in Footscray, moving to North Melbourne and across the city to St Kilda, the Festival of Live Art (FOLA) is 17 category-busting days of performances, experiences and happenings, from intimate one-on-ones to dazzling show-biz spectacles. This new live art festival is presented by Arts House, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Theatre Works.

19th March – Applications for Arts Victoria – VicArts Grants close.
The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector.

20 March – Arts Industry Council (Vic) – Members’ Meeting, special guest Joel Murray, Australian Sex Party. The AICV will give an update on recent Victorian work and current National arts policy issues; seek input on arts priorities towards the 2014 Victorian State Election. Guest speaker Joel Murray from The Australian Sex Party will provide a brief overview of the party’s arts policies. 3-5pm, 222 Bank Street, South Melbourne. Members only – sign up

21st March – Applications for Moreland City Council’s Celebrating Place Grants close.
The Celebrating Place Grants program provides financial support to locally based not-for-profit groups, organisations and individuals to initiate, plan and deliver festivals and events which enrich the social life of Moreland’s community and promote active community participation. Council is offering Information Sessions on Wednesday 5 February 6 – 8 pm and Tuesday 11 March 6 – 8 pm.

21st March – Applications for 2014 R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards close.
With total annual prize money of $30,000, these prestigious awards provide support to Victorian-based writers to develop their play scripts. One winning entry may be invited to PlayWriting Australia’s National Play Festival 2015 or National Script Workshop

28th March – Applications for Victorian Multicultural Commission Grants close.
Multicultural Festival and Events Grants are designed to encourage the participation of the whole Victorian community in celebrating and valuing diversity. The grants are for events and festivals held between 1 July 2014 and 31December 2014 that promote and celebrate Victoria’s cultural

28th March – Applications for City of Port Phillip – Cultural Development Grant close
The Cultural Development Fund aims to assist and encourage local artists and related organisations to develop and realise creative projects. An Public information night will be held on Thursday 27th February [6.30pm to 7.30pm] at the Port Melbourne Town Hall, First Floor, Council Chamber/Committee Room. 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne (above the Library)

28th March – Bayside City Council 2014/15 Artist in Residence Program closes.
The Artist in Residence program is based at Billilla Historic Mansion at 26 Halifax Street, Brighton, a beautiful heritage property incorporating a stately public garden and the magnificent historic house. These residencies are available and are offered to successful applicants for 12 months from July to June annually. Applications are periodically invited from visual artists, writers, composers and multimedia artists.

30th March – House Proud – a Kew Court House Artist Initiative
Kew Court House presents House Proud, an artist development initiative that aims to nurture the presentation of high quality, boundary pushing, new or developing performance works. House Proud offers selected independent companies and artists the opportunity to present a short season at Kew Court House. A range of in-kind services and support, including box office revenue, is offered as a part of the program.

31 March – Arts Law Centre of Australia’s Legal Advice Clinic, Arts Victoria, Melbourne. FREE
These FREE one on one legal advice sessions (30 minutes) from the Arts Law Centre of Australia provide an opportunity for artists and arts organisations to get free legal advice from the Executive Director of Arts Law, Robyn Ayres. Topics can include copyright or moral rights issues, business names and structures, confidentiality, contracts, insurance and liability or trademarks. Book now: or Call (02) 9356 2566/1800 221 457

1st April – Writing Devised Work (Frankenstein) with Emma Valente. Lecture 6pm-7pm. $25/$45
Emma Valente is an avant-garde theatre maker who radically reinterprets and re-imagines texts from the western literary canon for the stage. In this lecture Emma will share her method of devising work for the stage, using a collective to create a text. She will also discuss the process of using physical and visual stimuli to write text, using her production of Frankenstein as a case study.

7th April – Circus as an educational and therapeutic tool – 2 day workshops. $300
Holistic Circus Therapy offers one and two day intensive workshops to provide educators and therapists with skills to enable them to incorporate circus as a learning and capacity building tool for their clients. This workshop is suitable for all therapists, aides, students and educators who work to empower people with varying cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs. No prior circus experience necessary.

30th April – Expressions of Interest to take part in RAV’s 2015
Education & Families Incursion Program close. Regional Arts Victoria are currently accepting EOIs for workshops or productions that are innovative, high‐quality and entertaining; appropriate to a school and community context; stimulate ideas and generate post‐performance discussion; and embody excellent practice in the presentation of the arts for children and young

Prior to Nov 2014 – Access Fund Open
At Arts Access Australia we’re delighted to announce the launch of an Access Fund for small to medium arts and cultural organisations, for 2014. We decided to run an Access Fund because we know and understand that cost is a significant barrier to such organisations in being able to provide access to arts and cultural programs, services and employment opportunities for people with


Culture Europe funding guidelines now available Guidelines for the new European Union funding for Culture entitled Culture Europe are now available. The three funding strands are; European cooperation projects; European platforms; European networks. Non EU partners will be encouraged to apply for the first time offering Australian artists the opportunity to engage meaningfully over the longer term with the still very well resourced European infrastructure for arts and culture.


  • Brisbane Festival welcomes new Artistic Director, David Berthold. * Frank Panucci takes on the role of Australia Council for the Arts, Executive Director – Arts Funding.
  • PATA announces Rachel Healy as its new Independent Chair.
  • Michael Stevens has departed Melbourne Festival to take up the new role of Director of Arts Centre Melbourne Programming.
  • Olivia Allen steps down as Artistic Director of Riverland Youth Theatre to take part in the Women Directors Residency at Melbourne Theatre Company.
  • Riverland Youth Theatre will welcome new Artistic Director, Brooke Newall, in late March.
  • Cat Jones has resigned her position at PACT centre for emerging artists to continue her independent practice. Julie Vulcan is also set to leave to pursue her own national and international performance opportunities.
  • Former Manningham City Council Cultural Venues CoordinatorDorian Jones will take over the role of CEO at Melbourne Youth Music.
  • After 30 years of promoting culturally diverse artists in Western Australia, the award-winning Multicultural Arts of Western Australia Inc (trading as Kulcha) will wind up its operations in early 2014 due to challenges in maintaining sustainable income levels.
  • Bangarra’s Executive Director Catherine Baldwin has decided to step down from her role to take up an exciting new career opportunity overseas.
  • Rachel Fothergill has left Chapel Off Chapel to take on the role of Director at fxponential.


  • Congratulations to Patricia Cornelius for her 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama: Savages.
  • TNV sends Auspicious Arts our very best wishes for a Happy 21st Birthday this month!

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