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TNV E-News March 2016


2016 Member Listing
The 2016 TNA Member page is now live. Check your listing and see who else has joined the network. We’ve had great feedback on the new categories and, for the first time, have included links for individual members. Have a scroll through to learn about the various companies and individuals – a great resource for the sector! (If you’re an individual and your link is missing, contact us).

Advocacy Update – We need to keep working to secure the future of the Arts
2016 looks to be as busy as 2015 in the advocacy arena. TNA is working with ArtsPeak, Feral Arts and others on several projects coming out of last year’s Sector Roundtable. We are pushing for the Senate Inquiry Recommendations to be addressed; we are calling on the government to secure the future of the Australia Council in the May budget; we are calling on all parties to articulate strategic, costed, detailed Arts policy platforms in the lead-up to the election – as recommended in the Senate Inquiry Report; we are supporting a sector-wide push to include Arts in the Innovation Agenda; and we are working alongside the devastated Youth Theatre sector to safeguard the sector’s future.

Please continue to support this work, as we know that the worst impact of the cuts will start to be felt this year.


15 Mar – Next Catalyst Funding Cycle closing soon
The federal government’s Catalyst funding program has now published dates for submitting applications (15 weeks ahead of planned activity): Submit before 15 March; 15 June; 15 September; 15 December. Applications can be made at any time but will be assessed in quarterly cycles. Unincorporated groups of three or more individuals CAN apply if they are auspiced. More info here.

National Touring Selector – producer/presenter feedback wanted for online tool
Have you used the National Touring Selector lately? The NTS is a powerful online tool that uses a database of over 1800 users from the Australian and NZ performing arts industry. Presenters use NTS to register interest in hosting productions. Producers use it as a central place to showcase productions. TNA and the NTS administrator are now seeking feedback from those who have been using the NTS. Email us if you’re interested in taking part in a small consultation process.

APAM 2016 Program Now Open for Presenter Interest
Productions featured in the recent APAM 2016 program are now listed in a live round on the National Touring Selector. Presenters registered with the NTS are invited to login and register interest NOW for 2017/2018 seasons. This round will close on 21 March. Read more.

10 Mar – Earlybird registrations open for Regional Arts Australia’s ‘Artlands Dubbo 2016’
RAA’s national conference and arts festival – ‘Artlands Dubbo 2016’ – will be held in Dubbo, NSW from 27 – 30 October 2016 under the backdrop of big open skies. The four-day event will explore: Regeneration, Connectedness and Emergence. Early bird regos open on 10 March. More here.

31 Mar – WA Showcase 2016: ‘Playing the State’ earlybird registrations close
WA Showcase 2016 will take place from 11–13 May 2016 at Dolphin Theatre, University of WA and will be a mix of pitching, creative encounter discussions, updates and a keynote and workshops from international guest Lisa Baxter. Pitches are only open to WA producers and artists, however attendance is open to everyone! Earlybird price ends 31st March 2016. More info.

24 Mar – Applications close for Playwriting Australia Lab 2016
Applications are now open for artists, collectives and companies with a desire to workshop a new idea, a new partnership or a new form. Selected projects will be given up to one week creative development studio, inc. space, weekly wages for up to 8 artists and dramaturgical support from the PWA team. Applications will close at 5pm on Thursday 24th March. Find out more.

9-10 Jun – Australia Council: Save the date for the 2016 Marketing Summit
Held on 9 & 10 June in Adelaide, the 2016 Marketing Summit will be an opportunity to hear from industry experts and network with fellow arts marketers. Registrations for the Summit will open soon, so mark the date in your diary for now and look out for more info here.


31 Mar – Future Melbourne Strategy – Arts ideas and feedback needed
City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne 2026 is our chance to ensure that Melbourne remains a bold, inspirational and creative city into the future. We can’t take it for granted that arts and culture will continue to be prioritised – we need lots of people to jump online and talk about the arts! Suggest a new idea, or focus on existing arts activity and opportunities that you would like to see continue. Post via the online hub before 31 March. There’s also a Future Melbourne survey or you might like to attend one of the many Future Melbourne events. Take part here.

4 Mar – Book now for Master Agency Media Services Meeting – Bulk Media Buying
Government orgs, and orgs with significant government funding are eligible to access the Whole of Victorian Government Master Agency Media Services (MAMS) contract – which offers access to media buying services, and discounted advertising rates. An info session will be held from 3.00pm this Friday 4 March at 121 Exhibition Street Melb. Free event, bookings essential.

11 Apr – Rawcus seeking new ensemble members
Rawcus is currently seeking expressions of interest for new Ensemble members for their theatre company based in Port Phillip. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for artists, performers and theatre-makers! EOIs close 9am 11 April and Round 1 Auditions will be held on 27 April and 4 May. People with and without disability are invited to apply. EOI form and more info here.

RAV Performing Arts Workshops for Community Presenters
As part of the Connecting Places halls touring program, Regional Arts Victoria is offering regional workshops in March for those who are interested in presenting live performances in their town. Learn practical skills related to programming, marketing and growing your audience. The 3hr workshops will be facilitated by Merryn Carter and RAVs touring program staff in various locations across the state. Read more here.

8 Mar – ‘Inside 130’: Arena Theatre studio residency
Applications are now open for Arena Theatre Company’s studio residency program Inside 130! Arena invites emerging artists who are making a work for audiences aged between 5 – 25 years to apply. Selected projects receive a two week studio residency including artistic and administrative mentoring from the Arena team during that time. Residency dates are 18 – 29 July  2016.
Applications close Friday March 18. More info.

GENERATE // Professional + Industry Development at FCAC – April – Dec.
Footscray Community Arts Centre has developed a monthly 10-part professional development program for mid-career artists, arts and cultural and community workers. Build skills and capacities in working effectively with communities, further best practice in arts management, partnership brokerage and cultural competency, and build new networks. Bookings and information.

9 Mar – Creative Victoria’s Marketing Innovation Fund – Up to $20,000
The 2016 Marketing Innovation Fund provides one-off support for discrete marketing projects across Victoria with the aim of encouraging new approaches to marketing. A total of $100,000 is available for individual grants of up to $20,000. Applications will be accepted for requests between $2,000 and $20,000. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 9 March. Read more.

Apr 9 – PEST 16 – Piercing Examination of Student Theatre: Back to the Future
PEST16 will explore the place of student theatre in the lives of young university students. Focusing primarily on the current climate and rich history of Melbourne’s student theatre scene, PEST16 aims to challenge and question how far student theatre has come, and how far it has to go. Join us as we question and learn from student theatre contributors from the last five decades, to improve student theatre in the future. April 9, Uni of Melbourne, Guild Theatre 10am – 6pm. More info.

Apr 12 – Creative Victoria: OIP applications due
The Organisations Investment Program (OIP) offers four-year operational funding to small, medium and large organisations in the arts and cultural sector. To attend the final 2017 – 2020 funding round information webinar this Friday 4 March, book online. OIP applications are due by 12 April 2016. Read about OIP here.


30 Mar – ITAC3: The Third International Teaching Artist Conference in Edinburgh
The ITAC3 Conference brings together artists, organisations, funders and researchers from all over the world to explore key issues relating to participatory arts practice. The theme for this year is Best, next and radical practice in participatory arts and will feature curated conversations, workshops, keynotes and round-table discussions. Creative Scotland is managing and hosting the ITAC3 conference in Edinburgh from 3 – 5 August 2016. Early Bird regos close 30 March. Read more here.

1 Apr – Applications due for IETM Campus Lublin 2016
The second edition of IETMCampus will be a week of intensive training in all aspects of international working: intercultural communication, ethical collaboration, funding and recruitment planning and more. IETM Campus will be held in Lublin, Poland from 3 – 10 July 2016 and is open to performing arts professionals with at least two years experience in the contemporary arts field. Applications close 1 April 2016. More info.


World Day for Theatre of Children and Young People – #Takeachildtothetheatretoday
March 20 is World Day for Theatre of Children and Young People, created by ASSITEJ to promote children’s entitlement to theatre and the arts. To mark the occasion, Jenny Sealy, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company, Co-director of the 2012 London Paralympics and Yvette Hardie, President of ASSITEJ have released short messages of hope and inclusivity. Read them here.

YPAA National Wrap-up
My heart was warmed by the enthusiastic response I had to the call out for news items, and I thank you all for the passion, energy and activity that makes Youth Arts in Australia the vibrant, internationally renowned sector that it is. For State updates, follow this link.

– Contributed by Simon Clarke, CEO, Westside Circus


  • PJ Rose concludes a near-20-year association with No Strings Attached, handing the reigns to incoming Artistic Director, Alirio Zavarce.
  • Ben Graetz has been appointed Creative Producer at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
  • National arts organisation Kultour has appointed Lena Nahlous as its new director.
  • Brendan O’Connell finishing as Associate Producer of Sydney Opera House to commence as Public Diplomacy Officer for the Australian Consulate-General in New York.
  • Georgie Meagher to lead the 2016 Next Wave Festival following Meghan Bourke’s resignation as Executive Director.
  • Writer Matthew Whittet and Director Rose Myer’s film Girl Asleep (originally a Windmill Theatre production) had its international premiere at Berlinale Film Festival.
  • David Fenton has moved on from his position as CEO of Metro Arts and announces new leadership team: Jo Thomas, Creative Director and Jess Murphy, Business Director.
  • The 2016 Australia Council Award winners have been announced. A special congratulations to Kelli McCluskey (WA), Lucy Guerin (VIC), Yaron Lifschitz (QLD), Lily Shearer (NSW), Nathan Stoneham (QLD). Read the full list of awards and winners here.


Associate Producer, Sydney Opera House. Apps close 5 March.
Public Programs Manager, Dark Mofo. Apps close 11 March.
Executive Assistant, National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). Apps close 7 March.
Project Officer Residencies, Australia Council for the Arts. Apps close 16 March.
Executive Director, ACCA. Apps close 18 March.
Creative Producer, The Last Great Hunt. Apps close 14 March.
Marketing Coordinator, Queensland Theatre Company. Apps close 11 March.
Business Development Manager, Carriageworks. Apps close 18 March.
Artistic Director, Theatre503 (UK). Apps close 28 March.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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