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TNV E-News September 2015


2015 Salary Survey – Organisations and Independents – Now Open!
Every two years, TNV conducts a confidential National Salary Survey to encourage improved remuneration across the small to medium sector and to assist in benchmarking. For the first time, we’re also seeking responses from independents in the hope that we can collate some concrete data around the financial realities of being an artist. It should only take 10 minutes to fill out the survey. Survey for Organisations | Survey for Independents. You can download the 2013 Salary Survey report from the Resource page of the TNV website.

2015 Victorian Theatre Forum – Members Only Event – Malthouse Theatre
We’re excited to announce that the 6th Victorian Theatre Forum (VTF) is scheduled for Tuesday 17th November at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne. Full program details and registration info will be available soon. Please note that, due to demand, this will once again be a members only event. Not yet a financial member? Sign up here! Read about last year’s VTF program here.


National Hearings – Senate Inquiry into the 2014/15 federal budget changes to the arts
National hearings took place in Perth on 1st September and in Hobart on 3rd September. The transcript from the Melbourne hearing (5 August) is now online and further transcripts will be uploaded to the Senate Homepage. The list of speakers for Melbourne, Perth and Hobart are all online now.

The next hearings will be on 11th September in Brisbane and on 18th September in Adelaide. Feral Arts is organising an info session on 10th September in Brisbane, contact for details. Arts Industry Council (SA) is running an industry info session on 17th September at 5.45pm. Click here to listen LIVE to the upcoming hearings (Mac users may need a plugin).

Some key points that were repeated throughout the hearings at the Melbourne, Perth and Hobart hearings (asked by Senators and raised by witnesses) were:

• the interconnected nature of the arts and the impact of the changes on the whole sector;
• the major problems that will arise if individual artists are not eligible for the NPEA;
• The need for and value of transparent, arms length, peer assessment;
• The lack of any consultation or evidence or policy framework for the NPEA;
• Job losses and losses to co-invested projects and programs;
• Voluntary hours that the arts contrinutes to the economy;
• The criteria of NPEA and definitions of excellence.

The Inquiry Report deadline has been extended to 29th November.

7 Sep – Playwriting Australia – Asian-Australian playwrights wanted for LOTUS First Draft
In partnership with Performance 4A, Playwriting Australia’s LOTUS First Draft program aims to unearth, nurture and develop Asian-Australian playwrights. Applications are sought from advanced writers keen to develop a strong theatrical voice through their first full draft. 12 writers will be selected from across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and will undergo 6 months of mentoring, a writers laboratory and intensive. Submissions close Monday 7 September. Read more.

Final Guidelines still to come – National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA)
The Ministry for the Arts is expected to announce the final NPEA guidelines very soon. Responses to the draft Guidelines closed at the end of July, and Minister Brandis has conceded that some changes need to be made to the program in line with sector concern. With the arts industry still calling for the funding to be returned to the Australia Council, there is uncertainty about whether to apply to NPEA or not. Minister Brandis has stated that there have already been requests for funding from the program. The draft guidelines state: “Assessments will be carried out on an ongoing basis, in order of receipt, with recommendations usually made to the Minister for the Arts on a quarterly basis, in the last week of October, January, April and July each year. While there is no closing date, it is recommended that applications are submitted no later than the last week of the month before recommendations are made.” Keep an eye on the Ministry for the Arts website.

Ministry for the Arts seeking EOIs for Independent Assessors – NPEA
The Ministry for the Arts is seeking expressions of interest from arts and culture professionals who would like to independently assess grant applications to the National Program for Excellence in the Arts. EOIs are now open and can be submitted via the Ministry for the Arts website at any time.

25 Sep – Australia Council for the Arts – Registrations now open for the Arts Learning Forum
The Australia Council’s inaugural Arts Learning Forum will be a three day event held at Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne from 25 – 27 November. Featuring national and international speakers, the forum is for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all art forms, ages and communities. Registrations close on 20 November 2015 (early bird closes 25 September 2015). Find out more.

8 Sep – The Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Grant Round – $7,000
If you are an early career or emerging artist with an opportunity to further your professional development overseas, you may be eligible for a grant of up to $7,000. The Trust primarily provides support for structured professional development overseas such as: postgraduate study, mentoring or private lessons, residencies or study tours. Applications close 8 September. More info.

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns – MultiArts Residency Program – Applications welcome
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns residency program incorporates visual arts, music, writing, performance, multimedia and community cultural development for short and long term projects that have a connection to, or presentation outcome at Tanks. Open to local, national and international artists and local community groups. Living accommodation and studio space is available as part of the residency program. There are no application deadlines for this program. More info here.

Petition – We need a National Arts Week on the Australian calendar!
The Arts Party has started a petition to introduce a National Arts Week – an opportunity to celebrate, participate and experience the Arts in every form, by as many Australians as possible across the country. The party sees this as a national engagement priority to be supported by governments and all publicly funded institutions. Like the idea? Sign and share the petition.

2 Nov – Red Stitch – INK 2016 Writing Program
INK – Red Stitch’s initiative to develop new Australian plays – is open to playwrights who are passionate about an original idea for a new play who also have an interest in collaborating with the Red Stitch ensemble actors. Applications will be assessed by a panel of industry professionals. A short list of applicants will then be interviewed to determine the final two INK writers. Submissions close 5pm Monday 2 November. Apply here.

NIDA – Masters of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership)
NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) is a landmark course available to professionals from a range of arts and cultural sectors, including the performing arts, visual arts, museums, galleries and those working in the cultural areas within local authorities and government organisations. Leading arts advocate, Robyn Archer AO will be the inaugural Chair of the MFA (Cultural Leadership). NIDA will host a Masters Info Night on 14 September, 5.30-9pm. Attend in person or stream online. About the course | Register for Info Night



20 Oct – Victorian Touring Workshop – Save the date!
Presented by Regional Arts Victoria, Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres and TNV, the annual touring forum is a chance to learn more about the touring pathways in the forthcoming years. This year’s forum will be held at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, South Morang on Tuesday 20 October from 10am.

18 Sep – Indigenous Arts Residency Applications Open – $40,000
Indigenous arts practitioners from Victoria are invited to apply for a year-long residency at the University of Melbourne, including a cash grant of $40,000 and up to $5,000 for materials as part of the Hutchinson Indigenous Residency. Created to enable Indigenous artists to undertake significant projects of their choice, the Residency will be based at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM). Applications close 18 September. More info.

28 Sep – Yarra City Arts – EOIs open for Performance Investigations at Richmond Theatrette
Performance Investigations offers money and space to professional performing arts makers to explore new ideas. Up to 4 projects will be offered a cash support of $2,000 and up to 14 days use of the Richmond Theatrette. Recipients will also have an opportunity to network and seek industry feedback. Individual artists, companies or other performance groups may submit one proposal only as part of the EOI process. Applications close 4pm Monday 28 September 2015 and successful applicants will be notified in October. Read more here.

2 Oct – Applications open for 2016 Keir Choreographic Award – $17,000
Dancehouse and Carriagework’s 2016 Keir Choreographic Award is open to Australian professional artists with an established practice who would like to propose a choreographic idea for an original live performance. Artists will receive a commissioning budget of $17,000 to invest in the creative and production costs including up to 100 hours of in-kind space to develop the work in their hometown. Applications close 2 October. Read more here.

6 Sep – Deaf Training and circus workshops at Women’s Circus – $10 Entry
In partnership with Bendigo Bank and Deaf Arts Network, the Women’s Circus is conducting multiple introductory circus programs for women and men in the Deaf community. Never done circus before? A great place to start is the Come & Try workshop this Sunday 6 September, 3 – 5pm at Women’s Circus, 395 Barkly Street, West Footscray. See the space, meet the trainers, learn new skills or ask questions about the 5-week circus programs on offer. Book your spot here.

30 Nov – Register now for Regional Arts Victoria’s 2015 ‘Home is Where the Hall Is’
Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) invites you to register an event at your local hall this November as part of the 2015 ‘Home is Where the Hall is’ project. Submissions are open between Monday 3 August 2015 and 30 November 2015. For more information, or to register your event, visit the RAV website.

7 Sep – Film Victoria: Catapult Feature Writers Lab applications about to close
Are you an emerging writer? Film Victoria’s Catapult Feature Lab is looking for 10 writers to work alongside industry mentors to turn film concepts into first drafts over a five-day intensive. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements. Applications close Monday 7 September. Read more here.

Monash University Centre for Theatre and Performance – inaugural playwriting commission
Monash University has launched an initiative that will see The Centre commissioning a new text-based play – either from an individual playwright or a collection of writers – to be performed by third-year students at The Coopers Malthouse. This Monash/Malthouse partnership is commited to nurturing the next generation of theatre makers. The inaugural commission, Welcome to Nowhere, will open at Malthouse on 25 September. More info


26 Sep – 2016 Asialink Arts Residency Program Applications closing soon
Applications are currently open for the 2016 Asialink Residency program. The aim of the program is to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia. Each resident is offered a grant between $6,000 – $12,000 for 6-12 week residencies respectively. Applications close Tuesday 29 September. Read more here.

Inspiration from the UK – ‘A Credit to Britain’ trailer
Investment in arts and culture costs each person in England just 14p per week. Arts Council England have released a video featuring some of the amazing arts and culture organisations that are using public investment to make a difference to their country and people. Watch the trailer here


Viv Rosman has been announced as new Executive Producer and Co-CEO of Polyglot Theatre.
Jonathan Church CBE appointed as new Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.
Naomi Milgrom AO appointed Commissioner for Australia, for the Venice Biennale in 2017.
Robyn Archer AO is the inaugural Chair of NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership.
Gorkem Acarolgu has finished up Arts and Participation Program Manager of City of Melbourne.
Gideon Obarzanek announced as the new Chair of Melbourne Fringe.
Rebecca Meston has commenced as the Marketplace Manager of Adelaide Fringe.
Alexia Estrellado takes the role of Community Connector at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.
The 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships have been awarded to: Martin del Amo, dance (NSW);  Marieke Hardy, live art, written word (Vic); Harry Angus, music (Vic); Lawrence English, music (Qld); Alexis Wright, writing (Vic); Tommy Murphy, playwright (NSW); Timothy Watts, Theatre (WA); Gabrielle de Vietri, visual arts (Vic); Emily Floyd, visual arts (Vic); and Courtney Collins, writing (NT).


General Manager, Dancenorth. Apps close 19 Sep.
Program Officer, NSW Writers Centre. Apps close 22 Sep.
Artistic Director & Chief Executive, National Theatre Wales. Apps close 14 Sep.
Development Coordinator, Abbotsford Convent. Apps close 14 Sep.
Executive Producer & Co-CEO, Frantic Assembly UK. Apps close 21 Sep.
Events Account Manager, Sydney Opera House. Apps close 17 Sep.
Senior Theatre Technician, Rockhampton Regional Council. Apps close 27 Sep.
Marketing Assistant, Chunky Move. Apps close 4 Sep. (Email
Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre UK. Apps close 2 Oct.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria.

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