WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
The Producers Mentorship Program suits people who already have some producing experience in the performing arts and want to be part of a group learning environment to explore new models of independent producing.
It is ideal if you have already worked with at least one independent artist / performing arts collective / independent company as a producer. Therefore, you have some producing experience that you are able to draw on to contribute to the group learning AND you are open to learning from other independent producers.
If you are not sure if you have had producing experience, please refer to the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), where we give examples of the broad range of skills and experiences that may count as ‘producing’.
First Peoples Applicants: Applications are encouraged from First Peoples who are living and working in Victoria. At least one producer position for the Producers Mentorship Program (across Rounds 2 and 3) is reserved for an applicant who is from a Traditional Owner group of Victoria. First Peoples mentees are able to receive additional support from First Peoples mentors.
WHAT IS ON OFFER?
Participants will commit to a 12-month program. Up to 8 individual independent producers will be selected. There will be bespoke relationships in pairs or small groups, along with monthly group sessions with all participants.
The monthly professional development topics / skills will be co-designed with the selected participants. These group sessions form the core learning units, bespoke to the most urgent needs, skills and conversations that the participants have identified. The sessions will be taught / facilitated / led by the participants in turn, as well as (when required), sourced from outside of the group of participants.
In addition to these monthly group sessions, participants work on their own projects in bespoke pairs / smaller groups, autonomously.
Some of the group sessions will be tailored to people of specific lived experiences, as needed.
For example, some sessions may only involve people living with disability, others may only involve those who have self-identified as people of colour.
We will be mindful of diverse learning styles as well as neuro diversity in terms of people’s ability to participate in group learning sessions.
FEES AND TIME COMMITMENT
Participants will be employees of TNA, employed to work 2 days a week (0.4EFT), and will each receive a total of $21,840 gross per annum. This is based on a full time equivalent salary of $54,600 gross per annum. Payments will be made fortnightly in arrears.
On-costs (superannuation and work cover, which TNA will administer on your behalf) will be paid on top of this.
The minimum time commitment to the program is 8 days per month, for a 12-month period, inclusive of the monthly group sessions.
MENTAL HEALTH, INTERNET AND ACCESS STIPENDS
In response to industry feedback about the support role that producers play generally, and in recognition that producers will play a vital role in rebuilding/reshaping the sector in the wake of the pandemic, the program will also offer funding for participants to access mental health support, at a rate of $100 per person, per month, for a 12-month period.
Participants will also receive a monthly subsidy towards internet connection and data allowance, set at $40 per person, per month, for a 12-month period.
On a needs basis, participants will be able to access VIPI funds to support access and specialized skills / mentorships. Access may include, e.g. Auslan interpreting, purchase of essential equipment, transport costs, childcare. Specialized skills / mentorships may include, e.g. First Peoples mentoring support, support by Disabled mentors and so on.
You apply as an individual and you can indicate if you would prefer to be paired with a specific independent producer, who will also submit their own separate application.
Through the assessment / selection process, the potential for additional one-on-one / small group relationships are identified.
The application process will involve 2 steps:
- An online submission.
- For shortlisted applicants, an interview on Zoom or face-to-face (if health guidelines allow for it) or another platform that is accessible for the applicant.