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IETM Spring Plenary Porto 2018

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for support to attend the IETM Spring Plenaryin Porto, Portugal from 26- 29 April 2018.
 
Australia Council has worked in partnership with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Network (IETM) since 2009 to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists. This project has now evolved into a broader engagement with European networks and partners.
 
The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at the 2018 IETM Spring Plenaryin Porto, Portugal. The Council’s International Development Manager – Europe will work with the delegation in Porto.
 
The theme for the Spring Plenary is ‘other centres – the periphery’. Council will support delegates who best illustrate how they incorporate this theme in their practice. Artists, producers and organisations working in this area are encouraged to submit an expression of interest.
 
The Council will provide six delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of attending. Supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and registration.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Performing Arts

Performers' Trust Foundation

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.
 

  • Two (including the Chairman) are appointed by the PPCA;

  • One is appointed by the Musicians’ Union of Australia;
  • One is appointed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Actors’ Equity)

 
All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

 
A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees;

  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol);
  • Accommodation;
  • Venue hire/ PA hire
  • A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

 
Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • Investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);

  • Concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • Tour support;
  • Artist management expenses; or
  • Equipment purchases

 
You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.
 
For more information visit the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.
 
John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.
 
John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)
 
A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.
 
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring

Australia Council for the Arts

This program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia.
 
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
 
In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018

  • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018
  • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.
 
What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

 
PWA Lab Dates:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants
 
Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round One

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.
 
The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions to non-professional venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.
 
Applicants can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more non-professional venues in regional NSW;

  • support a new tour to two or more non-professional venues in regional NSW.

 
Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:

  • between $500 and $4,000 per venue;

  • up to $12,000 for a consortium of three or more venues.

 
2018 Dates
The first round opens on Monday 12 March, 2018. The first round closes at 5pm Monday 9 April, 2018 for projects between 1 June 2018 and 31 December 2019. The second round opens on Monday 27 August, 2018 and will close Monday 24 September 2018, for projects between 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020. Applications must be submitted by 5pm (AEST) on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.
 
For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

  • Closing: 9 April 2018
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

MPA Collaborative Arts Projects

Australia Council for the Arts

Our Collaborative Arts Projects – Organisations program funds new collaborations and partnerships between major performing arts companies (MPA) and the broader sector and community groups.
 
The program is intended to support and encourage a range of activities that foster meaningful long term positive outcomes for collaborative partners and focus communities, with particular emphasis on the six priority areas set out in the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework. Successful applicants will be required to provide an evaluation from the collaborative partner on the project outcomes at the conclusion of the funded activity.
 
Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The funding for this program is from the annual allocation to MPA companies.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines.
 
For 2018, the closing date is at midnight on the 16 April 2018, for projects starting after 1 July 2018.
 
Technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing day.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 8 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website.
Read more

  • Closing: 16 April 2018
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

China Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2018

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of interest are now open for support to attend China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2018, with the option to also attend the Wuzhen Theatre Festivalor the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival (Shanghai Interactive Festival of Theatre) in Jiading.
 
The Australia Council’s International Development Manager – North Asia will lead an Australian delegation at ChinaSPAF 2018; working with them in Shanghai to build connections with international arts professionals, institutions and artists, and to strengthen their capacity to develop partnerships in China.
 
The Australia Council will support six delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of attending ChinaSPAF. The Council supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending ChinaSPAF including flights, insurance, accommodation and registration.
 
Of the six Council supported delegates selected to attend, up to three delegates may be invited to attend the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival, and up to three delegates may be invited to attend the Wuzhen Theatre Festival. These delegates will receive an additional $500 in travel support, but will be responsible for all costs associated with attending SHIFT or Wuzhen, including ground travel, insurance, accommodation, registration and tickets. Please state in your expression of interest if you would like to be considered for one of these additional opportunities.
 
For more information visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 24 April 2018
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.
 
The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.
 
The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

 
The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.
 
Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is year two of a three year initiative. Applications will be assessed by an independent panel, facilitated by Ausdance NSW.
 
The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills , for example:
• Program of activity that develops your professional practice;
• Secondment with an organisation;
• Mentorship with an individual;
• Residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice.
 
Funds can be used to cover any costs associated with your activities , such as, artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences, documentation. Applicants may discuss their applications with Ausdance NSW staff.
 
Your proposal must engage with at least ONE of the following Create NSW, Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) priorities:
• People with a disability;
• Young people;
• Aboriginal people;
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
• People living and/or working in regional NSW;
• People living and/or working in Western Sydney.
 
For more information visit the Ausdance NSW website . Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Dance, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

For folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector-performers.
 
The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their own artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will result in a performance at the 2018 National Folk Festival. Any recordings arising from the project will be acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.
 
Fellows receive:

  • Special access to research facilities and collections

  • Access to the Library’s professional sound recording studios
  • $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for a residency at the Library of four weeks, or equivalent
  • $4000 to present performances of, and a presentation on the collected material at the 2016 National Folk Festival and a subsequent presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: 28 July 2018
  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.
 
Applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
 
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

Read more

  • Closing: 28 July 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.
 
The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions to non-professional venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.
 
Applicants can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more non-professional venues in regional NSW;

  • support a new tour to two or more non-professional venues in regional NSW.

 
Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:

  • between $500 and $4,000 per venue;

  • up to $12,000 for a consortium of three or more venues.

 
2018 Dates
The first round opens on Monday 12 March, 2018. The first round closes at 5pm Monday 9 April, 2018 for projects between 1 June 2018 and 31 December 2019. The second round opens on Monday 27 August, 2018 and will close Monday 24 September 2018, for projects between 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020. Applications must be submitted by 5pm (AEST) on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.
 
For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 September 2018
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations