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Performing Arts Grants

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

Indigenous Makers’ Studio

NORPA

The Indigenous Makers’ Studio is a new NORPA initiative supporting emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists originating from or residing in NSW, who have a strong desire to develop their performance practise. Read more

  • Closing: 15 January 2019
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

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: TBA
  • 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: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual 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

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed.

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

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

This grant is not being offered in 2020.

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.

For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

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

1000 X 1000: CRISIS CASH FOR ARTISTS – REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

Australian Cultural Fund, Theatre Network Australia

A one- off emergency payment to support INDEPENDENT ARTISTS/ PRODUCTION CREW/ PRODUCERS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net. Read more

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

The 2021 Martin- Lysicrates Prize

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)

The Martin-Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best new Australian writing for young people. Read more

  • Closing: 21 March 2021
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round One

This grant is not offered in 2021.

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.

For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

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

Regional Arts Touring

Create NSW

Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Funding is available for tours of all art forms. Read more

  • Closing: 19 April 2021
  • Categories: Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Touring, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship (Established)

Create NSW

The NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship (Established) is delivered in partnership with Hayes Theatre Co, to provide an opportunity for an established composer and/or writer and/or creative group to write a new work for musical theatre. Read more

  • Closing: 16 September 2021
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship

Create NSW

The Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship is delivered in partnership with Griffin Theatre Company, to support emerging theatre practitioners in the early stages of their career. Read more

  • Closing: 16 September 2021
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Support Act COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant

Support Act

Support Act now offers COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants to live performing arts workers, including theatre, dance, circus and comedy. Read more

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

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

The Regional Performing Arts Touring 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.

Playing Australia is open to applications for funding with some adjustments to the guidelines accounting for COVID-19 conditions.

These adjustments take account of:

  • current extenuating circumstances for producers and presenters, allowing for flexibility within tours
  • additional costs which may be required for the safe delivery of tours
  • potential for state border closures and varying conditions between states and regions
  • ongoing financial implications of COVID-19.

Additional investment for regional touring in 2021
We also welcome the additional investment of $5m for the Playing Australia Regional Recovery Investment 2021 announced by the Arts Minister, Mr Paul Fletcher MP in late April. The final round to disburse this additional investment closes on 12 October 2021.

The first closing date for the reconfigured Playing Australia Project Investment category will be in March 2022. This will also be the closing date for applications for Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment 2023-2025.

Fore more information and guidelines head to the Australia Council for the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 October 2021
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) Residency

Australia Council for the Arts

Founded in 1998, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) is the largest international residency centre in the Nordic and Baltic region. Every year up to 90 arts professionals from around the world are offered a working period of one to three months. Read more

  • Closing: 22 October 2021
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Dance, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals