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Brian White Scholarship

The Brian White Scholarship was launched in 2017 and be conducted annually. The program aims to encourage and foster the brightest, aspiring young minds in commercial radio news. It will help the recipient transition out of study and into the commercial radio industry.

The competition is open to recent graduates or students who are in their final year of study in an applicable course such as Communications, Media, Journalism and Radio. Entrants should have graduated no more than two years prior to the opening date.

The judges will be looking for a journalist who has a passion for radio news and is ready to take up an exciting opportunity to see how the major metropolitan newsrooms operate at Macquarie Media, Australian Radio Network, Nova Entertainment and Southern Cross Austereo. The successful applicant will already be immersed in the news cycle and will relish the chance to sit in the same room as senior journalists at commercial radio stations to experience how the news is sourced and compiled.

What is the Prize

The ten finalists will be invited to attend a one day workshop in Sydney (flights will be included for interstate finalists). This is a unique opportunity for finalists to gain knowledge and insights from commercial radio News Directors and to receive valuable feedback about their news presenting style and delivery.

The Brian White Scholarship recipient will receive an eight week paid work attachment (two weeks in each newsroom at Macquarie Media Limited, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment) in either Sydney or Melbourne.

NB: Accommodation and flights will be included if the recipient lives outside of the city in which the attachment is to take place.

How to Enter

Entries are submitted online. You will be required to submit:

  • A one page document stating why you think you should be chosen as the recipient of the scholarship.
  • Two radio news bulletins written from supplied stories (download stories here). One should be aimed at an FM audience and the other at an AM audience.
  • MP3 audio of one of your written bulletins showcasing your news reading ability.
  • Complete the online entry form.


Hints & Tips on preparing your entry can be found here

Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found here.

Entry into the competition is free. Entries close on Friday 13th April. Read more

  • Closing: 13 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology.

Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.

Awarded annually, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Director of the Shepparton Art Museum Rebecca Coates; leading futurist, author and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator ACMI Sarah Tutton, co-chaired by Simon Mordant AM and ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick.

In addition to financial support, the recipient will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X. Ultimately, works will be presented to the public and an edition accessioned into ACMI’s collection.


Applicants should complete the application form  and submit this along with a one-page proposal outlining the project, which includes the form the work is likely to take, an explanation of the subject, themes and ideas, as well as details of artistic and technical collaborators.

In addition applicants should supply a one-page production schedule, a one-page budget, a one-page curriculum vitae/resume (not a biography) outlining exhibition history and up to three examples of previous work (of no more than five minutes duration).

Applicants are required to submit seven (7) copies of their application and seven (7) copies of their support material.

All support material should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name and project title.


Application Deadline
Applications for the Mordant Family VR Commission are open from Tuesday 28 February 2017 until Thursday 13 April 2017, 5pm AEST.


Applications should be addressed to

The Mordant Family VR Commission
4/2 Kavanagh St
Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

The successful applicant will be announced in May 2017.


The Mordant Family VR Commission supports:

  • Australian artists who have an ambitious new work using VR or other mixed reality technology
  • mid-career and established Australian artists who have a track-record working in the visual arts sector
  • projects created by individual artists or artist collaborations
  • projects that are ready to enter development and production in May 2017 and will be ready for presentation by December 2017

We are not able to fund projects retrospectively.

Artists need to be able to commit to the production period and it must be possible for ACMI to maintain regular contact throughout the production process.

To be classified as an Australian artist, the artist must be either:

  • born in Australia
  • an Australian citizen
  • in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or a permanent resident of Australia.

In summary, the commission is looking for a project that:

  • is centred around VR and other mixed reality technologies
  • is ambitious and experimental
  • explores the limits of technology and audience engagement
  • is by an Australian artist or artist group
  • can begin production in May 2017 and be completed within the year
  • is by an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

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  • Closing: 13 April 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work
  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 22nd April 2017. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2017 only.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $250 gift card to one applicant in this round of the the NSW Artists’ Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.

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  • Closing: 22 April 2017
  • Categories: Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative

Screen NSW

Screen NSW and the ABC are seeking applications for Virtual Reality projects for Initial Development as part of our 360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative. The initiative aims to develop the potential of this new frontier of content producing and with it, build a whole new world of entertainment and storytelling.

Details for 360 Vision 2017 program will be announced soon. Subscribe to our enews or follow on TwitterFacebook or YouTube to hear more. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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: 23 May 2017
  • 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.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email:

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney invites applications for the above-named fellowship. The successful applicant would spend her/his time at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana during the period January-May 2018. The fellowship will be an award of US$10,000. In addition, the fellow will receive support from Indiana University in the form of housing and an office. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts