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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

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
 
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
 
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:
 

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature, Theatre
  • 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

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

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

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

Australia Council Awards 2022

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution that Australian artists have made to the creative arts and cultural life of the nation. Nominations close Tuesday 26 October 2021 Read more

  • Closing: 26 October 2021
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Dance, Disability, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals