Opportunities | September grants, awards and more

It’s grants and prizes time, and who better to introduce it than bookkeeping powerhouse Barbara “Pay Day” Peters.

There isn’t a nickel that escapes her watchful gaze, such is her invoicing prowess.

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Dance Massive | Public Participatory Project
EOIs are now open to submit your proposals for a large scale participatory dance project to activate public space in Melbourne. The project is part of a new initiative for the 2019 festival (12-24 March).  EOIs close Wed 12 September.

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Create NSW | Arts and Cultural Projects
This program supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process. Applications close Wed 12 September.

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival | 2019 Artists Submissions
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is on the lookout for the acts for their 2019 program, launching in June. Applications close Wed 12 September.

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Alliances & Commonalities | International Conference
Hosted by the Stockholm University of the Arts, Alliances and Commonalities is a conference focused on thenge shared methods, materials, values and questions currently at play in the field of Artistic Research. Applications close Fri 14 September.

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Sidney Myer Fund | Capacity Building Stream
This program seeks to strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles, collectives, groups and organisations that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work. Applications close Sun 16 September.

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Lz Dunn’s Aeon at Dance Massive 2017


Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Parramatta Artist Studios


Angela Goh’s Uncanny Valley, Girl is part of Liveworks 2019



Ilbijerri Theatre’s BlackWrights




Borak Arts’ Pitchpad


Sensorium Theatre’s Michelle Hovane was part of the 2017 ASSITEJ Delegation



Propel Youth Arts ASTROPHOTGRAPHY oooooh!


Parramatta Artists Studios (NSW) | Residencies
Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) invites applications for 6 and 12-month studio tenancies in 2019. Studios are available from December 2018 to December 2019. Applications close Mon 17 September.

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The Horne Prize | Entries Open
The Horne Prize is an annual essay award that celebrates longform non-fiction writers. This year’s prize includes $15,000 and the winning essay published in The Saturday Paper. Entries close Mon 17 September.

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Liveworks Festival | Artist Priced Tickets
Our friends at Performance Space have discount tickets to all their Liveworks shows for artists! Just send them your CV through this link. More info


ASSITEJ | Directors in TYA – An International Exchange
ASSITEJ Centres all over the world have been invited to nominate TYA Directors to participate in an International Exchange from 2 – 9 June 2019 at Theater STRAHL in Berlin. Known globally as the International Directors’ Seminar, this program is offered to 25 directors from all over the world. Submit your CV and rationale to TNA by Wed 19 Sep for assessment by a selection panel consisting of peers and past recipients. More info


Assitej Artistic Gathering | Open Call for Productions
ASSITEJ Norway and the Sand Festival are calling out for works for young people for consideration for programming at the festival in Kristiansand in Norway from 2-7 Sept 2019. Applications close Wed 19 September. More info


International Songwriting Competition | Entries Open
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. With 71 winners gaining cash, prizes, recognition and exposure, past winners include Vance Joy, Dean Lewis, Gotye Bastille, and Kate Miller-Heidke. Entries close Wed 19 September.

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Ilbijerri Theatre Company | Blackwrights
BlackWrights is ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s brand-new artist development program aimed at bringing new First Nations work to the stages of Australia. The program consists of two program streams – the Creators Program (a 12-month paid opportunity) and – Master Labs (a series of hands-on theatre workshops). Expressions of interest close Friday 21 September.

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Borak Arts Series | Pitchpad
Borak Arts Series’ Pitchpad creates a forum for all involved in the arts to present or discover new performing arts projects. Pitchpad allows artists to pitcsh their works to performing arts professionals including presenters, festival directors and venue programmers and as a result, have secure additional project support, representation, performance engagements, international exposure, premiere locations and touring opportunities to over 25 countries. Applications close Friday 21 September

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Arts Access (VIC) | Nexus
The Nexus professional development program is an eight-week program which offers twelve fully subsidised places for Victorian artists and creatives aged between 18 and 27 years who identify with mental health recovery. Applications close Friday 21 September

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Propel Youth Arts WA | Robotic Telescope Astrophotography Workshop
An opportunity to work with photographer and space enthusiast Zal Kanga-Parabia to use the LCO ( ), a global, research grade telescope network to learn astrophotography and space imaging. Sat 22 September.

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Create NSW | Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund
This program supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible. Applications close Mon 24 September.

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Monash Academy of Performing Arts| Works in Progress MLIVE
Monash Academy of Performing Arts’ (MAPA) 2019 ‘Works in Progress’ commission. Is seeking proposals for new work to be created and presented as part of MAPA’s newly created annual program of performing arts events, MLIVE. One $15,000 award will be granted for a new work to be premiered in May 2019. Applications close Mon 24 September.

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Australia Council | Future Leaders Program
Designed to assist in the development of emerging, high potential arts leaders from across Australia and eligible Asia Pacific countries, this thought provoking program will enhance participants’ understanding of leadership through a powerful, shared learning experience.Applications close Mon 24 September.

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Adelaide Fringe | 2019 Artist Registration
Registrations are open for Adelaide Fringe.  All artforms are welcome in this open-access festival, and there are a huge variety of presentation contexts. Registration close Wed 26 September.

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Vivid Sydney | 2019 Vivid Light EOIs
EOIs are now open for creatives to present their ideas to be a part of Vivid Light Sydney 2019. They are currently looking for entries under the categories of projection icons, light sculptures and installations, building illumination, and large scale activation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. EOIs close Sun 30 September.

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Vivid Sydney | 2019 Vivid Music EOIs
EOIs are now open for musicians to be a part of Vivid Music 2019. They are currently looking for entries under the categories of large scale concerts & stand alone music events, Vivid X|CELERATE venues, and third party live music events. EOIs close Sun 30 September.

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Tasmania Performs’ The Season was at MLive this year



Adelaide Fringe regos closing soon



Vivid Sydney open for EOI

The Farm’s Cockfight is on the road now with Playing Australia support



Su Wen-Shi as part of Liveworks 2019



Tasmania Performs just secured Aboriginal Arts Funding to support professional development opportunities for Jordy Gregg



Australia Council | Project, Career Development & Playing Australia
The next big round of grants through the Australia Council is open to individuals, groups, arts workers, and touring productions respectively. This round is closing Tues 2 October.

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Dept. Local Govt, Sport & Cultural Industries | Commercial Development Grants Program
These grants are available up to $25k for projects and activities that develop commercial potential, increase business viability and extend the market reach of emerging and established creative industry professionals. Applications close Thurs 4 October.

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Arts Tasmania | Aboriginal Arts Funding
This supports arts projects and activities by Aboriginal artists and organisations that stimulate contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practice. Applications close Mon 15 October.

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Performance Space & Critical Path | Artscience Workshop – Experiments between Disciplines
In this workshop, Taiwanese choreographer Su Wen-Chi will share her experiences as artist-in-residence at the Large Hardon Collider at CERN and the experimental processes she uses to translate scientific thought into choreographic form. This workshop is a partnership between Performance Space and Critical Path.
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Fremantle Arts Centre | Artist in Residence program
This program is open to local, national and international artists, with 11 studios and a residential apartment available for artists from all disciplines and project requirements. Applications open year-round.
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Theatre Network Australia | Grant Writing Workshop
Facilitated by TNA and Auspicious Arts Projects, this workshop looks at the fundamentals of a grant application. Learn strategies and get tips for building your project budget. Tickets are $10 and go towards an artist bursary. To be held on Mon 15 October at Circus Oz in Melbourne.
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Create NSW | Creative Koori Employment
This program supports the employment and professional development of Aboriginal artists and arts/cultural workers. Applications close Wed 24 October.

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Want more residency options? Check out TransArtists for a comprehensive listing of global residency opportunities.

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