Read through our updated list of opportunities for the latest information about new jobs, grants, commissions, collaborations and useful support and resources from the industry.

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Movement of the Human with Rodney Bell and Brydie Colquhoun, Image by Ray Cash.



Creative Opportunities, Residencies and Commissions

Grindell’s Hutt Artist in Residence 2021

Country Arts SA is inviting artists from all disciplines to apply for a three-week residency at Grindell’s Hut located in the heart of the Vulkathunha – Gammon Ranges National Park, one of the many stunning parks in the Flinders Ranges & Outback region of South Australia.

Established more than 15 years ago, the vision for the residency program is to provide an environment of extraordinary natural beauty with historic significance for artists to pursue their practice while immersed in an outback environment. The park forms part of the traditional country of the Adnyamathanha people and is rich with cultural significance. It is also a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals.

Applications close Friday 18th of June 2021
Apply here

Creatives Needed for Theatre Production ‘An Indigenous Trilogy’

Comprising of three acts, Three Magpies Perched in a Tree, Masterpiece and Some Secrets Should be Kept Secret, An Indigenous Trilogy is an original play written and directed by acclaimed playwright, Wathaurong/Ngarrindjeri man Glenn Shea. The play explores issues facing young Indigenous people, family and systemic racism whilst poetically intertwining First Nation Creation Stories, Dreamtime creatures and contemporary dance. Glenn’s personal experience working with children within the criminal justice system and his lived experience as a Stolen Generation child have informed this powerful story.

An Indigenous Trilogy will be presented over a three-week, festival-like season at La Mama theatre from November – December 2021 and is looking for creatives to join the team as paid staff. Positions available include:

Production Management, Production Design, Sound Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Choreography.
Application closes 20 June 2021
More information can be found here or you can email info@anindigenoustrilogy.com

Call Out for Screendance Works

Dancehouse is currently accepting screendance works for Melbourne’s inaugural Dance (Lens) Festival 29 July–29 August 2021.

Dance (Lens) is Dancehouse’s program of presentations, screenings and talks about all things screendance and is offered both digitally On Demand and with screenings and talks over the opening weekend at Dancehouse, Melbourne.The Dance (Lens) Festival aims to encourage filmmakers at all stages of their careers; from passionate amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing a broad understanding of screendance. Works may include expanded choreographic possibilities, temporalities, contexts, and/or traditions; both human and non-human bodies.
Applications close 21 June 2021
Apply here

Creative Conversations by Gasworks

Creative Conversations are a networking opportunity between an established arts practitioner, and an emerging practitioner, to connect over shared interests and creative outlooks. These meetings are an opportunity to cater to curiosities and explore new ideas with another practitioner in our community. If you have a genuine interest in a creative practice than this is a great opportunity to meet with someone that works within that sphere and learn more. This project is a means to expand networks and facilitate engaging and robust conversations. The theme for term three is: Theatre Making.
Applications close 27 June 2021
Apply here

Feast Fest Artist Call Outs

Feast 2021 will mark our 25th festival and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the term transgender which will be a focus of the Festival this year. We will continue to showcase, celebrate and support a kaleidoscope of SA and interstate queer artists, culture and community as part of the Festival and our broader initiative of “Pridevember” – Pride Month in SA.

Feast 2021 will follow the same format as it did in 2020. We look forward to welcoming and promoting all artists and community event organisers.
Applications close 28 June 2021
More information

GreenHouse: National Artist Residency @ Hothouse Theatre

Submissions are now being accepted for artist residency requests by artist/creative teams from across Australia, for the period 19 July to 17 December, 2021.

GreenHouse: National Artist Residency is an immersive, residential creative development program for live performance-makers from across Australia who are invested in developing a New Work; and/or expanding their own artistic process/practice through specific creative interrogations; and radical experimentation in the development of new forms.
The residency is situated on beautiful Wiradjuri Country, HotHouse Theatre’s GreenHouse is a stunning five bedroom, two bathroom farmhouse and rehearsal space located in the Wonga Wetlands, ten-minutes drive from the Albury CBD.
Applications close 28 June.
For more info and to apply.

Chamber Made Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency

Chamber Made is now calling for applications for our 2021 Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency program for all cis and trans women, trans men, non-binary and gender-non-conforming artists* who are working at the intersections of performance, sound and music. We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds, and encourage First Nations artists, artists from diverse backgrounds and artists with disabilities to apply.

The residency is open to artists (10+ years practice in their artform) who are making, researching or developing work located at the intersection of performance, sound and music.
Applications close 12 July 2021
Apply here

Telstra Emerging Choreographer

Together with Principal Partner Telstra, The Australian Ballet are creating a new pathway for emerging Australian choreographers in all dance styles to develop their skills and foster their talent.

TEC will give up to four aspiring choreographers the opportunity to create a work; the winner will be featured in our 2022 Bodytorque program and receive a cash prize of $10,000. TEC is open to all dance styles. The “joy of dance” is the inspiration for this year’s initiative. Applicants will be required to submit a short written and video submission on what they would like to create if chosen as a finalist. Up to four finalists will be selected and commissioned to create a piece of between four and six minutes, choosing from a selection of music provided by the company. The finalists will receive a budget of up to $2,500 to help create their work. The winner will be announced during the Bodytorque season in Melbourne this October.
Applications close 13 July 2021
Apply here

MadeBy calls for emerging choreographers to enter world-first competition

Entries are now open for Stage 2 in a world-first composition and choreography initiative. MadeBy provides a $15,000 prize pool to Australian music composers and choreographers and the valuable opportunity to create a collaborative work. Stage 1 was completed in April and the winning piece of music was selected from a pool of over 300 entries. Blue Mountains composer Emma Greenhill’s piece entitled Regrowth is a stunning meditation on the devastation of the 2019-20 bushfires and nature’s resiliency.

Now the RAD is calling on budding choreographers 15yrs + to create an original dance work in response to the music in Stage 1. In addition to a cash prize the winning choreographer will be mentored by The Australian Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Alice Topp through a collaborative artistic process with the winning composer, to create a new work that will premiere in 2022.
Applications close 27 July 2021
Apply here

Sydney Lunar Festival 2022 Hero Artwork Design

The City of Sydney is calling for artists to pitch concepts for the hero artwork of the Lunar New Year, with the 2022 festival celebrating the Year of the Tiger.

The successful applicant will be required to develop an original and unique hero design. This may be photographic, illustrative, graphical or a combination of these.
Click the link below for information regarding application closing dates.
More information.

Creative Residency Program

A creative residency at Dreamfarm is a chance to spend focused time in Tasmania in an inspiring natural setting in order to develop meaningful creative projects. Each participant rents a private studio for a fee, as both a residence and a creative workspace, for stays of two or four weeks. This is offered to individuals and small groups through a selective entry application process.
Application closing dates vary.
Apply here

BigCi Artist Residency

Artists undertake BigCi residency for an agreed period of time to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. They stay either at the Art Shed, the Barn, or the House for a small fee, subject to availability and individual project requirements. Proposals are welcome throughout the year – each season has its own creative possibilities. It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance.
Application closing dates vary.
Apply here

Eramboo Artist in Residence Program

Eramboo is a contemporary creative place on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, where artists flourish and nurture connections between art, nature and the community. Eramboo Artist in Residence program provides artists with an inspirational bushland setting for developing a body of work for a site responsive project or to simply to grow creatively.  For various costs, Artists can immerse themselves in a peaceful natural environment where they can truly focus on their work in the surrounding native landscape.
Application closing dates vary.
Apply here

Funds and Grants

Quick Response Grants

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting cultural activity in regional and remote Australia, the program is administered in the state by RANT Arts.

The Quick Response Grant program is open 4 times each year during the following months: February, May, August and November. Applications submitted by midnight on the last Sunday of each applicable month are collated for assessment and announced within ten working days.

All artists and arts organisations in Tasmania, including Hobart based organisations and artists, are classified as regional and therefore meet the location eligibility criterion of the Regional Arts Fund. Individuals and organisations can apply for Regional Arts Fund Project Grants provided they are based in Tasmania and where the primary beneficiaries are Tasmanian residents. Young and emerging artists, artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, Indigenous artists and artists with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from remote and isolated communities, or communities experiencing significant disadvantage are strongly encouraged to apply.

Individuals can apply for up to $1,500 and are eligible to receive a total of $3,000 over an 18 month period. Organisations can apply for up to $3,000 and are eligible to receive a total of $6,000 over an 18 month period.

More information here: Guidance material 
Apply here

NSW Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Create NSW are offering Small Project Grants to support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. Artists can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards their project.
Applications for Small Project Grants are open on an ongoing basis. 
More info

Regional Arts NSW – Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants  offer funding for up to $2,000 are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.
All Quick Response Grants projects must be completed by 1 January 2022

The objectives of the Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.

Applicants must contact the Funding Manager prior to submitting their application to discuss their proposal and check there are funds available. Contact: Manager, Grants & Projects, Tel 02 9270 2502 Email funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au
Applications close 30 June 2021
Apply here

Revised Criteria: Crisis Cash Requests for Support

In response to JobKeeper reductions, Theatre Network Australia have updated their EOI criteria for their Crisis Cash grant program. Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have lost income, and are not receiving JobKeeper at the full-time rate, and belong to a one of the high-risk groups listed on their website, may apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000.
Applications for Crisis Cash payments are open on an ongoing basis. 
View the expanded criteria and EOI process

Show Starter Loan Scheme

The Show Starter Loan Scheme is a $90 million loan initiative designed to help creative economy businesses access financing for new productions and events that stimulate job creation and economic activity. It provides tailored support to arts and entertainment businesses that have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The Show Starter Loan Scheme is backed by a 100% Government guarantee, which will enhance the ability of participating lenders to provide credit.

Under the Scheme, eligible Australian creative economy businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to 50 per cent of the total budget for an activity (or up to $5 million, whichever is the lesser amount) to support the delivery of new arts and entertainment productions or events. Loan terms are for up to five years.

To submit an Intention to Borrow application, visit the SmartyGrants online portal. You can also access the Show Starter Loan Scheme Rules through SmartyGrants. If you have any questions or need further information, please email the Show Starter Loan Scheme at ShowStarter@arts.gov.au.

Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship Program

The Elevate Mentorship Program is a valuable way to build on an emerging career by providing knowledge and experience beyond study, at a point of transition and exploration. This can take the form of creative development or business/entrepreneurial acumen. The mentorship structure can vary considerably depending on the goals of the mentee and what the mentor can offer. Applications should include a proposal outlining how the mentorship will be structured and what the expected outcomes will be.

Examples of how a mentorship can be structured include (but are not limited to):

  • Studio visits, allowing for the hands-on development of skills and observational learning
  • Development sessions for a dance, music or theatre work
  • Film script development and advice on editing a film
  • Advice on mounting an exhibition
  • Assistance with establishing the business and practical side of an arts practice (e.g. writing a business or marketing plan)

For more information contact Helpmann Academy at info@helpmannacademy.com.au
Application closes 25 June 2021
Apply here

Community Grants Program (City of Greater Dandenong)

The City of Greater Dandenong provides financial assistance in the form of grants and donations to community groups and individuals for activities that will benefit local residents.
Applications close 30 June 2021. 
More info

Australia Post Community Grants

The 2021 Australia Post Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to eligible community-led, local projects that connect individuals and communities to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Being connected and feeling part of a community is vital to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. At Australia Post, we understand that when people in communities connect, they feel better. We also know that this often results in improved mental health outcomes and we want to support the organisations that are helping make this happen.

Please read the grantGuidelines (PDF 1.92MB) andFAQsto make sure your organisation and project are eligible before applying.
Application closes 4 July 2021

Creative Arts Fellowships

Creative Arts Fellowships offer $10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the National Library researching and developing a new artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections.  Two Fellowships are available:

Creative Arts Fellowship – using our collections, artists can progress or complete a new artwork or body of work. Artists may be working in any medium other than writing. This may include music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms. The Creative Arts Fellowship is supported by the Friends of the Library.

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing using our collections, writers can progress or complete a new creative work. This may include working in any literary form or genre, but does not include works of non-fiction. The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust

More information
Applications close 26 July 2021 1pm AEST

Live Performance Support Program

The Live Performance Support Program has been designed to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. This program sees the Tasmanian Government share some of the risk of potential lost ticket sales if performances are required to be cancelled or significantly modified due to changes to Public Health Directives relating to COVID-19.

Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000 through this $2 million program. To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists.

Applicants may only submit one application at a time but it may cover multiple performances or events scheduled to occur between April and 30 November 2021.
Applications close 31 October 2021
View all programs and key dates.
Apply here


This program supports individuals and groups based in Tasmania to take up intrastate (in Tasmania) or interstate (in Australia) activities and individuals, groups and Tasmanian organisations to bring arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.

Key dates:
July round closes: 5 July 2021
For activities commencing after 1 October 2021
October round closes: 11 October 2021
For activities commencing after 1 January 2022.

This program supports: Individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months, Arts organisations based in Tasmania, Cultural heritage organisations based in Tasmania.

Artsbridge provides funding for expenses associated with taking up intrastate or interstate activities and/or expenses associated with bringing arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.

Funding of up to $3000 per Artist or $10000 per group of four or more Artists is available.
View all programs and key dates.
Contact the grants team on 03 6165 6666 or grants@arts.tas.gov.au
All applicants must meet Arts Tasmania’s general eligibility requirements.
Artsbridge – application form

Image: Carrion by Justin Shoulder
Photo by Bryony Jackson

Image: Niki Sperou, 2020 ANAT Synapse resident,  Green plastics – Blue Ocean project.

Artists/Organisations looking for Collaborators

Equity Pride Survey for LGBTQIA+ Performers

Equity Pride, a subcommittee of the Equity and Diversity Committee within MEAA has put together a  survey which seeks to gather information from a wide array of LGBTQIA+ performers on what it is like being a performer in the industry. The survey takes 30 – 45min to complete and will help the committee focus its campaigns to effect positive change in the community.
Take the survey

Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Australia New Membership Category for Independent Artists

WA’s peak industry body for arts and culture, the Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Autsralia are looking increase the representation of independent Western Australian artists within their membershipMembership for Independent Artists costs $55 and affords members the opportunity to influence CACWA’s policies and campaigns with regards to the sector. Something to consider for all you Western Australian artists.
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Introduce Yourself

Arts House is a curated centre for contemporary performance and interactive artforms. Are you an artist interested in Arts House but don’t know where to start, or who to talk to? The Arts House creative team meets four times a year to look at these introductions and if there’s a connection to future Arts House programs a member of the team will get in touch. Complete form below to help introduce yourself, your ideas and your work.
Complete form here

Support and Resources

COVID Safe Plans by State

Theatre Network Australia (TNA) has compiled guides for COVID Safe Plans which vary across states – from industry-specific plans and approved templates, to exhaustive documents and simple checklists. Some states require plans to be approved, but most only require plans to be available for inspection on premises. View in the COVID Safe Plans by State tab on the TNA Resources page.
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Support Act: New Support Hotline for Managers

Support Act has a new helpline specifically tailored to support managers and leaders working in the Arts and Cultural sector who may need assistance when supporting performing arts workers. To speak to a senior counsellor, call 1800 818 728. 
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A New Approach: Working Paper

If you’re interested you can read the extract from the forthcoming report “Australia’s cultural and creative economy: A 21st century guide”. The report includes some key concepts and figures which may be useful in preparing submissions to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the Creative and Cultural Industries. 
Read full extract here

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

The Australia Council provides this resource that examines key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of First Nations cultural material in the arts.
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Jobs / Work / Vacant Positions

General Manager, WA Youth Theatre Company (WA). Apply by 9 April
Production Manager, The Last Great Hunt (WA). Apply by 18 April
Philanthropy & Sponshorship Specialist, The Last Great Hunt (WA). Apply by 18 April




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