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.

If there are any other really great resources or links you have spotted that we should know about, please email us at  marketing@performinglines.org.au

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



Creative Opportunities, Residencies and Commissions

Western Australia Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Composer in Residence

Since its launch in 2008, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Composer in Residence program has commissioned new frontiers in jazz ensemble works from emerging Australian composers.

Annually offering young writers generous commissions and artistic mentorship to develop fresh jazz works for new audiences while enhancing arranging and conducting skills, WAYJO supports two emerging composers to develop new works, between 6-8 minutes in length, for 18-piece big band.
Applications close 30 April.
Apply Here.

Platform Arts’ Platform LAB

Geelong’s Platform Arts is seeking applications to Platform LAB, a program supporting emerging artists of any discipline to develop their practice, test ideas and engage in contemporary dialogues. This new program champions the creative development process; supporting and encouraging artists to experiment within their practice, undertake research and initiate collaborations that will strengthen the future of their arts careers.

Platform LAB offers time, space, mentorship and financial investment for up to four individuals or collectives to undertake new works, research, experiments and collaborations.
Applications close 3 May.
Apply Here.

National Young Writers’ Festival

NYWF are returning in 2021 with a hybrid model; retaining a digital program that will exist alongside the usual festival which takes place across the October long weekend in Newcastle, NSW.

NYWF are looking for young writers or artists (18-35) who are interested in becoming part of the NYWF 2021 family.  Whether you’re a journalist, novelist, poet, podcaster, blogger, content maker, lyricist, comedian or even a combination of these and other mediums, it’s time to flex those application-writing muscles!
Applications close 3 May.
Apply here.

Southern Tablelands Arts Artist-in-Residency

Southern Tablelands Arts is offering 5 distinct residency opportunities across the Southern Highlands & Tablelands of regional NSW; Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Shaw Wines, Southern Cross Cinema, Retford Park and the NSW Rail Museum. The STA AiR program is open to all professional artists from all disciplines, individually or in groups.

The program embraces Visual Artists, Performers, Writers, Musicians and multi-disciplinary practises and supports new work, research and collaborations inspired by the host venue and location.

Each residency will take place between Monday 12 July – Sunday 25 July 2021 (or dates as negotiated).
Applications close 5 May.
Apply here.

Guildhouse’s Catapult 2021

Guildhouse, partnering with Country Arts SA, are offering the fourth round of the Catapult mentorship program, with multiple mentorships at $5,000 available for South Australian artists, craftspeople and designers. Building on from many years of successful mentorship programs, this current round of Catapult continues a focus on applications that will provide a long lasting impact on the career of the recipient.
Applications close 24 May.
Apply Here.

Vitalstatistix’ Adhocracy 2021

Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s annual national hothouse, supporting the creative development and critical discussion of experimental, multidisciplinary arts projects. It is held at our heritage-listed venue Waterside (and surrounds) in Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta. The lab is in its twelfth year in 2021. In 2021 we will return to our in-person lab and public live event. Artists from around Australia, selected through a national call, will spend four days and nights in a studio environment developing new work which can span theatre, live art, dance, sound, installation, social practice, visual art and more.
Applications close 24 May.
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

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 

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

Covid-19 Arts Sustainability Fund

The COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund is investing $35 million in 2020–21 to organisations funded by the Australian Government, through the Office for the Arts and the Australia Council. Operational funding is provided to these organisations as they are key employers of Australian artists and art workers, and the training ground of Australia’s upcoming performing artists. They are also the leading presenters of high-quality work to audiences across Australia.
Applications close 31 May 2021. 
More info

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

This fund provides organisations in the arts and entertainment sector with funding to help them deliver activities across all art forms to audiences across Australia. Funding is available to support cultural and creative events or activities, that without this support would be unlikely to proceed (due to constrained availability of funding to the applicant as a consequence of COVID-19).
Applications close 31 May 2021. 
More info

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

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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