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

NIDA & YouTube Scholarship

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in partnership with YouTube are providing one scholarship of approx. AUD $44,000 each year for the next three years, to a student from a background which has historically been underrepresented on screen and stage. First Nations and People of Colour, people with a disability, from remote and regional areas or experiencing barriers to access are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications close 30 October.
More info

Public Realm Performance Commission

Our friends at Arts Centre Melbourne, in partnership with Metro Tunnel Creative Program, are seeking expressions of interest for a creative development by Deaf and disabled Victorian artists and their collaborating allies, which is to be led by Performing Lines and commences in 2020. The program supports the development of a new, site-responsive participatory work in spaces not usually reserved for performance and highly visible spaces in the Arts Centre Melbourne precinct. The program is open to artists with at least 5 years of professional experience.
Applications close 30 October.
More info

Adelaide Fringe Artist Registration

Registration is currently open for artists to be a part of Adelaide Fringe 2021. Adelaide Fringe is one of the largest open access arts festivals in the world with over 6000 artists performing across more than 300 venues all over South Australia. Being open access means that anyone can register a Fringe Event. Registering for Fringe can be a scary step as the festival has limited resources and so it is largely up to the artists and their teams to produce and market the shows themselves and this process is expensive and difficult. However, the culture of Fringe can be very rewarding and many artists return to the festival year after year.
Applications close 4 November.
More Info 

Emerging Choreographers Program

Dancehouse is currently accepting EOI’s for their Emerging Choreographers Program (ECP) open to Victorian choreographers from diverse dance backgrounds. Passionate about choreography? Driven to develop your own artistic voice? Excited to learn from established dance artists and peers from across dance genres? This is an excellent opportunity not to be missed. 
Applications close 5 November.
Apply here

The Dreaming Award

The Dreaming Award ($20,000) with the Australia Council is currently open for emerging First Nations artists. The award supports an inspirational young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships.
Applications close 7 December.
Apply here

The Red Ochre Award

The Australia Council’s prestigious The Red Ochre Award ($50,000) is currently open for nominations. The award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally. Please note nominations must be made by third parties so if you know anyone who fits the bill get nominating.
Applications close 7 December.
Nominate here

Funds and Grants

NT Arts Projects funding

The Northern Territory government is offering grants of up to $15,000 for emerging artists; and up to $20,000 for individuals, groups and organisations for professional development, presentation and promotion of NT arts practices, projects and artists
Applications close 26 October. 
More info

Creative Partnerships Australia MATCH Lab

Creative Partnerships Australia are accepting applications for their annual MATCH Lab. Successful applicants will be given a place at a two-day Raising Money for Your Art’ clinic where they will build fundraising skills. MATCH Lab will also provide ongoing support for artists’ fundraising campaigns and provide dollar-for-dollar matched funding (of up to $5,000). 
Applications close 29 October. 
More info

Creative Recovery Small Grants Program

Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria are offering grants of up to $5,000 for creative activities and projects that foster connection, engagement and resilience in communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires. The grants are open to residents of Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, and Wangaratta. 
Applications close 31 October. 
More info

Ian Potter Foundation Arts Sector Funding for Organisations

The Ian Potter Foundation is currently open for grant application under its Vibrant stream for arts organisations. The grants support organisations to host artists in professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months, including fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships and internships. This is not really the sort of opportunity suited to independent artists but would be well aligned with an emerging company or an established collective. Recommended minimum ask is $100,000. 
Applications close 6 November. 
More info

NSW Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Create NSW are offering Small Project Grantsto 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

Dancenorth A.R.T. Indigenous Cross-Artform Residency Artist Zane Saunders. Image credit: Robert Crispe.

Artists/Organisations looking for Collaborators

Help Craft a New Dance Festival in Melbourne

Dancehouse, Arts House and their new Co-Design team of independent practitioners are asking artists what they would want to see and experience in a brand new Melbourne contemporary dance festival. 
Survey closes 31 October. 
Find out more and do the survey

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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Chamber Made Hi-Viz Practice Exchange Online

Chamber Made are soon to host Hi-Viz Practice Exchange Online, a festival for women and non-binary artists working at the intersection of sound, music and performance. This free program includes artist talks, listening sessions, participatory workshops, provocations, break out sessions and performances, all occurring 22 October, 10am – 4pm AEST. 
Registration closes 20 October. 
Bookings essential

OzAsia Festival Talks (Online)

OzAsia Festival is presenting a series of conversations chaired by Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah with artists from across Australia and Asia, including Ong Keng Sen, Jing Han, Jo KukathasAnchuli Felicia King and S. Shakthidharan. All events are free and accessible on facebook from 20 October – 3 November. 
More Info

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

Executive Producer, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (NT). Apply by 22 Oct.
Financial and Administrative ManagerMidsumma Festival (VIC). Apply by 23 Oct.
Marketing and Communications ManagerDancenorth (QLD). Apply by 26 Oct. 

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