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MARCH NEWS
This month, in addition to the latest in news, funding opportunities and more across the State, we're also bringing you information and resources to cope with the impact and scope surrounding the Coronavirus on the arts industry and community.
COVID-19 IMPACT
In this time of great uncertainty, RASN as a network would like to extend our support and solidarity with the arts sector, particularly in Queensland, facing the insecurity of the months ahead. We are devastated at the impact COVID-19 has had on our industry and we are working with partners and our community on what we can do to support each other through this hard time.

Below are some links to donate to those doing it tough or to seek assistance via: 

Support Act 

Artists’ Benevolent Fund

Entertainment Assist

Lifeline

Australia Council

Blue Shield Australia

Sounds of Silence
 
Also, some sector impact surveys and resources where you can report lost gigs, revenue, and any effects the crisis has had on your livelihood as an artist/creative/artsworker:

PAC Australia

Diversity Arts Australia

 NAVA
 
I Lost My Gig

Let’s all look out for each other and our community.
PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT
SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND NORTH
Creative Arts Alliance
Looking Back
 
CAA celebrated a great period of growth from July 2019 to January 2020 with 67,995 participants and attendees during the six months! We are thrilled to have supported 126 creatives of which 35 were First Nations Creatives.

SEQN Galleries Forum Wrap Up

In early February, CAA hosted 25 representatives from council regional galleries, key organisations and peak bodies as part of a SEQN Galleries Forum. The event provided an opportunity to build a regional network and consider opportunities for collaboration, shared programming and cross-regional promotion within our gallery sector. 

 Young musician Tom Logan
Wrapped Up in Gympie - Time to Plug In Moreton Bay

CAA kicked off 2020 with Plug In Music Week in Gympie. The week long program, delivered in partnership with Gympie Regional Council and SUGARRUSH Music, engaged 20 young and emerging musicians in a creative and career development intensive.

The program concluded with a Gympie Music Industry Forum attended by representatives from State and National organisations with a showcase for the Plug In musicians. Four young artists will continue on as part of a six month mentorship to continue their development.
Amplified Youth

Last month, CAA brought back to the Caboolture Hub Young Mic for 2020, kicking it off with a bevy of performances from young, emerging artists including Cassi Marie (check out her performance here!)

Young Mic is a strictly under-18 open mic that comes to North Brisbane venues. ​Young Mic provides young vocalists and singer/songwriters, performance opportunities in their local area. Online registration for future events is free. 

See the musicians from the Caboolture Young Mic here!

Call Out for Creatives

CAA is looking for SEQN content creators and online facilitators!

CAA are seeking applications from SEQN creatives who have skills in content creation, online workshop facilitation, online professional development or mentoring programs, live streaming, digital radio and podcasts - we are keen to hear from you.

Arts Online – the changing nature of creative programs, events and our sector in the time of Coronavirus.
 
Creative Arts Alliance, like many in the arts sector, are looking to how we can support our creative colleagues,  continue to engage with our communities and reconsider our delivery approaches to keep progressing our creative projects.

Artists have always been at the forefront of change, the dreamers, the thinkers, the boundary pushers and so it is no surprise that even in these challenging times the arts sector is already looking for ways to respond and new ways practicing, learning, working and presenting.
 
IPSWICH AND LOGAN
Access Community Services
Good Music We Reckon

Have you ever heard four languages performed on one track by the same artists?

Well that's the type of talent being exposed at the Logan Music Production workshops delivered by Manna from Heaven Sandgate INC (REKON) and supported by BEMAC, RASN and the Multicultural Sports Centre! These workshops were launched in February, teaching youth participants along the way song writing skills, singing, rap, DJing and the latest tools and technology to enhance their music.

These workshops couldn't have been made possible without Arts Queensland and RASN.
Due to the global pandemic, BEMAC and their partners in Logan and Ipswich have had to cancel or postpone lots of great up-coming activities and projects.
 
In Ipswich this includes the Ipswich Council Harmony Day, Springfield, APRA & Ipswich Council funded songwriting workshops and the Bundamba YMCA hip hop workshops.
 
For Logan this includes the Stories From the Future national partnership with Diversity Arts Australia, Loganlea TAFE Harmony Day, Logan Music Production workshops at the Multicultural Sports Club and Logan Live BOOST workshops.
 
Most of these will happen later in the year so hang tight and stay safe.
 
If you’re in Logan, RADF is still open and looking for applications, so get in touch via the links below to talk about your project and how we might be able support it.
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CENTRAL QUEENSLAND 
Central Queensland University
Prescribing Art

Last month saw the launch of the CQ RASN supported project The Art Gallery Biloela Hospital. The gallery was officially opened with a photographic exhibition which was well received by the community. 

An independent community arts initiative spearheaded by CQ Artist Katrina Elliott, the Gallery uses art to transform the clinical environment of the hospital into one that is a welcoming space that encourages, enriches and empowers everyone who uses it.

Thank you to all of the photographers/artists for their wonderful works and efforts towards the exhibition; the display runs until 31st of March 2020.
Business for Creatives Workshop Launched

CQ RASN in partnership with The Ideas Distillery and Flying Arts Alliance launched the 'Business for Creatives Workshops' in Bundaberg this month. Nineteen participants from across the Wide Bay and Burnett areas spent a weekend building their business skills and working on ideas for developing their own creative product ranges.

Workshop facilitators Katie Whtye and Shelley Pisani shared their expertise and knowledge as artists and business owners. Unfortunately due to health risks, the next two workshops that were scheduled for Mackay and Rockhampton in April have been postponed.

Watch this space, new dates to be announced.
Resident Performers

In early March community members across Central Queensland participated in the first stage of the Blakdance Performing Country residency program - Cosmology Across Country with Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri choreographer Katina Olsen and her Polish collaborator Aleksandra Borys. 

Through a series of gatherings, yarns and workshops, Katina and Alex took community members throughout the region on a creative and collaborative journey of new work development. The program kicked off in the north of the region with the artists conducting 5 in-school workshops and numerous yarning sessions in Mackay, Proserpine and Sarina before heading to Rockhampton and Woorabinda. RASN is proud to have partnered with the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) to deliver this project in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions and the Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton region.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation the final week of the residency in Bundaberg has been postponed until later this year.
Visit these links for more information on the program and the artists.
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A Little Bird Told Me

Entries to the Little Bird Post Card project have now closed.

Central QLD based artists Natalie Field and Karen Hurford are celebrating the success of their project so far with over 900 postcards being submitted from local, regional, National and Internationally based artists.

As part of this CQ RASN Project, the coordinating artist will participate in a mentoring session with Artspace Mackay curatorial staff and exhibit the stunning display of works in Mackay, Moranbah and Emerald.
For more information and a sneak preview of some of the cards!
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CAPE YORK & THE TORRES STRAIT 
Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
Reflections and Reconciliation
 
Two cultures will come together in reconciliation and song at a special performance in the Botanic Gardens as part of the three-week Cooktown Expo 2020.

The Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association commissioned renowned librettist Jan Black and composer Dr Louise Denson, in collaboration with local elder Willie Gordon and local musicians Derek Rosendale and Dora Gibson to write the unique musical cantata.

“We have commissioned the Cooktown Cantata especially for Cooktown Expo 2020,” Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association president Jean Stephan said. “The cantata brings together, over time and cultures, renowned botanical illustrator and beloved Cooktown resident Vera Scarth-Johnson, Guugu Yimithirr elder and artist Tulo Gordon and the naturalist aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavour, Joseph Banks.”

“Evocative poetry encompasses the coming of Cook’s ship through the eyes of the First Nations people, the Guugu Yimithirr and their story of Waalumbaal Birri, or the Endeavour River. It also brings to life Vera’s extraordinary life, her friendship with Tulo and her fascination with Banks.”

The Cooktown Cantata – Botanic Reflections will be performed at Nature’s PowerHouse in the Botanic Gardens on July 24 and 25, with tickets available via the Cooktown Expo 2020 website. The Expo runs from July 17 to August 4, and commemorates the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in Cooktown aboard the HMB Endeavour. The subsequent 48-day stay of Cook and the Endeavour’s crew was characterised by scientific discoveries and peaceful interactions with the local Indigenous people, including the first recorded act of reconciliation.

Cooktown Expo 2020 is proudly supported by the Queensland Government and Cook Shire Council.
For more information on Cooktown Expo 2020 or to Volunteer
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John Tabuai, Arts Officer for Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, showing RASN Regional Arts Officer Waratah Nicholls the painting on the woomera he is making during a visit to his community.
Showing off their dance moves and headdresses are Kales Eseli and Freddy Bowie of the Injinoo Storms Dance Troupe.
Showing the Best

Waratah Nicholls visited NPARC and Thursday Island to meet with local artists and dancers to talk about their region and about the Cape York and Torres Strait Regional Arts showcase at the Cooktown EXPO 2020 event.

The Cape York and Torres Strait Island Arts Showcase is a major component of Cooktown Expo 2020, providing mentorships, skills and career development across the arts for Cape York and Torres Strait Islander new and emerging artists. 

Musicians, bands, contemporary and traditional dancers, comedians and creative and visual artists can apply to showcase their unique talents and culture during the Reconciliation Rocks Festival and ‘Ngutha Ngutha, Back in Time Showcase Village’.

The Regional Arts Showcase Program will offer forty Cape York and Torres Strait new and emerging artists’ professional development opportunities through workshops, exhibitions and performance, with the chance of performing in front of a large audience including industry professionals invited to the event.
SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND
Empire Theatre Projects
A Message from the Empire Theatre
 
In line with the Federal Government statement to ban indoor public gatherings over 100 people the Empire Theatre is now closed.

All performances between now and April 30 will be cancelled or postponed until later in the year.

As more information comes to light, we will continue to update our patrons and we will contact you regarding refunds and ticket transfers.
 
We thank you for your patience as we work through this complicated situation.
The South West Regional Arts Service will continue to operate during this time and are here to support artists and arts workers. 

Stay in touch via the links below.

Take care and keep creating. 
Michelle (Regional Arts Services Officer).
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Birds, Boundary Riders and Beyond

Last month, the tiny town of Augathella was visited by artists from Blender Studios as part of Red Ridge's Trailblazing the West public art project. The project aims to transform iconic landmarks of Western Queensland into epic artistic displays, evoking the spirit of each participating community.

For Augathella, the site chosen was the town's prominent water tower. The now-finished mural captures the pioneering spirit of the region in gamuts of brilliant colour, boasting native bird-life, imposing stockmen and of course the Warrego River that the town was built upon. On one side, a tribute to the John Williamson poem 'Old Man Emu' can be seen, on another a silhouette of the mythical Boundary Rider of the Outback.

The next structure to join the trail will be the Richmond water tower. Considered an 'Oasis in the Outback' by pastoralists in the region, this pulsating service hub will be decorated by the amazing Blender Studios with a historical tapestry that includes an ancient inland sea where prehistoric marine reptiles lurked beneath the waters.

Proving the value of arts to tourism, Red Ridge are proud for this project to be supported by RASN, Arts Queensland, the Queensland Outback Events Program, Richmond Shire Council and Murweh Shire Council. See more progress shots here!

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Red Ridge on the Runway

Feeling empowered after the community project 'Dress the West - Beauty within the Drought' last year, Red Ridge in support of their region began exploring the possibilities of art and fashion. Opportunity arose with the Indigenous Runway Project, a program from Global Indigenous Management that aims to increase the representation of Indigenous fashion and build the capacity of Indigenous people in the fashion and entertainment industry. The result was putting the Outback on the runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival!

For this first project, they worked with Two Sisters Talking to pull together a unique and captivating collection, transferring their artwork (representative of their home country Diamantina in Birdsville, Queensland) to textile.

Red Ridge hopes that this will be the first of many opportunities for different Aboriginal artists and communities to get their art and fashion designs out there.
Learn more about Global Indigenous Management and
their Runway project below
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NORTH QUEENSLAND
Queensland Music Festival
Sound Travels

Open Mic night was packed to the rafters! These Open Mic nights provide a safe space for emerging and aspiring artists and performers to play and try out their new material.

One such performer was a new Indian Dance School in Townsville who performed a number of dances featuring 25 dancers.
Creative Connections

This month, RASN NQ had their first Networking Session of the year at the Creative Hub Townsville. Thanks to the hosts and all the team as well as the participants for a wonderful evening with heaps of new faces in the mix.
Full Throttle Laughter 

Full Throttle Theatre was proud to showcase Townsville's funniest women in 'Laugh Til Ya Leak', a comedy show held on International Women’s Day. Played to a sold out audience, the evening was an all female stand up comedy night with guest musician Leni.
Faces of Fun

From Homunculus Theatre, Clint Bolster is a Clown, Physical Actor, Mask Theatre Specialist, Stilt Performer and Trainer and Teaching Artist from Brisbane. Every year, Clint comes to Townsville and works with the local schools.

This year with funds from RASN and the Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant, Clint was able to run workshops for ages 12 to 17 as well as adult classes. This series of workshops will be the beginning of a long term capacity building program for regional actors and performers.
SECTOR NEWS

Much Needed Relief


Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch has announced support for Queensland’s Arts Sector to help mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

‘To provide certainty for the sector, companies that are current recipients of the 2017-2020 Organisations Fund, will be guaranteed a further 12 months’ funding at current levels to December 2021. And in addition, Arts Queensland is also suspending applications for the next four-year funding round, in order to take pressure off organisations to do long-term planning,’ the Minister said.

Minister Enoch said the measures recognised the wide-reaching impacts of current restrictions on mass gatherings, and the flow-on effect that will have on the ability of arts sector employees to work, noting further that the government is working to find ways to support individual arts workers through existing programs.

To read about assistance from Arts Queensland, follow this link.
Behind the Art, Inside the Ears

The Rockhampton Art Gallery is pleased to introduce their very own podcast 'Behind the Art'.

The podcast takes you ‘behind the art’ via in-depth conversations with artists and art professionals of high acclaim. In engaging monthly episodes, discover enlivening insights about artists’ practise, community initiatives and the art world itself.⁠
Stream to Your Heart's Content

Choose a playlist that supports grassroots artists!

I Heart Songwriting Club has released on Spotify a playlist of songs written by the club members themselves. Streaming this playlist allows the artists featured to receive streaming royalties.

Key on this list is Queensland's own (and Queensland Arts Showcase Program recipient) Leanne Tennant, whose music journey was made possible thanks to support by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland (who funded the music video for her single 'Everspin'), and to the Carol Lloyd Award team for funding the recording.
2020 Vision

Arts Queensland wants to hear your views on arts touring in Queensland!

If you deliver, host or have experienced an arts touring show or workshop, help support the sector and provide the best possible outcomes for Queenslanders by completing the short online survey. Your responses will help Arts Queensland plan how to provide ongoing support for arts touring in Queensland, and will grant insights and evidence to potentially feed into the Australia Council’s National Performing Arts Touring Scan.

The online survey closes 29 March 2020.
Open Water

Happening at the end of March, Townsville is proud to officially launch MOUA - The Museum of Underwater Art.

Already, the sculptures in the 'Coral Greenouse' are already starting to fuse with the location, collecting underwater sea life on their surfaces and adding to the undersea beauty of the GBR Marine Park. Aiming to preserve Townsville's local people, history and stories, the world’s leading underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor involved members of the community and traditional land custodians in his process of creating the underwater art installations for the project.

His work highlights conservation and environmental activism, with the human figures oft-incorporating marine growth as part of the design to showcase how they take on life of their own after being submerged in the marine site.
See more of MOUA below!
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A Killer Opening Night

Recognising the powerful platform of theatre, Terrain Natural Resource Management’s public trust fund, Natural Capital Fund (NCF) was the proud sponsor of JUTE Theatre Company’s opening night of To Kill A
Cassowary
- its first play for the year.

Premiering last week to a full house, opening night was attended by sponsors, friends and supporters of JUTE Theatre Company in the glamorous surrounds of Bulmba-ja Arts Centre. According to Terrain NRM Board Director and Chair of its NCF committee, Peter Faulkner said they are delighted to be sponsoring To Kill A Cassowary - a play written by local Cairns woman, Laurie Trott, who for years has been involved in the conservation of the Mission Beach habitat.

“For us, To Kill A Cassowary fits in beautifully with the educational and informative element of what we do." Mr Faulkner said. 

To Kill A Cassowary is a play about inheritance, legacy, ageism and the importance of looking after relationships.
WORKSHOPS | TRAINING | FORUMS

Flying Arts is offering a range of professional development webinars for creatives online. These webinars have been especially crafted to provide opportunities for emerging and practising artists and artsworkers to develop their creative practice and arts business skills. 
Held by La Boite Theatre Compant, the Performing Arts Industry Forum on COVID-19 is accessible for viewing, providing information specifically for independent artists and small to medium organisations on how to cope with the sector impacts.

Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects! The University of Queensland courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.

From aspiring writers to published authors!

Want to improve your writing but not sure where to start? Need a little creative boost? Or just need a refresher to de-clutter your brain? QWC has tons of online courses available to get your creative juices flowing! These courses are designed to give you the materials and exercises to write creatively and understand the publishing journey.

With arts venues, events and festivals being cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future, The Patternmakers have compiled a list of great quality digital arts resources you can consume from home, including arts education resources for families. 

Grant Proposals via NAVA

Enrolments are open now for 'Writing Grant Proposals', a seven week online course from NAVA.

Designed to help artists identify well-suited funding opportunities research, plan and write stronger grant proposals, this course is for anyone out there struggling with the grant writing process.

Applicants can receive one-on-one feedback to assist in developing clear writing skills for their artist bio and statement, and learn to make a professional CV that stands out from the rest.

EMPLOYMENT
Position: Curatorial Officer
Organisation: Redland Art Gallery
Location: Cleveland
Closes: 25 March 2020
More information: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
Position: Editor
Organisation: News Corp
Location: Townsville
Closes: 26 March 2020
More information: newscorpaustralia.com
Position: Clarinet and Saxophone Specialist Music Tutor
Organisation: Immanuel Lutheran College
Location: Sunshine Coast
Closes: 27 March 2020
More information: immanuel.qld.edu.au
Position: Volunteer
Organisation: Moreton Bay Galleries and Museums
Location: Whiteside
Closes: 27 March 2020
More information: moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Position: Art Therapist
Organisation: Belmont Private Hospital
Location: Cleveland
Closes: 30 March 2020
More information: seek.com.au
Position: Gallery Director
Organisation: Bundaberg Regional Council
Location: Bundaberg
Closes: 3 April 2020
More information: seek.com.au
Position: Videographer/Producer
Organisation: Vetta Productions
Location: Townsville
Closes: Not Listed
More information: Vetta Online
FUNDING | GRANTS | AWARDS | RESIDENCIES
Artists and cultural workers, are you ready
to take your career to the next level?

Applications are now open for Arts Queensland's Individuals Fund, offering support for transformational professional and career development opportunities. Closing 4pm, 7 April 2020, for activities starting on or after 1 July 2020.
EOI -  Lewis Gallery Artisan Shop
Closes:
24 March 2020
Calling all artists/artisans who create modern, original, handmade products! This is an exciting opportunity for you to sell your wares through Lewis Gallery. This callout is for contemporary homewares, jewellery, stationery, accessories, clothing, children and baby products.
More information: lewisgallery11.com
Noosa RADF
Closes:
25 March 2020
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Noosa Shire Council to support the development of local arts and culture. It supports local arts and cultural development opportunities by providing one-off, short-term, project-based financial assistance
More information: www.noosa.qld.gov.au
2020 Queensland Memory Awards
Closes:
26 March 2020
The Queensland Memory Awards program is dedicated to supporting researchers of all kinds to interpret the collections of the John Oxley Library.  Through deep engagement and interaction with the collections, these interpretations provide new insights into the collection and contribute new knowledge about Queensland’s history.
More information: slq.qld.gov.au
'#Challenge Accepted' Short Story Competition
Closes: 27 March 2020
In conjunction with the Queensland Writers Centre, the Brisbane Early Music Festival is holding a short story competition with the theme of Early Music. It is open to writers from across Australia, with cash prizes to be won and publication of the winning stories in the QWC magazine.
More information: bemf.emsq.org.au
Quick Response Grants
Closes:
27 March 2020
Applicants can apply for a Quick Response Grant if their small arts or cultural project cannot be funded by any other means because of its nature or timing. This type of grant would also suit individual professional development.
More information: flyingarts.org.au
Energex Community Grant
Closes:
27 March 2020
Are you seeking financial support for a project in your community? If your project is supporting the community to get back on their feet following severe weather impacts, apply today! The Energex grants program is a helping hand to those in need, to get a great community project or initiative over the line.
More information: energex.com.au
First Sounds Song Entry Round 2
Closes:
30 March 2020
First Sounds is a special collaborative undertaking broadening the reach of Indigenous heritage, history and culture and supporting the burgeoning First Nations music industry. This unique initiative aims to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists heard across Australian radio airwaves.
More information: www.cbaa.org.au

AMP Placemaking Grant
Closes:
30 March 20200
The AMP! Activate My Place Program is offering grants to individuals or organisations to deliver programs, projects and/or events that enhance the amenity, activity and appearance of a place. It seeks to support applicants to enhance a place to enable social and economic returns through projects such as public art, street art and events.
More information: mackay.qld.gov.au

RADF supports arts and cultural projects in the Gympie Region with eligible community organisations, business and individuals welcome to apply. Applications for Round 2 of the Regional Arts Development Fund close on 30 March 2020.
The Novella Project VII
Closes: 31 March 2020
Griffith Review's eighth novella competition seeks to celebrate generosities and kindnesses, the uplifting and memorable experiences that can illuminate lives. We're seeking despatches from the frontlines of generosity – stories that mine the ongoing transformative power of the positive in the social spaces where we live, work and play? Entries are invited in the genres of both fiction and creative non-fiction, ranging between 15,000–25,000 words.
More information: griffithreview.submittable.com
Woodford Folk Festival
Closes:
31 March 2020
Are you interested in being a part of this year's Woodford Folk Festival? EOIs are open now for performers and artists.
More information: woodfordfolkfestival.com
Life Framer Photo Competition
Closes:
31 March 2020
A unique photography competition organised by a renowned online platform for contemporary photography; all photographers are welcome to take part. Each month winning photographers receive feedback, online exposure and $2,000 in cash prizes, and at the end of each Edition the winners are exhibited in curated shows at international gallery spaces.
More information: www.life-framer.com
NAIDOC Week Grants
Closes:
1 April 2020
Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, these NAIDOC Week grants from Moreton Bay Regional Council is an opportunity for NFP organisations to deliver initiatives in recoginition of that as well as the 2020 NAIDOC Week theme.
More information: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au
The 66th Blake Art & Poetry Prizes
Closes:
 3 April 2020
Entries for the 66th Blake Art & Poetry Prizes are now open. Submissions exploring the wider experience of spirituality, religion and/or belief are invited. The Blake Art Prize attracts entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the exhibition and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize.
More information: casulapowerhouse.com
Australian First Nations & CALD Residencies
Closes:
3 April 2020
Delivered in partnership with Blakdance & Multicultural Australia, the Australian First Nations & CALD residencies provide resources and funding for projects that promote cultural diversity and expression. Only Australian First Nations artists and artists with CALD backgrounds are eligible to apply
More information: ausdanceqld.org.au
The Organisations Fund 2021 – 2024
Closes:
6 April 2020
A key component of Arts Queensland’s investment framework, providing operational funding to Queensland-based arts and cultural organisations across a range of art forms and practice. Organisations contribute to Queensland’s arts and cultural profile by capturing Queensland’s culture, heritage and distinctive stories through delivery of high-quality creative practice, products and services for all Queenslanders.
More information: https://www.qld.gov.au/
National Arts and Disability Awards 19-21
Closes:
7 April 2020
The Australia Council National Arts and Disability Awards 2019-21 celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists, and the significant contribution of artists with disability to the vibrancy of Australian arts. 
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au
North Queensland Ceramic Awards
Closes: 20 April 2020
The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award
Closes:
30 April 2020
Established to support the development of early-career authors, this award offers them an opportunity to work with industry professionals and assisting them in creating publishing pathways. Now, in its fourth year, the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award offers more development opportunities than ever.
More information: killyourdarlings.com.au
Queensland Literary Awards 2020
Closes:
30 April 2020
The Queensland Literary Awards celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers. State Library of Queensland proudly manages the awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.
More information: slq.qld.gov.au
The Daisy Utemorrah Award
Closes:
30 April 2020
The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction. The Award is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples currently living in Australia. Generously supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the State Government of Western Australia, the winner of the award receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books.
More information: magabala.com
Loris Williams Memorial Scholarship
Closes:
4 May 2020
The ASA offers an annual Loris Williams Memorial Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying in archives and records at either university (undergraduate or postgraduate) or at vocational education and training institutions (from Certificate III onwards). The scholarship provides $3000 to go towards fees, books and computing costs, a year-long ASA student membership, and a mentor to help guide career development.
More information: archivists.org.au
The Clarence Prize
Closes:
22 May 2020
A biennial, acquisitive exhibition that has found its niche within Australia’s art community as a prize that celebrates accessible and innovative furniture art. It is open to furniture designers and craftspeople operating within Australia. Held in the historic Rosny Barn, the Prize contributes to Tasmania’s reputation as a leading cultural hub, brimming with vibrant arts experiences.
More information: clarenceartsandevents.net
Red Room Poetry Competition
Close:
22 May 2020
The competition has two categories for under-18s, as well as a category for teachers who want to flex their writing muscles. There are exciting prizes up for grabs, including a $500 cash prize, book packs, vouchers, and more!
More information: readingaustralia.com.au
The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2020
Closes:
29 May 2020
One of Australia’s most loved and richest prize for realistic portraiture. The $50,000 biennial award is non-acquisitive and attracts over 400 entries from many of Australia’s most respected artists.
More information: gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au
2020 JADA
Closes:
30 June 2020
Grafton Regional Gallery is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 JADA to artists residing in Australia aged over 16 years.  Artists are invited to enter up to two drawings with a Gallery appointed panel to shortlist a selection of finalists for exhibition from 2 October to 22 November 2020.
More information: graftongallery.nsw.gov.au

HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus)

HOTA is stepping up and showing solidarity with the creative community. Home of the Arts is offering up to $1000 cash for a project that takes up to and no longer than one week of your time to deliver.

Expressions of interest close 15 May 2020.

Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship
Open year-round
Offers $20,000 scholarships to emerging Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander and Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Artists to pursue artistic development in each other's countries respectively.
More information: americanaustralian.org
Google Ad Grants
Open year-round
To empower non-profit organisations through $10,000 per month of in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google. 
More information: google.com.au
Red Box Pop-Up Gallery: 2020 EOIs open
No Date Listed
Expressions of interest are open for Redland Art Gallery's travelling gallery, available to individual artists and groups to display artworks. 
More information: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
UMI Arts Exhibitions - EOIs open
No Date Listed

Curated “Exhibition Ready” and “You and Me” – expressions of interest are open now for February to April 2020 exhibitions.
More information: www.umiarts.com.au/
Crows Nest Residency 2020 EOI
No Date Listed
Situated on beautiful Chambers Island, the Crows Nest is a small, private studio space with views out across Maroochy River. This creative studio space would suit writers, digital and fine artists and creatives wishing to create in a natural habitat.
More information: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Playing Queensland Fund
Rolling Fund

The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.
More information: qld.gov.au
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Rolling Fund

The Program invests in funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland and is administered across three funding streams.
More information: www.qld.gov.au
The Arts Business Innovation Fund
Rolling Fund

This fund addresses the need to support innovation to strengthen income generating and entrepreneurial capacity in Queensland-based not-for-profit arts and cultural businesses. The ABIF provides a $1 million investment for not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations.
More information: www.qld.gov.au
RESOURCES

I Lost My Gig Australia


Bushfires and Coronavirus have led to the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of concerts, conferences, events and festivals across Australia and the rest of the world - with many more events still vulnerable. Many performers, businesses and contractors as a result have lost vital income.  

The Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association have joined with industry partners to tally the impact of these impacts on Australians - and hear your stories. #ilostmygig is working hard to find ways to support people and businesses who have been affected and would like to thank and acknowledge the original creators of ilostmygig.com out of Austin Texas  who have been leading the way as they tally the losses from the SXSW cancellation.

Visit the site today to both see the latest figures regarding lost income and event cancellation, as well to contribute your own details so you can be connected with future funding opportunities and other support if you too are affected. 

For performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents and more share online via the hashtags #ilostmygigau #ilostmygignz
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