Art Grants

Active Grants

Small grants that respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice.

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants (‘Quicks’) offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.

The program is intended to:
support professional development opportunities for artists and artsworkers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience, support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.

‘Quicks’ are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants MUST speak to the Funding Manager at Regional Arts NSW before applying (see contact details below). Decisions will be advised within 5 working days of receipt

http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants

Supports screen projects that are at an advanced stage of development, have a strong chance of finding partners in the marketplace, and are creatively ready to implement the funding being requested.

Screen NSW supports screen content such as:
feature films
adult and children’s television drama
factual and documentary programs
creative interactive screen entertainment.

Eligibility :Experience-based eligibility criteria may apply, and the majority of key creatives must be based in NSW. Refer to the Advanced Development and Market Travel guidelines and Screen NSW’s Terms of Trade for further information.

Program Status :Applications are accepted at any time.
Agency :Screen NSW
Web :http://www.screen.nsw.gov.au

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

Our arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Examples of activities this grant supports include the creation of new work, creative development, touring, festivals, productions, exhibitions, publishing, recording and market development activity.

Purpose
Funding Amount: $0 to $500,000
Total pool: $12,000,000

Catalyst is the Australian Government’s new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations.

Overview

Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. It will prioritise access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives.

Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. The fund may also support some gallery, library, archive, museum, arts education and infrastructure projects.

Funding will be available through annual or multi-year Funding Agreements up to a maximum of four years, subject to availability of funds.

Ordinarily, individual projects will not receive more than $500,000 in one year. Applicants should keep in mind that Catalyst seeks to support a diverse range of quality projects in each of the Catalyst streams. To remain competitive, all applications for funding should include realistic budgets and achievable timeframes, and an explanation of the expected impact and public benefit of the project.

Objectives

Catalyst will:

  • deliver a diverse range of quality arts and cultural experiences that grow participation throughout Australia and internationally
  • strengthen Australia’s reputation as a sophisticated and artistic nation with a confident, outward-focused arts sector
  • increase partnerships with the private and philanthropic sector to increase project investment
  • support collaborations to develop arts and cultural projects including in specific regions or priority areas
  • give priority to projects involving small to medium organisations

What Catalyst will fund

Catalyst will fund high quality projects irrespective of scale in all art forms, including screen-based art work and cross art form projects, including but not limited to:

  • Performances
  • Exhibitions
  • Tours
  • Development and/or creation of new work
  • Festivals
  • Investment in foundation fellowship programs (Partnerships and Collaborations stream only)
  • Capacity building
  • Infrastructure projects (Partnerships and Collaborations stream only)
  • Artistic cultural exchanges
Limitations

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • be an Australian incorporated organisation or entity
  • have as their principal purpose the arts and/or cultural heritage
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN). Organisations incorporated under Norfolk Island law are eligible for funding
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), if required by the Australian Taxation Office
  • not have any outstanding reports, acquittals or serious breaches relating to any Commonwealth funding

Unincorporated groups with primarily an arts or cultural heritage purpose are eligible for funding but must be auspiced by an organisation that meets the above criteria.

Individual business units and entities of local government authorities with an arts or cultural heritage purpose (such as art galleries or performing arts centres) are eligible to submit applications.

What Catalyst will not fund?

  • Individuals
  • Competitions
  • Awards
  • Business start-up costs
  • Private tuition, training or study
  • Work used for academic assessment
  • Eisteddfods
  • Film and television production
  • Operational funding for organisations (note this differs from administrative costs associated with undertaking funded projects)
  • Interactive games
  • Built or natural heritage projects
  • Components of projects that are also funded by other programs administered by the Ministry for the Arts, the Australia Council or Creative Partnerships Australia
  • Costs associated with a project that have already been incurred
Arts Projects – Organisations – $10,000 – $100,000

Closing dates

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

Technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing day.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

Please note, if your application to a grant round is successful, you will not be eligible to apply to the next grant round (excluding Four-Year Funding, Playing Australia and the Contemporary Music Touring Program).

 

The arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Examples of activities this grant supports include the creation of new work, creative development, touring, festivals, productions, exhibitions, publishing, recording and market development activity.

http://australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model/

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for TRAX funding.

For 2017, the closing dates are at midnight on the:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

http://australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model/

Dance Massive 2017

Amount:   Up to $25,000

Expressions of interest close:   16 May 2017

Notification:   Early June 2017

About the opportunity

Expressions of Interest are invited for funding for presentations and tours arising from Dance Massive 2017.

You must have attended Dance Massive 2017 and received an invitation to present your work internationally to be eligible to apply.

We will only be able to support a limited number of proposals. You are also encouraged to consider funding options available through the Australia Council’s Grants Program.

As this is strategic project funding, your proposal will not count towards your annual total allowable applications to the Australia Council’s Grants Program.

http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/

Purpose

Funding

Amount: $20,000 to $100,000
Total pool: undisclosed

The Regional Filming Fund is intended to offset the costs associated with filming in regional areas so that regional NSW enjoys the economic and cultural benefits of the screen production sector.

Overview

The fund is for projects with a substantial regional spend and finance in place (with the exception of funding being sought from Screen NSW and other screen agencies).

Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT). Click here for a map of the NSW local government areas and the Sydney Metro area.

If you are also applying to the Production Finance program please submit the applications concurrently.

Applicants may request up to 35% of the budgeted NSW Regional Spend.

NSW Regional Spend is the total of the below the line shooting expenses directly associated with filming in regional NSW. Eligible NSW Regional Spend expenses are limited to:

  • location fees
  • travel (for cast and crew traveling from other parts of NSW)
  • accommodation
  • per diems
  • local suppliers & services (e.g. construction contractors, security, traffic control etc.)
  • catering
  • salaries for regionally based cast and crew

Regional spend does not include any above-the-line expenses (including development expenses), indirect costs, company overheads, contingency or post-production expenses.

Support is provided as a grant. The minimum grant per production is $20,000. The maximum grant per production is $100,000.

We fund production of Australian projects in the following categories:

  • feature films (all genres)
  • content-rich factual and documentary television or web programs and series
  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • animation productions
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

We do not fund the production of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine-style productions
  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television programs
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes) or experimental films
  • interactive content that is not creative screen entertainment
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study
Limitations

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in the Screen NSW Terms of Trade, which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

  • At least one of the Key Creatives must be NSW based.
  • The production company must be registered in NSW and have its principal place of business in NSW.
  • The production must film on location in Regional NSW for a minimum of five shooting days.
  • At least 50% of the total budget must be expended in NSW.
  • Productions must be fully financed at the time of application, with the exception of contributions being sought from Screen NSW and other state, federal or international agencies (Note: we will only consider an application where those agencies have confirmed their contribution or if the application has been submitted to a funding round running concurrently with the Screen NSW round).
  • Productions that have been shortlisted for Screen Australia’s Documentary Production Producer Program or Multi-Platform Drama Fund may apply.
  • Feature films must have distribution in place.
  • Television drama, narrative comedy and factual/documentary programs must have a financial commitment from a broadcaster, subscription service or distributor.
Purpose

Funding  –  undisclosed

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.  As individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

Overview

The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional opportunities, usually overseas.

We support applicants who can demonstrate both initiative and exceptional talent, together with an ability to convert their ambitions to reality.

The Trust primarily provides support for structured professional development overseas such as:

  • Postgraduate study
  • Mentoring or private lessons
  • Residencies or study tours which have a clear educational focus.

The Trust may also consider supporting:

  • The purchase of non-standard musical instruments or equipment
  • Costs of film-making for final year or post-grad film students
  • Professional development opportunities within Australia.
Limitations

The Trust’s key priority is supporting the career and professional development of emerging and early career artists. Grants are made to practising artists for professional development opportunities, usually overseas. In exceptional cases the Trustees may consider providing support for artists who do not fall into the emerging/early career category

Grant applicants must meet several criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • Grants are only available to Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia
  • All applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent, initiative and passion for their work
  • Applicants must make a reasonable personal financial contribution to the project

Exclusions

The Cultural Trust does not support:

  • Projects for which the sole purpose is an exhibition, performance or the making of a recording
  • Undergraduate degree courses overseas will not be considered for support
  • Postgraduate study being undertaken through an Australian institution*
  • Applications which were previously declined by the Trust cannot be resubmitted.

*The Trust prioritises its funding to support opportunities overseas. Funding for projects in Australia may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

Applications / Guidelines
Purpose
Funding Amount: $3,000 to $5,000

Total pool: undisclosed

The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation was established in June 1975, for the purpose of promoting and encouraging music and the performing arts. To do so, the trustees – four representatives from the music industry – assess applications and provide grants to selected beneficiaries.

Overview

All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged
  • scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education
  • the promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public
  • the aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income.

A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees
  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol)
  • Accommodation
  • Venue hire/ PA hire.

A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

The trustees meet four times a year to consider applications. Applications are circulated to all trustees prior to each meeting.

There is no specified limit.  However, funds are finite and there is no guarantee that you will receive all or any of the funds you request.

It is unusual for grants to be approved in excess of :

  • $3,000 for an individual; or
  • $5,000 for a group or organisation
Limitations

A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);
  • concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • tour support;
  • artist management expenses; or
  • equipment purchases.

You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.

Applications / Guidelines
Purpose
Funding Amount: $5,000 to $35,000
Total pool: undisclosed

The International Residencies Program enables the artistic development of individual artists and groups by brokering and offering high quality residency experiences.

Overview

Residencies are available for set periods of time in key arts markets internationally. Please click on the links below for detailed information on each residency, including available dates, grant amounts, and art form specific information.

  • Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin –
    • Location: Berlin, Germany
    • Art form: Visual Arts
    • Length of residency: 12 months
    • Dates: 1 July 2017; 15 June 2018
    • Grant amount: $35,000
  • HIAP, Helsinki –
    • Location: Helsinki, Finland
    • Art form: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
    • Length of residency: 3 months
    • Dates: 1 August – 26 October 2017, 30 October 2017 – 28 January 2018, 30 January – 30 April 2018, 3 May; 28 July 2018
    • Grant amount: $10,000
  • ACME, London –
    • Location: London, United Kingdom
    • Art form: Visual Arts (includes arts writers and curators)
    • Length of residency: 6 months
    • Dates: 1 August 2017; 12 February 2018, 8 February 2017 – 13 August 2018;
    • Grant amount: $20,000
  • Cite International des Arts, Paris –
    • Location: Paris, France
    • Art form: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts;
    • Length of residency: 3 months;
    • Dates: 31 July – 27 October 2017, 31 October 2017 – 29 January 2018, 2 February – 30 April 2018, 4 May – 2 August 2018
    • Grant amount:$10,000
  • Keesing Studio, Paris –
    • Location: Paris, France
    • Art form: Literature
    • Length of residency: 6 months
    • Dates: 3 August 2017 – 2 February 2018, 7 February – 6 August 2018
    • Grant amount:$20,000
  • Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia –
    • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
    • Art form: Visual Arts
    • Length of residency: 1 month
    • Dates:&September to November 2017, February to April 2018 (specific dates to be negotiated with the University)
    • Grant amount: $5,000
  • BR Whiting Studio, Rome –
    • Location: Rome, Italy
    • Art form: Literature (includes arts writers, playwrights and librettists)
    • Length of residency: 6 months
    • Dates: 1 August 2017 – 29 January 2018, 12 February – 13 August 2018
    • Grant amount: $20,000
  • Nashville Songwriter’s Residency, Nashville –
    • Location: Nashville, United States of America
    • Art form: Music (Songwriters)
    • Length of residency: 3 months
    • Dates: June – November 2017 (final dates to be negotiated with Mark Moffatt, mentor)
    • Grant amount: $15,000
  • Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC), New York
    • Location: Troy, New York, United States of America
    • Art form:Emerging and Experimental Arts
    • Length of residency: Dance: 3 weeks, Music: 2.5 weeks
    • Dates: July 2017 to June 2018 (final dates to be negotiated with EMPAC)
    • Grant amount: $10,000
  • OMI International Arts Centre (Dance), New York
    • Location: Ghent, New York, United States of America
    • Art form: Dance, Music
    • Length of residency: 2 stages of 1-3 weeks (up to 6 weeks in total)
    • Dates: Dance: July – August 2017, Music: July – August 2017
    • Grant amount: $5,000
  • OMI International Arts Centre (Music), New York
    • Location: Ghent, New York, United States of America
    • Art form: Dance, Music
    • Length of residency: Dance: 3 weeks, Music: 2.5 weeks
    • Dates: Dance: July – August 2017, Music: July – August 2017
    • Grant amount: $5,000
  • KHOJ Visual Arts Residency, India
    • Location: Delhi, India
    • Art form: Visual Art
    • Length of residency: 1 month
    • Dates: 1 – 31 August 2017
    • Grant amount: $3,000

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

Limitations

Who can apply?

If you are applying as an individual or group, you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Who can’t apply?

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council.
Purpose
Funding Amount: $0 to $80,000

Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity for a period of up to two years.

Overview

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

What you can apply for

You can apply for a range of different activity over the Fellowship period.  Some examples of the activities we fund are:

  • the creation of new work
  • research and development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • skills development
  • professional development and training
  • residencies
  • mentorships
Limitations

Who can apply

Only individuals may apply to this category. You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander individuals.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you were successful in the previous round you received an Australia Council Fellowship awarded by any board or committee of the Australia Council since 1996 (excludes Australia Council Fellowships for Established Artists 2012-16)
  • you have already made three applications to categories listed under Australia Council Grant Programs this calendar year (funding proposals submitted to categories under Other Grants and Opportunities are not counted as one of your three applications).

We will not accept applications from legally constituted organisations or partnerships in this category..

What you cannot apply for

You cannot apply for the following activity:

  • projects or activities that do not involve or benefit practicing artists or arts workers
  • projects or activities that do not have a clearly defined arts component
  • projects that have already taken place.
Funding Amount: $0 to $50,000 – Total pool: undisclosed

Purpose

The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

Overview

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee.

John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.

A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs. In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate. .

The Scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature, with nine scholarship categories available, offered over alternate years:

  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Ballet
  • Instrumental music
  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Sculpture
  • Singing.

Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs.

Limitations

Who can apply

Individual artists who were born in Australia and who are aged 21 – 35 (17 – 35 for ballet) at the closing date may submit proposals.

These are terms established by The Marten Bequest and there are no exceptions to this requirement. If you were born in Australia but will have difficulty providing either a copy of a birth certificate or passport, please contact a grants officer to discuss your situation.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a scholarship if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you were previously awarded a grant through The Marten Bequest
Applications / Guidelines
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.

The Australia Council offers one grant round each year for Fellowships.

In 2017, Fellowships will close on Tuesday 6 June.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity for a period of up to two years.

http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with an Australia Council Grants Officer before applying to this fund.

Closing dates

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

Who can apply

We accept applications from individuals and organisations.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council.

What you can apply for

You can apply for:

  • interstate net touring costs, including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances outside of your home state
  • a contribution towards tour coordination expenses.

What you can’t apply for

You can’t apply for the following activity:

  • projects where the performers and artistic personnel are not paid at Award rates
  • projects that are to tour an international production
  • touring projects that only include capital city or metropolitan presentations
  • touring projects that do not include three or more interstate locations
  • touring projects that only include presentations in schools
  • tour dates that have already taken place
  • projects with a budget in surplus

http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/playing-australia-regional-performing-arts-touring-fund/

Amount: $15,000

Expressions of Interest close: 26 April 2017, for projects starting after 26 June 2017
About the opportunity

Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.

You can apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.

PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2015 PPCA distributed almost $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free.

The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council supports artists and arts organisations to create and present artistically adventurous work, and delivers national and international strategic activity which develops markets and audiences for Australian work.
Who can apply

Only individuals are eligible to apply. If you are part of a group, you must nominate one of the members to apply on behalf of the group.

Applicants are encouraged to also register with the PPCA.

How to apply

Click on the ‘Express Your Interest Now’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of Interest must be submitted via the Online System. Click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ in the online system, and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI) – apply for an expression of interest’.

http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/strategies-and-frameworks/ppca-australia-council-partnership/

Now in its third year, Screenworks’ initiative Createability 2017 will this year increase its total funding to $40,000 to support regional filmmakers in NSW to produce eight short films.

Northern NSW based screen industry organisation Screenworks has today opened applications for Createability 2017, a project that provides funding for professional filmmakers to create short films featuring talented artists with disability living and creating in regional NSW. Thanks to increased support from Screen NSW and the ABC, Createability 2017 will increase the project’s footprint by inviting applications from filmmakers across all of regional NSW (which excludes Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast).

Screenworks has also increased its Createability funding so that each of the eight filmmakers will receive $5,000 to be used to showcase their chosen regional NSW artist in a short film.

Since its inception three years ago, Screenworks has used the Createability project to help to increase the diversity of Australian stories on our screens. It has achieved this by investing directly into regional screen production, uncovering engaging regional stories and partnering with the ABC to bring these stories to our screens.

In December 2016, the ABC launched the Createability collection on ABC iview to mark the International Day of People with Disability and the ABC have also broadcast several of the films domestically and internationally.

Screenworks’ General Manager, Ken Crouch launched the Createability 2017 program today – “Createability is a project that we are very proud of and it’s extremely gratifying to be able to build upon the project’s achievements of the past two years” said Mr Crouch. “In 2017 we’re looking forward to regional filmmakers unearthing more compelling stories of regional artists that complement the twelve films that have already been produced”.

Successful applicants will be supported throughout the program by local ABC Regional Producers who will offer feedback at each stage. Each of the films will be made available on ABC iview at the end of this year.

Fiona Reynolds, Director ABC Regional said “We are excited to be a part of the Createability project again in 2017. By partnering with Screenworks and Screen NSW, we can offer emerging filmmakers the opportunity to profile talented artists with disabilities who live in regional NSW. We can’t wait to see the diverse stories and talents that emerge from this project.”

“It is a priority for Screen NSW that we support opportunities and access to the screen industry for underrepresented groups in the community. Createability is a wonderful program that has given us compelling portraits of regional NSW artists, and we are excited about this project, which will give us eight more films, produced outside metropolitan centres, about a diverse group of artists” said Grainne Brunsdon, Director Engagement, Partnerships and Development at Screen NSW.

Applications are now open and Screenworks is asking filmmakers from regional NSW areas to apply. All applicants must attend the Createability Facebook Live Video stream ABC Pre-Production Masterclass and/or watch it post the event as this will assist them to complete their application. During the Masterclass, they will gain professional advice to assist them in producing a competitive storyline and outline budget to the standard required by the independent panel. The ABC Pre-Production Masterclass will be streamed live via the ABC Open Facebook page on Tuesday 28th March 2017, 8pm – 9pm EDST. This video will also be made available to view after the live event.

Filmmakers with disability are strongly encouraged to apply for this program. All filmmakers selected for this program will be strongly encouraged to connect with and to include filmmakers with disability from regional NSW as part of their teams.

Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 23rd April 2017 ESDT. Final decisions on all successful filmmaking funding applicants will be made by an independent selection panel. Detailed information about the Createability 2017 application process and the project are available from Screenworks’ Createability 2017 website at Screenworks.com.au/createability.

Createability is providing local funded opportunities for professional filmmakers to profile artists with disability living and creating in regional NSW. By producing these short films, Screenworks wants to provide artists with disability the opportunity to challenge community attitudes and misconceptions that form barriers to social inclusion, while also providing the funds and opportunities for regional NSW professional screen workers to produce short films.

Screenworks Diversity Commitment: Screenworks are strongly committed to increasing diversity across all sectors of the screen industry.  We encourage all talented filmmakers to apply to our programs regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability status.

www.screenworks.com.au

Purpose
Funding Amount: $3,000 to $5,000

The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation was established in June 1975, for the purpose of promoting and encouraging music and the performing arts. To do so, the trustees – four representatives from the music industry – assess applications and provide grants to selected beneficiaries.

Overview

All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged
  • scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education
  • the promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public
  • the aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income.

A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees
  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol)
  • Accommodation
  • Venue hire/ PA hire.

A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

The trustees meet four times a year to consider applications. Applications are circulated to all trustees prior to each meeting.

There is no specified limit.  However, funds are finite and there is no guarantee that you will receive all or any of the funds you request.

It is unusual for grants to be approved in excess of :

  • $3,000 for an individual; or
  • $5,000 for a group or organisation
Limitations

A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);
  • concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • tour support;
  • artist management expenses; or
  • equipment purchases.

You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.

Applications / Guidelines
The Loan Facilities program offers:

  • Production Loan Finance
  • Short term Minor Cashflow Loans

Loans are offered against fully secured presale and distribution agreements.

Loans are available to projects within the range of activity that Screen NSW supports which includes animation, documentary, features, shorts, television, web series, children’s television and creative interactive.

The Production Loan amount will be a portion of the domestic presale or distribution guarantee, which are used as security together with other security requirements as determined by Screen NSW.

Loans are capped at $400,000.

Short term Minor Cashflow Loans up to $150,000 are also available.  These too are secured against a portion of the licence fee or distribution guarantee

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in our Terms of Trade, which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

http://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/production-support/loan-facilities

The Register of Cultural Organisations is a list of cultural organisations that can receive tax deductible gifts. The register aims to strengthen private sector support for the arts and encourages Australians to contribute to the nation’s vibrant cultural life. Australian organisations can be listed on the register if their principal purpose is to promote one of the following cultural activities in Australia:

  • literature
  • visual arts
  • community arts
  • performing arts
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts
  • music
  • crafts
  • design
  • television
  • video
  • radio
  • film
  • movable cultural heritage.

The Treasurer and the Minister for the Arts approve new additions to the register.

Public art galleries, museums and libraries are generally not included on the register because they are approved by the Australian Taxation Office under another deductible gift recipient category.

https://www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/cultural-heritage/register-cultural-organisations

The Slate Development Loan program offers interest free loans for slate development to NSW production companies.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Screen NSW expect that development slates will mostly comprise projects from the genres eligible for Screen NSW funding.  However, some flexibility will be extended in the interests of slate diversity and economic viability.

Funding may be used to fund or contribute to the funding of:

  • a new business strategy to generate a cash flow stream
  • development of a slate of three or more appropriate projects from story outline stage onwards, including option payments, writers’ fees, script editors’ fees, script-printing expenses etc.
  • costs associated with financing projects, including overseas travel to markets, consultant fees to executive producers, legal fees etc.
  • fees for the applicant(s) or other key members of creative team(s)
  • infrastructure or running costs, including overheads, staff salaries, day-to-day and out-of- pocket expenses etc.

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in our Terms of Trade, which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

The Slate Development Loan program is targeted at significant production businesses and individuals in NSW with a commitment to production in NSW and a proven ability to repay the loan.

Applicants must have a slate of at least three projects where the majority would be eligible for NSW development investment and are designed to be produced or post produced in NSW.
Production service companies are not eligible.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

http://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/development/slate-development-loan