Performing Arts sector prepares to emerge from the Coronavirus crisis

Posted 4 June 2020

Performing Arts sector prepares to emerge from the Coronavirus crisis

Resilience and sustainability will be the focus of a group of Victorian performing arts producers who are preparing to take their businesses to the next level as the sector prepares to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

Producers and production houses will take part in the first round of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative. The Victorian Government initiative, delivered in partnership with Theatre Network Australia, recognises the vital role that producers play in the careers of performing artists and addresses the dearth of independent producers in Australia. The program invests in established producers to grow their businesses, and up-and-coming producers to develop their skills and build their careers.

Three experienced producers will each receive $35,000 a year for three years through the Unlocking Capacity stream – Erin Milne of contemporary performance company Bureau of Works; Heidi Everett, who works on projects focused on experiences of mental health and disability; and production house Quiet Riot, led by Linda Catalano.

A second round of the Unlocking Capacity program will open for applications in the second half of this year.

Recognising that producers require a unique skillset that can only be learned on the job, a mentorship stream will support four emerging and mid-career producers to undertake a paid mentorship to learn from, and work alongside, experienced producers for up to two years.

The first round of mentees are Joshua Francis, Efren Pamilacan, Natasha Phillips and Naomi Velaphi. The next round of applications for this category will open in June.

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