Supporting Victorian Performing Arts Producers

Independent performing arts producers will receive support to develop their careers and practices with added benefits for artists and the wider Victorian performing arts sector.

Reference material from Alisdair Macindoe. Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti

As part of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative, the latest round of Unlocking Capacity grants is helping producers develop their skills and networks while developing a sustainable practice.

Seven Victorian producers have been awarded multi-year grants of up to $35,000 a year for up to three years, which will help grow businesses and better support the artists who depend on them.

Producers play an essential, vast and often unrecognized role in the performing arts – spanning finance, marketing, legal and more – with their behind-the-scenes work helping to bring artistic visions and works to life for audiences.

The latest recipients are Dylan Singh who will develop a dedicated space for First Peoples artists to showcase their work, Lana Nguyen who will undertake mentorships and research ways to better support creatives, and Alison Halit who is developing an artist portfolio and focusing on mentoring, touring and philanthropy.

Brett Clarke, Efren Pamilacan, Eliki Reade and MILKE PTY LTD run by Laura Milke Garner complete the full list of recipients, while a Strategic Partnership Grant has also been awarded to Performing Lines to support the Victorian business of the organisation.

Previous winners include Kath Papas, who has engaged associate producers and increased support for contemporary dance and theater artists, and Malia Walsh, whose company Circus Trick Tease has revived three touring productions in the regions.

The Unlocking Capacity program also offered mentorships, networking opportunities and other professional development for independent producers, further supporting the development of Victorian talent in this crucial role.

The Victorian Independent Producers Initiative was implemented by Theater Network Australia in partnership with Creative Victoria. For more information, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support.

See below for a full list of recipients.

Auspicious Arts Projects Inc on behalf of Alison Halit, COBURG, $105,000

To support independent producer Alison Halit to undertake professional development in commissioning and touring partnerships, and to develop her knowledge of philanthropy and private sector investment. This will help Alison grow her business and build a diverse portfolio of artists.

Brett Clarke, YARPTURK, $35,000*

Support artist, educator and producer Kirrae Whurrung Brett Clarke to further develop his creative production skills for the development of First Peoples production, Past present Future. The production will provide work and skill development opportunities for performers, while introducing First Peoples stories to new audiences.

Dylan Singh, PRESTON, $35,000*

To help Wiradjuri performer and producer Dylan Singh create a dedicated performance and collaboration space for First Peoples artists to develop and showcase their practice.

Auspicious Arts Projects Inc on behalf of Efren Pamilacan/Cypher Culture, WEST FOOTSCRAY, $105,000

To assist Efren Pamilacan in undertaking professional development to establish a community-led dance initiative focused on collaboration, advocacy and support.

Eliki (Alec) Reade, ASCOT VALE, $105,000

To help Eliki Reade expand her practice and co-develop a peer-to-peer mentorship and exchange network of independent producers of varying experience. The network will connect culturally and linguistically diverse producers based in Victoria with Pacific cultural leaders to build relationships and facilitate knowledge exchange.

Lana Nguyen, MOONEE PONDS, $105,000

To help Lana Nguyen undertake mentorships, peer-to-peer exchanges, business planning, and research ways to better support creatives. This will allow Lana to develop relationships in the sector and explore how they can be used to generate new work.

MILKE PTY LTD led by Laura Milke Garner, ELTHAM, $105,000

Support the production company MILKE to increase its capacity to provide training to independent producers. This will allow MILKE to expand its network and increase touring and programming opportunities for artists.

Strategic Partnership Projects for Capacity Unlocking:

Performance lines, $105,000

The Victorian office of national production organization Performing Lines has produced several new Victorian works, organized activities in regional Victorian communities and employed over 100 Victorian artists and arts workers since its inception in 2018. The funding will help Performing Lines to employ a Victoria-based senior. producer, enabling them to increase their business, support and employ more local artists, operate more sustainably, and provide more creative products and services.

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