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Organisations & Organisations (multi-year) 2019-20

The Minister for the Arts has approved funding of $2 357 326 to 23 arts organisations to deliver high quality arts experiences and activities around the state in 2020.

This includes fund of $610 676 committed to four organisations through existing multi-year agreements.

Funding recommendations were made by expert peers drawn from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

Grants

Australian Script Centre (Australian Plays) - $56 000 towards its 2020 program.

Big hART Inc. – $145 000 towards Cape to Cape and Beyond in 2020.

Contemporary Art Tasmania - $210 000 per annum towards its 2020 and 2021 programs.

Constance ARI – $49 880 towards its 2020 program, and $49 565 towards its 2021 program.

Devonport City Council - $22 800 towards the paranaple arts centre season in 2020

Glenorchy City Council - $8 580 towards Into the Fold at the Moonah Arts Centre in 2020.

Huon Folk Inc. (Cygnet Folk Festival) - $5 000 towards the Tilly Bebe Women in Jazz Project in 2020.

Mudlark Theatre Inc. - $82 000 towards its 2020 program.

Sawtooth ARI - $90 000 towards its 2020 program.

Second Echo Ensemble - $100 000 towards its 2020 program.

Stompin Inc. - $70 000 towards its 2020 program.

Tasdance - $200 000 towards its 2020 program.

Tasmanian Poetry Festival Inc. - $9 390 towards the 2020 festival.

Tasmanian Theatre Company - $150 000 towards its 2020 program.

TasWriters Inc. - $50 000 towards its 2020 program.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre - $240 000 towards its 2020 program, and $250 000 per annum towards its 2021, 2022 and 2023 programs.

The Story Island Project (Tasmania) Inc. - $70 000 towards stage two of Stories Sown, Stories Grown in 2020.

Theatre North Inc. - $110 000 towards its 2020 program.

Van Diemen's Band - $78 000 towards its 2020 program.

Existing multi-year agreements

Design Tasmania - $135 000 towards its 2020 program.

Kickstart Arts Inc. - $150 676 towards its 2020 program.

Performing Lines Limited (Tasmania Performs) - $200 000 per annum towards its 2020 and 2021 programs.

The Unconformity Inc. - $125 000 towards its 2020 program.

Feedback from the expert peers

The peers provided the following feedback for current and future applicants:

  • Applications written in plain and clear English are accessible for peers across all art forms.
  • Applicants should submit supporting material relevant to the activities being proposed.
  • Consider including artistic support material that speaks to the criterion of ‘quality’ rather than only submitting support material that speaks to the criterion of ‘benefit’.
  • Excess support material is wasted. Ensure that artistic support material and letters of support are relevant, timely and well curated.
  • The lifespan of supporting documents (for example, strategic plans etc.) should directly relate to the period for which funding is being sought.
  • Many applications failed to include or underrepresented in-kind support. This is an important factor in the budget, and directly relates to the planning criterion.
  • It is important to realistically assess the position of your organisation or the proposed activity within the sector ecology. Ambit claims that overstated the importance of a proposal or an organisation were seen to lack awareness of the context of an application.
  • Consistency between partnering organisations is critical. When discussion of budgets are contradictory within applications of partnering organisations, it raises significant doubts with peers as to the accuracy of budget information and the strength of partnerships.
  • Budgets sometimes lacked sufficient detail. Applicants should include a high level of detail around projected income and expenses, and a rationale regarding artist’s fees and rates.
  • Applicants that did not meet with Arts Tasmania officers seemed to make simple and avoidable errors. The peers encouraged all potential applicants to meet with Arts Tasmania officers well in advance of submitting an application.
  • Applicants should be direct and definite about what they are, their purpose, and what they seek to achieve.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed in this round (incorporating Artsbridge, Education Residencies, Individuals and groups, Organisations, Organisations [multi-year] and low-interest loans):

  • Allison Bell
  • Angela Driver
  • Dan Rooke
  • Harry Edwards
  • Jabra Latham
  • Jami Bladel
  • Jane Forrest
  • Kate Gordon
  • Kiri Morcombe
  • Liam James
  • Megan Dick
  • Michelle Boyde
  • Michelle Forbes
  • Nathan Tucker
  • Samantha Dennis
  • Serena Rosevear
  • Tania Walker
  • Tracey Cockburn
  • Wayne Hudson

There were also peers that participated in this assessment who wished to remain anonymous and their names have not been published.