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Cultural and Creative Industries stimulus package

The health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians is our number one priority as we face the challenge of coronavirus (COVID-19). We also recognise the significant impact the unfolding COVID-19 situation is having on Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries. As part of our new stimulus package, we will deliver new funding of $1.5 million and introduce new operational measures of over $2 million to support the individuals and organisations leading Tasmania’s renowned cultural sector. The package has been designed to specifically address the challenges facing our artists, screen practitioners and organisations.

In addition to this funding, the Tasmanian Government’s small business emergency supports grants program of $20 million will be established for initial emergency grant payments of $2,500 to business in a variety of industries including those in the arts sector who are suffering financial hardship.

For more information on the Tasmanian Government stimulus package go to: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

For more information on the Australian Government economic response go to: www.treasury.gov.au

Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund

To support screen practitioners, artists and arts organisations whose work has been cancelled, postponed or disrupted by COVID-19, grants of up to $10 000 for individuals and $50 000 for organisations is available to enable the arts and screen sectors to work together.

This funding will help artists and arts organisations to work with Tasmanian screen professionals to make content in Tasmania for digital distribution and promotion.

Eligibility

To qualify for funding under the Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund, you must be a Tasmanian artist, arts worker, or screen professional who has been resident in Tasmania for at least six of the last 12 months, or a Tasmanian arts or screen organisation. Tasmanian organisations with multi-year government arts funding are also eligible to apply. Groups with interstate members can apply but only Tasmanian artists and professionals can be supported. Eligible projects may include producing excerpts of work for digital distribution, show reels, materials for national and international market development, or adapting theatrical work or performances for a digital platform.

Organisations in receipt of administered funding from the Tasmanian Government (including the Theatre Royal Management Board) are not eligible to apply for support package funds.

Applications open: Friday, 27 March 2020

Applications close: Monday, 4 May 2020

Apply via www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding

Tasmanian Contemporary Music Fund

To support Tasmanian contemporary musicians whose engagements have been cancelled due to COVID-19 to record music and music videos for digital distribution and promotion, grants of up to $15 000 are available. Projects must take place in Tasmania and support Tasmanian musicians to work with other Tasmanian artists and production professionals.

Eligibility

To qualify for funding under the Tasmanian Contemporary Music Fund, you must be a Tasmanian artists or arts worker who has been resident in Tasmania for at least six of the last 12 months or a Tasmanian arts organisation. Groups with interstate members can apply but only Tasmanian artists and professionals can be supported. Contemporary music is defined as music that is currently being written, recorded and performed by Australians. Genres include (but would not be limited to) blues, country, electronic/dance, experimental, folk, funk, hiphop, jazz, metal, pop, rock, roots, and world.

Organisations in receipt of administered funding from the Tasmanian Government (including the Theatre Royal Management Board) are not eligible to apply for support package funds.

Applications open: Friday, 27 March 2020

Applications close: Monday, 4 May 2020

Apply via www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding

Additional Screen Development Fund

To assist the Tasmanian screen industry both during and after the COVID-19 restrictions an additional $250 000 is available through the Additional Screen Development Fund.

To provide an injection of funds into the Tasmanian screen industry to undertake work easily and safely during the current COVID-19 emergency, additional grants are available for new projects through Screen Tasmania’s Project Development Program. This will assist screen practitioners in developing projects for production once restrictions have eased. To allow more people to be involved in development tasks, funding caps for the Screen Tasmania Project Development Program have been increased to $30 000 for Advanced Stage Development and Short-form Series Booster, and $20 000 for Intermediate Stage Development. Funding is also available through the existing Industry Development Program to provide for additional industry and professional development support to filmmakers and crews who are not able to work in production.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the Additional Screen Development Fund is unchanged from the existing Screen Tasmania programs www.screen.tas.gov.au/funding

Applications open: Thursday, 26 March 2020

Applications close: Monday, 13 April 2020

Apply via www.screen.tas.gov.au/funding

Additional arts organisations funding

To support the arts and cultural sector in Tasmanian impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, arts organisations that are currently on a single year funding package or those in the final year of agreements under the Arts Tasmania Organisations Program will have these contracts extended for another year. This will support these 19 organisation to continue to operate through this period of disruption and plan activities in 2021. Additional competitive funding will also be made available for arts organisations that will support additional employment and cultural activity. This will be open to organisations based in Tasmania that are not already receiving support through Arts Tasmania’s Organisations (multi-year), Cultural Heritage Organisations, Cultural Heritage Organisations (multi-year) or those in receipt of annual funding extension.

Organisations in receipt of administered funding from the Tasmanian Government (including the Theatre Royal Management Board) are not eligible to apply for support package funds.

Applications open: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Applications close: Monday, 6 July 2020

Apply via www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding

Contact and assistance

For advice on eligibility or for assistance with your application please call:

Arts Tasmania: 03 6165 6666 or email grants@arts.tas.gov.au
Screen Tasmania: 03 6165 5070 or email info@screen.tas.gov.au

OPERATIONAL MEASURES

Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania operational responses to COVID-19 impacts on the sector are as follows:

  1. Extending the contract of arts organisations in receipt of single year or final year funding through the Organisations program

    This measure is worth $1 657 446.

    Arts Tasmania has 19 arts organisations on single year or in the final year of agreements under the Organisations program. These contracts are to be extended for one year, allowing arts organisations to continue to operate through this period of disruption and plan activities for 2021. KPIs and activities for existing and extended contracts will be revised on a case-by-case basis. This will allow arts organisations to plan their cashflow and continue to employ their staff wherever possible and feasible.

  2. Early payment of outstanding 10 per cent balances

    This measure is worth approximately $349 850

    As part of Arts Tasmania contracts with funded clients, 10 per cent of funds are withheld until acquittals have been received, processed and accepted.  This measure will see all 10 per cent balances paid as soon as clients provide an invoice.  This will immediately assist funded clients to cashflow through this disrupted period.

  3. Temporary suspension of repayment of current Low-interest loans and loans made under the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme

    This proposed measure will temporarily suspend repayments for four months for existing loans to assist loan holders with their personal cash flow.

  4. Additional Screen Tasmania decision round

    Screen Tasmania is fast-tracking assessment of a number of applications in its current development round, and has added an additional meeting of the Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group – on 3 April. This meeting will consider some existing applications in Project Development, Games Development and Production Investment, which would otherwise have been waiting until July for a decision, but have been identified as having few – if any – impacts due to the current restrictions.

  5. Changed Screen Tasmania payment terms

Screen Tasmania ordinarily provides Project Development support 70% on signature, 30% on delivery (acquittal). Effective immediately, that will be 90% of signature, 10% on delivery.

Contact and assistance

For advice on eligibility or for assistance with your application please call

For Arts: 03 6165 6666 or email grants@arts.tas.gov.au

For Screen: 6165 5070 or email info@screen.tas.gov.au

Link to news article: Cultural and Creative Industries stimulus package



Tasmanian Government Arts Law AA

Arts law workshops

Arts Tasmania is partnering with the Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) to deliver workshops that explore the important legal issues that may be facing Tasmanian artists, arts organisations and arts businesses.

There will also be an opportunity after the workshop sessions to have one-on-one consultations to seek advice on legal matters related to personal arts practices.

Appointments will be approximately 30 minutes each and bookings are essential.

Please phone Arts Tasmania on 03 6165 6666 to book a one-on-one consultation.

The Law for Creatives workshops

The workshops will be run by Senior Solicitor, Suzanne Derry, who will explore the important legal issues that may be facing Tasmanian artists, arts organisations and arts businesses.

Held in both Hobart and Launceston the sessions will cover the basics on copyright and moral rights, design registration, trade mark, Indigenous cultural and intellectual property, contracts, online and social media issues, licensing and creative collaborations.

nipaluna / Hobart
Monday 23 September, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
South Hobart Living Arts Centre, 14 Weld Street
RSVP here

Launceston
Wednesday 25 September, 2019
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Ben Lomond Room, C.H Smith Building, 20 Charles Street
RSVP here

Tasmanian Aboriginal artists and cultural practitioners workshops

This workshop will cover the basics of:

  • Perpetual, copyright and moral rights
  • Aboriginal cultural intellectual property
  • Provenance and ethics of permission

nipaluna / Hobart
Tuesday 24 September, 2019
10:00 am – 11:00 am
piyura kitina / Risdon Cove Pyramids, 838 East Derwent Highway

For more information please contact Sara Maynard at the TAC – 1800 132 260

Link to news article: Arts law workshops



Growing Pains in the Arts

Getting good at fundraising, marketing and governance
Presented by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra & Arts Tasmania

About the program

Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraThe Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Arts Tasmania, together with the University of Tasmania are offering a series of skill development seminars for Tasmania’s small-to-medium creative sector.

The program is geared to organisations and practices that are presenting great work but faced with constant issues of sustainability and wondering how to get the next thing off the ground.

Over six separate modules, participants will be able to bring real-life working situations to the table and walk away with a suite of tools and concrete plans to help their practice or organisation. The program is designed to build skills in important areas of revenue generation and governance.

Importantly, participants will have the opportunity to spend time with and learn from each other, and become part of a rich and diverse alumni group with the potential to change the outlook of the Tasmanian arts and cultural sector.

Who should attend?

The program is open to all organisations and individual artists working in performing and visual arts and the wider creative industries. It will suit those responsible for managing arts and cultural organisations, and early-to-mid career arts and creative industries managers. It is also open to post-graduate and final-year students studying creative industries disciplines.

Each module will address key principles of fundraising, marketing, communications and governance and provide time to discuss and workshop current issues.

Modules 5 and 6 are recommended for Chairs and General Managers including those who are not artists or creatives themselves.

Modules

Participants may book for the entire series or module by module. Each module will be in the format of a two-hour seminar/workshop.

The Launceston course will be offered as two full-day intensives.

Course content

Module 1 | Raising funds for your arts practice and projects

  • What are the different funding options?
  • Why will they fund you?
  • Pros and cons of each option
  • What’s the most appropriate vehicle for your project?
  • What’s your case for support and positioning?

Module 2 | How to build and maintain your donor base

  • Donor development
  • Where do your donors come from?
  • Donor cultivation – getting to know your people
  • Donor stewardship – creating lasting relationships
  • What’s a major gift?
  • Understanding the process
  • Asking for support (the face-to-face way)

Module 3 | How to write a great marketing plan

  • Principles of arts marketing
  • Why are artists the best marketers for their own work?
  • What does great arts marketing look like?
  • Anatomy of a marketing plan
  • Writing your plan

Module 4 | How to leverage traditional and digital communications channels

  • What are the various free – ‘below the line’ communications channels?
  • How to tell a relevant story
  • How to write a great press release
  • How to do a radio interview
  • What about social media?

Module 5 | Good governance – what is it? And why is it so important?

  • What is governance?
  • Why do we need it?
  • What do boards do?
  • Role of directors and the chairman
  • Working with and reporting to boards
  • Where is the fine line between governance and management?

Module 6 | Enlisting public support

  • Introduction to Public Value theory
  • Why is Public Value important for arts organisations?
  • Public Value strategy
  • Measuring and communicating Public Value

Dates and locations

Hobart

Where

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Studio
Federation Hall
1 Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000

When

Monday 13, 20, 27 May & 3 June

  • Modules 1 - 4
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Monday 5 & 12 August

  • Modules 5 - 6
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Launceston

University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus

When

Wednesday 29 May

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm – Module 1-2
  • 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm – Module 3-4

Friday 13 September

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm – Module 5
  • Module 6 will be offered in Hobart on Monday, 12 August. Travel subsidies are available from Arts Tasmania for northern participants wishing to attend. Please email info@arts.tas.gov.au for more information.

Presenters

Caroline Sharpen

CEO
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Modules 1 & 2

Caroline SharpenCaroline commenced as CEO of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in January, 2019. Prior to this, she worked in the arts for more than 20 years in Australia and the United States in organisations including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC) and Musica Viva Australia. Throughout this time, Caroline worked with governments, corporate partners and many of Australia’s most generous philanthropists, aligning the strategy and needs of organisations with financial resources.

In 2013, Caroline completed her MBA and established ShapenCIC – a management consulting firm supporting creative sector organisations and practices in strategy and revenue development. Ensuring that arts organisations and practices are strategic, sure-footed and sustainable is a particular passion and Caroline is a regular guest presenter, trainer and mentor for Creative Partnerships Australia, Musica Viva Futuremakers, Monash University and the University of Tasmania.

Samuel Cairnduff

Director Marketing & Communications
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Modules 3 & 4

Samuel CairnduffSam has been Director Marketing and Communications at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2017. In this role at the TSO he leads all marketing, sales and PR activities for the orchestra, as well as overseeing and developing the TSO corporate partnership portfolio. He leads a team that has been responsible for the most significant subscription and sales results during the TSO’s 70 year history.

He has a strong background in media and marketing, particularly in the arts sector, and ran his own concert production, touring and arts communications company, SJEMG, in London for 10 years, with an active presence across the UK.

Sam grew up in Tasmania but lived away for nearly 20 years before returning to Hobart in 2016. He was based in London for 11 years and spent 5 years working in the US. He is an alumnus of the Tasmanian Leaders Program (2018).

Dr David Rich

Chairman
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 
Module 5

Dr David RichDavid was elected to the TSO Board in May 2008, became Deputy Chair in May 2013 and was elected Chair in May 2015. He is a director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group that represents Australia’s 29 major performing arts companies. He is also First Vice-President of Theatre North that runs the Princess Theatre and the Earl Arts Centre in Launceston; he was President from 2013-2018. David has previously been a director of the Tasmanian Academy and the Australian Maritime College. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and for two years served on its national Not-for-Profit Advisory Board.

From 2007 until 2013, David was Provost of the University of Tasmania. He previously worked at the University of New England in Armidale (NSW), Macquarie University in Sydney and the University of Exeter in the UK. He graduated with MA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. He has a background as a geographer, and he has worked extensively in the field of e-learning.

Jacqui Allen

Deputy Secretary
Cultural & Tourism Development
Department of State Growth
Module 6

Jaqui AllenA former Ministerial Advisor for the West Australian Government, Jacqui has also undertaken roles in performing arts management, arts funding, policy and managed a number of government capital works programs at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.

She was the Deputy Director-General of that Department from 2009 until December 2012, when she joined the Tasmanian Government in the role of Deputy Secretary, Culture, Recreation and Sport.

In her current role as Deputy Secretary, Cultural and Tourism Development with the Department for State Growth, Jacqui’s responsibilities include Arts Tasmania, Events Tasmania, Screen Tasmania, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Tourism and Hospitality Supply-Side support.

Jacqui has a BA in Arts Management from the WA Academy of Performing Arts. In addition to a Postgraduate Diploma of Business (Marketing) she is a graduate of the ANZSOG Executive Masters of Public Administration program.

Guest Contributors

Dr David Sudmalis, Director, Arts Tasmania
Jane Haley, CEO, Ten Days on the Island

Course fees

Hobart

Full program: $400*
Per module: $150

Launceston

Full program: $250*
Per module: $75

*Arts Tasmania Fee Support
Arts Tasmania is providing a subsidy of the full program fee ($800). The subsidy will apply for the first 25 participants booking for the full six-module program (in any centre).

The Arts Tasmania subsidy varies as the course will be delivered as an intensive in Launceston.

The subsidy may apply for up to two people per organisation and individual artists. No subsidy is available for individual modules.

Organisations may send two participants for each booking.

For more information please contact the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on 03 6232 4450.

How to register

HOBART

Full program Various Register
Module 1
Raising funds for your arts practice and projects
Mon 13/5/19 6:00 pm Register
Module 2
How to build and maintain your donor base
Mon 20/5/19 6:00 pm Register
Module 3
How to write a great marketing plan
Mon 27/5/19 6:00 pm Register
Module 4
How to leverage traditional and digital communications channels
Mon 3/6/19 6:00 pm Register
Module 5
Good governance – what is it? And why is it so important?
Mon 5/8/19 6:00 pm Register
Module 6
Enlisting public support
Mon 12/8/19 6:00 pmRegister

LAUNCESTON

Full program Various Register
Module 1 & 2
Raising funds for your arts practice and projects
How to build and maintain your donor base

Wed 29/5/19 9:00 am

Register
Module 3 & 4
How to write a great marketing plan
How to leverage traditional and digital communications channels

Wed 29/5/19 1:30 pm

Register
Module 5
Good governance – what is it? And why is it so important?
Fri 13/9/19 10:00 am Register
Module 6
Enlisting public support
Mon 12/8/19 6:00 pm
Hobart * 
Register

* Module 6 will be offered in Hobart on Monday, 12 August. Travel subsidies are available from Arts Tasmania for northern participants wishing to attend. Please email info@arts.tas.gov.au for more information.

Link to news article: Growing Pains in the Arts



Support announced for Tasmanian museums and collections

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Stained Glass Roundel from the collection of the St John’s Church, Launceston, Photo: Veronica MacnoThe many small museums, galleries and collections across Tasmania play an important role as custodians of the inspiring stories of our local communities.

At Arts Tasmania we were pleased to provide support to small museums and community-based collections through our Roving Curator program and the Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection grants for 2019.

Eleven small museums and collections around Tasmania will receive support through the latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curator program.

The Roving Curators, who are skilled museum and cultural heritage professionals, will spend more than 95 days in 2019 working with community and volunteer-focussed organisations on a variety collection management and conservation projects.

The Roving Curators will support Derby Community Development Association, which operates the Derby Schoolhouse Museum in Tasmania’s North-East, to develop their collection management skills and prepare for the Museum’s proposed expansion.

Other organisations to receive support in this round include the Wynyard RSL Sub-Branch, the Mawson’s Huts Foundation and the Derwent Valley Railway Preservation Society Inc.

Two further organisations are also continuing with the Roving Curators on two-year projects that were supported in the previous round.

Recipients of the 2019 Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Grants will share in funding of more than $3 500 to purchase essential capital items to preserve or display their collections.

The grants are offered by Arts Tasmania in partnership with Mrs Lynne Stacpoole.

The three organisations to receive support through the latest round are the Collection of Medical Artefacts Tasmania, the Launceston RSL Sub-branch and the Furneaux Historical Research Association Inc.

For a full list of recipients please visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions

Image: Stained Glass Roundel from the collection of the St John’s Church, Launceston, Photo: Veronica Macno

Link to news article: Support announced for Tasmanian museums and collections



Continued investment in Tasmanian artists’ development

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Lillian Wheatley - Image 1Tasmanian Aboriginal jeweller Lillian Wheatley is among a number of artists benefiting from more than $63 000 in grants through Arts Tasmania’s Education Residencies and Aboriginal Arts Program.

Lillian is based on Flinders Island and will use funding support from the Aboriginal Arts Program to investigate new materials and techniques to develop her contemporary practice, as well as research and access new markets.

The latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program will provide more than $23 000 to six recipients, including Lillian, towards activities that stimulate contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practice.

Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Takira Simon-Brown will develop her technical skills under the guidance of a mentor, which will help her create a new body of work for her upcoming solo exhibition in 2019.

As part of the Tasmanian Government’s Youth Arts Strategy, four grants of $10 000 have been awarded to Tasmanian artists to undertake residencies in schools across the state through the latest round of the Education Residencies.

Visual artist, Nicole O’Loughlin, will undertake a residency at The Hutchins School in Hobart. Nicole will share her many skills, including in painting and embroidery, and offer artist talks that explore the themes and concepts underscoring her bright and eye-catching works.

During his residency at Launceston College, choreographer Joel Fenton will showcase his creative processes through a series of open studios for students and staff. He will also engage directly with the students through a series of creative workshops.

For a full list of recipients please visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions

Image: Lillian Wheatley

Link to news article: Continued investment in Tasmanian artists’ development



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