The Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) is a multifaceted program designed to upskill, increase the capacity of, and build the pool of independent producers in Victoria’s performing arts sector. Developed in response to industry feedback, the initiative also provides networking and professional development to independent artists and companies to better understand, and make the most of, the artist/producer relationship.
VIPI is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, delivered in partnership with Theatre Network Australia.
VIPI is made up of three components:
The Producers Mentorship Program suits people who already have some producing experience in the performing arts and want to be part of a group learning environment to explore new models of independent producing. Round 2 is a 12-month program from August 2020 – August 2021, for up to 8 individual independent producers. There will be bespoke relationships in pairs or small groups, along with monthly group sessions with all participants.
A multi-year grant of up to $35,000 per annum for a maximum of three years for established independent producers of performing arts who have a minimum three years of experience and who dedicate at least 50% of their time to their independent producing practice. Noting the significant impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had, applicants can apply based on their work history pre-pandemic. Recipients will need to demonstrate how the grant will support their independent producing practice and provide professional support of Victorian-based independent artists and independent companies.
The Salon Series brings together groups of people already involved in VIPI and provide an access point to VIPI for those outside of the program. The Salon Series includes professional development sessions, networking and peer learning for the independent performing arts sector. The series responds to the most urgent skill requirements and provides a forum for conversations that the sector needs to be engaging in.