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    The Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) is a multifaceted program designed to upskill, increase the capacity and build the pool of independent producers in Victoria’s performing arts sector. Developed in response to industry feedback, the initiative will also provide 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

    An initiative that will see early career / mid-career independent producers undertake a tailored and paid mentorship program. The producer mentees will receive a part-time wage at a rate of $45,000 per full-time year (pro rata) and be mentored to deliver a workplan, which is tailored to what they would like to learn / work on, with the support of a producer mentor. The producer mentee will also have access to other supports, including a professional development fund, in addition to their wage. The producer mentor will also receive a fee for ‘hosting’ the producer mentee. The program will run between 2020 and 2022.

    The Unlocking Capacity Grant

    A multi-year grant of up to $35,000 per annum for up to three years, for independent producers of performing arts who have a minimum three years of experience and who are dedicating at least 50% of their time to their independent producing practice. Recipients will need to demonstrate how the grant will “unlock” their capacity and therefore lead to sustainable independent producing practice, beyond the Unlocking Capacity grant period.  The program will run between 2020 and 2022.

    The Salon Series

    The Salon Series will bring together groups of people already involved in VIPI, as well as providing an access point to VIPI for those outside of the program. The Salon series will include professional development sessions, networking and peer learning for the independent performing arts sector and will focus on responding to the most urgent skills and conversations that the sector needs to be engaging in. Events will commence in late 2019.

    For all VIPI program related enquiries please contact the VIPI Program Producer at Theatre Network Australia, Rani Pramesti on or call 03 9947 1015 (Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays).

    For more information about VIPI, please read the VIPI Program Information and Frequently Asked Questions, or go to the TNA website.