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    Unlocking Capacity is a stream of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI), a Victorian Government program run in partnership with Theatre Network Australia, designed to strengthen the independent performing arts sector by supporting Victorian independent producers and upskilling the artists and organisations who engage their services.

    Unlocking Capacity offers producers a multi-year grant of up to $35,000 per annum for up to three years to support targeted skills development activities. The multi-year funding aims to enable producers to “unlock” their capacity, build their skills and networks and develop a sustainable practice.

    This program encourages applications from producers who identify as First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, people living with a disability and regionally-based producers.

    Update: In line with the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, work is currently underway on a new round of the VIPI Unlocking Capacity program, to best meet the needs of Victoria’s independent creative sector. More details will be available later in 2021.

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    ** If you have received funding through this program and your project has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact program staff listed below. **


    Funding available

    • Up to $35,000 per annum for up to 3 years, per producer

    Who can apply

      Victorian-based independent producers of performing arts who have a minimum three years of experience in independent producing.  At least 50% of your professional time is dedicated to your independent producing practice. (We are aware that this may have been impacted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – please view the FAQs for more information).  Your producing portfolio must comprise of 50% Victorian artists.

    Who to talk to

    For enquiries, please contact Shaun Gillis at on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

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