Extraordinary Dance at Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Extraordinary Dance at Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Image: Ferne Millen

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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.

    VIPI will prioritise developing the skills of producers who identify as First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People of Colour, people living with a disability, as well as those living in regional Victoria.

    Applications will be made through the Creative Victoria Grants Portal. All program enquiries will be managed by Theatre Network Australia.

    The Unlocking Capacity guidelines are available below.

    Funding available

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

    A total of nine Unlocking Capacity grants will be available throughout 2020-2023.

    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 currently dedicated to your independent producing practice.  Your producing portfolio must comprise of 50% Victorian artists.

    Key dates


    Round 1

    Round Opens: 20 February 2020
    Round Closes: 5pm, 19 March 2020
    For activity commencing from 15 June 2020

    Round 2

    Round Opens: TBC
    Round Closes: 5pm, TBC

    Please note:  It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.  There will be 2 funding rounds in 2020 and 1 funding round in 2021.

    Who to talk to

    Applicants are encouraged to read the VIPI FAQs.

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

    For any technical questions related to accessing the Creative Victoria Grants Portal to submit your application, please contact Sasha Leong, Arts Officer, Creative Victoria on 03 8683 3140 or 1800 134 894 (toll free country Victoria only), sasha.leong@creative.vic.gov.au

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