Information for applicants: Artform Information

Theatre and Dance

Activities may include creative development or production of an existing or new work, theatre script development or other performance related activity including touring. Given the complexity and high cost of developing and producing quality theatre, staged development of your project should be considered. Productions must evidence high quality scripts, choreography, dramaturgy, artistic direction and production values including a marketing strategy.

Amateur groups are eligible to apply. Activities may include employing a mentor, for example a professional set or lighting designer to work closely on a project with emerging designers, or employing key actors or dancers to work with an emerging director or choreographer focusing on artistic development and skills transfer.

Proposals should include, where applicable, reasonable development and rehearsal time; marketing costs; and box office revenue.

Ticketed performance activities should include box office income based on a clearly explained calculation of realistic ticket sales, and a well-developed marketing strategy and associated costs.


Activities may include research; writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry and creative prose), publishing, conducting a literary event or project; professional development or manuscript editing costs. The artistic development of an artist, group, organisation or the community should be evidenced in the project.

Applications seeking funding for publishing a book should include how the process of publishing would progress their professional development. This can be evidenced through the being mentored, engaging a professional editor or working with the publisher on the book, where the process of publishing is important, not just the end product.

Proposals seeking costs for self-publishing must include printing and design quotes, and an effective marketing and distribution plan.

If costs towards publication by a publishing house are being requested, a contract to publish or a letter of offer demonstrating the publisher’s commitment to the project must be provided. This should include a financial contribution towards the publication costs, appropriate royalties, and an effective marketing and distribution plan.


Activities may include composition; developing a new musical work; the staging of a musical performance; touring or the recording or documentation of musical performance. All stages of the creative process, from research and development to production, performance and distribution are eligible.

Ticketed performances should include a box office income estimate based on a clear and realistic calculation of ticket sales, and a well-developed marketing strategy and associated costs.

Sales revenue, e.g. from recordings, only needs to be included where the income will be earned in the year the funding is received.

The artistic development of an artist, group or organisation is critical. Therefore applications seeking funding for recording, mixing or mastering of tracks or albums need to demonstrate artistic development as an important part of the process, not just the end product.

Applicants seeking funding for the hire of Llewellyn Hall in 2018 must apply, and be assessed, through Project Funding, the same as any other request for venue support. Applications will need to respond to the Project assessment questions and Project Funding Purpose.

Visual Arts

Projects may include researching or creating new work; development of new work for an exhibition; mounting an exhibition; staging a visual arts and craft event; undertaking a residency; or attendance at an interstate or international visual arts convention or festival. As the focus of Project Funding is on progressing the artistic practice of an artist, group or organisation, applications for exhibition and catalogue costs should clearly explain the benefits and opportunities of these activities, and why they are important at this stage of your career.

Proposals seeking support to mount an exhibition must include a letter of confirmation from the participating gallery/exhibition space. Where the venue is unable to be confirmed, applications should explain when confirmation will be available and offer alternative venue options.

Digital Arts/New Media

Digital and New Media projects can be supported across all artforms and should be applied for under the most relevant artform category, nominated by the applicant.

Multi Arts/Cross Arts Collaborations

Applicants should nominate the artform in which you wish the application to be assessed, usually the artform which is most prominent at this stage of the project. The assessment panel consists of representatives from a range of artforms.

Community Arts

A community-based arts project is one created by, with, and for the community where an artist works with a community to facilitate a creative process.

Applications should demonstrate community involvement in all stages of the project and place emphasis on the participants’ artistic development, the creative processes and the artistic outcomes. While community-based arts projects often also achieve a range of social outcomes, the emphasis should be on arts outcomes.

Where the application is planning on working with a particular community sector, the application should include evidence of the sector’s wish to be involved in the project.


Arts festivals or specific arts components within a festival can be supported through Project Funding. Project costs can include artists’ fees, venue hire, and administrative costs. On the application form, you should nominate the artform in which you wish the application to be assessed.

Applicants proposing a festival activity are encouraged to contact EventsACT External Link