For professional dance companies and independent artists, the Australia Council is the major supporter of Australian dance touring. They offer grants that support: (a) professionally produced performing arts, (b) producers and touring agencies with demonstrated national touring experience, and (c) regional and remote presenters with marketing and audience development initiatives.
Grants for national touring
- Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund assists the touring of professionally produced performing arts to regional and remote communities across Australia. Closing: June, September, December
Market development events and resources
- The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is held biannually and the 2016 and 2018 APAM events will be at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Individual artists and organisations vie for the opportunity to present their work in front of a gathering of national and international artists, investors and presenters. Artists present their work in a range of formats over five days, within a full program of workshops and panel sessions.
- Market Development Skills Resource contains practical tips about how to best plan for and position your work in international markets, and how to identify priority markets.
State and territory funding
In addition to grants for touring, many state and territory arts funding organisations partner with performing arts presenting networks to deliver programs that tour dance to regional Australia. Visit your funding organisation for more information.
Playing Queensland Touring Fund aims to increase the number of touring arts productions, extend the reach of the tours and double the touring arts experiences in regional communities. You can apply to the Playing Queensland Fund at any time, and you will be notified of the outcome of your application within eight weeks.
Touring Victoria provides support for touring a professional production, performance, exhibition or program to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria. They support tours by a Victorian arts organisation or artist to at least three Victorian destinations.
Country Arts WA offers Share The Risk funding for Western Australian regional communities to present professional performing arts locally. If the presentation of the show results in a financial loss due to unexpected events, Share the Risk provides some financial security by underwriting some of the costs for the community presenter, including the payment of performance fees and touring costs.
The art of going global (2007) by Sophie Travers. RealTime Arts Magazine