Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Get your groove on

The Innovating Dance Practice grant program is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to support professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000 to expand their personal dance practice.

Michelle Silby, Director of Ausdance NSW, is certain that the Innovating Dance Practice initiative will provide numerous artists with the ability to innovate their practice and ultimately contribute to the New South Wales dance sector. "We are really thrilled to have been successful in initiating this opportunity for individual dance artists in NSW. We will be delivering a devolved funding program for dance, supported by Arts NSW. This small grants program aims to support peoples dance practice through small one off grants that inspire and develop dance artists' skills. There is a total of $30,000 available each year, for the next three years".

The Innovating Dance Practice initiative welcomes all dance artists in the state to apply who:
  • are professional dance practitioners
  • engage with at least one Arts NSW ACDP priority (see below)
  • are Australian citizen or have permanent resident status in Australia AND have been a resident in NSW for at least 12 months 

The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills and can include:
  • a program of activity that develops professional practice
  • a secondment with an organisation
  • a mentorship with an individual
  • residencies involving innovative approaches to working practice.

The proposal must engage with at least one of the following Arts NSW, Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) priorities:
  • people with a disability
  • young people
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people living and/or working in regional NSW
  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney.

The fund can be used to cover any costs associated with the dancers activities, such as, artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences, documentation.

Closing date is the 16th of August with the first projects running from 1 Jan – 31 December 2017. Applications must be submitted by 5.00pm (AEST) on the closing date.

In order to apply please head to Arts NSW SmartyGrants.

For more information visit Ausdance NSW.

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