I would like to let you know about an announcement made at the APACA Conference in Darwin a few weeks ago TOURING AUSTRALIA about an exciting new initiative aiming to help more New Zealand companies tour Australia.
Touring Australia is a Creative New Zealand pilot scheme to support high-quality, distinctive local theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary work to tour throughout Australia. The $748,000 pilot will run for four years, and will be managed by Arts Projects Australia (APA). Few New Zealand performing arts companies are currently able to tap into the potential offered by the extensive Australian performing arts touring market, and this initiative will help New Zealand arts companies to build a stronger presence in Australia. The overall aim of this initiative is an holistic one, and part of a bigger picture which aims to foster a more fluid artistic conversation between New Zealand and Australia. In the coming months APA will work with Creative New Zealand to identify the artists to be included on Touring Australia’s first roster. This ‘curated’ and small group of approximately six companies will be supported in much the same way that Playing Australia supports Australian companies to tour, making the work accessible and affordable to Australian presenters but with one important difference. Once the artists on the Touring Australia roster have been agreed, funding to support landed costs (accommodation, per diems, domestic travel and freight) is already assured, and international flights and freight will be drawn from a funding pool set aside for Touring Australia. So – if your venue elects to program one of the New Zealand companies on the roster there is certainty that the company will be supported to your door. There is no lottery involved. Arts Projects Australia will also be working with the companies to plan for tour readiness, to develop marketing plans and materials, and to consider ways thy can connect with local communities in Australia, build relationships and maintain high quality work – artistically and technically – on the road. If the Touring Australia Initiative is of interest to you, and you would like to be kept in the loop as the project progresses or if you have any companies you would like to suggest we consider, please contact me making the subject of your email TOURING AUSTRALIA INITIATIVE. It is hoped that the first couple of tours will roll out from mid to late 2013. Kind regards, Lee-Anne Lee-Anne Donnolley Executive Producer
Arts Projects Australia 12 King William Road Unley SA 5061 Tel: +61 8 8271 1488 Fx: +61 8 8271 9905 Mob: +61 410 653 120 www.artsprojects.com.au