2018 membership is now open, and we would like to invite you to become a member of Theatre Network Australia, supporting our work towards advancing the Australian performing arts sector!
TNA had a memorable year in 2017. Highlights include securing the return of the Australia Council funding in March through the #FreeTheArts campaign, the provocative Australian Theatre Forum (ATF) in Adelaide, delivering the Small to Medium Salary Survey, and continuing to advocate for greater support for artists and companies in the touring environment and at the national marketplaces – including celebrating Showbroker’s introduction of the Go Pitch fund which TNA began advocating for in 2015.
Our National Engagement Strategy kicked off this year, with the Victorian Theatre Forum (VTF) at Back To Back Theatre in Geelong, and seven sector meetings in other states and territories: Tasmanian Sector Meeting; Perth Sector Meeting in partnership with Performing Lines WA; Brisbane Sector Meeting with Metro Arts and Qld Chamber of Arts and Culture, plus an ATF Info session later in the year; a Darwin ATF Info Session in partnership with Accomplice; two events in partnership with Theatre Network NSW – a Government Relations Masterclass with Neil Pharoah, and an end of year Sector Drinks to welcome new TNN Chair Bronwyn Edinger. In Adelaide we ran the ATF, of course, and engaged with the sector in the lead up to that. Next year we will do some focused work with the sector in ACT and will make return visits to other states.
Securing the funding to provide financial support and bursaries to the 57 independent delegates at ATF was something we are really proud of – ensuring that the ATF was the most inclusive it could be. A delegate noted that a highlight was “Seeing the huge variety of people in the room – TNA did a wonderful job of ensuring diversity and inclusion.”
We officially embarked on our National Engagement Strategy early this year, and now we are excited to roll out our Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT) strategy, taking on a lot of the work that ACAPTA used to provide to the sector. We also continued our work with the Youth Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences sectors, signing up as a National Centre with ASSITEJ International, and partnering with the sector to send a first Sector Newsletter.
All of these opportunities for growth and influence have been possible because we have had our members as a core constituency to drive our ongoing work.
Individual membership costs $33 ($29.70 with the 2018 discount). NSW members can join both Theatre Network NSW and TNA and receive a further discount – find Bundle details here.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!