You are welcomed to contact the VIPI Program Producer to see if you and VIPI could be the right fit!

Contact Rani Pramesti on or call 03 9947 1015

Throughout May 2020 TNA staff consulted with more than 30 Victorian-based independent producers to inform the design of Round 2 of the VIPI Producers Mentorship Program. The consultation was led by VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti.

This consultation was done in light of how COVID-19 has reshaped the arts sector- locally, nationally and globally. The hypothesis was that the Producers Mentorship Program model needed to shift in response to how independent producing practice has been affected by COVID-19.

We consulted with all four target groups: First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse peoples or people of colour, people living with disability and people based regionally; alongside independent producers who do not identify from these four target groups, but who have extensive independent producing experience.

The model for Round 2 was designed in response to the feedback received from these independent producers.


There will be two rounds for the VIPI Producers Mentorship Program in 2020 and one final round in 2021. Recipients to Round 1 were announced in May 2020.

Dates for Round 2 

15 June – Round 2 EOIs for Producers Mentorship Program opens

15 July – Round 2 EOIs for Producers Mentorship Program closes

03 – 07 August – Interviews with shortlisted applicants

17 August – Participants for Round 2 of Producers Mentorship Program notified


The application process involves a 2-step process: an online submission, followed by an interview on Zoom or face-to-face (if health guidelines allow for it), for shortlisted applicants.

For full application details, please go to the EOI page.


No. For Round 2 of the Producers Mentorship Program, you are able to put in an application as an individual.

In the application form, you can state if you want to be paired with another specific independent producer. The independent producer you want to be paired with, will also need to submit their own application.


Participants will be employees of TNA, employed to work 2 days a week (0.4EFT), and will each received a total of $21,840 gross per annum. This is based on a full time equivalent salary of $54,600 gross per annum. Payments will be made fortnightly in arrears.

On-costs (superannuation and work cover, which TNA will administer on your behalf) will be paid on top of this.

In response to industry feedback about the support role that producers play generally, and in recognition that producers will play a vital role in rebuilding/reshaping the sector in the wake of the pandemic, the program will also offer funding for participants to access mental health support , at a rate of $100 per person, per month, for a 12-month period.

Participants will also receive a monthly subsidy towards internet connection and data allowance, set at $40 per person, per month, for a 12-month period.


On an as needs basis, participants will also be able to access VIPI funds to support access and specialized skills / mentorships.

Access may include, e.g. Auslan interpreting, purchase of essential equipment, transport costs, childcare.

Specialized skills / mentorships may include, e.g. First Peoples mentoring support, support by Disabled mentors and so on. Additional specialist mentoring support may be sourced from outside of Victoria.


The time commitment to the program is 2 days per week, for a 12-month period, inclusive of the monthly group sessions. One day is calculated at 7.6 working hours.


We do not penalize people for having life happen in between independent producing commitments. Describe as best as you can the amount of independent producing experience that you have done, both through your resume as well as through your application.

For the Producers Mentorship Program, the three years of experience is NOT a pre-requisite.

For the Unlocking Capacity grant, please contact the VIPI Program Producer to discuss.


Yes. You need to be committed to the Producers Mentorship Program for 2 days per week, for the 12-month period. However, what you do with the rest of your time is none of our business!


You can be working part-time for an organisation, but you need to be able to commit to 2 days per week to the Producers Mentorship Program, in order to apply. You will also need to commit to the monthly group sessions. Finally, you need to be a Victorian-based independent producer.


We understand that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. TNA will schedule regular check-ins with all participants to ensure that everyone involved is having a professionally productive, culturally safe and otherwise satisfying experience.

In addition, if a conflict arises within the group of participants, there will be a conflict resolution clause in the contract you sign with TNA at the beginning of the Producers Mentorship Program, which outlines the steps TNA can take to support participants.


The strongest applicants will demonstrate how the producing work that they do supports a suite of independent artists, independent collectives and unfunded companies.

Meaning, you will need to demonstrate how the benefits of your work as a producer goes beyond your own unfunded company. Otherwise, you would not be the priority to receive support from the Producers Mentorship Program nor the Unlocking Capacity grant.


You can find out more about Round 1 recipients, here.


Yes, absolutely. Given the limited number of places available for both the Mentorship and Unlocking Capacity grant, another way to be involved with VIPI is through the Salon Series.

Please register your interest with the VIPI Program Producer.