Peer assessment is rewarding

For advice from existing peers before registering, click here.

images of peers

Top, left to right: Amy-Clare McCarthy, Murray Saylor, Lisa Fuller, Tim Stiltz, Mary Anne Butler.
Bottom, left to right: Peter Polites, Ruark Lewis, Serena Bentley, Rennie McDougall, Marie Falcinella.


We need your help

The Peer Services team is currently promoting the peer assessment process to recruit new peers for the next three year term 2017 - 2019.

If you know someone who you think should nominate to be a Peer please encourage them to sign up. 
You can refer them to the video below describing the experience and to the Peer interviews in the link above.


Video features: Esther Anatolitis, Jane Harrison and Philip Hammial. April 2016.

Peers should have knowledge and experience of the arts sector to make a fair and informed assessment of funding applications. Peers can be practicing artists, working as arts professionals or advisers to the arts sector.

We look for peers who are representative of geography, cultural backgrounds, age, gender and ability.

Nominations to become a peer are open (29 August – 3 November 2016)
Forms can be completed online.

Peer assessment is rewarding

Our peer assessors tell us that participating has many benefits:

  • It is an opportunity for professional development and networking
  • They gain insights about and exposure to national and international practice
  • Their own grant writing improves
  • They gain recognition for their professional expertise
  • It is an opportunity to give something back to other artists and the sector

Insight from our Peers

Zulya Kamalova

Zulya Kamalova
Singer/writer/producer VIC

Adam Briggs

Adam Briggs
Performer VIC

Susannah Day

Susannah Day
Project Coordinator, Dance Massive VIC

Simon Spain

Simon Spain
Director, All That We Are TAS

Jon Halpin

Jon Halpin
Manager
Arts Programs | Carclew SA 

Somaya Langley

Somaya Langley
Sound Artist/Producer/Digital Curation Specialist NSW


Australia Council Grant Programs

  • Career Development Grants for Individuals - $5,000 - $25,000

    The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
    • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
    • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

    To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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  • Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups - $10,000 - $50,000

    The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
    • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
    • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    Technical support will not be available after 7pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    Our arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Examples of activities this grant supports include the creation of new work, creative development, touring, festivals, productions, exhibitions, publishing, recording and market development activity.

    To see case studies for projects that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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  • Artists with Disability Funding

    Artists with disability funding provides support for artists and groups who identify with disability. There is only one closing date for this funding round in 2016. Applications will be available again in 2017. 

    The Australia Council will offer one grant round in 2017. That grant round will close on Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017.

    Technical support will not be available after 7pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.

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  • Arts Projects – Organisations - $10,000 - $100,000

    The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
    • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
    • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    Technical support will not be available after 7pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.


    To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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  • Fellowships - $80,000

    The Australia Council offers one grant round each year for Fellowships. In 2017, Fellowships will close on Tuesday 6 June.

    Technical support will not be available after 7pm on the closing day.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity for a period of up to two years.

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  • Four Year Funding for Organisations - $75,000 - $300,000 p.a.

    Four Year Funding Recipients announcement here.

    Applications for this program have currently closed and will open again in 2019.

    Four Year Funding for organisations replaces the previously suspended six year funding program. To read more about the revised grants model click here.

    The Four Year Funding program provides multi-year core program funding for small to medium arts organisations of significant regional, national or international standing.

    For a list of the Four Year Funded Organisations click here.


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  • International Residencies

    The International Residencies Program enables the artistic development of individual artists and groups by brokering and offering high quality residency experiences.

    For more information about the International Residencies program, please click here.

    Closing dates

    In 2017, the international residencies round will close on:

    • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    Please note technical support will not be available after 7pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

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Other Grants and Opportunities

  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

    The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
    • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
    • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. 

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  • Contemporary Music Touring Program - Up to $15,000

    The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
    • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas.  Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.

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  • Contemporary Touring Initiative

    Applications for this program have closed for 2017 and will reopen in 2018.

    Technical support will not be available after 7pm on the closing date. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    The Contemporary Touring Initiative, as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions. 

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  • Leadership Program

    The Leadership Program offers a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. The Program is made up of five components including the Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program, Governance Program, Mentoring & Secondments and Scholarships & Partnerships.

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  • International Collaboration

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for alumni of the British Council ACCELERATE Leadership Program to apply for up to $5,000 in seed funding to generate international collaborations.  Collaborative projects or activities to be considered could be based either in Australia or internationally and we encourage you to be flexible, simple and open to new ideas. Projects must be delivered between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2017.

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  • Arts Governance Program

    A national opportunity for arts organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. The program aims to enhance governance skills, supporting leaders to prosper, and arts organisations to thrive.

    Program Outcomes

    • Enhanced understanding of arts governance by boards and senior leadership in organisations of all sizes
    • Strengthened understanding between senior leadership, including artistic leadership, and board members
    • Greater confidence in managing board and organisational performance
    • Greater confidence in guiding the artistic health of an organisation.
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Australia Council Grant Programs

    Other Grants and Opportunities

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