IETM Spring Plenary Meeting, Tromsø 2020

Image credit: © NORDTING / The Northern Assembly marching the streets of Tromsø as part of its election campaign for the Norwegian Parliament, 2017. Photo by Martin Eilertsen.

Applications are now closed

Applications close: 3 December 2019 (11:59PM AEDT)

Event dates: 30 April - 3 May 2020

Amount: $5,000

Website: IETM

Notification: mid-January 2020

About the opportunity

Applications are now open for support to attend the IETM Spring Plenary Meeting in Tromsø, Norway, 30 April - 3 May 2020.

The Australia Council has worked in partnership with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Network (IETM) since 2009 to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists. This project has now evolved into a broader engagement with European networks and partners.

The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at the 2020 IETM Spring Plenary in Tromsø, Norway. The Council’s International Development Consultant – Europe will work with the delegation in Tromsø.

Tromsø is one of Norway’s most northern cities, situated above the Arctic Circle. The meeting’s theme is activism. Dansearena nord, the Norwegian host of the Spring Plenary Meeting, is partnering with several local partners, including Sámi Lávdi - Sami Association of Performing Arts. First Nations artists and arts workers from Australia seeking connections with Sámi colleagues are encouraged to apply. The event program will also include topics of interest to artists and arts workers working in and with regional communities and/or exploring climate concerns in their work.

Given Tromsø’s significant distance from Australia, applicants are encouraged to extend their time in the region and undertake additional market or career development activities in the Nordic region or beyond. 

Other places of interest in Northern Norway include:

*Located around two hours’ drive from Tromsø.

Other key performing arts festivals and events taking place in the UK and Europe in May include:

Applicants can find more information on the IETM website. Please also check our IETM FAQs for more information.

The Council will provide delegates with $5,000 each towards the cost of attending the meeting and other travel within the region. Supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and registration.


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection criteria

Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

  • The impact of attendance at this IETM, taking into consideration the meeting's location and theme, in developing future international opportunities for your work.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the region, markets and networks that IETM facilitates.
  • The timeliness of this opportunity and a demonstrated ability to plan and deliver on any international outcomes that may arise.

Diversity and access

The Australia Council encourages applications from applicants who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas. 

The Australia Council’s programs and processes are designed for accessibility and best use by a diverse demographic. We work with individual applicants to find the best approach to accommodating access, childcare, carer and other support needs. Please contact us at least two weeks prior to the closing date to discuss your access and support requirements.

Supporting material

No supporting material or submitted budget is required. Please note that applicants will be unable to attach supporting material to their online application.

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider applications according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by mid-January 2019. 

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.

How to submit an application

Click on the ‘Apply now' button at the bottom of this page. Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system.

Note, applications to International Development funding opportunities do not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

If you are applying as an organisation, please specify the staff member(s) who will participate in this activity as part of your application. If this changes, please notify us as early as possible as this may affect the status of your application.

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To discuss your application, please contact Ellen Dwyer, International Market Adviser, Europe on +61 2 9215 9051 or

Learn more about the current International development opportunities.

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