Tell me more about Future Form: Transforming arts business models
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Applications open: 28 February 2020
Applications close: 26 June 2020 11:59pm AEST
Our cultural and creative sectors are facing significant forces of change and it is no longer possible to solely rely on traditional modes of operation or engagement.
Future Form is an opportunity for small to medium arts organisations to transform and innovate their core business model.
In a supported environment, led by industry experts, up to 24 participants from 12 organisations will be guided through a four-phase process to:
Future Form provides time and space for participants to reimagine and respond to the future.
Participants will use a range of design techniques to interrogate the value proposition of their organisation; and identify practical solutions and next steps. The program includes a range of activities including online learning sessions, intensive residential labs, individual coaching sessions and peer support.
Key program dates
9 Sept 2020
Ideate (Lab)30 October – 6 November*
(This component will either
be a two-day lab or a series
of online sessions)
18 Nov 2020
27-28 Feb 2021
*Please note: the format, dates and details of this component of the program will be confirmed and communicated.
For more details about the program, including key dates and requirements, please see our FAQ section.
Future Form is for small to medium arts organisations from around Australia. Two representatives from each organisation will participate in the program and only one application per organisation is required. Future Form is also open to groups or collectives who are planning to form an organisation.
We strongly encourage organisations affected by the recent bushfires to apply for this program, and these applications will be prioritised.
For more details about the eligibility requirements of participants and their organisations, please see our FAQ section.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
Organisations can apply via our online application system. The application includes a short introductory video, written responses to four questions that address the selection criteria and optional support material.
Each organisation must nominate two participants. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.
Written response questions
- Why is the program relevant for your organisation at this time?
- How has your organisation explored and managed change so far?
- As the representatives from your organisation, how will you embrace the learning opportunity provided by Future Form, working together and with other participants to make the most of the program? One response for each participant.
- How does your organisation see its role as champions in transforming the sustainability of our sector?
- A three-minute video to introduce your organisation, what it does and why.
- LinkedIn URLs for each individual participant.
- Any relevant support material for your application that demonstrates your organisation’s openness, motivation and commitment to innovation. One attachment only and support material is optional.
Successful organisations pay an administration fee of $1,500. This fee is based on an investment by Australia Council of over $15,000 per organisation throughout the program. Please contact us for financial support if required, as no organisation is discouraged from applying due to financial reasons.
Please see our FAQ section for more information about the application process, the video component and support material.
Applications will be reviewed internally and alongside external advisors. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Timeliness and relevance of the program to your organisation’s development.
- An active and open approach to organisational change management.
- Drive and motivation of each participant to collaborate and experiment with diverse ways of learning and connecting.
- Commitment to exploring and implementing solutions for the sustainability of the arts sector.
We are looking for applications from a range of art forms from across Australia. Applicants may be invited for an interview.
For more details about the application and selection process, please see our FAQ section.
DIVERSITY AND ACCESS: LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Australia Council encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability and people living in regional and remote areas.
We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further.
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For questions about the program, including costs, travel requirements and eligibility, please see our FAQ section.
If you can’t find an answer, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02 9215 9036.
Future Form is presented nationally
Lydia Fairhall is a singer/songwriter, festival curator, theatre and film producer, freelance writer and artistic director with over twenty years of experience across remote and urban communities.
Working across a wide range of disciplines, her work history includes Executive Producer/Co CEO for ILBIJERRI Company Theatre, where she designed and delivered Jack Charles V The Crown (New Zealand and Japan tours), Which Way Home (national tour), the development of major scale works, Black Ties and Bagurrk and seeded several artist and sector development programs including Blackwrights, the ILBIJERRI Ensemble and the Executive Mentorship Program. Previously Lydia was a Producer for Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Head of Programming for Footscray Community Arts Centre, producing shows such as Stradbroke Dreamtime (Out of the Box/Queensland Theatre), The Hamburg Season (Hamburg Orchestra, Opera and Ballet) Bloodland (Bangarra Dance Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company) and My Lovers Bones (Melbourne Festival). She was also the Creative Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s annual and much loved Wominjeka Festival, 2014-2018.
Future Form facilitator: Tarra van Amerongen
Tarra van Amerongen is the Managing Director of ustwo design studio in Sydney whose clients include Qantas, Google and CBA. Her team works with corporates and startups alike to bring new value propositions to market by combining design, technology and data.
Tarra was previously at ANZi, a venturing unit at ANZ Bank where she was the Director of Strategic Design, responsible for setting up the design capability for start-ups being built across Australia and developing the methodology for venturing. Before this she was the Group Director for the Fjord Sydney and Canberra studios, accountable for managing client relationships, finance and commercials, people, creative outputs, and operations for both studios as well as running the Business Design practice across Australia and New Zealand.
Future Form coach: Gauri Bhalla
Gauri founded and runs a small business. She is an expert in revenue creation: customer identification, attraction, retention and shared value. In her own business, Curious Collective, she has designed and delivered contracts ranging from $5k to $1m. She helps leaders think creatively and do differently.
She can see and monetise value in education and creative programs and has captured value for organisations such as Sydney Opera House, School of Life, ACO, TEDxSYDNEY, CBA, Department of Education, Ricoh, Lion, Unilever, Remarkable and Stockland.
She loves to leverage and explore value with her network of contacts and will often bring relevant contacts to engagements to help and share expertise and connections.
Future Form coach: Tony Shannon
Tony Shannon is a specialist in operating and growing businesses in the creative sector. Originally studying writing, Tony worked for 20+ years in senior management roles in digital and creative businesses, particularly print, then digital and mobile publishing. He was part of the management team for the successful IPO of HWW Limited in Dotcom ’99 and a director of the ASX-listed entity until its sale to ninemsn in 2006. He was also a founder and CEO of Australian Property Monitors, a joint-venture between HWW and Fairfax Media.
Tony is a specialist in the 21st century business environment – for digital, non-digital and creative businesses.
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Learn. Adapt. Respond.
Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.
As a direct response to the current challenges faced by the arts sector, we acknowledge the isolation felt by artists and practitioners at this time, and the impact that temporary closure of many arts organisations is having on our collective wellbeing.
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