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Producer Placement Program 2019

About the opportunity

Are you a passionate emerging arts professional looking to further develop your skills and take the next step in your career? Do you possess the will but not the way?

The Gold Coast is home to a burgeoning creative community of increasing ambition. We are looking for the next wave of creative producers and arts and cultural operators. Creative producers are needed to work in collaboration with local artists and organisations to help shape and deliver imaginative projects that will continue to accelerate the cultural development of our city.

To support the development of our city's emerging arts and cultural workers, we are offering an opportunity for a number of aspiring producers to increase their professional skills, experience and networks by undertaking a paid placement with one of five arts organisations/festivals in 2019 including Bleach* Festival™, Gold Coast Film Festival and Somerset Storyfest.

Bleach* Festival™

Bleach* Festival™ is the Gold Coast’s signature festival, taking place annually across the city in April. The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs.

Visit the Bleach* Festival™ website for more information.

Gold Coast Film Festival

The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) brings diverse Australian and international films, filmmakers and screen events to the Gold Coast, enhancing the city’s cultural reputation, driving tourism and delivering economic impact to the region.

Visit the Gold Coast Film Festival website for more information.

Somerset Storyfest

The Somerset Storyfest is a significant cultural event that reaches beyond Somerset College to include the whole community. This inspiring three-day festival is held on the Gold Coast each year, with ticket sales exceeding 20,000.

Visit the Somerset Storyfest website for more information.

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance is an annual festival presenting contemporary dance in all its wildest forms, with a program of high-calibre contemporary dance curated to develop and connect choreographers, dancers and audiences in creative and cultural experiences that tackle the big topics, current affairs and important narratives that reflect the lives of our audiences.

Visit the Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance website for more information.

Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA)

NORPA is Australia’s premier regional theatre company based at The Lismore City Hall in Lismore, Northern NSW. NORPA creates new performance work and is renowned for its community connections and research, a devised and collaborative creative development process combined with a strong physical aesthetic. NORPA also program and co-produce works by leading national companies in an annual season and have an established and loyal support base of audiences from across the Northern Rivers Region.

Visit the NORPA website for more information.


Who should apply?

This opportunity is for emerging arts and cultural workers looking to expand their professional experience in creative producing and project management of events of scale in a contemporary arts and cultural context.

Applicants might be recent graduates (or current students) of courses in arts, creative industries, events, design, tourism or other industries. You might have worked on amateur theatre productions and be looking to professionalise your experience or be an arts-passionate corporate functions coordinator seeking a different sector to work in. Perhaps you are a part-time band manager, frustrated creative agency client manager, or a self-producing artist looking to expand your career options. This opportunity is for you.

Key dates

Date Action
Sunday 25 November Applications close
Friday 30 November Notification of interviews
Weeks commencing 3 and 10 December Interviews conducted
Friday 14 December Notification of outcomes to applicants
Placement period TBC with participating organisation/applicant

Guidelines and how to apply

  1. Download and read the Producer Placement Program 2019 Guidelines
  2. Apply online through SmartyGrants

Applications must be submitted to the SmartyGrants portal by midnight AEST on Sunday 25 November 2018.

Support provided

An honorarium of up to $7750 will be paid to the successful applicant in instalments. It is expected that this will support the applicant to undertake approximately 40 placement days (negotiable).

The successful applicant will be seconded to and mentored by the Supervising Producer to gain practical industry experience to propel their career as an emerging creative producer to the next level.

Kick-off, mid-way and debrief sessions with the applicant, Supervising Producer and City of Gold Coast representative will provide a structured overlay for additional reflection, feedback and mentorship to ensure the professional development opportunity is maximised.


All enquiries to:

Sam Creyton
Arts and Culture Program Lead – Sector Development
Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast
Phone: 07 5582 9220 | 0466 954 759
Email: screyton@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
PO Box 5042 Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9726

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