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Producer Professional Development opportunity 2018

Producer Professional Development opportunity 2018

Bleach* Festival™ - Craig Walsh

Are you a Gold Coast based emerging arts and cultural worker?

Do you want to make great art happen? Are you organised, committed and ready to bring bold creative ideas to life?

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 three aspiring creative producers to increase their professional skills, experience and networks by undertaking a paid placement with one of three local arts festivals in 2018 Bleach* Festival™, Gold Coast Film Festival and Somerset Celebration of Literature.

About Bleach* Festival™

Bleach* Festival™ is the largest arts and cultural festival on the Gold Coast. Bleach* Festival™ specialises in site specific artistic events that respond to the natural environment as well as providing maximum participation for the community. The festival program is a feast of contemporary live music, pop up art installations and exhibitions, outdoor film programs, street parties, theatre and ideas.

Visit the Bleach* Festival™ website for more information.

About Somerset Celebration of Literature

The Somerset Celebration of Literature 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. Over 30 acclaimed authors from around Australia hold interactive sessions and workshops for both children and adults. It’s a great opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, have books signed and enjoy a festival dedicated to reading and writing.

Visit the Somerset Celebration of Literature website for more information. 

About Gold Coast Film Festival

Established in 2002, The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) celebrates and promotes all aspects of film and filmmaking from one of Australia’s pre-eminent filmmaking locations and holiday destinations – the Gold Coast. The 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival attracted a record 14,148 attendees across ten days of film screenings and events, increasing attendance by 12 per cent on the previous year.

From internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems and family features, the GCFF offers a culturally diverse, interactive and engaging program of film, events and special guests. The Gold Coast Film Festival is the city’s flagship film event and enhances the reputation of the city as one of Australia’s major film making hubs.

Visit the Gold Coast Film Festival 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.

What to expect

The successful applicants will support the Director and Festival Producers to deliver a series of creative projects during each festival in 2018. The successful applicants may also support other members of the festival team with specific tasks or projects. Please read the Guidelines for further information about what you could expect on a daily basis during the placement.

Key dates

  • Applications close: Monday 30 October 2017 by 12pm (AEST).
  • Notification of interviews: Wednesday 8 November 2017.
  • Interviews conducted: Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017.
  • Notifications of outcomes to all applicants: By Monday 20 November 2017.
  • Placement period: Various dates depending on festival placement - between mid-January 2018 and mid-April 2018.
  • Festival delivery dates:
    • Bleach* Festival™: Thursday 29 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
    • Gold Coast Film Festival: Tuesday 17 to Sunday 29 April 2018
    • Somerset Celebration of Literature: Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 March 2018.

The work schedule will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on project requirements and the applicant's individual situation.

To apply

Submit the following documents online:

  • completed application form
  • CV (4 page maximum)

Applications must be submitted through SmartyGrants - Producer placement 2018 by midnight (AEST) on Monday 30 October 2017.


  • Demonstrate a significant connection to the Gold Coast (i.e. resident here, work here),
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen, and;
  • be over 18 years of age by Monday 30 October 2017.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing professional work in creative producing/project management in an arts and culture context,
  • demonstrate a significant connection to the Gold Coast (i.e. resident here, resident close by and consistently work here),
  • relevance of opportunity to career development and ambition of applicant,
  • readiness for this professional development opportunity,
  • potential to contribute to ongoing arts and culture sector development on the Gold Coast, and;
  • ability to dedicate a substantial amount of time to the opportunity in the lead up to the festival/s and good availability for the festival/s delivery in 2018 (dates above).

Selection process

Written applications will be assessed by a panel, including representatives from City of Gold Coast and a representative from each Festival. Additional industry experts may be asked to assess applications, if required.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview on one of the following days Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017

Participants will be selected based on their application and interview.

Support provided

An honorarium of up to $7,500 will be paid to the successful applicant in instalments. It is expected that this will support the applicant to undertake approximately 40 placement days. (Note: It is the responsibility of the successful applicant to manage their own taxation and superannuation affairs).

The successful applicant will be seconded to and mentored by the Director 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, Director 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

Cecile Knight
Arts and Culture
Economic Development
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9729
Phone: 07 5581 7170

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