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Professional Attachment 2021 – Round 1

Click to enlargeInaugural Annual Dance Affair, Everybody Now, Darcy Grant

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About this opportunity

Are you a Gold Coast based creative looking to get hands on experience creating and/or delivering a project? Are you looking to deepen your understanding of working in professional context learning from senior mentors? Do you have a genuine desire to establish new relationships with presenters, artists and peers, while accelerating your career opportunities?

To support the development of arts and culture creatives and production personnel on the Gold Coast, the City of Gold Coast is offering highly motivated individuals a limited number of professional paid attachments.

This opportunity is for emerging to mid-career arts and culture creatives and production technicians who have experience working in a professional creative arts capacity, but are looking for more hands on experience and the opportunity to expand their career.

How to apply

The program offers two ways in which applicants can apply.

Option 1: Predetermined host organisation/role/event

In these professional attachments you will be placed in a producing, production/technical or creative associate role within an organisation who has agreed to participate in the program.  Projects within this group are a mix of performing arts, music, literary, film, and design site-specific works, events and community engagement projects.

The participating host organisations include:

  1. Gold Coast Film Festival – Event Producer – Industry and Digital
  2. Somerset Storyfest – Events Producer
  3. Gold Coast Music Awards – Event Producer
  4. Mo’s Desert Clubhouse – Technical Production Associate

Further details of specific attachment roles within these organisations can be found in the Professional attachment program 2021 document.

Option 2: Applicant-nominated host organisation/role/event

In these professional attachments, you have the opportunity to nominate a specific creative attachment/mentor that you would like to work with. Artform areas are strongly encouraged in Dance and Design. We will then liaise with the relevant mentor/organisation(s) to try and match up your request with available opportunities. Any previous correspondence between you and your nominated mentor/organisation will be an advantage but not essential.

Note: Applicants can apply to be considered for one or both of the options above. If you are successful, you will be offered one attachment opportunity only.

Who can apply

This opportunity is for emerging to mid-career arts and culture creatives and production personnel who have experience working in a professional capacity.

You might have experience working on your own professional, or semi-professional arts and culture projects, or experience working in a range of creative or production roles for arts and culture organisations and be looking to extend your skills through accelerated sector development opportunities.

Applications are welcome from those already working within the arts and culture industry or current/recent graduates of courses in arts, creative industries, event or project management, design, tourism or other industries that hold applicable experience levels. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, artists with disability and artists of linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Support provided

A grant will be paid to the successful applicant to support their participation in the professional attachment program. The amount of each grant will be calculated using industry standard hourly/daily rates, and will depend on the nature of the assignment, the experience of the applicant, and the duration of the attachment.

What to expect

The successful applicant will be mentored by senior creative/production personnel while assisting with the creative and/or production elements of a project.

The duration of the professional attachment will be negotiated with the successful applicant, depending on the needs of the project, the availability of the mentor, and the nature of the assignment.

The attachment may include short-range assignments (less than 7 days total) through to longer placements (up to a total of 33 days) requiring a part-time work commitment over a number of weeks/months. Days of work may be flexible depending on the needs of the project you are working on.

On a daily basis, you would be expected to:

  • liaise with your mentor, as well other members of the project team to support the planning and delivery of various creative and/or production aspects of your assigned project/event
  • attend meetings and site visits with your mentor and other members of the project team
  • liaise with key stakeholders about your assigned projects (i.e. artists, venues, and other staff)
  • represent the City of Gold Coast to the highest professional standard
  • perform any other duties as required by a busy hands-on arts and production organisation.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Friday 4 Dec 2020
  • Applications close: Sunday 10 January 2021 (midnight AEST)
  • Notification of interviews: By Friday 15 January 2021
  • Interviews conducted: Week commencing 18 January 2021
  • Notification of outcomes: Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 January 2021

How to apply

Our professional attachment program is a two-stage selection process. Applicants are first required to submit an application via Smarty Grants. Shortlisted applicants will then attend an interview as part of the final selection process.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

Applications close AEST midnight Sunday 10 January 2021.


To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • an emerging or mid-career arts and culture industry personnel who have experience working in a professional capacity
  • over 18 years of age by the application due date
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • a resident of the Gold Coast.


You are ineligible to apply for this program if you:

  • have been successful in securing funds through the professional attachment program previously. You are not excluded if you applied previously but were not successful.
  • have not acquitted funding through another funding program operated through the City of Gold Coast’s Arts and Culture Unit (i.e. RADF)
  • are an employee or employee-like contractor to the City of Gold Coast, a City of Gold Coast entity, a strategic partner or a host organisation participating in the program
  • are a member and/or employee of an organisation currently funded through the Arts Organisations Triennial Funding Program.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • demonstrated commitment to pursuing professional work in a creative or production capacity in the arts and culture sector
  • experience and knowledge of the arts and culture industry
  • 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
  • ability to dedicate the required amount of time to the opportunity including good availability during the attachment dates.

Selection process

  • Written applications will be assessed by a panel, including representatives from the City of Gold Coast and the host organisation. Additional industry experts may be asked to assess applications if required.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview.
  • Participants will be selected based on their application and interview.

All enquiries

Sam Creyton
Program Lead – Sector Development
Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community | City of Gold Coast
Phone: 07 5582 9220  Email:

PO Box 5042 Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9726

Partner links

Gold Coast Film Festival:
Somerset Storyfest:
Gold Coast Music Awards:
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse:

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