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International Touring and Presentation Fund

$5,000 to $80,000 to support international touring, showcasing and presentation opportunities.

Stephanie Lake Company, Colossus, 2022. Taipei International Festival, Taiwan. Image courtesy of the artist

Please note: this program excludes applications for contemporary music, which we define as, “any genre or subgenre of music currently composed, written, produced by Australians and licensed, recorded, presented, and distributed through commercial and non-commercial activity. The focus will be on musical works that are new, original and relevant to contemporary Australia.”

Please apply for the Music Australia Export Development Funds:

  1. Performance and Touring Activity
  2. Professional and Artistic Development
  3. Market and Audience Development

This program also excludes applications from literature publishers, literary agents, rights managers, authors and illustrators. Please apply to our literature grants instead:

  1. International Rights Fund for Literature
  2. International Travel Fund for Authors and Illustrators
  3. Translation Fund for Literature

 

About the program

The International Touring and Presentation Fund supports international touring, showcasing and presentation opportunities for Australian artists and creative workers.

Tours, showcases and presentations can take place in-person, online, or in a combination of in-person and online (hybrid).

International organisations that are presenting Australian artists or creative workers are eligible to apply.

Applicants can propose a single event, presentation or showcase or a program of activity in multiple locations.

The activities you are applying for through this fund must be fully confirmed.

Only one application can be made to this category per closing date.

Funding amounts are available between $5,000 to $80,000.

Applications must meet at least one of Creative Australia’sInternational Engagement Strategy 2021–2025 priorities:

  • rethink and expand the concept of mobility through testing dynamic engagement models that include digital, hybrid and in-person connection
  • leverage technologies and digital platforms for creation, distribution, networking, and increasing discoverability of Australian work
  • activate borderless thinking to build reciprocal and multilateral partnerships across regions and industries, and leverage co-investment
  • strengthen First Nations exchange that is First Nations-led and self-determined
  • amplify Asia Pacific engagement, and the perspectives of the Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia
  • diversify income and revenue streams to foster sustainable careers and business models by increasing access to markets, information and networks and showcase Australian work to global audiences and influencers
  • foster creative risk-taking, experimentation and innovation in creation, distribution, connection and profile-building
  • centre equity and access and reflect Australia’s diversity
  • embed sustainability through research and investment in best-practice models and frameworks to minimise the sector’s carbon footprint.

Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Please read through the grant guidelines below.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer at enquiries@creative.gov.au

Community arts and cultural development, dance, emerging and experimental arts, First Nations arts and culture, literature, multi-artform, visual arts, theatre, and music.

This excludes contemporary music, defined by the Music Australia Council as:

“Any genre or subgenre of music currently composed, written, produced by Australians and licensed, recorded, presented, and distributed through commercial and non-commercial activity. For the purposes of Music Australia’s initial investments, the focus will be on musical works that are new, original and relevant to contemporary Australia.”

Music Australia has established an Export Music Development Fund for those artists working in contemporary music. Details to those three funding categories can be found here.

  • Eligible applicants include Australian artists, and creative workers who do not work in contemporary music (as defined above).
  • You can only submit one application to each closing date for the International Touring and Presentation Fund.
  • You must have confirmation letters from your international partner(s) for the applicable touring and presentation.
  • Individuals, groups and organisations (including small businesses) may apply to this category.
  • International organisations can apply for projects that benefit practicing Australian artists or creative workers, their work or Australian audiences.

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you have already applied to this closing date under this grant category
  • you have already applied to this closing date for the International Travel Fund, or the International Engagement Fund for the same activity
  • you have already applied to the 5 March 2024 closing date for the Arts Projects grant categories for the same activity
  • you have an overdue grant report to Creative Australia
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • you receive, or are working with an organisation that receives, a combined total of more than $520,000 annually (per calendar year) through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework, the Four Year Investment for Organisations, and/or the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy funding from 2021 to 2024
  • you work in contemporary music (as defined above). You must apply to the Export Development Fund from Music Australia
  • you are an Australian literary agent, rights manager or publisher seeking support to attend international market platforms such as book fairs. You must apply to the International Rights Fund for Literature
  • you are an Australian author and/or illustrator seeking support to attend events and activities associated with publication and promotion of your work in international markets. You must apply to the International Travel Fund for Authors and Illustrators
  • you are an international publisher seeking support to translate Australian works by living authors of creative writing, or an Australian publisher seeking support to translate non-English works into English by Australian translators. You must apply to the Translation Fund for Literature.

You may apply for costs associated with confirmed international tours, showcases or presentation.

Activities may take place in-person, online, or a combination of in-person and online (hybrid activities).

Eligible costs include but are not limited to:

  • artist and creative worker fees for showcasing opportunities, remount or pre-production costs, for tours or presentations. Examples of industry benchmarks from the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) can be found on their website
  • flights, accommodation, per diems, ground transport costs
  • travel insurance
  • visas
  • freight or baggage costs
  • production expenses, including for remounting existing works
  • project management costs
  • childcare, carer and access costs
  • costs associated with reducing the environmental impact of your activity.

Access costs are legitimate expenses and may be included in your application. We encourage applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Budgets may include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g. performances using Auslan, translation to other languages, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, and materials in other formats).

If you are a d/Deaf applicant, an applicant with disability, or are working with d/Deaf artists or artists with disability, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer or support worker assistance. Please contact Artists Services to discuss your specific needs.

You can’t apply for:

  • unconfirmed international tours, showcases or presentations
  • costs that duplicate from the same activity across other current applications to Creative Australia
  • touring or presentation activities where there is no reasonable contribution to fees for artists or creative workers from the presenting partner/s
  • contemporary music touring and presentation (apply to the Export Development Fund from Music Australia instead)
  • activities that are not international tours, showcases or presentations (apply to the International Engagement Fund instead)
  • outbound international market development activities (apply to the International Travel Fund instead)
  • international tours, presentations or showcases that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists or creative workers
  • international tours, presentations or showcases that do not have a clearly-defined arts component
  • international tours, presentations or showcases that have already taken place
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Creative Australia First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols 
  • you are an Australian literary agent, rights manager or publisher seeking support to attend international market platforms such as book fairs. You must apply to the International Rights Fund for Literature
  • you are an Australian author and/or illustrator seeking support to attend events and activities associated with publication and promotion of your work in international markets. You must apply to the International Travel Fund for Authors and Illustrators
  • support to translate Australian works by living authors of creative writing, or an Australian publisher seeking support to translate non-English works into English by Australian translators. You must apply to the Translation Fund for Literature.

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Industry advisers will assess your application against the published assessment criteria. Creative Australia staff will moderate the assessment.

You must respond to all three selection criteria: viability, impact and strategic focus.

Listed under each criterion are points the assessors may consider when reviewing your application.

Assessors will consider whether your activity is feasible. Some ways to consider viability are listed below. You do not need to respond to every bullet point.

  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed project.
  • The skills and abilities of those involved, and their relevance to the project.
  • Realistic and achievable planning and resource use, including contingency plans.
  • Well-researched and rationalised activity, particularly if this is your first engagement with an international market.
  • Extent of sustainable practices, multiple engagements and/or slow touring or concept touring, where the idea, process, or work travels but the artist does not.
  • Appropriate payments to participating artists, creative professionals, collaborators, participants, or cultural consultants.
  • Measures being applied to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people involved in the project.
  • Measures being applied to ensure the proposed activity is accessible.
  • Where relevant to the project, evidence that the protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to, or the relevant cultural protocols for the international jurisdiction in which you are working.
  • Evidence of appropriate consultation with participants, audiences or communities.
  • The role of partners or collaborators, including confirmation of any income and co-funding, including earned income, grants, sponsorship and in-kind contributions.

Assessors will consider the impact of your activity. Some ways to consider impact are listed below. You do not need to respond to every bullet point.

  • The extent to which this activity develops an international market or relationship for, or enhances international networks, audiences, and profile.
  • The contribution of the activity towards re-imagining the future for international engagement in the cultural and creative industries.
  • The extent to which the activity contributes to a sector that is accessible, inclusive and equitable.

Assessors will consider how your activity meets one or more of the strategic priorities identified in our International Engagement Strategy 2021–2025.

You must respond to one or more of the bullet points listed below.

  • Rethink and expand the concept of mobility through testing dynamic engagement models that include digital, hybrid and in-person connection.
  • Leverage technologies and digital platforms for creation, distribution, networking, and increase discoverability of Australian work.
  • Activate borderless thinking to build reciprocal and multilateral partnerships across regions and industries, and leverage co-investment.
  • Strengthen First Nations exchange that is First Nations-led and self-determined.
  • Amplify Asia Pacific engagement, and the perspectives of the Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia.
  • Diversify income and revenue streams to foster sustainable careers and business models by increasing access to markets, information and networks and showcase Australian work to global audiences and influencers.
  • Foster risk-taking, experimentation and innovation in creation, distribution, connection and profile-building.
  • Centre equity and access and reflect Australia’s diversity.
  • Embed sustainability through research and investment in best-practice models and frameworks to minimise the sector’s carbon footprint.

The types of questions we ask in the application form include:

  • a title for your project
  • a summary of your project
  • a brief description of the artist/s or creative worker/s applying
  • an outline of your project and what you want to do
  • a timetable or itinerary for your project
  • a description of the outcome your project delivers
  • a projected budget which details the expenses, income, and in-kind support of the project
  • supporting material as relevant to your project, including examples of your work, bios of additional artists, letters of confirmation from presenting partners, and letters of support or permission from participants, communities, First Nations organisation, and Elders.

You should submit support material with your application. The peer assessors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project.

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online, or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artists Services.

1. Letters of confirmation

You must provide letters of confirmation from all presenting partners, such as festivals and venues. Each letter must include confirmation of:

  • any invitations, partner fees or contributions to the activity, whether cash or in-kind
  • If relevant to your activity, letters of confirmation must provide evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities, and Elders. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.

Please provide a single link to all letters or scan the letters into one PDF file.

You may also submit the following as support material:

2. Artistic support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic or cultural work.

Types of support material we accept

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal. This may include video, audio, images, or written material.

These URLs can include a total of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording
  • 10 images
  • 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of literary writing).

Please note: Our industry advisors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

Other accepted file formats

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:

  • video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word and PDF).

3. Biographies and CVs

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for key artists, personnel or other collaborators involved in your project.

Brief bios or CV information should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.


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