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International Travel Fund

$5,000 to $20,000 to support travel costs associated with attending key market development and cultural exchange platforms and gatherings.

Asia Topa 2020 Showcase The Seen & Unseen by Kamila Andini, Ida Ayu Wayan, Arya Satyani, Adena Jacobs, Eugyeene Teh, Jenny Hector. Image: Ifa Isfansyah

 

About the program

The International Travel Fund supports international travel costs associated with Australian artists and creative workers attending market development and cultural exchange platforms or key gatherings overseas. Some examples are below:

  • North America: CINARS, International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress, International Market of Contemporary Circus (MICC), TYA/USA National Festival & Conference, Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Annual Conference, Frieze LA;
  • North Asia: Asia Discovers Asia Meeting (ADAM), Hong Kong Performing Arts Expo (HKPAX), China Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (SPAF), Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting (YPAM), Art Basel Hong Kong;
  • South and Southeast Asia: Art Jogja, Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM), Serendipity Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF), Singapore Arts Festival;
  • Europe and the UK: Ars Electronica, London Design Week, WOMEX*, ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Marseille; IETM events;
  • The Pacific: Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Arts Market;
  • Global: ASSITEJ gatherings.

Creative Australia has separate callouts open for delegates who would like to attend the Performing Arts Market Seoul (PAMS) 2024 and Tanzmesse 2024. We will run a callout for the New York Publishers Program later in 2024.

*Eligible applicants include Australian artists, and creative workers who do not work in contemporary music (as defined below). 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.

Applicants can propose attendance at a single market development or cultural exchange platform or key gathering, or a program of events across multiple locations. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate reasons for why travel is required.

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

Funding amounts are available between $5,000 to $20,000, and multiple travellers may be included within the same application.

Applications must meet at least one of Creative Australia’s International 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 following grant guidelines.

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 Travel Fund.
  • Individuals, groups and organisations (including small businesses) may apply to this category.

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 Touring and Presentation 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 are not an Australian artist or creative worker
  • you work in contemporary music. 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 may apply for any and all costs associated with travel and attendance at confirmed international market development and cultural exchange platforms or key gatherings.

Eligible costs include but are not limited to:

  • artist and creative worker fees. You may refer to industry benchmarks set by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), etc
  • flights, accommodation, per diems, ground transport costs
  • travel insurance
  • visas
  • freight or baggage costs
  • production expenses, including for remounting existing works
  • marketing, promotion and project management costs
  • childcare, carer and access costs
  • tickets and/or registration costs to attend events
  • 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:

  • travel costs that duplicate from the same activity across other current applications to Creative Australia
  • travel costs for international tours, showcases or presentations (apply to the International Touring and Presentation Fund instead)
  • travel costs to participate in international exchange activities such as residencies, labs, and peer exchange models (apply to the International Engagement Fund instead)
  • travel costs for international market development activities within Australia.
  • travel costs to Tanzmesse 2024 and Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) 2024 (apply to the separate callouts above)
  • travel that does not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists or creative workers travel to events or activities that do not have a clearly-defined arts component
  • travel for events and activities that have already taken place
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.
  • travel costs to attend international book fairs. You must apply to the International Rights Fund for Literature
  • travel to attend contemporary music activities. You must apply to the Export Development Fund from Music Australia
  • travel costs to attend events and activities associated with publication and promotion of literary works in international markets. You must apply to the International Travel Fund for Authors and Illustrators.

We received 315 eligible applications to the 9 April 2024 round of International grants26% of applications were successful.  

From 2 July 2024 you can use our online awarded grants database to see the list of funded applications. 

Although we are not able to provide specific feedback to all applicants, the assessors provided the following general feedback which you may find helpful.  

  • The assessors valued applications that articulated an understanding of the region their activity was focused on and the artistic/cultural connectivity they were aiming for. Those that clearly articulated why they needed to undertake this specific activity at this specific time, in this specific place, were most competitive. 
  • The assessors commented that independent artists should budget realistically for what their activity requires. They were concerned that many artists were not remunerating themselves properly for their contribution to the project. They strongly recommended that artists do not cut costs to make a proposal appear more ‘viable’. The opposite is true.  
  • Assessors wanted to see the budget for the whole project, not just the component of the project the applicant is seeking funding towards. 
  •  Applications that used plain language to describe and detail the ‘where, what, why and who’ of their proposed activity, were clearer and more engaging to read and understand.  
  • The assessors noted that applications from experienced or established artists displayed more confidence and precision in their vision and intent, and the impact of their proposed activity. Early career artists are encouraged to develop their skills in talking about their practice, the impact of the proposed activity and the outcomes on their practice, networks and/or market development goals, and presenting their plans more clearly.  
  • Applications focusing on study or academic opportunities (such as attending academic conferences) were generally uncompetitive. 
  • Applications that did not clearly address the ‘Activity Timeline’ section in detail were less competitive – it is important that applicants set out their project plan and key stages here. 
  • Applicants should select and organise their artistic support material carefully. Make sure that all files are labelled and easy to access, do not require passwords or logins, don’t provide excessive amounts of documentation, and have letters of confirmation that speak clearly to the project and what the presenters or collaborators were contributing to the project. 
  • Applications that clearly articulated the rationale for where they were going, who they wanted to meet with, why they were going and what they wanted to achieve were most competitive.   
  • Proposals that centred genuine exchange or connection with their intended destination were well regarded. 
  • Applications that addressed the ‘Impact’ criterion clearly were more competitive, explaining the importance of the activity and the impact of this on the applicant’s practice and career.  
  •  Organisations or groups should provide a strong and compelling rationale if they are seeking support for multiple people travelling to one event or activity.  
  • Strong and relevant letters of support provided valuable information about the applicant’s artistic practice, spoke clearly to the activity’s impact, and outlined what the partner or collaborator was contributing to the project. 
  • Applications were processed by Creative Australia staff and a preliminary eligibility check was conducted. 
  • A panel of industry advisers (people with knowledge and expertise across international travel, touring and engagement) was convened to assess the applications. 
  • The assessors reviewed the applications and support material and scored each of them against the assessment criteria for the grant category. 
  • The assessors met to discuss the applications, with moderation from Heads of Arts Practice and the First Nations Arts and Culture team. 
  • Creative Australia then funded the recommended applications to a level determined by the availability of funds.  

Our next round of Arts Projects grants will close on Tuesday 3  September 2024 at 3pm AEDT, for projects starting after 1 December 2024.  Our next round of International grants will close on Tuesday 17 September (for projects starting after 1 January 2025). 

Although we cannot provide further feedback on your applicationswe encourage all applicants to contact us to make a time to chat about their next proposal well ahead of the next closing date.  

This way, we can provide advice on how to about how to best prepare your application and support materials. 

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 advisors will assess your application against the published assessment criteria. Creative Australia 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 rationale for the travel and who you will be meeting.
  • 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 Creative Australia’s 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, and why you need to travel
  • 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, and letters of support or permission from participants, communities, First Nations organisation, and Elders.

You should submit support material with your application. The industry advisors 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.

There are three types of support material you may submit:

1. 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).

2. 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.

3. Letters of support

Individuals, groups, or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the project or activity will benefit you, other artists or arts professionals, participants, or the broader community. It can also detail the support or involvement of key project partners, or evidence of consultation.

If relevant to your activity, letters of support 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.

You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

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


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