Community Presenter Professional Development Funding

Community Presenter Professional Development Funding

Community Presenter Professional Development Funding has closed for 2019.

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Want to learn more about presenting performing arts in your community, connect with key arts industry contacts and be inspired by international keynote speakers?

We have a fantastic opportunity for regional community presenters to join us in Perth for five days of learning, connecting and inspiration. And we have funding to get you there!

The funding covers your travel expenses, accommodation and full registration fees at WA Showcase including extra masterclasses and meals allowance.

You are invited to a meeting of new and experienced community presenters on Monday 20 May. We discuss key issues and challenges with presenting performing arts events in regional communities. It is a great opportunity to learn from fellow presenters as they share their ideas and provide advice based on their experiences. The chance to meet face to face with presenters in a similar situation to you is invaluable. In previous years solid networks have been created and ongoing relationships forged.

From Tuesday 21 May – Friday 24 May, immerse yourself in WA Showcase, a four-day performing arts conference facilitated by CircuitWest for regional presenters.

Learn from keynote speakers on topics such as marketing, audience development, community engagement, sustainability, creative leadership and much more. See new WA shows pitched and meet producers and performers in networking opportunities throughout.

Why you should join us:

  • Firstly, we have funding – so your costs are covered
  • Connect with other community presenters
  • Ask the questions about presenting you have always wanted to ask
  • Meet Regional Arts WA staff in person
  • Networking opportunities with arts organisations and funding bodies
  • Be exposed to new shows to present in your community
  • Meet producers and performers face-to-face
  • New ideas, knowledge and inspiration in bucket loads!

Key funding & program dates

  • Tuesday 5 March: Funding closes
  • Thursday 14 March: Applicants notified
  • Monday 20 May: Community Presenter Meeting
  • Tuesday 21 May – Friday 24 May: WA Showcase

How to apply

Delegates raise their hands in exaltation at Showcase WA 2018. Photo by Deprimo Photography.


2018 Community Presenter Meeting hosted by Regional Arts WA

I found the Community Presenter Meeting insightful and an absolutely great tool for networking and brainstorming how best to present to our communities. Things that may seem like everyday things that one presenter does, can mean another 5-20 people through the door for a presenter who doesn’t currently do something similar. Also being able to connect face to face with the Country Arts WA staff to ask questions is great when we are putting ourselves out there as community presenters. We aren’t left in the dark to handle everything on our own.
Robyn Garratt, York Community Resource Centre

This was my first time and from the very first moment I walked into the room, I had Country Arts WA [Regional Arts WA] staff walking up to me, introducing themselves and making me feel so welcomed and included. The meeting was excellent, informative and being able to listen to other presenters giving their accounts of what works and doesn’t work for them, with regards to ticketing and pre-show engagement was invaluable.
Janelle Duncan, Shire of Cue

By meeting experienced community presenters and Country Arts WA [Regional Arts WA] staff, Mukinbudin Planning & Development Group are more confident in promotion and execution of the planned event A Boy Named Cash. It was incredibly beneficial to hear of previous touring ideas and successes and I recommend the meeting to all future presenters.
Nola Comerford-Smith, Mukinbudin Planning & Development Group

2018 WA Showcase hosted by CircuitWest

I personally love WA Showcase! It’s a great way to see talent/shows that are on offer that we wouldn’t necessarily even have exposure to normally. The keynote speakers are always beneficial, you are always learning something new and walking away feeling like something amazing is about to happen to you as a presenter, like that one piece of information made the whole of WA Showcase worthwhile for you.
Robyn Garratt, York Community Resource Centre

I am now INSPIRED to look at presenting shows as a greater experience for the audience, not just opening the doors and setting up chairs. With the brilliant keynote speakers I have a million ideas buzzing in my head about pre-show and post-show engagement. Before attending this wonderful conference, I didn’t even know about engagement!
Janelle Duncan, Shire of Cue

Community Presenter Professional Development Funding
EligibilityIndividuals and organisations involved in community presenting
Available fundingIndividuals Up to $2,000 Up to $3,000 above the 26th parallel Organisations Up to $4,000 Up to $5,000 above the 26th parallel
ClosingClosed for 2019
ContactMonique Boucher 1800 811 883 (regional freecall) 9200 6200

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