This is your guide to some of the organisations and groups throughout Australia that you may find interesting or helpful for your career.

The list has everything from cultural and community arts organisations, online directories and databases, professional development facilities, regional contacts, venues, arts festivals, markets and art form specific organisations. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is a good place to start when seeking support or information! 


GOVERNMENT

 

Department of Culture and the Arts

Supports the impetus for the creation and consumption of artistic endeavours and cultural experiences in the state.

Australia Council for the Arts 

The National arts funding and advisory body. The website also has a large research section with all the arts industry information you could want.

Artsedge

State Government partnership between the Department of Education and the Department of Culture and the Arts that supports the value of arts in enriching learning experiences and environments.


PEAK YOUTH ARTS ORGANISATIONS

Propel Youth Arts WA

Hey, that's us! ;-)

Carclew Youth Arts 

South Australia’s peak body for youth arts. They provide funding, grants, scholarships, awards, training, professional development and youth arts encouragement within the community.

Young People and the Arts Australia

A National body for organisations and practitioners that engage young people in the arts.

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NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS

 

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts 

A Darwin based youth arts company providing a number of development and ensemble programs, theatre seasons and festivals.

InCite Youth Arts 

Provides quality youth arts and youth arts programs for young people in Alice Springs.

Kickstart Arts 

A Community Cultural Development organisation in Tasmania that uses hybrid art forms, workshops and programs to engage young people and their communities in the arts.

Western Edge Focus 

Engages young people, from socially and economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse communities in Melbourne, in the arts through a number of school and community projects.

St Martins – The Victorian Centre for Youth Arts 

Provides hands-on performing arts experiences to young people living in Victoria.

Backbone Youth Arts 

A Queensland based youth theatre company which delivers quality and innovative arts experiences for young people. Their programs include professional productions, 2high festival, drama and performance workshops and the Backbone Ensemble (a year long initiative providing performance opportunities to young people).

Vibewire Youth Inc

Some of the National initiatives run by Vibewire include Enterprise Hub, Portal (a multimedia platform for young artists to experiment and develop their art forms), Youthscape, and Reelife Short Film Festival.


DANCE

 

Ausdance WA

A membership based company that provides a variety of services to the WA dance community.

Charlesworth Ballet Institute

The Institute is the union of The Terri Charlesworth Ballet School and the Ballet Centre of WA/Youth Ballet WA. The institute provides ballet lessons and professional training for young dancers.

STRUT Dance 

The main support organisation for contemporary dance in WA with services including training, performances, creative residencies, production support and choreographic development.

West Australian Ballet 

Produces an extensive program of Ballet throughout the year and also offers regional touring, choreographic workshops, an education program and a number of other community activities.

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MUSIC

 

ABMusic 

Supports and nurtures Aboriginal musicians in WA providing training in music, music business and music production, recording studios, practice rooms, and the latest music technology.

Triple J Unearthed 

Triple J’s initiative to support independent, self-funded musicians. Unearthed also runs national competitions to play at a number of music festivals in Australia, find Australia’s best High School Band and presents an annual Unearthed J Award recognising the top Unearthed artists for the year.

Tura New Music 

The peak body for new music in WA. Tura produces and supports new music, and also hosts the Totally Huge New Music Festival.

West Australian Music Industry Association Inc. 

The peak representative body for contemporary music in WA. WAMI also hosts the annual WAMI Festival and WAMI Song of the Year contest.

Western Australian Symphony Orchestra 

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts company. WASO is the state’s only professional orchestra, playing a central role in the cultural life of Western Australia.

WA Youth Orchestras

Provides musical training and performance opportunities to young WA musicians.

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra 

The only youth jazz orchestra of its kind in Australia, WAYJO gives young jazz musicians training, opportunities to play alongside award-winning guest artists, learn how to put together bands and give them confidence to earn a living from being a musician.


FILM, TV AND RADIO

 

Australian Network for Arts and Technology 

Supports artists who are using science and technology in their creative arts. ANAT‘s programs include residencies, professional development, online research tools,publications, and workshops.

Film and Television Institute WA 

The premier professional development centre for independent screen production and events in WA. FTI provides access to the film and television industry through education, exhibition, equipment, and production resources. FTI has a number of tertiary education courses available.

Multicultural Radio & Television Association of WA 

Perth’s only full time community owned and operated multilingual radio station. 6EBA encourages young people to volunteer to produce and present their own programmes.

RTR FM 

A community radio station based in Perth. RTR hosts a variety of programs and plays a wide variation of music. RTR often accepts volunteers and allows anyone to propose new programs at the start of each year.

Screenwest 

WA’s screen funding and development agency.

WA Screen Awards 

The state’s premier film and television event, celebrating the innovation and achievements of WA filmmakers from students through to professionals. 


WRITING

 

Colosoul Magazine

A Perth based magazine designed for young people by young people featuring subjects including fashion, music, art, current issues affecting youth, travel, sport and lifestyle topics.

Express Media 

Provide support and development opportunities for young Australians in writing and media.

Inside a Dog

A national resource which lists Australian writing opportunities, competitions, workships, literary events and reading activities for young people.

Writing WA 

The peak body for writing in WA, providing training, professional development, relevant information and publication opportunities.

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COMEDY

 

Class Clowns

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival's development program for young people around the country. The National comedy competition provides mentorship and skill development opportunities for young people aged 14-18. 

Lazy Susan's Comedy Den

Lazy Susan’s comedy Den continues to wow crowds with local and interstate comedy acts, Improv genius and experimental comic chaos. 

RAW Comedy Competition 

Australia’s biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition. RAW holds its heats in every capital city in Australia before the best acts go on to be in a National final as part of theMelbourne International Comedy Festival.


YOUTH SERVICES

 

Foundation for Young Australians 

An organisation committed to improving the lives of young people through education initiatives, youth-led programs and advocating issues that matter to young people.

Kids Helpline 

1800 55 1800 – a 24/7 helpline for young people who need to talk to someone, about anything. The Kids Helpline also has a range of information for young people on a range of issues.

Millennium Kids 

A youth organisation committed to improving the environment through information exchange, membership networks, and development of youth leadership.

Perth Youth Advisory Council 

A dedicated group of young volunteers who work on making the City of Perth a more exciting, inclusive place for young people. The perfect place to raise any issues or ideas you have for the City of Perth.

Youth Affairs Council of WA 

Provides opportunities for people working in the youth sector, community members and young people, to develop their skills, educate and have fun.

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WA YOUTH ARTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS

 

AWESOME Arts

Provides opportunities for Western Australia’s children to actively engage with, the arts, intensifying their connectivity with the broader world in which they live. 

Community Arts Network WA 

The peak body for community arts and cultural development in Western Australia. CANWA provides a number of programs, training and funding opportunities.

Country Arts WA 

Provides regional communities with culture and the arts.

FORM 

Supports and develops creativity in WA including Regional, Indigenous, Creative Capital and Industry Development initiatives.

Fremantle Arts Centre 

Hosts a number of contemporary art exhibitions, music concerts, and a number of youth and adult workshops throughout the year.

Southern Edge Arts 

Provides public performances and a number of workshops in circus, drama, dance and music for 5 to 25 year olds on the southern edge of WA.

YMCA HQ 

A multi-purpose youth facility providing opportunities for young artists to develop and showcasetheir talents in a safe environment.

Youth Tree

Uses creativity and fun to involve young people in volunteering.


MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTS

 

Performing Lines WA 

Produces the work of five independent WA dance and theatre artists on an ongoing basis and selects other independent artists throughout the year. They provide financial, production, touring and communication support allowing artists to focus on creating high quality artistic work.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) 

A centre for the development and presentation of contemporary art. PICA produces and presents a year round program of exhibitions, contemporary dance, theatre and performance and a range of cross-disciplinary art.

PVI Collective 

An independent artists group that aims to make ground breaking new forms of interdisciplinary performance incorporating live performance, visual arts, sound, film and new media.

William Street Collective

The online resource for everything creative in Northbridge.

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CIRCUS

 

CirQuest

CirQuest provides classes for adults and children of all skill levels aimed at developing circus techniques, coordination and fitness. 

Kinetica

A performing arts company and circus school, Kinetica provides training for both youth (aged 8 years +) and adults, catering for beginner to advanced skill levels.

Suitcase Circus

Offers performances, skill training and interactive programs for both schools and festivals.

WA Circus School 

Provides circus skills classes for all ages and ablities, with student showcases throughout the year.


THEATRE

 

Barking Gecko 

Produces theatre for young people with public productions, touring productions, school programs and a number of interactive workshops.

Black Swan State Theatre Company 

One of Perth’s leading theatre companies, BSSTC produces a yearly program featuring classic and contemporary works. BSSTC also hosts the Hotbed Ensemble, and the Theatre Skills and Thrills workshops.

The Blue Room 

Provides the resources and services needed for independent performing artists to create, develop and perform diverse, new and interesting work.

Midnite Youth Theatre Company 

The Midnite Youth Theatre Company is the performing arts wing of Christ Church Grammar School. Open to any young person interested in the performing arts (not just acting) Midnite offers young people exciting performance opportunities. 

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre 

Creates inspiring puppetry theatre for young people and their families. Spare Parts also has an interactive puppet museum located in Fremantle, WA.

Storm the Stage 

A National Drama and Musical Theatre competition for young people aged between 16-19.

WA Opera 

WA’s State Opera company. The WA Opera hosts the Young Artist Program which gives the opportunity to talented young people at different stages of their vocal development to gain the skills necessary to attempt a career in Opera.

WA Youth Theatre Company 

Produces public productions involving young people in the theatre, and also hosts a number of workshops available to its youth members.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company 

Enables Aboriginal communities to perform their own stories by producing a number of public productions, touring to schools and workshops for young people.

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VISUAL ARTS

 

Artsource 

A membership based support body for visual artists in WA.

Art Gallery of WA 

Offers a number of exhibits, events and programs throughout the year. AGWA also offers students a unique experience with their education program, and the Year 12 Perspectives exhibit.

Art on the Move 

Provides funding support and management expertise for touring exhibitions of contemporary art inter-state and internationally.

REmida: Perth’s Creative ReUSE Centre 

Offers a large amount of materials for creative and educational projects. REmida also offers creative workshops for young people and adults, and a range of professional development opportunities.


MARKETS AND FESTIVALS

 

Ampfest 

Provides young people with the opportunity to participate in the live music scene by taking part in a Battle of the Bands competition.

AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things 

A showcase of amazing and exciting contemporary art from all over the world.

Beaufort Street Festival

The Festival is a celebration of all things Beaufort Street, including food, art, music and fashion.

HyperFest

‘Hyper’ is a youth arts series based within and provided by the City of Swan, best known through its nationally awarded and acknowledged all-ages music festival HyperFest.

Fairbridge Festival 

An annual family-friendly festival of folk, roots, blues, acoustic, celtic, a-capella and world music.

Fremantle Festivals and Events 

The City of Fremantle holds a number of festivals throughout the year and are always looking for new performances and shows to be featured. They’re also the perfect way to get a taste of a variety of art forms.

Fringe World

A summer smorgasbord of entertainment with hundreds of shows on offer across the disciplines of theatre, comedy, burlesque, dance, film, cabaret and more.

Made on the Left Markets

Made on the Left are all about supporting Western Australian creative talent. Their aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels.

Perth Comedy Festival

Centred around the Festival Hub in Mt Lawley, with the iconic Astor Theatre at its heart, the Festival keeps Perth audiences in side splitting fits of laughter for 3 weeks every May before hitting the road with its regional tour.

Perth International Arts Festival

The Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere and offers some of the world's best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events.

Perth Upmarket

Perth Upmarket brings together over 150 of Perth’s talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof.  The product mix is diverse ranging from handmade clothing, cupcakes, wall art, cards, homewares, jewellery to skin care products.

Perth Winter Arts Festival

The City of Perth Winter Arts Season sees Perth come alive with over 200 events across the genres of theatre, film, comedy, cabaret, opera, literature, circus, dance, music and visual arts set to entertain and inspire over three months.

Sunset Events 

The organisers behind some of the biggest music festivals in WA including Southbound, Blues ‘n’ Roots, Groovin the Moo, Stereosonic and St Jerome's Laneway Festival.

 

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