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!
Supports the impetus for the creation and consumption of artistic endeavours and cultural experiences in the state.
The National arts funding and advisory body. The website also has a large research section with all the arts industry information you could want.
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
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South Australia’s peak body for youth arts. They provide funding, grants, scholarships, awards, training, professional development and youth arts encouragement within the community.
A National body for organisations and practitioners that engage young people in the arts.
NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS
A Darwin based youth arts company providing a number of development and ensemble programs, theatre seasons and festivals.
Provides quality youth arts and youth arts programs for young people in Alice Springs.
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.
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.
Provides hands-on performing arts experiences to young people living in Victoria.
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).
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.
A membership based company that provides a variety of services to the WA dance community.
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.
The main support organisation for contemporary dance in WA with services including training, performances, creative residencies, production support and choreographic development.
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.
Co3 is the state’s newest flagship contemporary dance company. The company supports and inspires the development of contemporary dance, dancers and dance culture by producing high quality performances featuring their elite dance squad as well as running several youth and community engagement programs.
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’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.
The peak body for new music in WA. Tura produces and supports new music, and also hosts the Totally Huge New Music Festival.
The peak representative body for contemporary music in WA. WAMI also hosts the annual WAMI Festival and WAMI Song of the Year contest.
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.
Provides musical training and performance opportunities to young WA musicians.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
WA’s screen funding and development agency.
The state’s premier film and television event, celebrating the innovation and achievements of WA filmmakers from students through to professionals.
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.
Provide support and development opportunities for young Australians in writing and media.
A national resource which lists Australian writing opportunities, competitions, workships, literary events and reading activities for young people.
The peak body for writing in WA, providing training, professional development, relevant information and publication opportunities.
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 continues to wow crowds with local and interstate comedy acts, Improv genius and experimental comic chaos.
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.
An organisation committed to improving the lives of young people through education initiatives, youth-led programs and advocating issues that matter to young people.
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.
A youth organisation committed to improving the environment through information exchange, membership networks, and development of youth leadership.
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.
Provides opportunities for people working in the youth sector, community members and young people, to develop their skills, educate and have fun.
Youth Focus is an independent Western Australian not-for-profit working to stop youth suicide. Youth Focus works with young people aged 12-25 to help them overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts through the provision of free, unlimited and professional face-to-face individual counselling and other mental health services.
WA YOUTH ARTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS
Provides opportunities for Western Australia’s children to actively engage with, the arts, intensifying their connectivity with the broader world in which they live.
The Chamber is a united voice to promote, advocate and represent the value of a vibrant and sustainable arts and cultural sector in Western Australia.
The peak body for community arts and cultural development in Western Australia. CANWA provides a number of programs, training and funding opportunities.
Provides regional communities with culture and the arts.
Supports and develops creativity in WA including Regional, Indigenous, Creative Capital and Industry Development initiatives.
Hosts a number of contemporary art exhibitions, music concerts, and a number of youth and adult workshops throughout the year.
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.
A multi-purpose youth facility providing opportunities for young artists to develop and showcasetheir talents in a safe environment.
Uses creativity and fun to involve young people in volunteering.
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.
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.
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.
The online resource for everything creative in Northbridge.
CirQuest provides classes for adults and children of all skill levels aimed at developing circus techniques, coordination and fitness.
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.
Offers performances, skill training and interactive programs for both schools and festivals.
Provides circus skills classes for all ages and ablities, with student showcases throughout the year.
Produces theatre for young people with public productions, touring productions, school programs and a number of interactive workshops.
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.
Provides the resources and services needed for independent performing artists to create, develop and perform diverse, new and interesting work.
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.
Creates inspiring puppetry theatre for young people and their families. Spare Parts also has an interactive puppet museum located in Fremantle, WA.
A National Drama and Musical Theatre competition for young people aged between 16-19.
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.
Produces public productions involving young people in the theatre, and also hosts a number of workshops available to its youth members.
Enables Aboriginal communities to perform their own stories by producing a number of public productions, touring to schools and workshops for young people.
A membership based support body for visual artists in 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.
Provides funding support and management expertise for touring exhibitions of contemporary art inter-state and internationally.
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
Provides young people with the opportunity to participate in the live music scene by taking part in a Battle of the Bands competition.
A showcase of amazing and exciting contemporary art from all over the world.
The Festival is a celebration of all things Beaufort Street, including food, art, music and fashion.
‘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.
An annual family-friendly festival of folk, roots, blues, acoustic, celtic, a-capella and world music.
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.
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 are all about supporting Western Australian creative talent. Their aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.