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2017 Artist Investment Program

Funding announced

A full list of successful applicants to the 2017 Artist Investment Program can be found on the past decisions page.      

Key dates

Opens: 1  May 2017
Closes: 3 July 2017
First stage notification: August 2017
Second stage notification: October 2017

Arts Tasmania's Artist Investment Program invests in individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform. It offers opportunities for practitioners at all career stages to undertake projects that enable them to further their careers, enrich their artistic  practice and contribute to Tasmania's robust, diverse and vibrant arts sector.

These projects may involve creative development, exhibiting, recording or producing works, writing and researching creative projects and concepts, market and audience development, professional development and taking advantage of promotional opportunities. Support may also be available for travel and  living allowances.

Applicants may include actors, arts administrators, choreographers, composers, crafts people, dancers, designers, musicians, playwrights, poets, bands, visual artists and writers.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists based in Tasmania.
  • Partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups with at least one Tasmanian member.

If you have previously received a grant from Arts Tasmania that has not been satisfactorily acquitted you are not eligible to apply to this program.

For other eligibility requirements, please visit general eligibility.

Who can't apply?

  • Individual artists who are not based in Tasmania. Visit general eligibility for more information.  
  • Partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups with no Tasmanian members.  
  • Incorporated bodies – funding for incorporated bodies is available through the Organisation Investment Program.  

If you have previously received a grant or loan from Arts Tasmania that has not been satisfactorily acquitted you are not eligible to apply to this program.

What can I apply for?

You cannot apply for projects or activities that do not involve professional artists or arts workers, do not have a clearly defined arts component or that take place before the grant is awarded.

Some types of activities are not eligible for investment or are restricted. Be sure to read the general eligibility to make sure your project is suitable before you apply.

If you are seeking investment towards publishing, please visit the publishing page for more information.

Investment categories

There are two categories of investment available for artists under this program, Development and Delivery. Applications in each category will be assessed differently so it is important that you read the assessment guidelines for more information on how the criteria will be considered at each stage of  assessment.


Activities under the Development category can include professional development, creative development, residencies, writing, creating work, research and mentorships - any activities that foster artistic practice and inform the development of future work.

Before beginning your application, please read the Development assessment guidelines.


Activities under the Delivery category can include exhibitions, productions, concerts, arts activities within festivals, literary magazines, publications, recording, touring, industry development, audience development or community cultural development activities. The Delivery category can include any  activity that has a public outcome.

Before beginning your application, please read the Delivery assessment guidelines.

Development and Delivery

You can seek investment towards both the Development and Delivery components of a single project.

Please note: assessors may choose to invest in both aspects of the project or they may choose to only invest in the Development component of the project and not the Delivery component.

Before beginning your application, please read the Development and Delivery assessment guidelines.

If you are unsure which category is best suited for your proposal, please contact an Arts Tasmania program officer for advice.


Arts Tasmania offers a separate program of specific residency opportunities that is not part of the Artist Investment Program.  This program has two components, International Residencies and Tasmanian Residencies.

The Tasmanian Residencies program has two closing dates per year - 1 March and 1 September 2016.  Please check these specific residency opportunities in the first instance to determine whether they will meet your needs.

If, however, you would like to apply for investment towards local, national or international self-directed residencies, then you can do so through the Development category of the Artist Investment Program.

If you are unsure of which program best suits your residency opportunity, please contact Professional Development Officer Wendy Morrow to discuss.

How much can I apply for?

There are no limits or caps in place for this program. Please note that the average amount awarded to individuals, partnerships and collaborations over the past eight years has been $7 400 per successful applicant. We advise you to be realistic in your request.

How many projects can I apply for?

You may submit up to two applications. If you choose to submit two applications for two different projects, they will be assessed independently.

You may submit:

  • two Development applications for two separate projects; or  
  • two Delivery applications for two separate projects; or  
  • one Development application for a project and one Delivery application another project; or  
  • one Development and Delivery application for a single project.  

If you wish to apply to both the Development and Delivery categories for a single project, you can so do so in a single application by selecting Development and Delivery on the online form. Please note:

  • This counts as two applications and you will not be able to submit a second application for a separate project  
  • assessors may choose to invest in both aspects of the project or only the Development component of the project and not the Delivery component.  

Arts Tasmania will accept applications from groups or collaborations that include individuals who have also applied as solo artists in the same funding round.

When can I do my project?

When lodging your application, you will be required to nominate a project period of up to 12, 18 or 24 months.

At the earliest, projects may commence in November of the year in which you lodged your application. A portion of the project for which you are seeking investment must occur within the calendar year after which the grant round is named – in this case, 2017.

For example, if you receive a 2017 Development grant, your project may begin in November 2016 and conclude in July 2017. You may choose to apply for a 2017 Development and Delivery grant that commences in December 2016, and concludes in July 2018.  Whatever dates you choose, part of the project  must take place in 2017.

Application and assessment process

Your application must be submitted online.

The Artist Investment Program has a two-stage assessment process.

Stage one

Artform-specific peers, drawn from the Arts Tasmania Peer Register, will assess your application alongside relevant artform members of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board or the Artist Investment Panel.

Interstate peers will be drawn upon as required but there will always be a balance between local and interstate assessors. In the case of multi-artform or cross-artform applications, the peers will be selected to ensure appropriate artform representation.

Peers will assess all applications against the criterion of quality with a focus on the artistic idea behind your project. They will review the project overview, artist CVs and artistic support material.

Your will be advised in August 2016 if your application has been endorsed to progress to the second stage of assessment.

If your application is endorsed by the peers then it will progress to the second stage of assessment. You will not be required to submit any more information.

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board has determined that there will be no appeals process for the first stage of assessment.

Stage two

Applications endorsed to proceed to the second stage will be assessed by the multi-artform Artist Investment Program Panel against the criteria of quality and reach. After the panel has assessed the applications, the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board reviews and endorses the panel’s assessment and makes a recommendation to the Minister for the Arts, who has final approval of all arts funding.

Assessment guidelines

The criteria and weighting in the Development and Delivery investment categories vary. Please read the assessment guidelines before beginning your application.

Help with your application

We recommend you seek advice from a program officer before submitting your application. Program officers are a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.

Program officer Ashlee Irwin is available to discuss your application relating to visual arts, craft, design, contemporary music or community arts and cultural development.

Program officer Kate Mackie is available discuss to discuss your application relating to performing arts, music or writing.

You can make an appointment with the program officers for a face-to-face meeting or contact them directly via phone or email.

Due to the number of programs operated by Arts Tasmania, there is great demand for program officers' time and therefore contact time with a program officer is limited. Arts Tasmania program officers can be available for a maximum of one hour when you are making your application. This limit includes  contact by correspondence, email, phone call, meetings or through a social media platform. Regrettably due to time constraints, program officers are not available to critique entire applications.

Please note that Arts Tasmania will not contact you to redress errors in applications or support material. Applications and support material will be assessed as they have been submitted.

What do I need to submit?

All applications must include:

Your application may include:

  • a marketing/promotional plan  
  • a publishing application form (required for publishing applicants)  
  • letters or emails confirming financial or significant in-kind support or proposed venues  
  • letters from academic supervisors stating that the project will not contribute to a student's assessment (only for projects involving students – see information for students)  
  • a maximum of two written references that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the program and its merits  
  • a maximum of two items/pages of relevant promotional materials such as flyers or programs  

It is not mandatory to provide confirmations of resources, venues or people involved in the project at the time of application. However, Arts Tasmania may request confirmations of artists, venues or resources at any stage during the application and assessment process.

If financial support, key artists or venues involved in your project are not confirmed at the time of application, please provide details of contingency plans.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content

If your program involves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content, your application must include evidence of permission granted by the relevant community (refer to

How much information to provide

Your application has character limits in each of the required fields.  These character limits are the equivalent of the following page limits per section:

Section       Character limit       Equivalent in pages      
Project concept and overview 8 000 Two A4 pages in size 11 font
Reach 4 000 One A4 page in size 11 font

If your project is for both Development and Delivery, you will be allowed to provide 16 000 characters (four A4 pages) for project concept and overview, and 4 000 characters (two A4 pages) for reach.

Support material and attachments to your application must not exceed 20 pages. This limit excludes artistic support material. Excess pages will not to be forwarded to the peers or panel for assessment.

  • All attachments and links should be clearly labelled.  
  • The files attached to your application cannot exceed 5 megabytes each.  
  • If files exceed 5 megabytes, these need to be provided through web links, e.g. Dropbox or YouTube.  
  • Please ensure the files provided can be accessed across different platforms (both PC and MAC) without the need for special software.  

How will my application be assessed?

Assessment guidelines

We strongly recommend you read the relevant assessment guidelines for more information on how the criteria will be considered in the two stages of assessment.

  • Development assessment guidelines  
  • Delivery assessment guidelines  
  • Development and Delivery assessment guidelines  

Stage 1

During the first stage of assessment your application will be assessed against a single criterion – quality.

Peers will review the project overview, artist CVs and artistic support material.

There are a number of indicators of quality that peers may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project.

Stage 2

If your application progresses to the second stage of assessment, it will be assessed against the criteria of quality


There are a number of indicators of reach that the panel may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project:

  • What are the outcomes of the project?  
  • Potential – how does the development proposal build new opportunities for the artist's career?  
  • Engagement – participation, access, involvement  

Remember that reach is about the quality, depth and breadth of your interaction with your audiences and market sectors, not just about the number of attendees or participants.

Career stage

The Artist Investment Program aims to support the practice of a range of artists at different career stages. It is designed to:

  • benefit career development and augment practice and capacity  
  • be used strategically to add value to an artist's practice  
  • target opportunity rather than core delivery.  

The application form contains a number of questions relating to career stage. These will give applicants the opportunity to articulate how their projects will enhance their careers and practice.

How do I submit my application?

Your application form must be completed online before 11:59 pm on Thursday, 30 June 2016.

Relevant supporting documents should be submitted as attachments to or links in your online application form.

Please note: If you are unable to submit electronically, please contact a program officer to discuss making a hardcopy submission before the closing date.

Material received after the closing date will not be considered.

For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.


Applications are made using our online application website.

You will need to register an account or login with an existing account before being able to open the online form.

2017 Artist Investment Program - Application Form

If you require a document in an alternative format please contact us.

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Other types of investment

See the programs and key dates page to see all investment options available to individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups.

Other information

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