How do I get support

Anyone deemed eligible by funding agencies can apply for grants, including individuals and organisations. Familiarity with the goals of the funding agency and their programs will contribute to the success of an application. Arts officers are more than willing to assist, particularly those new to the funding application process. The eligibility requirements are not onerous, and are easily found on the websites of the agencies.

Funding can assist to cover specific costs of touring. Usually there are more applications than funds available and those applications that most closely fill the funding criteria have a greater likelihood of success. Note the deadlines. It is also advisable to create a plan with timelines to ensure the application criteria can be fulfilled.

Tour Coordinators will also apply for funding on behalf of presenters and producers for touring costs.

Both the Australia Council and Playing Australia have grant categories to support touring. State funding bodies also play an important role in funding tours

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It supports Australia’s arts through funding and other activities that strengthen and develop the arts sector


The following Australia Council grant initiatives provide support for touring:

Playing Australia:
Playing Australia aims to assist performing arts organisations to expand their touring activities, help venues and locally-based organisers to host touring activities, and encourage producers of programs of particular innovation and quality to tour their work across Australia.

GoSee Fund for Presenters:
Market Development aims to create more demand for Australian performing arts through supporting the promotion of Australian performing arts and the developing of new markets and audiences, in Australia and internationally.   The Go See Fund provides travel assistance for professional Australian presenters to attend performances by Australian artists.  Through a quick-response program, presenters can travel to view live work.

MAPS: Managing & Producing Services
This initiative provides independent theatre and dance artists with subsidised production, management, touring and marketing support. MAPS is managed by Strut and Fret Production House in Victoria, Performing Lines in NSW and Western Australia and Metro Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse in Queensland. Partners: State arts agencies.

Mobile States:
The Mobile States initiative provides touring opportunities for contemporary artists and small companies, taking cutting edge arts to audiences around Australia including Performance Space at CarriageWorks, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, Salamanca Arts Centre and Arts House.

Road work:
Road work is a consortium of regional venues across Australia committed to touring adventurous contemporary dance and theatre. It is managed by Performing Lines.

Critical Stages:
Critical Stages selects the most outstanding productions from across Australia to develop for national touring opportunities.

Details of these grants can be found on the Council’s homepage: The Australia Council for the Arts