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Upcoming Webinar – Artist Management and Tour Producing

Friday, 15th December 12.30pm (AEDT)

  • Ever wondered how tours are set up outside of Australia … what other models exist?
  • Are you curious about the role of an Artist Manager?
  • How do emerging artists and new work, without big brands or companies behind them, build relationships and networks to help them tour?
  • Do you think there are things we could do differently at arts markets?

Oni Buchanan is an Artist Manager based in Boston, USA – her roster of artists is characterized by joy, exuberance, curiosity, and a passionate desire to share. Oni says “…we take a chance on young, visionary artists who are themselves taking risks and insightfully pushing the boundaries of their art.”

Oni has new ideas about arts markets and the relationship between presenters and producers. In this webinar we’ll explore some of those ideas and question the assumptions we make in Australia – we’ll also look at the role of the artist manager and how that sits in the Australian landscape.

Oni was a speaker discussing the role of the artist manager at the recent PAC Australia Conference with Justin McDonnell, David Lieberman and Penny Watts. This is an opportunity to continue that conversation.

You don’t need to have attended the conference to get value from this session, but if you’d like to check out the video you can do so here.


Read more about Oni Buchanan


PAC Australia industry docs just released


Each year we release a list of Key Arts Dates – check out the 2018 edition here. We continue to update this document throughout the year as other industry events are confirmed, so if there’s anything you would like to add, please contact us.


PAC Australia has compiled a comprehensive summary of the touring markets and showcases across Australia to provide clarity around the opportunities available for both presenters and producers. Read more and access the report here.


New name for a new era

As you’ve probably noticed, we have a brand new name, symbolising the start of a new era for the organisation. The new name, Performing Arts Connections Australia, or PAC Australia for short, highlights the importance of “connection” to the organisation.

PAC Australia’s new strategic focus reflects the change that the organisation has undergone over the last five years, and its continuing growth as it responds to the evolving arts industry. The new plan is designed to transform the way the Australian performing arts industry creates, connects and delivers extraordinary experiences across the country. It starts with a vision that all Australian communities are connected to stories that shape and reflect their lives, their culture and the places in which they live. Connecting producers, presenters and audiences is central to achieving this.

Curiosity comes next – PAC Australia looks outwards to the new ideas, innovations and issues that are constantly emerging, nationally and globally .By collecting and unpacking the latest thinking and innovation in the arts, and then sharing with Australian performing arts presenters and creators, PAC Australia makes real connections between Australian communities and their stories, and between Australian audiences and the performing arts. It’s all about providing leadership, by sharing best practice and information from around the world with PAC Australia members.

Our new PAC Australia website is on the way, but please get in touch if you’d like to learn more about what’s next for PAC Australia and check out this short video that gives you a feel for our new direction…



PAC Australia is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters from the iconic Sydney Opera House to remote regional centres.

We support the development of the performing arts throughout Australia with our broad membership including arts centres, independent producers and companies, festivals and performing arts consultants, agencies and funding bodies.

Annually PAC Australia members present in excess 53 000 events, with over 11 million attendances, in an industry valued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in excess of $1.1 billion.

PAC Australia members have the lobbying and advocacy power of Australia’s national performing arts peak body behind them when needed and in front of them leading the way with national strategic initiatives.

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2015 ECONOMIC ACTIVITY and VENUE CHARGES & SALARIES Reports still available.

2017 reports will be released in December.

Download a preview: 2015 Eonomic Activity Report

Download a preview: 2015 Venue Charges and Salaries Report

Full copies of this benchmarking report can be purchased here or contact us for more information.



We continue to extend our thanks to TicketServ who were our Principal Technology Partners for the 2017 conference Outside, In.

TicketServ have been long-term supporters of PAC Australia and the industry as a whole.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.