Position Available: Administrator

PAC Australia is currently in a growth phase and we have a need for smart person who can develop and deliver administrative solutions that make our office sing.

Download the Position Description.

Applications should contain a current CV including at least two referees and a statement briefly addressing the Selection Criteria. Applicants who do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications should be emailed by Tuesday 10 April to:
Rick Heath – rick [@] paca.org.au with ‘Administrator’ and your name in the subject line.




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A new era for Marshall Day


Many of our members will be familiar with Marshall Day Entertech – as sponsors at this year’s conference and from their prolific experience in venue planning across Australia.

2017 marked a significant milestone for Marshall Day Acoustics Australia. Not only did the company celebrate its 30th anniversary, but it is also proud to announce the appointment of co-CEOs, Amanda Robinson and Christophe Delaire.

After decades of inspirational leadership by visionary Peter Fearnside, Marshall Day is ushering in a new era.

Peter’s decision to step aside from his role as CEO comes at a time when he believes the company needs to change and diversify, to strengthen and expand. He has always seen Marshall Day as a young and dynamic company and believes that now is the perfect opportunity for a change in management.

“I am excited about the future of the company and the direction that Amanda and Christophe will be taking,” Peter commented. “Both are exceptional leaders who are passionate about their industry and have strong views on the culture of the organisation. They have earned the respect and support of our entire team, their clients and industry colleagues around the world. The global relationships they have forged speak volumes about where Marshall Day is heading,” he said.

As co-CEOs, Amanda and Christophe are passionate about delivering the best outcomes for clients and never compromising on acoustic design.

Amanda Robinson joined Marshall Day in 2005 after almost a decade of extensive building acoustics experience with multidisciplinary practices in Australia and the UK. With a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Adelaide, Amanda is committed to raising the social conscience of acoustics in building design, with an emphasis on the education sector, where the importance of achieving optimal acoustic outcomes is critical to future generations.

“I am honoured and humbled to be taking up the mantle,” said Amanda. “I’d like to think of myself as a role model for young women in the office. As the first woman on the Marshall Day Board, I’ve seen the company go from 5% female representation to over 40% – a reflection of the inclusive culture and forward-thinking outlook of Marshall Day and a testament to Peter’s leadership.”

“I see Marshall Day’s role in the acoustics industry as far more than consultants. We have a duty of care to act as thought leaders and to educate people about the significance of sound in creating liveable, functional spaces.”

Christophe Delaire graduated with a Master’s degree in Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Poitiers (France) and joined Marshall Day Acoustics in 2002. Over the past 15 years, Christophe has garnered an international reputation for excellence in the field of environmental acoustics. In particular his expertise in wind farms has made him a leading expert in the renewable energy sector. He has also been responsible for coordinating Marshall Day’s relationship with 01dB, introducing their range of smart noise monitoring equipment to the Australian market.

“Peter’s legacy is immense and he will always be an integral part of Marshall Day,” said Christophe. “He created a company that is recognised as a beacon in the industry and has now placed his trust in us to ensure its ongoing success and growth.”

“Our people and our use of the latest technology are our strongest assets. We are building close working relationships around the world to provide greater opportunities for our team members and expanding our pool of expertise and experience to benefit our clients,” he added.

Peter will continue to support Amanda and Christophe throughout the transition and is looking forward to working with Marshall Day in an on-going consultative role, particularly for the China market, and in a mentoring capacity for the in-house theatre design team.

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Invitation to participate in survey for Mental Health and Small Business reseach study

APACA members are invited to complete a survey about a Mental Health and Small Business research study being conducted by researchers from the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH).  HIMH is a leading national organisation dedicated to reducing mental illness and suicide, and improving wellbeing.  HIMH is working closely with Entertainment Assist to develop a Prevention First Framework for Mental Health in the Australian Entertainment Industry.

The purpose of HIMH’s national research is to gather information from people who work in small business (i.e. business in all industries with less than 20 employees) to get perspective on mental health within the workplace, accessibility of health programs for those who work in a small business, and participants thoughts on the types of programs that may be most suitable. The results will be used to guide development of programs for enhancing both mental and physical health specifically tailored to the needs of those who work in small business.  

Hunter Institute is seeking the views of a range of people (over the age of 18 years) who are currently, or have previously worked in Australian small business.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that takes approximately 15-20 minutes. 

In the survey, participants will be asked general questions about their health, as well as their perspectives on mental health within small business. Questions are asked about the accessibility of health programs for those who work in the small business sector.

To access the survey click on this link: www.bit.ly/EntertainMH

Freelancers and small businesses are the backbone of our Australian arts and entertainment industry. Please forward this email and inform your networks so we can ensure members of our industry have their say on mental health and small business.

Question 13 asks participants to nominate the industry they work in.  Please tick “Arts & Recreation” or “Other Services” and specify which sector of our industry you work in.

Survey closes mid September 2017.

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Residencies for writers in Paris and Rome

Would you like support to develop your writing practice and connect with literary communities in Paris or Rome?

Keesing Studio

Location: Paris, France

Art form: Literature

Length of residency: 6 months

Dates: 6 August 2018 – 4 February 2019, 11 February – 5 August 2019

Amount: $20,000

Residency opportunity

The Keesing Studio is part of the Cité Internationale des Arts. Since 1965, the Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18,000 artists from all over the world. The Cité provides studio space to professional artists wanting to develop their practice in France. Across two buildings, the Cité houses a culturally diverse selection of artists from up to 50 countries in its 324 studios each year. The Keesing Studio was generously leased by the late Nancy Keesing to provide Australian writers with the opportunity to live and write in a new and stimulating environment.
BR Whiting Studio

Location: Rome, Italy
Art form: Literature (includes arts writers, playwrights, and librettists)
Length of residency: 6 months
Dates: August 2018 – January 2019, February – July 2019
Amount: $20,000

Residency opportunity

The BR Whiting Studio residency is an opportunity for artists to curate their own program of activity and expand their practice and develop networks in Rome. The city is rich in history, culture and religion. There are many opportunities for a writer to connect with bookshops, literary societies, universities, academics and translators.

Applications for these residencies close: Midnight Tuesday 3 October 2017 AEST

Visit our website to read about more international opportunities and to submit your application.

For any questions in relation to the residencies:
Phone: 02 9215 9000

Toll free: 1800 226 912
Email: enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au


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Job opportunity: Executive Producer, Ilbijerri Theatre Company

Salary: $70,000-$80,000 + superannuation
Hours:  Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Term: Ongoing (6 month probationary period)

Working alongside ILBIJERRI’s Board of Directors and in close collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Executive Producer provides strong leadership for producing a large-scale program of new works and national and international touring for the company.

The Executive Producer role is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and financial management of the company and its staff, while maintaining a clear focus on the company’s long-term strategic growth and direction under the organisation’s business plan.

The Executive Producer oversees the implementation of the company’s artistic program and coordination of artistic funding submissions and acquittal of program funds. The role is also responsible for overseeing the general coordination of market development and promotion of the company both nationally and internationally.

The Executive Producer and Artistic Director share the role of ILBIJERRI’S Chief Executive Officer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander / First Nations applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.


More info: http://ilbijerri.com.au/job/executive-producer/

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The 2017 finalists for the Drover Awards have been announced!

With long distances between cities and towns and relatively low population densities, touring regional Australia is no mean feat for performance companies. Compared to other countries, touring regional Australia requires a massive commitment in terms of time and resources.

That’s why APACA’s Drover Awards are so important. Acknowledging the achievements of the companies that have made this commitment, the Drover Awards recognise excellence in the field of regional touring.

The winners of the 2017 Drover Awards will be announced at the APACA conference, Thursday 24 August, at Sydney’s Luna Park, with Federal Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield presenting one of the key awards.

Congratulations to the following artists and companies who have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Drover Awards.


Drover award for ‘Performing Arts Centre of the Year’

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

With a diverse and exciting program, this regional performing arts centre is renowned for the exceptional level of professionalism of the entire staff. With a proactive approach, attention to detail, quick responses to requests and a welcoming, courteous and attentive manner, BREC’s team delivers excellent service. Highly engaged in the local community, the centre supports local artist initiatives and a focus on audience development in the region over the last few years is now bearing fruit.

Dubbo Regional Theatre

Dubbo Regional Theatre  is a dynamic performing arts centre with a welcoming atmosphere and an inclusive ‘arts for all’ approach  to programming. Led by Linda Christof,  this performing arts centre’s team is professional and responsive.  Marketing and technical requests are dealt with efficiently. Linda and her team are exceptional in working side-by-side with producers to enhance the theatrical and educational experiences for local audiences.

Princess Theatre – Launceston

The Princess Theatre is an excellent venue, with a brilliant crew, good audience reach and development, and wonderful hospitality. Under a passionate and motivated manager, there is clear evidence of great relationships with both the local community and sponsors/partners.


Drover Award for ‘Tour of the Year’

Australian Theatre for Young People’s Sugarland
Tour Producer: Performing Lines for Blak Lines

Australian Theatre for Young People’s Sugarland had a phenomenal impact on regional communities. Performed with great integrity by its young cast, this work is so important in the path to a post-colonial society and has a real respect for our first nations people and their culture.

Monkey Baa’s The Peasant Prince
Tour management: Arts on Tour

Adapted from the novel Mao’s Last Dancer, Monkey Baa’s The Peasant Prince is a beautiful and very accessible production. The multicultural theme and audio visual elements within the set design were appreciated by regional audiences, as was the accompanying Q&A session. Venue staff found the Monkey Baa team very professional and patient, not only in the lead up to bump-in but while resident in theatres.

Patch Theatre’s The Moon’s a Balloon

With professional and efficient tour staff, Patch Theatre’s tour of The Moon’s a Balloon used innovative and effective audience engagement techniques. The production itself was highly creative, engaging and greatly enjoyed by regional audiences.

This tour used a unique strategic approach in terms of planning, promotion and audience engagement. By including a national coordinator and broad regional participation, the level of audience engagement with this work was extended beyond traditional means, thereby also extending the appreciation of the work by audiences.

Sydney Dance Company’s “Counter Move”
Tour management: Arts on Tour

Sydney Dance Company’s “Counter Move” double bill gained excellent traction with regional audiences. In addition to the performance, the company offered workshops and pre-show talks which were greatly appreciated by regional communities. Venue staff appreciate the show’s strong marketing kit, the professionalism of the touring team and the company’s understanding and accommodation of any limitations.


About the Drover Awards

The Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year recognises the achievements of an outstanding presenting organisation and is awarded to the presenter who works with the producer to provide consistently outstanding production, marketing and management services. In addition, this presenter will have achieved exceptional success in audience development and community engagement.

The Drover Award for Tour of the Year recognises both the production company with an outstanding commitment to touring and the tour coordinator or producer delivering exceptional touring services. It rewards the commitment to form strong partnerships and to work collaboratively to develop audiences and enrich the cultural lives of all Australians. The Tour of the Year is awarded for overall excellence in touring, recognising the quality of the production, the marketing campaign and the people making it happen.

A third award, the ‘Touring Legend’, recognises an outstanding contribution to performing arts touring in Australia. This will be presented by the Federal Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield at the conference gala dinner at Sydney’s Luna Park on Thursday 24 August.

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From Washington: Rick Heath reports

APACA executive director Rick Heath reports on his experiences participating in the DeVos Institute’s fellowship program for arts managers.

Rick Heath (kneeling centre) on a site tour of the redevelopment of New Victory Theater 42nd St, NYC.

My time in Washington with the DeVos Institute’s fellowship program is about to come to a close. Imagine a four-week conference – on speed – and you start to build a picture.

Whilst you might expect to take away a few gems of wisdom at a conference, these gems come by the truckload on an hourly basis. This is testament to the leadership from Michael Kaiser and Brett Egan and a swathe of experts in marketing, development, strategic planning, and programming – inspiring to say the least.

Over the course of the last four weeks we’ve had site visits and heard case studies and presentations from organisations such as Park Avenue Armory, the New 42nd Street Studios, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Penumbra Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Orlando Ballet.

My Fellows are from Iceland, Finland, San Francisco, New York City, Toronto, Syria, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Manchester, Tennessee and Czech Republic to name but a few, and collectively provide exceptional insight, an international perspective and an unparalleled breadth of experience (not to mention excellent dining company).

On my own mission I’ve also had extraordinary meetings with Mario Garcia Durham, president of Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and Michael Orlove, director of artist communities and presenting at the National Endowment for the Arts. These meetings have provided an exceptional overview of the sector development and advocacy taking place in the USA (and another truckload of ideas and inspiration).

The learning is delivered around the framework of The Cycle, a practical approach to arts management. This framework was described by one of the Fellows as “elegant”. In every sense of the word this captures the essence of the program – stylish, sophisticated, classic and smart. It speaks to the essentials of running effective arts organisations, focusing on the stuff you need to know and leaving out the stuff you don’t.

I look forward to bringing this learning back to Australia and to APACA members and continuing to do so as the Fellowship continues in 2018 and ’19.


Rick Heath
Executive Director, APACA

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Bursaries for South Australians

Arts South Australia have generously provided funding to the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) to offer travel bursaries to the value of $1,040 each to South Australian artists, producers, performance-makers and presenters to assist them to attend the Performing Arts Exchange, part of the 2017 APACA conference Outside, In. The event will be held in Sydney 21-24 August.

You can submit a very simple EOI to apply to receive a bursary via this link.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a South Australian arts organisation or an individual from South Australia that has a history of presenting quality, professional arts product
  • Be prepared to register for the Performing Arts Exchange

Applications must be received by 5.00pm (SA time) Friday, 28th July and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Wednesday, 2nd August.

Any questions relating to the application should be directed to admin@apaca.com.au

APACA gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts South Australia.

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Free resource for Queensland tours

Planning a Queensland tour?

Put your tour plans in context with arTour’s answer to Trip Advisor for performing arts touring and discover more about over 70 places that regularly host tours in Queensland.

Places is an excellent free resource to use at every stage of tour development. From building your itinerary (see what shows have previously toured, which presenters are in town and get an overview of population and government electorates); to creating connections prior to touring (with links to media, festivals and cultural organisations); and organising logistics (get tips on accommodation, location, airports and weather).

Discover Places today.

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Empire Theatre celebrates 20 year anniversary

Interior of the Empire Theatre.

After two decades providing high quality performance to the community, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba is celebrating the milestone of their 20th year. General Manager  Kerry Saul says that since the official re-opening in 1997, the Empire Theatre had grown and has now become a precinct housing four functioning performance spaces including the famous main auditorium.

“We were thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th year in an official way on June 25 with an Open Day, which saw more than 3000 people visit, experience performances and take a behind the scenes look through the precinct,” comments Saul. “One of the things that has changed in the past 20 years is the recognition across Australia of how beautiful the Empire Theatre is and what an architectural gem it is, with the backlit proscenium arch and art deco design.”

“Since 1911 the Empire Theatre has been a large part of the cultural heritage of the city, something lost to the community in 1971 when it closed. After a controversial refurbishment and reopening in 1997 the theatre, twenty years on, is once again a cherished icon of Toowoomba helping to make us such a great city to live in.”

As part of the celebration, the Empire Theatre’s Season 2017 was specially curated to include acclaimed national performing arts companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Erth and Circa.

Originally built in 1911, the Empire Theatre was largely destroyed by fire and rebuilt in art deco style in 1933 before the eventual closure of the building in 1971 and reopening in 1997.

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