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Beyond The Studio – NSW Dance Fellowship For Emerging Leaders

Applications for the Beyond the Studio Fellowship is open and will close Thursday 19 December 2019 at 5pm AEST.


The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.

Download the Beyond the Studio – NSW Dance Fellowship for Emerging Leaders guidelines here. 

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To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.


Beyond the Studio is a fellowship program delivered in partnership with Sydney Dance Company to support the development of emerging leaders in dance in NSW. A dance practitioner will be selected to undertake intense periods of engagement with the company over a 12-18 month period, supporting their career progression towards a future leadership role in the industry.

Who can apply for funding?

You must meet the following three criteria:

1. Applicant type

You must be an:

  • Australian citizen; or
  • permanent resident; and
  • an individual based in NSW.

2. Arts practice

You must be either a:

  • choreographer
  • dancer
  • producer
  • composer; or
  • designer.

3. Career stage

You must self-identify as an emerging leader in dance in NSW and have a minimum of 7 years industry experience.

How much funding is available?

The successful applicant will receive $30,000 in financial support along with in kind support to undertake intense periods of engagement with Sydney Dance company over a 12-18 month period.

How will my application be assessed?

You must address three assessment criteria:

1. Merit

Your application should demonstrate:

  • your leadership qualities and understanding of the NSW and Australian dance sector
  • the quality and reputation of any previous work
  • your inspirations or influences

2. Impact

Your application should demonstrate:

  • where you are at in your career
  • how this fellowship opportunity will benefit you at this stage of your career

3. Viability

Budget and project plan will be determined in consultation with Sydney Dance Company.

When will I know if my application is successful?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications under embargo in February 2020.

Under embargo means that applicants are notified but cannot publicise the outcome until the official announcement has been made by the Minister for the Arts or Create NSW. The embargo period is taken seriously and failure to comply may impact your current or future funding eligibility.

What support is available to me?

Resources are available to assist you with your funding application. Contact a staff member if you need any advice between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday:

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520


If you are an applicant with disability, and you require this information in a format which is accessible to you, or if you require this information in another language, you can contact us on the details above between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The National Relay service numbers are:

TTY users: Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Speak and Listen users: Phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Internet Relay users: Connect to NES then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Applications close
19 Dec 2019
Amount Upon Application
Performing Arts
Grant Type
Early Career Artists
Applicant Type
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