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This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It (TIHWDI) is a knowledge sharing website. It is a participatory, peer-reviewed, online repository of documentation to support arts business and arts practice. Hosting contributions from small, medium and major arts companies—ranging from Constitutions, Budget templates and Annual Reports to Marketing Plans, Production Schedules and Philanthropy Strategies—TIHWDI will provide much needed industry knowledge sharing by providing access to exemplar operational documents available for reuse.

In tandem with the document repository, TIHWDI supports comprehensive feedback mechanisms including user rankings, written feedback reviews, discussion threads and a reuse map. Users will also be strongly encouraged to share their derivative documents back into the repository. This feedback loop will allow the sector to identify and endorse standout documents in the repository while furthering intra-sector dialogue about best practice arts management.

Jump on in! http://thisishowwedoit.com.au/



Backbone is pleased to present a monthly professional development and networking series for artists across all artforms from July to December 2017. In conjunction with the launch of the knowledge sharing website thisishowwedoit.com.au, Backbone will be presenting these workshops with industry professionals from all artforms at the East Brisbane Bowls Club. This is an excellent opportunity to gain industry advice and also network with artistic and industry peers over the series.


In this workshop we will take a close look at what funding is available for your projects on a local, state and federal level. What are assessment panels looking for? How is your application assessed? How do you best address the criteria and select which grants are the best ones for your projects and how you can align with local/state and federal strategic plans. This project will be run by Backbone CEO and Artistic Director Katherine Quigley and Backbone Producer Deb Suckling.

Katherine Quigley is Backbone’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer. She has spent the better part of 15 years writing grants for individuals, organisations and groups for local, state and federal funding across music, theatre and festivals/events, community and non-profits. She’s an accessor for Arts Queensland and the Australia Council. Kath is particularly passionate about the way that grant applications can push an idea into reality – with or without funding – just by being a reason and excuse to build on and expand a creative concept.

Deb Suckling has been working in the arts industry for almost 2 decades with a number of organisations. She is a professional grant writer and has written dozens of applications – specifically music and project based. She was a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts from 2014 – 2017 and is currently a peer assessor for Arts Queensland.


Friday 28 July
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members


THE audition

As tertiary intake season approaches, we look at the most dreaded hurtle faced by artists at any stage of their career – the audition. What are institutions and companies looking for in auditions? What should you showcase? How do you prepare? This workshop caters to both artists applying for tertiary institutions and artists engaged in professional practice. You will have the chance to speak with young industry professionals who have made it through audition processes, as well as industry veteran, Chris Beckey, who has served on audition panels for tertiary institutions and theatre companies across the country.


The panel will include:
Anthony Borsato
Ashleigh Djokic
Matthew French
Josh Lyons
Nicole Harvey
Holly Rooth
Kristian Santic
Damian Tatum
Mitch Wood


Friday 4 August
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members


Marketing & Branding

In this workshop we will look at Who You Are!! How do you position yourself in a saturated market? We will look at the use and abuse of social media and how to make it work in your favour and also dispel some myths around what does and doesn’t work.


Friday 25 August
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members


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