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Digital Mentorship Program 2020

The Sydney Opera House is calling for Expressions of Interest from independent artists and collectives working in the performing arts to participate in our annual Digital Mentorship Program.

The Digital Mentorship Program is an opportunity for artists to expand their practice and engage audiences in the digital space by producing a new piece of artistic content that draws on their existing performance work or extends their live practice.

Two artists will be selected for the opportunity and will receive practical mentoring for the creation and production of their original digital content from Opera House content production specialists. The artists will be also supported by an industry project mentor who will participate in a series of consultation sessions to assist them in creating their work.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from artists outlining an idea for a discreet piece of content that is developed for a digital platform and explores live performance or expands on an existing body of performance work. Under the guidance of their industry mentor, the successful artist and their team will conceive, develop and deliver on the production of their piece. We are not seeking to support digital marketing initiatives, only artistic content.

Sydney Opera House will support the development of the works through a series of progress meetings with our marketing and digital teams to provide specialist feedback and develop strategies to support the final distribution of the works.

Project timeline:

Expressions of Interest Close 13 Jan 2020  
Shortlist Interviews 23 Jan
Successful Candidates Advised    28 Jan
Projects completed  June 2020

Apply Now

Please submit an online application using this form by COB 13 January 2020, including the following:

  1. Project outline (max. 500 words)
  2. Project objectives and the benefit to your practice (max. 250 words)
  3. Timeline for your project (January to June 2020)
  4. What are you looking for from your project mentor? You can nominate a specific mentor or Sydney Opera House can match you based on the role you need them to play in your project (max 250 words)
  5. Artist biographies (max 1 page)
  6. Two pieces of support material, which may include:
    • Video documentation of previous live performance work
    • Previous digital work
    • Up to 5 images of previous work

FOR ENQUIRIES, please contact Tulleah Pearce, Associate Producer, Artist and Sector Development

The support you receive

  • $2,500 stipend
  • Project mentor, to be mutually agreed by artist and Sydney Opera House, for up to 20 hours
  • Half day creative development session with relevant Sydney Opera House staff
  • One full day skills masterclass, led by professional artists and technicians
  • Access to the Recording and Broadcast Studio and equipment to use during the production and post-production of your work
  • Marketing consultation meetings and paid social media promotion of your work

What is not provided?

  • Staff or mentors to deliver any aspect of your project – you are required to have a team of collaborators to deliver your project
  • Travel required for the project, this stipend and scale of resources on offer should be considered when making your application

The relationship

The outcome will be a piece of digital content co-produced between the artist and Sydney Opera House. The artists will retain copyright in the work and will grant Sydney Opera House a non-exclusive licence to communicate the digital work on Sydney Opera House online channels and debut the final piece of content.

All participants in the program will be required to sign a short independent contractor agreement with the Sydney Opera House Trust.


This mentorship is open for independent artists or small groups working in contemporary performing arts, live art and performance.

The artists must:

  • Have a minimum of five years of professional practice
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of digital content production, including camera operation and editing
  • Be available for all key meetings scheduled with Sydney Opera House


  • Demonstrated benefit of participation in the program
  • Artistic merit of proposed idea
  • Realistic scope and expectations of project, including a practical timeline and demonstrated support from collaborators
  • Potential audience for the work

Project timeline


13th January 2020: EOI’s close

23rd January: Shortlist interviews

28th January: Applicants advised



February 2020: Projects commence

19th, 20th or 21st February: Half day creative development session 

26th, 27th or 28th February: Full day masterclass 

30 June 2019: Projects completed