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Major Commission

The Major Commission grant supports a significant investment in a major new work by a leading South Australian independent artist or group, to be presented in a high profile setting in South Australia.

The project must have a significant public outcome and be presented first in South Australia. The project must have the capacity to extend community awareness of the artist and the commissioning partner or partners, and enhance their national and international reputations.

Independent artists may apply for assistance towards a major new work initiated and brokered with a suitable commissioning partner or partners. Partners may include production houses, independent producers, festivals, arts organisations and high profile venues. Partners must have a track record of producing projects of a similar scale.

Arts organisations and companies may apply to commission a leading South Australian independent artist. Organisations receiving ongoing funding from Arts South Australia must show how the commission will represent a scale of production or presentation beyond their usually funded activity.

Funding may be sought for project costs at every stage, including development, production and presentation.

Commissioning partners must commit or secure no less than 30% of the project's budget (cash or in kind) from sources other than Arts South Australia.

Applicants must include evidence of the relationship between the artist and the commissioner. This includes evidence of the commissioner's financial commitment to the project.


Peter Grace - Manager, Artists' Grants & Awards Program
(08) 8463 5429

Julia Moretti - Arts Development Officer, Artists' Grants & Awards Program
(08) 8463 5455

Key Information

Grant Amounts:
One grant of $100,000

Closing Date:
5PM 25 Feb 2019, 5PM 08 Jul 2019

Notification Date:
24 Apr 2019, 09 Sep 2019

Commencement Date:
01 May 2019, 16 Sep 2019

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Applications close
08 Jul 2019
All artforms
Grant Type
Community Partnership
New work
Presentation & Promotion
Applicant Type
South Australia
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Peter Grace
08 8463 5429