Sources of Advice and Funding

NT Arts Organisations | NT Government Agencies and Local Government |
National Key Agencies and other Funding Sources | Internet Based Resources 

NT Arts Organisations

The following arts organisations may be able to offer you advice and support in your chosen art form. Some of the agencies listed below have either regular or occasional community grants or relevant support/advice programs.

Alice Desert Festival is an initiative of Red HOT Arts Central Australia and offers showcase opportunities to local artists from Alice Springs and wider Central Australia. T: 08 8953 6111 E:

ANKAAA  (Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists) is the peak advocacy and support agency for Aboriginal artists and art centres located in the regions of Arnhem Land, Darwin/ Katherine, Kimberley and Tiwi Islands. T: 08 8981 6134 E: W:

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring is the arts touring organisation for touring visual and performing arts within the Northern Territory and for touring Territory arts nationally and internationally. Artback NT has offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. T: 08 8924 4183 E: W: 

Arts Access Darwin provides advice and support for disability service providers and mainstream organisations interested in hosting arts activities and events for people with disabilities. Arts Access Darwin also assists in seeking funding and staging showcase disability arts events. T: 08 8945 7347 E: W:

Barkly Regional Arts  is a networking and resource organisation that responds to the cultural and artistic needs of the communities in the Barkly region. T: 08 8962 2799 E: W:

Brown's Mart Arts provides project support and management for the development, creation and production of new theatre. Brown's Mart Arts also manages the precinct including the heritage listed theatre. Venue: T: 08 8981 5522 E:  W:

Central Craft represents, develops and promotes the professional crafts industry in Central Australia to promote and advance the crafts and education of these crafts and to encourage the highest standards of craftsmanship in all its forms. T: 08 8952 4417 E: W:

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts is an arts organisation providing skills development and performance opportunities for young people aged 5-25 years in the Darwin region. T: 08 8948 3200 E:

Darwin Community Arts enriches and inspires Darwin by facilitating arts and cultural development that reflects and celebrates communities’ diversity and creativity. T: 08 8945 7347 E:

Darwin Entertainment Centre is the premier entertainment and convention venue in the Top End of Australia able to accommodate large and small performances or events, and has played host to major national and international acts as well as Darwin-based artists.  T: 08 8980 3366 E: W:

Darwin Festival profiles the Northern Territory as a cultural destination of choice by contributing to the artistic, cultural and economic development of the Top End, whilst offering opportunities to showcase and interpret the cultural and artistic diversity of the region. T: 08 89434200 E:

Darwin Symphony Orchestra performs a range of orchestral music for the community of the Northern Territory, whilst providing an avenue for growth of skill and experience of its players. T: 08 8946 6488 E:

Desart is the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres. T: 08 8953 4736  
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DVAA (Darwin Visual Arts Association) is a community based organisation dedicated to supporting both the production, promotion and appreciation of visual art by local artists in all media, as well as increasing public awareness and audience participation in contemporary visual art in Darwin. T: 08 8981 9351 E: W:

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre (GYRACC) is a new cross-cultural enterprise in the Katherine Region which provides a contemporary meeting place in which to celebrate, learn, create and share culture.
T:08 8972 3751 E: W:

Happy Yess is a community run, not for profit, live original music and arts venue.  Happy Yess is focussed on supporting local original musicians and artists across a wide range of genres and artforms.
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InCite Arts is an arts organisation providing skills development and performance opportunities for young people, people with disabilities, Indigenous communities and other communities in the Central Australia region. T: 08 8952 6338 E:


Katherine Regional Arts works cooperatively with local, Territory and national organisations to develop and implement community driven arts and cultural initiatives across the Katherine region; provide advice, advocacy and promotional support for artist and organisations and increase community participation in the arts. T: 08 8971 0928 E: W:

Music NT is the contemporary music office for the Northern Territory - representing, developing and servicing the NT contemporary music industry, while establishing and maintaining links with peak industry bodies on a national level. Music NT has offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. T: 08 8981 1995 E:

Northern Centre for Contemporary Art is dedicated specifically to the promotion and support of contemporary visual art in the Northern Territory. T: 08 8981 5368 E: W:

NT Writers' Centre members range from hobby writers to published authors.  Whatever the writing interests or experience, the NT Writers' Centre can offer advice and point in the right direction. The NT Writers' Centre has offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. T: 08 8941 2651 E: W:

Red Hot Arts Central Australia develops and promotes the distinctive cross cultural arts sector of Central Australia and support as an umbrella organisation the development and marketing of the arts. T: 08 8952 2392
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Tactile Arts develops and promotes the professional crafts industry in the Top End to promote and advance the crafts and education of these crafts and to encourage the highest standards of craftsmanship in all its forms. T: 08 8981 6615 E: W:

Territory Craft - Katherine is a community membership based organisation, which represents, promotes and develops craftspeople and the crafts in the Katherine region.  T: 08 8981 6615 E:

Tracks is the premier performing arts company of the Northern Territory. It is known for its innovative, large-scale outdoor performances that bring together participants from diverse cultures and artistic disciplines. Tracks works with professional artists and community members to produce high quality, inclusive and innovative dance performances. T: 08 8924 4410 W:

Watch This SPACE is the contemporary experimental art space in Central Australia. Watch This Space supports local, national and international artists, both emerging and established to foster and value contemporary art practice in the central desert region through presenting a program of exhibitions and offsite projects that inspire and stimulate local, interstate and international audiences. T: 08 8952 1949 E: W:


NT Government Agencies including Local Government

Northern Territory Government provides a range of services and grants. For more information visit:

Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) is a peak organisation representing the interests of Local Government in the Northern Territory and provides information on all Local Governments in the Northern Territory. W:


National Key Agencies and Funding Sources

Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which was established with the support of the Australia Council in 1983 to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations. T: 02 9356 2566 or 1800 221 457 E: W:

Australian Copyright Council is an independent non-profit organisation and provides information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. The Australian Copyright Council also produces publications, do research, and make submissions on copyright policy issues. T: 02 8815 9777 W:

Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is Australia's peak national network and advocacy body for artists working at the intersection of art and science; emerging art practices; mobile and portable platforms and experimental sound. ANAT is offering quick response grants and professional development grants.
T: 08 8231 9037 E: W:

Asialink offers a wide range of artistic and cultural programs that enable Australians to develop their talents and experience by working in and with Asia, establishing personal contacts, on-going communication networks and further projects. Art form areas are Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature and Arts Management. T: 03 8344 4800
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Australia Council  for the Arts provides grant programs to artists and arts organisations across the country in the fields of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, community partnerships, dance, literature, music, new media arts, theatre and visual arts and craft. T: 02 9215 9000 or 1800 226 912 E:

Australian Government - Ministry for the Arts provide grant programs to support arts and heritage programs accross the country. W:

Creative Partnerships Australia is the amalgamation of the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and the Artsupport program of the Australia Council created as a response to the recommendation of the Mitchell Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts to promote, encourage and facilitate business, philanthropic and donor support for the arts. The agency works with the business sector, the arts and cultural sector (organisations and individuals), the philanthropic sector (foundations, trusts and individuals), and governments including local councils throughout Australia delivering services including Partnering, Volunteering and Giving Programs.
T: 08 8943 0657 W:

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) provides simple ways for people to reproduce, store and share words, images and other creative content, in return for fair payment. In doing so, it connects the creators, owners and users of copyright material. The Copyright Agency has also been appointed by the Australian government to manage the artists' resale royalty scheme that commenced in June 2010. W:

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) manages an online meeting place for everyone involved or interested in Australian visual arts and craft. NAVA administers grants to assist artists in their professional development. It also publicises other grants, prizes, exhibition opportunities and residencies to NAVA members.
T: 02 9368 1900 E: W:

Regional Arts Australia (RAA) is the key national body representing the broad and complex interests and concerns of those working with and for the arts in regional, rural and remote Australia. T: 08 8444 0400
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Internet Based Resources

Artbank supports established and emerging visual artists and craftspeople by buying contemporary Australian artworks and showcasing them through its rental scheme. W:

Artshub Australia - the online home for Australian arts workers. Arts Jobs, Arts News, Events and information - it's all on the Hub. Artshub is not free, there are different subscription models to access Artshub.  

Cultural Gifts Program offers Tax incentives for private donors of culturally significant items to public art galleries and other collecting institutions. W:

Grants LINK makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for community projects from the many Australian government grants that are available throughout Australia.  W:

Indigenous arts, culture and languages provides information about activities that promote Indigenous cultures.


Our Community is a web portal that provides information to non-profit groups about available grants and funding. Not all information is for free, different subscription models are in place. W:

Register of Cultural Organisations offers a register of cultural bodies qualified to offer a tax deduction to donors. W: