Independent Makers and Presenters

The Independent Makers and Presenters (IMP) program supports skills and career development and the creation, development and presentation of new work by independent practising professional South Australian artists involved in literature, the performing arts or visual art, craft and design.

There are several categories in the IMP program:

Professional Development:

Other categories:

See the list of August 2018 peer assessors here.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status and live, or be primarily located, in South Australia.

Some programs have specific eligibility requirements, which are detailed in the relevant sections on this website.

The following applications are ineligible:

  • projects already completed, or due to be completed, before the commencement of the funding period. Funding will not be provided retrospectively
  • projects without professional arts outcomes, such as amateur productions, the self-publication of literary works, fundraising, competitions, awards and prizes, as well as projects forming part of a course of study, including graduation activities
  • screen-based projects aimed at the cinema, film festivals or television, and media projects with a purely commercial outcome. Some activity will be eligible when incorporated into projects in other artform areas. Speak to Arts South Australia if you are unsure
  • start-up business costs and the purchase of basic equipment. Speak to Arts South Australia if you are unsure
  • organisations currently in receipt of Arts South Australia's Arts Organisations funding should refer to the relevant pages for information on eligibility for other funding.

While the program doesn’t distinguish between emerging and established artists, we recognise that emerging artists – those in the first five years of a professional career or those who have recently made a substantial shift in practice – have particular development issues and may need specific consideration. Artists are asked to identify their professional status on their application form, as this is one of the considerations during the assessment meeting. This information is also used for statistical purposes.

In most cases, emerging artists apply for funding to create new work when they have established a record of achievement. Artists aged 26 and younger should consider applying to Carclew Youth Arts.

Applicants whose projects involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) arts and cultures must speak to Jared Thomas, Arts Development Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, before preparing an application t: 08 8463 5450.

These criteria apply generally across Arts South Australia's funding programs. Some programs also have specific criteria, which are detailed in the relevant sections of the website.

Artistic merit may refer to:

  • innovation, originality, quality, creativity and ambition
  • the track record, creative achievement and skill of the artist or artists involved
  • the context in which the work is being undertaken
  • the potential contribution to the development of the art form
  • evidence of experimentation, risk taking and bravery.

Viability may refer to:

  • the planning and resources required to achieve the potential of the proposal
  • the ability of the applicant to meet the logistical challenges of the proposal
  • evidence of strong financial and operational management, including a realistic budget and timeline
  • evidence of additional resources and support, including other sources of income and in kind contributions.

Engagement may refer to:

  • the potential to grow audiences and their critical understanding of the art form
  • the development of new markets, locally, nationally and/or internationally
  • the development of new ways to engage with those markets
  • the potential to provide a broader range of people with opportunities to participate in arts experiences, through strategies that increase access, social inclusion and cultural diversity
  • evidence of deeper engagement with, and the involvement of, particular communities and/or audiences and the delivery of artistic benefits to them.

Development may refer to:

  • the development of artist and art form practice
  • the potential to enhance the skills and/or professional reputation of the applicant
  • the capacity to forge new pathways for artist and sector development
  • the capacity to develop new networks, collaborations and partnerships
  • the contribution to South Australia’s reputation as a centre of cultural leadership at a national and international level, and the resultant economic benefits

You may wish to consider the advice below before applying.


For the purposes of Arts South Australia funding, literature covers fiction, children's literature, poetry, and artistic and literary non-fiction. Playwrights should refer to the Performing Arts program.

Visual Arts, Craft and Design

For the purposes of Arts South Australia funding, visual arts, craft and design is a group of art forms encompassing digital art, drawing, object design, conceptual art, photography, furniture making, post object art, painting, printmaking, textiles and fibre, sculpture, ceramics, installation art, jewellery, public art, curatorial activity, performance art, multi and mixed media, glass, new technologies, electronic art and experimental art, projects incorporating community cultural development practices, ATSI and multicultural visual arts, craft and design or new media.

Performing Arts; Theatre, Dance, Music


For the purposes of Arts South Australia funding, theatre covers playwriting, the development and performance of dramatic text and non-text based works, physical theatre, performances in traditional and non-traditional spaces and venues, circus, street theatre, cabaret, theatre for children and young people, improvisational theatre, mime, opera and music theatre, puppetry, theatre involving new media, virtual theatre, community theatre and theatre projects incorporating community cultural development practices, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre and multicultural theatre.


Dance encompasses ballet, choreography, community dance, contemporary dance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, movement arts, multicultural dance and in some circumstances, physical theatre.


Music includes cabaret, choral music, classical music (from early music to the 21st century, western and non-western), community music and projects incorporating community cultural development practices, composition, folk, improvisation, performance of traditional or contemporary music by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, jazz, multicultural music, opera and music theatre, recording and broadcasting, song writing and music projects incorporating new media.

Arts South Australia has a Contemporary Music program. Musicians, bands, composers, directors and songwriters working in the contemporary music scene, (including electronic, hip-hop and dance music or rock and country music) should visit Contemporary Music or contact Arts Development Officer Becc Bates e: t: 08 8463 5414.


What this program does not fund

The following expenses cannot be funded through the Independent Makers and Presenters Program:

  • The purchase of equipment
  • Manuscripts aimed at the education sector
  • The preparation of work intended for, or the costs associated with, self-publication
  • Individual writers seeking to employ an editor to work on a manuscript or to market their own titles
  • Film, TV and games scriptwriters (who should contact the South Australian Film Corporation)
  • Amateur productions
  • Framing costs

Application forms

There are several application forms in this program. Each form has specific information regarding the category, application process and what is required, e.g. support material and budgets.

Use the Professional Development application form to apply for:

  • Individual Development
  • Building Pathways
  • Emerging Artists Mentorships

There are separate application forms for the following categories:

  • SA Living Artist Publication
  • Artists in Residence
  • Fellowship
  • Project Grants
  • Triennial Project Grant
  • Major Commission

Do not submit your application or any material bound in folders or plastic sleeves. Stapled or clipped applications are preferred.

More information regarding the application process can be found in the application form. Click here for a step-by-step guide to filling out Arts South Australia's application forms.

Late, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Peter Grace
Manager, Artists' Grants & Awards Program
Email Address: