The search is now on! If you have any past or present Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students looking to become the next best performing artists in Australia, then please contact ArtsReady.

An elite artist is no different from an elite footballer and you as their mentor, teacher, coach and manager know how talented they are. We now need your help to identify these young talented people and with their permission get in contact with us.

ArtsReady represents the interests of Australia’s eight elite Arts Training Organisations, that are funded by the Department of Communications and the Arts, in seeking this next group of our nations Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander talent.

Which Organisations make up Arts8

Arts8 comprises of the following organisations, an Australian roundtable for arts training excellence:

ANAM provides young musicians aspiring to national and international careers (particularly as solo artists) with performance training at the highest level.
The Australian Ballet School provides full-time training of the highest standard for young people seeking a career in classical dance.
NICA delivers innovative and high-quality training that prepares students for national and international careers in the circus arts and physical theatre industry.
Australia’s premier Indigenous training college, producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.
NIDA trains exceptionally gifted young people for careers in theatre, film and television as actors, directors, designers, and as production and technical staff.
The AYO has a long history of training exceptionally gifted and dedicated young musicians from their early secondary years up to their early twenties.
The school provides quality circus training for primary & secondary school students. It also tours professional standard contemporary circus performances.
The nation’s premier screen arts and broadcast school. AFTRS consistently makes the Hollywood Reporter‘s prestigious annual list of the top film schools in the world

How to Register your Interest

If you think you have what it takes or know someone that does, please email [email protected] We can help you turn your dreams into reality.


Who’s eligible

Any young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons’ looking to enter the National Elite Arts Training Bodies should apply. Each ARTS8 organisation has its own set of eligibility requirements which can be found by looking at their websites.

ArtsReady will support participants through the selection and application process and support you in your first steps towards a professional career in the arts.


What you will study

Each Arts8 organisation will have its own nationally recognised courses which range from Certificate through to Diploma. Training will generally be a combination of theory and practice but will also include cultural classes. Abstudy may assist with audition travel and accommodation costs for eligible applicants.