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Organisation : Wild At Heart Community Arts

Location : Melbourne, VIC Regional

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Arts & Culture, Community Development, Community Engagement, Disabilities, Education & Employment, Education & Training, Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 31 Jul, 2020

About the role

Wild At Heart Community Arts supports a vibrant community of artists with lived experience of mental illness, disability and/or disadvantage to tell their stories through original music and arts making, to be a contributing member of a peer community and engage with broader society through their artistic work.

Our activities include state wide songwriting programs across Metro and Regional Victoria, informal artist mentoring, the Inkrewsive hip hop crew, the Bipolar Bears rock band and more.


Wild At Heart’s existing programs have been highly successful to date, with positive outcomes for participants, powerful art being created and strong participation and retention rates. We are keen to further develop the scope, reach and impact of our core business of music making being accessible to all and ensuring artists’ full participation in the music community and industry.

Working closely with the Managing Director, the Senior Arts Program Manager will take a leading role in the development of our existing and new programs to achieve these goals.

They will lead the co-design and implementation of a new pilot Artist Development and Mentoring program for artists with mental illness or disability. Over the first year they will refine the program and achieve funding to enable it to expand beyond Victoria and continue into future years.

The position will also work to build audiences and profile for Wild At Heart’s artists’ music and help to create a specialist record label for the publishing and distribution of their original work.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Wild At Heart Community Arts

Wild at Heart creates and supports an extraordinary community of artists who experience severe isolation, exclusion and stigma through mental illness, disability, addiction, trauma and poverty.

Our artists’ work ranges from beginner through to emerging professional standard. The quality of the art is engaging, entertaining and captivating in its musicality and authenticity. The songs are unique and extremely important for Australia’s cultural expression, coming from voices in our community who are never heard and are often not confident in the value of their own stories.

We deliver community based songwriting and music workshops in metro and across regional Victoria. We work in long term partnership with artists and communities in each location to develop a strong sense of friendship, artistic development and engagement with the local arts and music scene.

We have been doing this work for over twenty years.

We employ and train local professional musicians to work with participants to create their own original music, recordings and performances. We engage highly regarded songwriters as tutors, including Dan Sultan, Dallas Frasca, Liz Stringer, Dan Parsons, Leah Senior, John Fleming and many more.

We support our artists to retain ownership and self representation in their creative work and public performances. We work with our artists to advocate for their inclusion in their local communities, the local music industry, local and national media.

Our Board of five Directors includes people with disability. We support full inclusion of our participant group in leadership, co-design and planning of Wild At Heart’s programs, evaluation and strategic direction.

Our Artistic Director, Phil Heuzenroeder OAM, has led community arts and cultural development work with people with disability for over 20 years. He leads a team of three project managers and 20 facilitating artists.

Wild at Heart produced accessible dance party events led by people with a disability in Melbourne for over 13 years which were a cultural phenomenon for a largely invisible community. Events were held at Sydney Opera House and in regional NSW and Victoria. The Bipolar Bears band featured on SBS TV and Wild At Heart recently featured on Radio National.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Senior Arts Program Manager via Pro Bono Australia.



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