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Workshops, grants & mentoring for the arts.

Bright Ideas supports emerging creatives within the University of Sydney community. We welcome all artistic mediums, including music, dance, theatre, photography, fine arts and film. Maybe you are studying one of these fields, or maybe you’re a Law student with a creative side!

Get in touch with us to find out more. This program is still active and operating online.

Workshop Series.

Bright Ideas Workshop Series is a crash course in business basics for the creative arts.

Our sessions teach artists, performers and producers the fundamentals of project planning, funding, marketing and business. By getting these things in order, you can reduce your load and invest more time into your art. They are also a great opportunity to collaborate and meet other members of the arts community.

Week 1: Project Management

Project planning and management. Where to begin and how to avoid last-minute panic.

Week 2: Fundraising & Grants

Navigate fundraising, sales, and grant applications.

Week 3: Marketing & Communications

Learn how to grow your community and engage people by communicating your unique value.

Week 4: Intellectual Property & Admin

Protecting your work, avoiding copyright breaches, & all the business admin you need to get sorted.

Project Grants

Bright Ideas runs grant applications twice a year to support creative projects by University of Sydney Union members.
Grants form part of a wider program that also provides 1:1 mentoring and group sessions. Join our mailing list below for important updates!

Update: Our grants offering is currently on hold due to the impact of COVID-19.


If you need someone to talk over your plans with, we’re here to help. Register for our Thursday drop-in sessions.
Those who have been approved for grants will have access to regular meetings where they can seek advice on everything from project and event management to marketing and business basics.

One-off sessions are available to all USU members (subject to availability) and can be arranged by email.

For more information on Bright Ideas supported projects, see Grants.

Group Sessions

We run group mentoring sessions for Bright Ideas grant recipients so you and your peers can set milestones, discuss your progress, challenges and motivate one another.

For more information on Bright Ideas supported projects, see Grants.

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Bright Ideas
Level 4, Wentworth Building G01
University of Sydney
Entrance via 2 Butlin Avenue
(02) 9563 6000
Open 9am – 5pm Weekdays

You can use the INCUBATE contact form to send us an email, just mention you are enquiring about Bright Ideas.