Give more children access to the performing arts.

What is ArtsConnect9?

Regional Year 9 students can experience some of the very best Arts experiences Melbourne has to offer through the ArtsConnect9 program.

ArtsConnect9 offers a program of workshops, performances and events for the subsidised price of only $9 per student, and eligible schools will also receive reimbursement of their travel costs to and from Melbourne.

The ArtsConnect9 Travel Reimbursement is calculated on a needs basis, and takes into consideration a school’s distance from Melbourne and Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) level.

Travel Reimbursement Eligibility Guidelines:

ICSEA level Distance from School to Melbourne Travel Reimbursement
1000 or below  - 100% reimbursement of travel costs
1001 to 1050 Greater than 200km 100% reimbursement of travel costs
1001 to 1050 Less than 200km 50% reimbursement of travel costs
1051 and over  - No travel reimbursement

Arts Centre Melbourne has been responsible for the ArtsConnect9 program for over twenty years and we are proud to once again offer a curated program of incredible opportunities from our cultural partners: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Blender Studios, Chunky Move, Circus Oz, The Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Melbourne Theatre Company, National Gallery of Victoria and Testing Grounds.

ArtsConnect9 funding is limited, so book now to avoid missing out.

Need help? Don’t hesitate to email the Schools Engagement Team if you have any questions about the ArtsConnect9 program.

ARTSCONNECT9 BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2019.

An updated and exciting new version of the ArtsConnect9 program is now open for bookings.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at artsconnect9@artscentremelbourne.com.au should you like any further details.


FAQs

• Start planning early: These programs are very popular and will sell out. You should aim to have your booking to us a minimum of two months before your proposed excursion date. The farther in advance you book the greater chance we have of being able to accommodate your request

• Be flexible: Have some alternative dates up your sleeve just in case we are unable to accommodate your group on your preferred date

• Confirm your student numbers before booking: Get student payments and permission forms back early to assist in locking in final numbers at the point of booking. We are only able to accommodate fluctuations in numbers within 10% of the original group size at the time of booking, additional late changes or large changes to group size will incur additional administration fees and may affect the availability of your booking.

• Check your emails: This is our primary source of communication and how you will receive your confirmation paperwork and schedule for your ArtsConnect9 activity.

• Provide a mobile contact number for the teacher who will be with the student group on the day.

• Some ArtsConnect9 program partners have visitation guidelines and consent forms that must be addressed before attending the excursion. You can find these, plus additional learning resources, here.

• Explore the program options below

• Submit the ArtsConnect9 Application Form once you have determined your student numbers and ideal dates/times

• Visit the Schools Booking T&Cs page to view the booking process

•The ArtsConnect9 Travel Reimbursement is calculated on a needs basis, and takes into consideration a school’s distance from Melbourne and Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) level.  [hyperlink to https://www.myschool.edu.au/more-information/information-for-parents/making-a-fair-comparison/]

Travel Reimbursement Eligibility Guidelines:

ICSEA level Distance from School to Melbourne Travel Reimbursement
1000 or below 100% 
1001 to 1050 Greater than 200km 100% 
1001 to 1050 Less than 200km   50%
1051 and over - No reimbursement

•If eligible for a travel reimbursement, you must email a copy of your travel quote (chartered buses, school bus or public transport) within two weeks of confirmation of your excursion.

•You will receive confirmation via email, outlining the amount that will be reimbursed.

•You will receive an Arts Centre Melbourne purchase order. Please ensure your business manager receives this.

•Pay for your travel.

•Invoice Arts Centre Melbourne for the amount confirmed via email, ensuring the Purchase Order number is displayed on your invoice.  

•Ensure the mobile contact number you provided is switched on!

•Print out and bring along your confirmation paperwork. You may need to present this for entry at some venues

•Please arrive at least 15-minutes prior to the start time of your activity at the venue specified in your schedule

Participate. Get involved. Jump in and enjoy the day with your students.

Integrate the ArtsConnect9 experience into the Year 9 curriculum

• See if there are any Teacher Resources for the experiences your class attends.

• Complete the evaluation survey you will receive from ArtsConnect9

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