Hand2Hand Incentive 

Hand2Hand is an annual incentive supporting circus artists to present new and risky ideas on stage. It’s a $2K cash advance to a random recipient with a creative itch to scratch.


Hand2Hand is funding experimental new work which do not easily fit existing grant processes or are otherwise unable to fund a work themselves. Successful applicants will be chosen at random and will receive $2k advance or to use towards a presentation. 


We aim for artists to “hand” back the funds to the Hand2Hand Incentive to be recycled by another artist in the next round in 2020. Thus, creating a creative "seed" to grow and pass on in a virtuous circle from artist to artist.

We have enough funds to seed x2 projects in 2019.


Dates:    Applications are accepted between the 1st Aug - 1st Sept.

Where:   Email applications with attachments to hand2hand@circustricktease.com

When:     Draw date in Sept - Venue & date TBC


To apply, your show must meet the following criteria:

  • Based in Australia.

  • Have two or more performers. 

  • Identify as circus. 

  • Present publicly a minimum of 4 shows within 9 months of receiving the funds.


Applicants must submit the following to be eligible for the draw

  • A show description, or artistic vision. (400-600 words).

  • A viable budget.

  • A media release.

* You will find easy templates on this page.


Selecting a random recipient celebrates chaos and removes any bias from the selection process, giving everyone an even chance.  


We put our art, heart and soul on stage before an audience. It’s scary, it’s hard, it’s excruciating. Let’s take the pressure off a little by not judging performers or their idea before the first rehearsal.




Our aim is for the incentive to act as a stepping stone to writing more formal grants. We whole heartedly recommend applying for grants, even if you are not successful they are an excellent process for refining a concept. 


We need to have a small criteria to ensure the applicant is serious and has the means to pay back the funds, otherwise the incentive will be very short lived.


We will not judge your artistic statement, it is simply required to prove you have a idea ready to develop and grow.


Creating a media release and a viable budget are necessary for performance season. Asking for these shows your dedication to the work, it is a massive head start for your showing.


We have created very basic templates which will make the process very stress free, please email us if there are any questions. This is our first round so there are bound to be bumps. 


The long term goal is to eventually grow to seed 10 projects every round. We believe in Australian independent arts and realise the growth of our circus industry comes from support, community and fierce competition.


To gather momentum, Circus Trick Tease will pledge all royalties to the incentive until we either hit 10 or shit hits the fan. 


Circus Trick Tease will manage the funds and application process. We will run a social media page to keep the community informed on how many shows will be in the draw.



We encourage and invite any company pledge $2k to invest for a new “creative seed” to circulate. Companies who are able to invest in Hand2Hand will have that seed named after them and celebrated at the draw every round. 


If you are one of these people please email Malia Walsh on info@circustricktease.com

Alternatively, if you an individual wanting to contribute please click on the ACF image below. You can give a tax deductible donation to create a "collective seed" which will go into circulation when it becomes $2k.

Success is not always finite, it is often a wandering path in the arts... sometimes the speed bumps are actually rocket launchers. 

Creative Seeds & their Investors 

Circus Trick Tease





Two Up Circus 

Australian Cultural Fund


Two amazing companies have already pledged to be part of the next round in 2020. To be announced in January. 


I borrowed $2K to make my first show. It wasn’t much but it was enough for a rocky debut and the lessons learnt during that season turned my life around. It’s time to play/pay it forward. 


Borrowing up front or writing grants for shows often isn’t viable. People may not have someone they can borrow from and writing grants can be stressful, confusing and intimidating. If you are successful it is sometimes a year before you can make the work, which is often not viable for physical performers as bodies and relationships change rapidly in our industry. Circus and shows are often urgent and instant. 


There also is a great deal of value in throwing caution to the wind, trusting oneself and focusing exactly what YOU want to make rather than on the longevity and viability of a show. Not every show needs to be “incredible.”   Not every show needs to “succeed”.  A piece of work that exists is a great learning space… and this learning needs to be celebrated. 


Hand2Hand is encouragement. It is an acknowledgment to all aspects of the creative process.

In Case of Emergency 

  • This is a first go at this, please let us know if you have ideas or suggestions. 

  • Be kind with your suggestions, it comes from a place of community and kindness. Please remember this when giving feedback.

  • We will be transparent with the funds via our social page, and acknowledge all contributors annually.

  • We are only accepting a full $2k investment as managing little bits of money is too time demanding.

  • A viable budget means all costs balance, your season projections are viable and you are able to earn enough from the season to circulate the funds. You will be advised if your budget does not meet the requirements.

  • Shit hitting the fan means that someone or everyone didn’t pay us back. It could also mean something serious happened to the organiser, in this case the project will simply pause and as a community we will discuss the best thing for the remaining funds at a suitable time. 

  • We will not support projects which are about racism, homophobia or sexism. If your project is a satire or a different kind of darkness but from a place of healing please get in touch personally so there are no communication problems. 

  • We realise this isn’t a lot of money but it’s something. We understand shit happens in the arts but we must trust in each other to make this work, in this event we can always have a chat and work something out. Please don’t apply if you don’t think you can pay us back. 

  • CTT has been saving it’s royalties for 2 years to make this possible, we aren’t rolling in it or over charging. We are simply in a rare position of success and support and want to start something beautiful before it all dries up. 

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