You, on stage in the Brown’s Mart Theatre.

It could happen right now.


ENGAGE offers sponsored one-week bookings in the Brown’s Mart Theatre or Studio, with $10,000 worth of venue and marketing support for your show provided by Brown’s Mart!


We think that our audiences are the most creative people in town. So, if you have a community group, theatre collective, or variety troupe looking for a three-night season, we’ll partner with you to provide the venue and the expertise to make it happen.


Two ENGAGE subsidies are available in October and November 2024.


EOIs are open now and close 31 May 2024.


ENGAGE artists receive:

  • Free hire of the Theatre for up to one week (this includes waived venue hire fees for technical bump in, rehearsals, and shows.
  • Ticketing built and sold through the Brown’s Mart ticketing system, with a free Ticketing Operator and venue Duty Manager for up to 3 shows.
  • 15 hours of free Technician time.
  • Inclusion in Brown’s Mart’s marketing including social media posts and a presence on our website and printed What’s On Guides.
  • Advocacy and promotion of the project within the performing arts industry as required.
  • Production advice in preparation for your event.
  • 80% of net box office from every ticket sold.
  • Brown’s Mart Ushers for each show.


ENGAGE artists will:

  • Work with the Artistic Associates to finalise their show details based on their EOI.
  • Provide all marketing, ticketing, and show specific technical and safety information, including a risk assessment, to Brown’s Mart at least two months prior to their event dates.
  • Pay for any additional Technician, Ticketing or Duty Manager hours as per an agreed upon Bump In and Show Schedule. Technician= $47 an hour, minimum three hour call*
    Duty Manager and Ticketing staff = $400 in total for each additional show above the 3 provided through this program.*
     *These rates are double on Sundays
  • Organise documentation of their event, and share this with Brown’s Mart for Brown’s Mart’s ongoing use.
  • Acknowledge Brown’s Mart as supporters of the work across all marketing collateral including the use of the Brown’s Mart logo and “presented as part of the Brown’s Mart ENGAGE program” in the presenting line.
  • Maintain Public Liability Insurance for their event and provide a certificate of currency to Brown’s Mart prior to Bump In with any risk assessments as required.



Successful projects will be chosen based on

  • A compelling artistic rationale
  • A clearly articulated marketing pitch that will speak to new or existing Darwin audiences, realistic marketing plan, and examples of the artwork/photos you may use for advertising.
  • A demonstrated interest in creating work that is accessible to both new and existing audiences within the Territory and beyond
  • A demonstrated capacity to present the event safely and effectively



Applications are submitted via a simple online form below.
We recommend you discuss your application with Brown’s Mart staff prior to submitting.


• Brown’s Mart ENGAGE support is not transferable as cash.
A Bump In and Show Schedule example document for a 3 show season is available here. You don’t need to submit budget with your EOI, but you will need to complete one if your show is chosen. Brown’s Mart can help you with your budget.



March  – 2024 applications open
31 May – Applications close
June / July – Discussion with shortlisted applicants and final selection
October or November – ENGAGE in Brown’s Mart Theatre



Please reach out to the Brown’s Mart team who would love to work with you on any ENGAGE questions.

You can reach out to the Artistic Associate Team artistic@brownsmart.com.au or on 8981 5522.

You can reach CEO Sophia at ceo@brownsmart.com.au or on 8981 5522 Mon-Fri.

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Applicant Information

Town or suburb
Do You Identify As(Required)
Select all that apply, this information is just for internal reporting and won't be published publicly.


About Your Project

eg. What will you do on stage? What are the themes? Why is the show important to you or the audience?
Max. file size: 1 GB.
Be specific - will it appeal to single women in their 30's? Parents of Teenagers? etc. Tell us who, why, and how the marketing might convince them to come.
Example: It has swearing or difficult themes?

Support Material

Max. file size: 1 GB.


If you have completed all sections of this application you can now click the submit button below

You cannot make changes once you have submitted your application.

We encourage all applicants to speak with Brown's Mart if you have any questions before applying. You can reach us by phone during office hours on 8981 5522 or reach at artistic@brownsmart.com.au

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