Digital Business Model Innovation Lab

An opportunity for arts organisations to transform and innovate digital business models in partnership with Tata Consulting Services.

Soft Centre Festival 2018. Artist: Meagan Streader. Photo: Charl Anfield.

The Digital Business Model Innovation Lab offers the opportunity for arts organisations to transform and digitally enable their core business model.

Digital adaptability and innovation is essential in maintaining and developing sustainable arts business models. The lab will be facilitated in partnership with Tata Consulting Services (TCS), one of the globally and locally leading international IT consultancy companies.

The lab will bring together a cohort of six organisations from across Australia and will be delivered in a hybrid model of online and in-person sessions.

The Digital Business Model Innovation Lab is suitable for small to medium arts organisations working in any art form and from around Australia.

Two representatives from each organisation will participate in the program and only one application per organisation is required.

Applications will be reviewed by staff and industry advisors including representatives from TCS. Your application will be assessed on merit, your responses to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the program to your organisation.
  • An active and open approach to organisational change management.
  • Drive and motivation of each participant to collaborate and experiment with diverse ways of organisational learning and innovating.
  • Commitment to exploring and implementing digital solutions for the arts sector.

The Australia Council encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability and people living in regional and remote areas.

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further.

Digital Business Model Innovation Lab is presented with our enablement partner Tata Consulting Services.

Frequently asked questions

The lab will be facilitated by Tata Consulting Services in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts.

Participants are required to attend the intensive lab over two full days in October There may be pre-reading and activities prior to the start of the session and follow up sessions post the lab.

This program is designed to be delivered as a hybrid model, involving both in-person and online sessions. Program delivery is dependent on current and upcoming Covid-19 restrictions, and we provide regular updates if circumstances change.

Organisations can apply on our online application system. The application requires written responses to seven questions that address the selection criteria and optional support material.

Each organisation must nominate two team members to participate in the lab. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.

Written response questions

  • Why is this program relevant for your organisation at this time?
  • How has your organisation explored and managed digital transformation so far?
  • Do you have a specific challenge for your business model that would you like to address in this Innovation Lab? If so, can you provide detail on the size and impact of this transformation?
  • As the representatives from your organisation, how will you each embrace the learning opportunity provided by this program? How will you work together and with other participants to make the most of the program? One response for each participant.
  • What is the role of digital technology in extending or improving your business model as an arts organisation?  How does your organisation see its role as champions in digital leadership and innovation for our sector?

Support material

  • LinkedIn URLs for each individual participant.
  • Any relevant support material for your application that demonstrates your organisation’s openness, motivation and commitment to innovation. One attachment only and support material is optional.

This opportunity is open to groups and small-medium arts organisations.

The program invites two team members to respond to the written questions and participate in the lab. Consider who has the ability to lead your team and enact the recommendations or opportunities that may arise. It is important to get organisation buy-in, so consider representatives from different teams.

We are looking for organisations with diverse structures and models to participate in the program. We are looking for organisations from across artfrom, location, scale and main activity.

Australia Council will select six organisations/groups to participate in this program. The program is fully subsidised and successful applicants incur no fee to participate. Participants are responsible for covering their travel cost (if required).

Some travel subsidies will be available and applicants should contact us on to discuss their situation.