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Apply here for TOP 5 Arts – an ABC media residency program in partnership with University of Melbourne (UMELB) to discover the next generation of Arts communicators and give them a voice. 

Applications close Monday 1 June 2020 (midnight AEST). You will receive an email confirming your application has been submitted. If you have any questions or technical issues, please email Top5@abc.net.au

This initiative is for early career practitioners’ & researchers working in the broad disciplines of visual arts, performance, design, architecture & screen.


A decision will be made by the ABC's TOP 5 team in mid-July, whether the Arts/Science/Humanities residency will proceed in mid August / September / October as planned. This decision by the ABC will be informed by the Australian Federal Government's health and travel advice in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic at that time. The ABC's decision will assess whether the residency proceeds, is postponed to a later date in 2020, or if no alternative can be found, whether it will be cancelled for this year.

This decision will be published on the ABC TOP 5 website, and shortlisted or selected applicants will be notified.

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