Call for Speakers

The Call for Speakers is open for the 2019 Creative State Summit in Melbourne 30 and 31 May 2019 at Melbourne Museum.

Submissions are now open for speakers with insights, case studies and stories relevant to the summit theme What Next? Sessions will be held in a range of formats, including keynotes, panels and workshops – or you can suggest a format of your own.

Why you should submit

Presenters will be heard by, and live-streamed to, a broad and knowledgeable audience Invested in Victoria’s creative industries

  • Demonstrate innovative practice
  • Deliver a provocation relevant to the What Next? theme
  • Share your insights and experiences


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Submissions need to align with the summit theme What Next?

Centred on the theme What Next? the Creative State Summit 2019 will focus on innovations, new opportunities and sector disruptions within, or impacting on, the creative industries.

Additionally, Victoria is moving towards the end of the Creative State Strategy 2016-2020, making the Creative State Summit 2019 an ideal opportunity to consider What’s Next? for the state.

There are opportunities to respond to the summit theme with your interest to be involved in the summit:

1) Nominate a speaker: The summit aims to incorporate the widest possible range of interesting projects and practitioners. If you have come across a stand-out speaker that you feel will be of strong interest to the summit audience, aligned with the summit theme, please share this with us by nominating them.

2) Submit your own session idea: Please send details of your proposed session, including a title and short summary (no more than 250 words). This should include speaker names, organisations and contact details of those presenting; how your session responds strongly to the theme What Next? and any relevant links.

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Contact & Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 12 April 2019.

You will be advised of the outcome of your submission by 2 May 2019.

Please email us at to ask any further questions.

Speaker fees

All speakers and contributors will receive a guest pass to the summit including catering and access to the reception to be held on Thursday 30 May.

A speaker’s fee of $350 will be provided to speakers who are independent workers engaged in the gig economy.