Youth Arts Queensland (YAQ) is the peak body for youth arts and cultural development in Queensland.  YAQ is a fully incorporated, not-for-profit, non-government, membership-based organisation.

YAQ plays a central role in enabling young people from across the state to access, engage in and create art.  We support children and young people by strengthening the industry and community networks that support them.. Read more about YAQ here

Be part of the collective influence for the future of youth arts in Queensland and join YAQ now.

Become a YAQ member here, it’s FREE in 2013

By becoming a YAQ member and participating in our programs, you are supporting the peak body that is here to support you.

If you are in a position to support YAQ, we graciously welcome donations. Please note that any donation of AUD $2 or more is tax deductible as YAQ has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

Membership Suitability

Members include young and emerging artists, artsworkers and cultural producers, established artists and organisations, education departments of larger arts organisations, arts educators and schools, tertiary education providers, youth workers, representatives of local, state and federal government departments, policy makers, and others who support the creative endeavours of young people.

YAQ’s membership is extremely inclusive.  We aim to link all organisations and people with an interest in young people in the arts, such as:

  • youth arts organisations, or education departments, around the state
  • young artists in any artform (music, visual arts, theatre, craft, writing, dance, events or project management, design, film and multimedia etc.)
  • arts educators
  • arts companies with an interest in engaging young audiences and with young artists
  • community and youth sector organisations that use the arts in their practice
  • freelance artists and cultural workers
  • organisations that run competitions for young artists
  • educational institutions teaching creative practice
  • Independent collectives of young creative people
  • Community media that support the arts
  • Creative businesses
  • Local governments interested in supporting creative and engaged communities
  • and more…

Youth Arts Queensland has an extensive history of supporting youth arts in all its artforms; and has given us an extensive network inside and outside of Queensland.  We look forward to using those networks to support you.


Youth Arts Queensland membership can provide you with the information, networks and professional development opportunities you need to stay up to date with industry developments, find a partner for your next project, add to your knowledge and skills required for working with young people in the arts and creative industries, or add your voice to collective advocacy for the future of youth arts.

As a member of YAQ you will receive:

  • Tailored one on one support by phone, email or in person  to achieve your individual, collective or organisational goals
  • Have your opinions heard and represented by contributing to YAQ’s advocacy submissions to government departments and funding bodies
  • Receive invitations to industry events and professional development activities
  • Advice on funding and fundraising and assistance editing applications
  • Support Letters (see below)
  • Auspicing (see below)
  • Promote your projects, employment opportunities, and events through the YAQ website and e-news
  • A discounted fee for Pozible crowd-funding campaigns of just 4%
  • Contribute and profile yourself or group on the Young People Creating Queensland database.  Or use this as a resource to connect with young creatives.
  • Access a growing library of online resources and fact sheets
  • A fortnightly e- newsletter
  • And more.  As your peak body, we are responsive to our members’ needs.

And for 2013 membership of YAQ is FREE so join now to start accessing all the benefits today.

letters of support

We are most happy to provide our members with letters of support for program, funding and fellowship applications. If you need a letter of support, please contact us and provide the following details or a draft letter including;

  • your name, position and company name (as applicable),
  • name of the program, grant or fellowship you are applying to,
  • title and brief description (max. two paragraphs) of your project or work you are seeking funding for, and
  • a brief overview (max. two paragraphs) about your company and / or previous experience.

Please note that we require at least 3 working days notice for any letter of support enquiry.

Letters of support are only available to YAQ members.


As a young artists or artsworker, you may find that certain grants or funding allocations are only available to fully incorporated organisations. You may still be eligible to apply to these grants with the support of a so called ‘auspicing body’, an incorporated organisation that will manage the grant on your behalf.

If you require an auspicing body, talk to us as we’ve acted as auspicing body for a range of independent emerging artists and collectives in the past. Following an initial chat, we will have to provide information for your funding application and sign it before your submission deadline.

If the funding application is successful, we will draft an auspicing agreement. The grant money will be paid to YAQ and we will pay it out to you on an agreed schedule. As part of our auspicing role, we will also undertake any financial reporting you have to do – the financial management of your project is ultimately our responsibility.

To acknowledge this responsibility, YAQ charges an auspicing fee. This is added on top of your grant application so you aren’t out of pocket!

Auspicing is great way for accessing funding that you would otherwise not be eligible for – plus it takes away most of the complicated financial worries and headaches of your project.

If you are interested in being auspiced or want to learn more about it, please contact us.

Please note that we require at least 7 working days notice for any auspicing enquiry.

Auspicing is only available to YAQ members