So blah blah we are an Arts’ company for young people. Let’s be frank.  There’s a lot of talk out there about issues affecting young people, but no so much written, curated and delivered by young people.   That’s not great.  What it can mean is Arts’ companies like ours, which focus on works for young people, can seem like adults telling young people what they think, feel, and is important to them.  We really don’t want that.  We want to explore issues that you and your friends would like to see 9minds focus on. 


To keep 9minds in check, to ensure we are being provoked to be ambitious with our projects, and to ensure we understand what’s important to you, your voices need to be heard.  To achieve these aims, we need you.  We want to provide a stage for your yarns and viewpoints.

9minds wants contributors to Do What They Think You Can’t, an annual 9minds project for young people, to help 9minds prepare for our productions.


We are looking for nine contributors, aged between 10 and 20 years of age.

Each contributor will work on an original of visual or audio piece for 9minds to be used in our next production, and be paid for the piece, in accordance with the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance Award.


We will feature the work on the 9minds’ website and our social media accounts, as well as in our production, with full attribution.

In 2018, the pieces will be about themes of Velvet Rabbit:

  • How we see ourselves, how others see us
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Being ourselves, becoming ourselves

So…if you are aged between 10 and 20, feel you would thrive working on the Do What They Think You Can’t project, please download the application form below and submit from 1 July 2018 to 31 July 2018, with up to a 250-word written piece, up to five minutes audio or video piece, or a one-page visual piece (that can be emailed or uploaded to Dropbox in copy) on any or all of these themes.


In creation of Velvet Rabbit, a production for children, we are liaising with psychologists at Counselling in Melbourne, We thank Counselling in Melbourne for their support.

Further Information

All young people from 10 and 20 years of age may submit work for consideration. Nine contributors will be chosen from 1 August 2018. Three contributors will be 10 to 13 years of age, three 14 to 16 years of age, and three 17 to 20 years of age. If you are under 16 years of age you will need parental consent to be involved.  And if you are over 16 years of age, working with children checks will be required, including for 9minds’ staff.

Notification of contributors will occur from 1 September 2018 to 15 September 2018. The work will appear on 9minds social media from 1 October 2018 to 1 January 2019, with the production in December 2018.

Do What They Think You Can't 2018 Application

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