What is an Arts Incubator?

While the concept of Incubators for Business has been around for a long time, the practice of Arts Incubators is relatively recent.

Arts Incubators equip cultural groups and arts entrepreneurs with the skills, tools, and business know-how necessary to meet short and long range objectives.

Integrated facility and organisational development services are what distinguish arts incubation from a co-operative arts space or merely shared office space. The multi-dimensional relationship with clients and an ‘action based — real time’ rather than theoretical approach to management growth also sets arts incubators apart.

The Auspicious Arts Incubator offers a specifically designed, flexible suite of programs that enables each participant to gain practical skills and knowledge helping them to form and grow a sustainable small business which will thrive in the competitive market of the arts.

John Paul Fischbach presenting an idea to the room



CEO & Chief Alchemist

John Paul maintains a personal balance between business projects and creative projects. On the creative side he has written and published a children’s book, Phillip the Penguin, created the International Puppet Carnival, directed several independent plays and opera.

In 2011 has completed his first film, Shoelace, which has been screened worldwide in over 30 festivals. His transmedia project, True Secrets Melbourne, a smart-phone app was launched in 2013.

His newest project a comedy web series, Sex or Breakfast premiered in 2015. His e-book, The Australian Artist’s Survival Guide will be released in 2016.

John Paul has worked for over 30 years in the business and art of live theatre and special events. He has a unique combination of artistic creativity, marketing know-how and business acumen.

He has a long history of producing and directing theatre, film, festivals and site-specific events, from the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles to an interactive performance at the Substation in Newport, VIC. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Denmark, England, Bali and Canada.

His arts management and marketing advice has been featured in monthly columns for Creative Foyer and Arts Hub.

John Paul Fischbach team photo


CTO & IT Guru

Among his many consultancies in the IT field, Craig is the principal IT and Social Media Marketing coach at the Auspicious Arts Incubator where he helps artists and arts organisations develop competencies in ICT (Information Communication Technologies).

With a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance, a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Craig has worked with a variety of entrepreneurial companies, large multi-national corporations, small businesses and NGOs in the UK and Australia. Craig is a Business Analyst, a Database and CRM Developer and a web developer as well as a consultant, strategist and an entrepreneur.

Craig integrates his IT work with his personal pursuit of sustainability and his dedication to paperless systems.

Craig is also the environmental officer for the incubator.

Craig Lambie team photo


Design Authority & Microsoft Word Wizard

Alia Vryens is a practicing theatre maker, producer and performer working in the independent scene. As an Arts administrator and Project Manager, she combines extensive experience in the corporate sector with arts based practical experience.

Alia’s role with the Incubator encompasses graphic design & desktop publishing, general office admin, project management and social media marketing.

As a Microsoft Word Wizard, there is little in document-land that she doesn’t know how to fix. Alia’s always happy to help answer questions about battling PowerPoint files or Excel demons.

Alia Vryens team photo


Belief Buster

Liz O’Brien is a trained healthcare professional with clinical experience in stress and lifestyle management. She is also a tutor in wellbeing and stress at Monash University School of Medicine.

Liz works with individuals using strategies and tools to support them in becoming their best self and become their fullest expression of that.

She also works with organisations that need their people to be at the top of their game and give their best. In order to help them achieve that, she shows people how to manage their mental and physical energy to achieve peak performance and maintain a healthy work/life balance. The Health Enhancement for Living Program is practical, engaging and experiential. It incorporates evidence-based stress reduction strategies, information and cognitive tools.

Liz O'Brien team photo
Julie-Anne Black team photo


Producer of Bold & Irresistible Communicators

Julie-Anne is an international speaker, author and founder of Be Brilliant Now – a company which produces emerging leaders that are irresistible communicators. She is also part of the Auspicious Arts Incubator core coaching team.

Before joining the incubator team she was a top TV Producer producing shows including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and was a production manager for the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. She’s since retrained herself as a mindset, body language and NLP Trainer and is now the Incubator’s Producer of Bold & Irresistible Communicators.



Auspicious Arts Incubator

ABN: 56 779 491 341

228 Bank Street

South Melbourne, VIC, 3205 AUSTRALIA

2764 41A Avenue SE

Calgary, AB T2B 2M2, CANADA

391 Clarkson Street

Denver, Colorado, 80218, USA

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