Grants and funding boosting creative sector

Posted 30 July 2020

Grants and funding boosting creative sector

Creatives across Victoria have been receiving support to enable individuals and organisations to keep working, adapting and creating through the pandemic. Keeping creativity alive, Geelong’s Festival of Glass has been announced as one of the creative festivals which will receive funding support.

A huge set of grants and funding has recently been announced supporting Victorian Creatives and the sector. The grants will allow practitioners and organisations to develop, deliver and adapt their work in a changed environment, including supporting equipment upgrades, research and development, digital initiatives and professional and business capacity building.

This week the announcement of almost $2.3 million in Sustaining Creative Workers grants was initiated to directly support 373 independent creatives and micro-businesses across the state. This includes an additional $500,000 injected into the program to help meet demand from performers, writers, fashion designers, theatre companies and festivals. The $4.7 million Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s $66.3 million survival package for the state’s creative sector. Some 398 recipients were supported in the first tranche of the program.

Alongside the Geelong Festival of Glass a range of creative festivals and events will move online including The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Freeplay Independent Games Festival, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and Open House Melbourne.

Micro-organisations like disability dance and theatre company Weave Movement Theatre, independent children’s books publisher Ford Street, physical theatre company Dislocate and Warrnambool art gallery The F Project will adapt to new ways of operating, presenting work and connecting with audiences.

This program was delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. For a full list of recipients visit creative.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley:

“The Victorian Government is putting money directly in the pockets of our creatives so they can build new skills, create new work and continue to adapt to change.”

“This support will keep people working through this period of restrictions, while finding new ways to do business and connect with Victorians.”

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