Helping hand for the creative industries

Posted 8 April 2021

Helping hand for the creative industries

The City of Greater Geelong is proud to announce an Arts Industry Development Fund to support artists and creatives living and working in the municipality.

A total pool of $30,000 has been earmarked for artists and arts organisation representatives with funding support of up to $3,000 per submission to help build their capacity.

The Arts & Culture Department is coordinating this initiative, in response to identified community need in the wake of COVID-19. Skills and training were identified as a gap for many artists, in particular:

  • Marketing, promotion, audience retention and development under changing social distancing guidelines;
  • Business viability and innovation;
  • Digital and online technical literacy;
  • OHS and new compliance requirements for venues and community organisations;
  • Mentorships;
  • Project Planning; and
  • Financial planning.

Established artists and arts organisation representatives across the arts and creative sectors who are a permanent resident of the City of Greater Geelong; have a current ABN/ACN or Inc (including sole traders) and have no outstanding debts to Council are encouraged to apply.

For further details, visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/arts and follow the link to Arts Industry Development Expressions of Interest (EOI).

EOI Submissions are now open and close 30 April. Applicants notified by approx 28 May 2021.

Questions should be referred to the Project Officer artsculture@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or by telephone 5272 4703

Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan, Chair of the Creative Communities and Culture portfolio said the funding is a terrific opportunity.

“Local artists and creatives continue to face new and evolving challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be tricky to navigate as they recover from the past year,” Deputy Mayor Sullivan said.

“I encourage those looking to get back on their feet and build capacity to apply for the funding, as it could make a big difference to their operations in the future.”

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