Kyabram Free Press

Boost for creativity

- By Caitlin Cassidy

Applicatio­ns are now open for two Victorian Government statewide creative programs in a bid to reignite the arts sector following Covid19-associated lockdowns.

The $20 million investment will back small to large-scale creative organisati­ons and businesses to roll out new programs, create jobs and drive innovation as the state emerges from the pandemic.

The Creative Enterprise­s program will provide four years of funding to creative organisati­ons and businesses across the state with a proven "record of achievemen­t".

Applicants will have to demonstrat­e how they will support the creative community and drive jobs in line with the Victorian Government's newly released $288 million Creative State 2025 strategy.

The Creative Ventures program will be open to organisati­ons and collective­s with up to 10 staff, giving newly opened creative entities a base to grow and plan over the coming two years.

Both programs include a dedicated First Peoples stream to support First Peoples-owned-and-led creative businesses and organisati­ons as part of a widescale creative strategies reform.

In line with the principle of self-determinat­ion, applicatio­ns will be assessed by First Peoples external industry panels.

Creatives with disabiliti­es will also be prioritise­d with a stream for deaf and disabled-led creative entities, to be assessed by a panel of peers with lived experience.

Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson acknowledg­ed the arts sector had been "severely impacted" by COVID-19.

“Now more than ever, creative business and organisati­ons need support so they can plan for the future, leverage more investment and generate work that connects and inspires us,” he said.

“Whether it is putting on a festival or developing a fashion line, these landmark programs will provide a boost to our creative leaders and help smaller businesses and organisati­ons take their next step.”

The Victorian Government has provided $500 million to support the arts sector since the pandemic began, including specific funding for live events and performanc­e.

Applicatio­ns are open until September 16.

To apply, or to register for upcoming informatio­n sessions, visit creative.vic.gov.au

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Applicatio­ns are now open for funding to reignite the creative sector as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Lauren Murphy

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