Shepparton News

Pandemic support

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A new funding package will support workers and organisati­ons in Victoria’s creative industries and help them plan for future reopening.

Victorian Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson announced a $15 million package to support some of the hardest hit parts of the state’s creative sector.

Individual creative workers and microbusin­esses could apply for funding to develop new work, undertake profession­al developmen­t and reach new audiences through a new $5 million round of the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

One-off grants of $5000 will be available for creative practition­ers, including sole traders and freelancer­s, and grants of up to $10,000 are available for collective­s, microorgan­isations and businesses.

Up to $10 million will target heavily affected creative organisati­ons including festivals and performing arts companies.

‘‘Our creatives have shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity . . . ,’’ Mr Pearson said.

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