More Support To Keep Victorian Creatives Working

Arts and Culture Pillar

Hundreds of Victorian creatives hit hard by the ongoing impacts of coronavirus have received a lifeline from the Victorian Government, enabling them to keep working, adapting and creating through the pandemic.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today (28 July 2020) announced almost $2.3 million in Sustaining Creative Workers grants to directly support 373 independent creatives and micro-businesses across the state.

There are many successful grant applications across the G21 region, but they include:

• $12,5000 to Kazworks (Barwon Heads) to undertake skills development and research to engage audiences online.
• $10,000 to the Southern Otways Indigenous Group in Hordern Vale to create an education tool.
• $10,000 to Anglesea Art House to develop digital content to showcase artists.
• $10,000 to the the Festival of Glass (Drysdale Clifton Springs Curlewis Association) to support the online events and promotional activity, as well as professional development.
• $10,000 to Martinich & Carran (Jan Juc) to implement a marketing strategy to engage consumers and find new audiences.

It also 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.

Prior to the pandemic, the creative industries employed 280,000 Victorians and contributed $31 billion annually to the state’s economy. In recent months the sector has been devastated due to coronavirus-related restrictions and closures, with thousands of people losing work and income.

New Sustaining Creative Workers grant recipients include writer/director/performer Candy Bowers, actor Nadine Garner, dancer/choreographer Deanne Butterworth, fashion designer Alice Edgeley, music label Bad Apples, sculptural artist Anna Varendorff and writer/comedian Alistair Baldwin.

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.

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, Geelong’s Festival of Glass, 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.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says, “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.

Source: State government media release