The Victorian Government has announced both the newest round Creative Ventures Program and the largest-ever round of the Creators Fund to support creative individuals and organisations.
The Creative Ventures Program offers a two-year funding base to support the generation of new work, creative content and career opportunities, with eligible entities able to apply for up to $200,000.
The program is focused on organisations with 10 or fewer full-time staff, and is open to those working in creative industries including visual art and craft, theatre and performance, literature, music, screen, digital games, design and fashion.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson small creative entities can still pack a punch.
“We’re supporting grassroots creative organisations with the funding they need to flourish, driving the extraordinary work and experiences that Victorians love and that bolster our reputation as the creative state,” he said.
“We’re backing them to innovate, grow and make their mark on the local, national and global stage.”
The Creators Fund is supporting 70 individuals and small collectives across a broad spectrum of creative specialisations.
Part of the Labor Government’s Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund provides local creatives with a stable income base of up to $50,000 for up to six months, enabling them to undertake research and development, explore new ideas and hone their craft.
Mr Pearson said artists are the lifeblood of our Creative Industries.
“That’s why we’re backing the people whose skill, imagination and ideas power the sector and make Victoria the nation’s cultural heartland,” he said.
“The Creators Fund gives Victorian creatives financial means and the time they need to pursue new ideas and realise their potential. Congratulations to the latest crop of creators – our largest to date.”
Applications for the second round of the Creative Ventures Program close on 21 July. For more information or to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support.
To find out more about the Creators Fund, recipients and their exciting projects, visit creative.vic.gov.au.