More Than $1 Million To Fuel Victoria’s Independent Arts Sector

30 May 2017

More than 1200 career opportunities will be created for artists and creative industries workers across the state through the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of VicArts grants.

Sixty-two projects will share in more than $1 million in funding, which will create opportunities for almost 900 independent artists and 350 technical, administrative and other support roles in the independent arts sector.

For every dollar invested by the government in this program, a further $2.50 is generated by the sector.

The latest round of the Labor Government’s VicArts grants will support the development of more than 30 new theatre, dance, music, visual arts and multimedia works, as well as international residencies and presentation opportunities for Victorian artists.

Activities in regional Victoria to receive support include the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM), a new contemporary art triennial for Kyneton, a new large-scale aerial performance and projection work at the Natimuk Silos and a mentorship program for emerging African artists in Shepparton.

More than a dozen grants will support literary projects including new editions of publications Kill Your Darlings and Archer Magazine, a 'First Nations' issue of The Lifted Brow, and a podcast series on historical literature, Dead & Buried.

For the full list of supported projects, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“The latest round of VicArts grants will provide crucial support to Victoria’s independent artists, the driving force of our creative industries.”

“VicArts grants ensure we have a pipeline of new creative projects and initiatives that create employment, build careers and sharpen Victoria’s leading edge as the creative state.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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