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Victorian Budget delivers $225.5 million investment in creative industry
The Victorian Budget includes $225.5 million over four years for initiatives that will benefit individual creative practitioners, small to medium organisations and businesses and flagship institutions.
Creative ideas, skills development, major exhibitions and events and regional creative growth are the key themes for the creative industries in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget.
Recognising Geelong’s position as Australia’s fastest growing regional city, Geelong Performing Arts Centre will receive $128 million for the final stage of its redevelopment which will double its capacity, introducing three new theatre spaces, more dining options and state-of-the-art back of house facilities.
$14 million over four years will support Victoria Live, a celebration of live music that will take place in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
National Gallery Victoria’s popular annual summer program will continue over the next three years with $47.7 million allocated for this and other activities. This year’s summer blockbuster will celebrate artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and 2020 will see the second NGV Triennial after the first, staged in 2017/18, attracted more than 1.2 million people.
A $6.4 million package will continue to support a range of programs for independent artists and small organisations including the Music Works grants programs; creative research and development program, the Creators Fund, and programs supporting regional activity.
Annual design program, MPavilion, the Dance Massive festival and AsiaTOPA 2020, Arts Centre Melbourne’s major celebration of performing arts from across the Asia Pacific region, also receive support as part of this package.
$6.2 million will support local screen industry opportunities via Film Victoria’s film and television investment programs, placements for emerging talent and support for Victorian-made digital games; while the new three-year, $3million Indian Cinema and Bollywood Investment Attraction Fund will further boost screen production in the state.
$5 million will continue the Arts and Cultural Facilities Maintenance Fund, $7 million will go towards the State Library Victoria Vision 2020 project, Museums Victoria receives $4.5 million to refresh and rejuvenate its exhibitions and ACMI receives $2.77 million to support its operations during its renewal project.
$1 million will support the creation of large-scale artworks across the state, following the success of game-changing projects such as the Wimmera Silo Art Trail, now a major tourism drawcard for the region.
The $225.5million figure is in addition to Creative Victoria’s core funding.
Image above of AsiaTOPA.
3rd April 2019 - Federal Budget delivers for live music but fails creative industries
21st September 2018 - Labor makes election pledges to upgrade Geelong Performing Arts Centre and GMHBA Stadium
2nd September 2018 - Architects appointed to reimagine Arts Centre Melbourne
1st April 2018 - NGV Triennial exceeds records with one million visitors
4th October 2017 - New MPavilion opens in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens
8th July 2016 - Musical theatre has a major impact on Victoria’s economy
30th April 2015 - $83.1 million to transform State Library of Victoria into cultural hub
14th December 2014 - New minister aims for a more creative Victoria
18th December 2013 - New Hamer Hall welcomes almost 400,000 patrons in first year of operations
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