25 September 2023

New look for arts grants

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The first recipients of arts grants under a new-look funding scheme have been announced by the Minister for Arts and Cultural Events, Gordon Ramsay.

Mr Ramsay said the annual pool of a minimum of $750,000 in project funding — now called Arts Activity Funding — was being delivered in two major rounds each year of grants up to $50,000 as well as a rolling program of grants up to $5,000.

“This latest round has resulted in 16 projects being funded,” Mr Ramsay said.

“These local artists and organisations will deliver an exciting array of activities across all art forms,” he said.

“I am very pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received after extensive consultation with the arts community about shifting Arts Activities Funding to two major rounds per year with rolling smaller grants.”

He said activities receiving support included recording, mixing and mastering an EP of new hip hop music by artist, KG; a visual arts project pairing seven community artists living with disability from Hands On Studio with seven working Canberra artists; and BOLD II, a dance festival produced by Liz Lea, which celebrates the legacy and impact of professional and community dance across all ages and cultures.

Mr Ramsay said the successful applicants would share in funding totalling $303,208, with a further $300,000 available in the next funding round which opens on 1 December and will close on 28 February 2019.

The full list of grants recipients can be accessed at this PS News link.

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