GRANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL CREATIVE RECOVERY
A resident of Wyndam Vale is among the first wave of Victorian creatives who will work to rebuild and sustain their creative businesses with support through the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the news that local creative workers and businesses would share in statewide grants totalling $2.4 million through the first tranche of the program.
Sustaining Creative Workers provides quick response grants to support the work of professional creatives across all fields – from filmmakers, game developers and fashion designers to writers, visual artists, musicians, performers and many others.
The creative industries employ 280,000 people in Victoria and have been among the hardest hit sectors, with venue closures, screen industry shutdowns and event cancellations leaving thousands of creative practitioners and associated trades out of work and leading to millions in lost revenue.
Fatima’s $5,000 grant will support her to research and develop a series of four-essays.
Sustaining Creative Workers is part the Victorian Government’s overall $51.1 million response to protect creative jobs and ensure the state’s renowned creative sector survives the crisis.
The grants program was delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria.
Visit creative.vic.gov.au to see a full list of recipients.
Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“Creativity has always played a strong role in our community. Over the past few months, while we have stayed home, the creative sector has played a vital role in entertaining us, inspiring us and keeping us connected.”
“However, the sector has been hit hard by event cancellations and venue closures. Even as restrictions slowly begin to ease, these workers and businesses will continue to be impacted for some time.”
“The Sustaining Creative Workers grants will help them adapt to these new circumstances, develop new sources of income or new ways to reach audiences, and keep working, building and future-proofing their business or career.”