The Greater Geelong Council is poised to help
sustain and strengthen the local arts, entertainment, cultural and heritage
sectors, committing $510,000 through its two most recent COVID-19 support
The initiatives funded as part of the package have been recommended by the
Geelong COVID-19 Arts Recovery (G-CAR) Advisory Panel
, a group of 21 industry
experts brought together by the Council in May.
They aim to address the urgent and longer-term needs of Greater Geelong’s
creatives, whose livelihoods have been decimated by the pandemic.
The funding is split into three distinct
programs, as follows:
Employment opportunities for the region’s arts industries
create new commissioning opportunities of up to $20,000 through an expressions
of interest process. This funding aims to generate cross-industry partnerships
where artists and creatives contribute to improved tourism, urban design,
street life, our heritage and overall community health and wellbeing, as
COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery Grants
grants stream with funding of up to $5000 available for projects that will
aid recovery through support for the creation of art. This funding adds
to the existing $220,000 Arts Projects and Festivals grants stream, which
offers grants of up to $10,000. Applications for both of these grants streams
will open on 17 July here
Skills and training ($30,000)
mentoring and capacity development, including training in entrepreneurial and
technological skills to assist artists in building their practice, operations
and income. It’s hoped this funding will help nurture the future of our
The $510,000 allocation is made up of $490,000
from the Council’s COVID-19 Community and Economic Support package announced on
30 June, and $20,000 from the support package announced on 14 April.
The allocation has been partially funded by redirecting proposed contributions
for Geelong After Dark ($90,000), Mountain to Mouth ($100,000) and public art
($70,000), with the remaining funding added to the Council’s 2020-21 Budget.
Anyone seeking more information about these
initiatives or other support available is invited to call the City of Greater
Geelong’s Arts and Culture team on 5272
6186 or email [email protected]
The Council has now released a total of $10.7 million in COVID-19 support measures
to businesses, community groups and the wider community.
Acting Mayor Kylie Grzybek:
Our local creative industries have been hit unbelievably hard by the pandemic
through the closure of cultural facilities, the cancellation of arts and
culture events, and the overall economic downturn. This has led to artists and
creatives suffering severe financial hardship and reduced wellbeing. The
Council wanted to show that we value what this sector brings to our region by making
a positive commitment towards its recovery.
Councillor Trent Sullivan, Chair – Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio:
A big thanks to the members of the G-CAR panel who have given their time and
expertise to help shape these very good initiatives.
Around 98 per cent of
Australians take part in the arts in some form as participants, consumers or
both. The arts matter to all of us, and so it was vital for the Council to
provide support to help the industry get back on its feet.
Greater Geelong’s 30-year clever and creative vision sets a goal for us to
establish ourselves as a leading cultural region. For this to happen, we need
to support our artists and creatives now, and invest in their future.
The G-CAR panel tells us that they see this as a seminal time to
redefine Geelong’s creative scene, and a great opportunity for re-imagination
and reinvention. We look forward to seeing some amazing ideas and creativity
come to life through these new initiatives.