Keeping Arts Organisations Strong

Keeping Arts Organisations Strong

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

Funding For Vic Arts Organisations And New Review To Promote Fresh Approach

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Victorian arts organisations, including festivals and theatre companies, galleries, dance, craft and literary bodies will receive funding totalling more than $24 Million next year under the latest round of grants through the Victorian Coalition Government’s Organisations program.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said the grants would support the operations of Victoria’s small to medium arts organisations, which were integral to the creative and cultural life of Victoria.

“The arts are an important and widely acknowledged competitive advantage for Victoria, and small to medium organisations are a huge part of the vitality of the arts in our state.” Premier Baillieu said.

“Arts organisations provide the foundation of our arts scene they are innovators and creators of new artistic work, reach diverse audiences, provide jobs for artists and creative professionals and contribute to the breadth and depth of Victoria’s arts sector.”

The Organisations program supports Victorian not-for-profit arts organisations at an operational level through two funding categories; the long-running Multi-year Operations category, which provides recurrent support for more than 50 organisations, and the competitive Annual Operations category, which in 2012 will provide support to 19 organisations.

“This practical operational support helps organisations to build their business capacity, contributing to their day to day costs, so that they can focus their attention on the business of producing art.” Premier Baillieu said.

Premier Baillieu also announced that in 2012 Arts Victoria will undertake a comprehensive review of its Organisations funding program and the portfolio of organisations it supports.

“More than $24 Million of taxpayers’ money is provided each year to Victorian small to medium arts organisations through the Organisations program.” Premier Baillieu said.

“The review will guide the Coalition Government on how to best support the sector into the future.”

“While minor changes have occurred over time including the introduction of the Annual Operations category in 2007 this will be an opportunity to comprehensively refresh and review the program in its entirety to ensure it responds to the changing needs of the sector.”

“Taxpayers always seek confidence that their money is being spent to promote the appropriate development of the arts sector in Victoria, especially the small to medium organisations which are so much a part of our state’s standing as the greatest place for the arts in Australia.”

“We are committed to continuing to support diverse and unique arts and cultural offerings for the Victorian community, expanding audiences, and driving innovation and excellence in the arts.”

“This process will address constraints on access to multi-year funding by new companies, and ensure that public support and investment in the small to medium sector is targeted effectively and efficiently.” Premier Baillieu said.

The review will be open and transparent, with wide consultation with the sector throughout the process. Arts Victoria will host an initial information session for arts organisations in February 2012.