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Harriet Shing MP:
Grants to Keep West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley Creatives Working
West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley artists and creative businesses to receive a lifeline from the Victorian Government.
By Portal Admin - 9th August 2020 - Back to News
West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley artists and creative businesses are among hundreds of Victorian creatives to receive a lifeline from the Victorian Government, enabling them to keep working, adapting and creating through the pandemic.
Member for Eastern Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary for Creative Industries Harriet Shing today announced the following recipients would receive grants of $5,000:
The Sustaining Creative Workers program provides targeted quick response assistance to Victorian creatives who have been hard-hit by the crisis.
This second tranche of the program delivers grants totalling $2.3 million to 373 independent creatives and creative micro-businesses and organisations right across Victoria – including artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, festivals, galleries, design studios, fashion labels and more.
The grants will enable them to develop, deliver and adapt their work in a changed environment, including supporting equipment upgrades, research and development, digital initiatives and professional and business capacity building.
Prior to the pandemic, the creative industries employed 280,000 Victorians and contributed $31 billion annually to the state economy. In recent months the sector has been devastated due to coronavirus related restrictions and closures, with thousands of people losing work and income.
Totalling $4.7 million overall, the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s $66.3 million survival package for the state’s creative sector.
This program was delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. For a full list of recipients visit creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary for Creative Industries Harriet Shing
"The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is investing in the careers of creatives in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley when they need it most. The Victorian Government is determined to help the sector survive, adapt and connect with audiences during this pandemic and beyond."
"I’m pleased to announce these grants which will keep local creatives working through this tough period of restrictions, allowing them to future-proof their practice and weather the storm."
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