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2014-15 Victorian Budget

Date: 6 May 2014

The 2014-15 Victorian Budget has provided a total of $44.9 million in new funding for Victoria's arts sector. 

The funding boost, an addition to the core Arts Portfolio budget of more than $470 million, is aimed at preserving Victoria's cultural heritage while building for the future.

$16.4 million will be provided to support building upgrades and maintenance works at Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria.

The Budget also includes a $1.1 million commitment to establish Summer in Southbank, an events program for audiences of all ages, that celebrates the strengths of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Minister for the Arts, the Hon Heidi Victoria MP said "The Summer in Southbank program will bring new events, activities and visitors to the Precinct, responding directly to the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint's recommendation to bring artists and institutions together to enliven the streets."

"We are very proud to deliver this Budget investment for the arts because investing in the arts sector is an investment in Victoria's future," Ms Victoria said. 

Other arts initiatives in the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget include:

  • $10 million over two years in sustainability funding for Arts Centre Melbourne
  • $8.5 million for the expansion of the Victorian College of the Arts through the redevelopment of the former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables in Dodd Street, Southbank;
  • $3 million to Museum Victoria to continue its successful program of renewal of the permanent exhibition spaces, including the development of new children's exhibitions;
  • $5 million for the Arts and Cultural Facilities Maintenance Fund, which supports essential maintenance works at state-owned arts facilities that house a range of Government and non-Government arts organisations; and;
  • $900,000 for the continuation and consolidation of funding for the VicArts Grants program which provides a total of $3 million to support Victoria's independent arts sector.

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