19 April 2016
Victoria's first creative industries strategy - an ambitious plan to build the state's film, television, digital games, design, fashion and arts sectors - has been released, bringing with it more than $115 million in new funding and a high level Advisory Board charged with overseeing its delivery.
Designed to grow the state's $23 billion creative and cultural economy, the Creative State strategy comprises 40 funded initiatives aimed at turbocharging the state's creative enterprises, creating new jobs and employment opportunities, and bringing social and cultural benefits to Victorians.
The strategy will see the introduction of programs to attract and retain the best creative talent; enable Victorians to undertake large-scale, internationally recognised work; and provide more opportunities for more people to enjoy high quality cultural experiences and pursue creative careers wherever they live.
Targeted initiatives will support cultural hubs and creative co-working spaces across metropolitan and regional Victoria, accelerate creative ideas and businesses, increase the export of creative services and cultural product, and boost Victoria's tourism industry. New programs and activities will roll out from July 2016 onwards.
Key initiatives will be overseen by a Creative State Advisory Board, chaired by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. The Board will bring together expertise from across Victoria's creative sectors, the members are:
- Nicole Beyer: Director, Theatre Network Australia (Victoria)
- Robert Connolly: Film director, producer, screenwriter
- Richard Frankland: Filmmaker, artist, Head of Wilin Centre, VCA
- Ella Hooper: Singer-songwriter, radio presenter, TV personality
- Graeme Lewsey: CEO, Melbourne Fashion Festival
- Alice Nash: Executive Producer & Co-CEO, Back to Back Theatre
- Tony Reed: CEO, Game Developers' Association of Australia
- Katrina Sedgwick: Director/CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
- Melis Senova: Founder and Managing Director, Huddle Design
- Kate Torney: Chief Executive, State Library of Victoria
- Peter Tullin: Cultural entrepreneur and Co-Founder of CultureLabel.com
- Marcus Westbury: Broadcaster, writer, media-maker, festival director and CEO, Collingwood Arts Precinct