The following are previous grant and funding opportunities offered by Creative Victoria

Please contact artsdevelopment@creative.vic.gov.au if you have any questions relating to these programs.

Accelerating Change

Accelerating Change was a pilot grants program that provided grants to Deaf and Disabled creatives at all stages of their careers, while researching ways to make the grant application process accessible for Deaf and Disabled people.

It was delivered by Arts Access Victoria with support through the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy. Find more information on Arts Access Victoria website.

Funding: $5,000 - $15,000

Building Audiences Fund

The Building Audiences Fund provided support for new marketing projects to build, expand or re-establish audiences or customer bases for creative businesses.  
Applications were sought from Victorian independent professional creatives and micro-to-small Victorian organisations (no more than 10 full-time equivalent staff)

Funding: $2,000 - $20,000

2022 recipients

JIRRA LULLA TRUST/KALINYA COMMUNICATIONS PTY LTD, EAST MELBOURNE, $20,000

Kalinya HQ, working collaboratively with Studio Payne, will develop a brand strategy for their events program to increase audience engagement with First Peoples creatives.

BROAD RADIO PTY LTD, ELSTERNWICK, $20,000

Broad Radio will undertake a mixed media campaign to support and promote their new app, enabling on-demand listening and increasing audience engagement with content.

A BLANCK CANVAS PTY LTD, COBURG NORTH, $19,998

A Blanck Canvas will collaborate with Smith Brothers Media to develop an interactive online campaign that will help establish a new audience within Victoria.

TRUE CRIME GAMES, BITTERN, $15,000

True Crime Games will undertake a multi-channel marketing campaign to drive downloads of Eastern Market Murder – a multi-award winning, augmented reality app where players investigate a historical crime at home or the actual locations in Melbourne.

TESS AMELIA GUTHRIE, FITZROY NORTH, $5,300

Music act Guthrie will build their audience through a tailored, data-driven social media and PR campaign with a focus on connecting with the queer community.

GOING DOWN SWINGING, CLIFTON HILL, $6,300

Going Down Swinging will utilise targeted, innovative content pieces to engage new audiences and build capacity for long-tail marketing of their publications.

MELBOURNE COMMUNITY TELEVISION CONSORTIUM LTD, SOUTHBANK, $15,000

Channel 31 Community Television will market its app, CTV+, to new audiences beyond the current free-to-air and web-streaming audiences, and social media followers.

Creative Activation Fund

This Fund sought to support the development and delivery of creative projects that increase visitation and have strong potential to become cultural tourist attractions.

The kind of creative activation projects that the program supported included public art that responds to the natural landscape, creative interventions that breathe new life into buildings, creative reimagining of silos or unused sites, large-scale murals or sculptures as well as digital activation that could bring sites to life using cutting edge technology through virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR).

Funding: $40,000 and $300,000

Round 1

Greater Bendigo City Council, Bendigo, $100,000
Development and delivery of Djaara Lights, a sequence of neon artworks, street art and digital experiences telling the dreaming stories of “Djandak” (Country) from Dja Dja Wurrung people, the Traditional Owners of Bendigo. The project will activate Bendigo’s Telstra Exchange Building and the neighbouring Bendigo Creek.

Picola and District Improvement Group, Picola, $53,100
Creation of a large-scale silo art mural by artist Jimmy D'Vate. The work will depict scenes of local history, flora and fauna, inspired by the nearby Barmah National Park, home to the largest Red Gum forest in the world.

St Arnaud Community Resource Centre on behalf of Sally Wright, St Arnaud, $60,000
Development and creation of the St Arnaud Silo Art Gateway Project, two steel grain silos to be painted by local artist Kyle Torney, reflecting the town's prospecting history. Once complete, the silos will act as the ‘gateway’ stop to the other six sites in the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail.

Storyscape, Fitzroy, $300,000
Development and creation of Yalinguth, a sound-based Augmented Reality app that creates virtual walking tours, including of Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, through the lens of First Peoples. Tours provide audio at sites of cultural, political and historical significance to First Peoples. The app will feature recorded stories told by Elders, poets, musicians and other First Peoples artists including Archie Roach, Jack Charles and Kutcha Edwards.

Wedderburn Community House, Wedderburn, $40,000
Development and creation of Birds Eye View, an open-air gallery of five murals depicting the unique birdlife of the surrounding conservation area, a biodiverse habitat for 180 of Australia’s indigenous bird species, 20 of which are listed as endangered.

Round 2

The projects, based in Horsham and the Grampians, will build on the popularity of the Silo Art Trail in the Wimmera Mallee, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors and reinvigorated regional towns.

Horsham Rural City Council will collaborate with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council and the Traditional Owners of the area to develop a large-scale public artwork, Found on Country Reimagining of Lost in the Bush. The project, to be displayed on a local silo and a flour mill and illuminated at night, will tell the story of three children who went missing in the Wimmera scrub in 1864 and were found by Traditional Owners nine days later.

In the Grampians (Gariwerd), a project led by Parks Victoria will create five outdoor public artworks to be located in the Brambuk: National Park and Cultural Centre. The Brambuk Reconnection project will engage artists who are Traditional Owners and will celebrate the Gariwerd culture and landscape.

Creative Infrastructure Support Program

This program provided support for projects to reopen or adapt existing creative spaces for professional creatives affected by COVID-19, as well as supporting creatives with equipment or rental subsidies. It was open to projects in eight local government areas (LGAs) across the state with high levels of creative activity.

Funding: $3,000 - $25,000

Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Program

This program provided one-off grants for infrastructure upgrades that supported secure and accessible workspaces for creative use. It was open to micro- to medium-sized creative organisations and businesses, creative individuals and collectives as well as non-creative businesses and community organisations.

Funding: $5,000 - $150,000

Past recipients

Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-Operative, $144,000 

To support the installation of a shipping container for an outdoor cultural and creative workshop, installation of a mobile shop-trailer for a 'pop-up' creative shop for Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-Operative creatives and community partners and help fund the modification and equipment for a music room to enhance community’s creative practice.

Deadly Pty Ltd, $59,000 

To support well-known brand Haus of Dizzy to establish a creative space that will create opportunities for First Peoples female creatives.

Florence St Studio, $66,000 

To support studio upgrades, improve temperature and sound-proofing, and improved privacy and access to the entrance area on site.

InPlace Projects, $150,000 

To support the upgrade of the Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters Residency Centre's historic studios, to enhance creative capacity in the area, diversify income streams and establish a multi-purpose, COVID-safe outdoor performance space for creatives, working in partnership with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, $50,898 

To support MESS to purchase additional synthesisers and audio equipment for Mobile MESS a dedicated mobile studio that is specifically designed for beginners in electronic sound and music creation.

ON3 Studio, $94,331 

To support critical infrastructure upgrades to ON3 Studio, allowing additional BIPOC creatives to access industry standard creative facilities.

Snuff Puppets, $67, 907 

To support the purchase and installation of minor capital equipment including a performance floor, and digital infrastructure upgrades including a projector, as well as for the purchase of a lighting console and lamps.

St Martins Youth Arts Centre, $150,000 

To support upgrades to the St Martins Irene Mitchell Studio Theatre to include high standard, environmentally friendly lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment.

The Art Room, $150,000 

To support the design and construction of four dedicated teaching studios, four art making studios (for print, sculpture, ceramics, and digital), three galleries, two retail spaces for both art supplies and for artists’ work, an extensive art lending library, and a large communal space for the community.

Victorian Aboriginal News, $14,877 

To purchase equipment to enable Victorian Aboriginal News to improve the entire production process and quality of content output.

Warrigunya Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, $78, 456 

To complete a workshop space, and fund the purchase of tools and art supplies to enable the men at Warrigunya to strengthen their links to culture while producing high quality saleable work.

Creative Workers Fund

This fund supported projects led by Victorian professional creatives across all creative disciplines. Projects could include collaborating with creative and non-creative personnel (such as technicians, publicists etc.).

Types of activities supported included development of creative works, content/intellectual property, products and/or services, presentation of works, productions, exhibitions, publications or curated programs/festivals and professional creatives collaborating with Victorian communities.

Funding: Various amounts

Previous 2021 recipients

Abbotsford Convent Foundation on behalf of John Brooks, Abbotsford, $40,000
To collaborate with multidisciplinary weaving and media artist Lisa Waup to develop and present an exhibition and workshop series for children and families.

Gorkem Acaroglu, Woodend North, $20,000
To undertake development and production of a first draft manuscript titled The Colour Of People.

Kirrily Anderson, Chiltern, $8,860
Presentation of an installation reflecting on the Black Summer fires at the Alpine and Burrowa Pine Mountain National Parks. The installation will be accompanied by an artist talk and workshop.

Natasha Anderson, Chewton, $9,000
To develop a new music work that will combine percussion and 6-channel electronics. The work will be developed virtually with collaborators in Europe via the Monash University Digital Hub.

Anthony Pateras, Chewton, $12,623
Creative composition of a 20-minute piece that will bring together an electro-acoustic quintet and a 6-channel sound system, written by Anthony Pateras and Erkki Veltheim.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Beau Windon, West Melbourne, $29,600
Creative development of Wild Against The World, a Young Adult fantasy novel centred on a 15-year-old neurodiverse boy.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Naomi Fryers, Bayswater North, $25,000
For a publicity and distribution campaign to support the launch of A VERY Long Way, Naomi's debut memoir which captures an account of her lived experience of overcoming mental health challenges.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Aaron Orzech, Northcote, $23,554
For a contemporary dance-theatre performance exploring the passage from boyhood to manhood.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Alisdair Macindoe, Fitzroy North, $14,112
Creative development of a full length contemporary dance duet that will see Alistair collaborating with a state of the art Artificial Intelligence model that produces human-like text.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Emma Peel, Reservoir, $20,000
To present and film a concert series featuring unusual artist collaborations in unexpected places across the City of Darebin, in conjunction with Rez Stomp TV.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Emma Valente, Yarraville, $25,000
For a new performance work by The Rabble that investigates truth and trauma.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Evette Clayton, St Kilda East, $18,355
To undertake mentorship and community consultation in order to establish a methodology for access and disability-centric circus practice.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of George Akl, Collingwood, $18,066
Creative development and presentation of a pilot public project exploring the common ground between people who have differing perspectives about global warming.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Julian Dibley-Hall, St Kilda West, $19,867
For independent theatre company The Voice in My Hands (VIMH) to present Fiona Stitzkowsky's new Australian play The View From Up Here which explores themes of resilience and survival amidst ecological disaster.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Naomi Velaphi, Collingwood, $18,000
Curation of Heroines, a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring works from African artists, curated by Naomi Velaphi and Roberta Joy Rich.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Olivia Satchell, St Kilda West, $15,000
Creative development and presentation of a bold new play exploring gendered violence and female care.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Prue Lang, Port Melbourne, $33,000
Presentation of a new dance work exploring touch and texture through the lens of blindness, autism and ability/disability. The work will see Prue collaborate with leading disability art maker and audio describer Fayen d’Evie.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Rani Pramesti, Kensington, $45,920
For an eight month program of activities by Creatives of Colour, a collective that provides resources, workshops and open studio space to support diverse artists.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Rhys Velasquez, Mentone, $40,000
Development of 6-month mentorship program to upskill and focus on sustainable career development for cabaret artists from diverse backgrounds.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Ripley Kavara, Collingwood, $32,153
Creative development and performance of We Take Back Our Mother Tongues, a series of musical works by Famili collective, directed and produced by Ripley Kavara.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Sandra Parker, Elwood, $17,800
Creative development and presentation of a new dance performance by choreographer Sandra Parker with sound by composer Kaylie Melville, performed by Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Oonagh Slater and Caroline Meaden.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Stephanie Ghajar, Northcote, $14,159
Creative development and showings of an immersive theatre work exploring the grief and nostalgia of migration by Stéphanie Ghajar and collaborators.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Yuiko Masukawa, Coburg North, $13,152
Creative development of a screen dance work that celebrates the knowledge of retired ballet dancers.

Kara Baker, Melbourne, $20,000
Research and development of a ready to wear fashion collection.

Rosalind Bellamy, Clifton Hill, $17,850
Creative research and development of a new novel exploring family, trauma and queer identity.

Claire Bridge and Chelle Destefano, Wheelers Hill, $39,900
Creative development and presentation of What I Wish I'd Told You, an installation exploring Deaf voices, agency and identity.

Melbourne Fashion Hub, Point Cook, $10,000
Creative development of a free, open-access career development program designed to support recent Fashion graduates in Melbourne.

Bureau of Works Pty Ltd on behalf of Daniel Schlusser, Brunswick, $20,557
Rehearsal and production of HERCULES, a work that aims to provide resources for acclaimed mid-career performance makers to enable them to restart and extend their practices.

Kevin Chin, Hawthorn East, $10,000
Creative development and presentation of Un-Regional, a solo exhibition of oil paintings at Gippsland Art Gallery.

Jazmina Cininas, Northcote, $38,829
To work with Melbourne-Lithuanian folkloric group The Lost Clog to develop and present a multidisciplinary work that incorporates an exhibiton, live performance and video, exploring hybrid Australian-Lithuanian cultural identity.

Cohealth Arts Generator, Footscray, $35,400
To develop and deliver an artist development and presentation program focused on contemporary art that reflects on the impacts of climate change.

Biddy Connor, Thornbury, $10,042
Creative development of an experimental storytelling project that tells the stories of past and present tenants of Melbourne's Nicholas Building. The project will feature an original score by The Letter String Quartet. It will culminate in a one-off performance and an app.

Dancehouse on behalf of Bryant Edisane, Gladstone Park, $20,000
To collaborate with Dancehouse to develop Free(dom) Ball, an event that will follow in the tradition of New York's ballroom scene where all participants will be paid to develop their looks and their performance.

Tara Daniel, Moonee Ponds, $7,500
Creative production of a kids' theatre show that celebrates diversity and inclusivity, by Wesley Middleton.

Molly Daniels, St Kilda East, $7,684
Creative development and production of FUNERAL OF THE CENTURY, a 7x1 minute fast-paced comedy web series made for Instagram, by Molly Daniels and Dylan Murphy.

Description Victoria Inc., Fairfield, $24,278
To undertake research into how to facilitate an accessible rehearsal process for artists who are blind or have low vision.

Design Institute of Australia, Collingwood, $25,000
Creative development of the Design Careers Award Guide, an online learning resource aimed to support designers in career path planning.

Alice Dixon, Yarraville, $11,088
Creative development of a collaborative contemporary dance work by Alice Dixon and Emma Riches.

Anna Dunnill, Coburg, $6,177
Development and presentation of an installation, performance and small publication that explores the experimental process of turning a common local weed into usable thread.

Facing Australia, Rutherglen, $14,500
Creative development of a five-part documentary series exploring sexual identity and theatre during WW1.

Flinders Quartet Inc, Seddon, $19,500
For a series of performances that ensure the growth of Australian chamber music and champion underrepresented composers.

Going Down Swinging, Parkville, $39,900
Creative development and programming of Going Down Swinging, a zine that gives voice to established and emerging Victorian writers and artists.

Channon Goodwin, Melbourne, $8,900
Support for a program of film and video work by First Nations practitioners, selected by First Nations curators to be screened at Composite Moving Image Agency & Media Bank at Collingwood Yards over 12 months.

Monique Grbec, Altona Meadows, $4,000
Creative development of The Wall Remix, a poetic reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera through an Indigenous lens.

Jenny Hector with Madeleine Flynn an Tim Humphrey, Balaclava, $19,000
Creative development and research for a new sound and light installation work.

HoMie, Fitzroy, $34,000
To develop new techniques and designs that will expand HoMie's product range and affirm the brand's mission of supporting youth affected by homelessness and hardship.

Howling Jack Films Pty Ltd, St Kilda, $40,000
Production of Cold Water, a short form screen dramedy exploring mental illness, homophobia and police brutality, written and directed by Jay and Shaun Perry.

Luciano, Cheltenham, $20,000
Creative production and presentation of an art project mapping Melbourne's queer history, presented by LUCIANO, Georgia Keats and the Australian Queer Archive.

Hyphenated Projects, Footscray, $40,000
Creative development of an exhibition exploring the relations between First Peoples and Asia-Australian diaspora.

My Dreamtime Story, Wollert, $26,900
Creative development and production of a new baby milestone print book, My Dreamtime Story - Baby Edition. The book will track pregnancy while also including key cultural features for First Nations families like tribes, language and significant Dreamtime Stories.

Jessica Barclay Lawton, Eltham, $20,000
Creative development and production of an exploratory hybrid screen work examining gender, love and sexuality.

Jun Bin Lee, Fitzroy, $12,400
Creative development of Ari-Ari, a 3-part short film series examining domestic and family violence in the South Korean Australian diasporic community.

Monica Lim, Docklands, $18,180
Final development and presentation of a cross-cultural dance work. The work will use a live camera to bring a choreographer from Indonesia and a choreographer from Australia together to work with four Victorian-based dancers.

Mascara Publishing Incorporated, North Melbourne, $12,900
To produce two special editions of Mascara Literary Journal which provides creative opportunities for Victorian writers.

MATERIALBYPRODUCT, Mildura, $40,000
Creation of I'm Not A Fashionista, an illustrated history exploring the misconceptions of luxury fashion and its relation to the ordinary women.

Dannielle McGrath, Coburg, $8,780
To work with Victorian visual artists on a collaborative print project and to develop an accompanying subscription model to distribute the works.

Marcus McKenzie, Melbourne, $19,300
Development of three-week multidisciplinary performance The Crying Room.

Memo Review, St Kilda, $27,310
To support the publication of Victoria's only weekly art review publication Memo Review.

Upstride, South Melbourne, $38,000
Creative production of Jarracharra, feature documentary on the story behind Australia's First Nations fashion industry.

Kate Mildenhall, Hurstbridge, $19,440
Creative development of a novel examining the lives of workers during The Depression, particularly in Footscray in 1933.

Tom Molyneux, Geelong West, $19,863
Creative development of ROGER, a new First Nations theatre piece, by acclaimed Gunditjmara theatre maker Tom Molyneux and dramaturg James Jackson.

Monash University on behalf of Tara McDowell, Caulfield East, $37,542
To curate and present a series of interdisciplinary installations to be installed throughout buildings and spaces in Melbourne.

Su-An Ng, Hawthorn, $10,333
Creative development and presentation of SEED, a multi-disciplinary performance installation exploring industrial waste and regeneration in the mining-affected town of Queenstown.

Niamh Donohoe, Preston, $40,000
Creative research and development of PIVOT, a mockumentary-style web series satirising the ruthless world of finance.

On the Hill Theatre Company Inc, Quarry Hill, $22,223
Creative development and presentation of a bilingual theatre piece featuring traditional Karen dance and music.

Thuy On, West Footscray, $4,000
Creative development of a new poetry collection.

Zela Papageorgiou, Thornbury, $12,150
Creative development and performance of Dissipative Structures, a project that asks established and emerging Victorian-based musicians to respond to a work by the same name by Australian artist Cameron Robbins.

Priya Pavri, Carlton North, $14,850
For the development of workshops and an experimental publication, authored by Manisha Anjali and published by 3ply, curated by Priya Pavri.

Phunktional Ltd., Melbourne, $50,000
For the development and delivery of The River Spirit Film Project, a series of workshops for young First Peoples, that will culminate in public presentations celebrating the contemporary lives and culture of the Robinvale Aboriginal Community.

Bhairavi Raman, Brunswick West, $19,500
Creative development of a production that incorporates music, dance and text to explore the lived experiences of Tamil Australians from the Indian and Sri Lankan diaspora.

Roberta Rich, Footscray, $10,500
Creative development of a suite of new works across video, text and installation in response to the theme "Who Is Afraid Of Public Space?", to be presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

RMIT on behalf of Jessica Wilkinson, Haddon, $18,860
For 12 months of development and production of Rabbit: a journal for non-fiction poetry.

Rubiks Collective, Southbank, $15,712
Creative development and performance of an immersive musical experience that incorporates vocal and electronic sounds.

Ruby Boo Arts P/L trading as Optimistic Arts Projects, Armadale, $24,025
Creative production and delivery of multi-artform project that explores ancient African cultural wisdom, by Olive Moynihan and led by artist Lamine Sonk.

Sam Elkin, Footscray, $10,000
Creative development of a personal essay collection which aims to explore rights, sexism, trauma, class and the law.

Cigdem Cennet Serce, St Kilda, $34,831
To develop a second draft of suspense fiction work.

SEVENTH Gallery Inc., Fitzroy, $47,563
Development of a year-long program that includes exhibitions, community engagement programs, commissions by emerging writers and a pilot mentorship program to support diverse emerging artists.

Blame the Shadows Collective, Doncaster, $19,990
Creative development and research for an immersive VR installation project exploring diverse and multi-generational stories of migration from across Australia.

Sissy Screens, Fairfield, $25,000
Creative development and production of Sissy Screens, a queer-dedicated digital magazine.

Thembi Soddell, Clunes, $9,839
To support a two-week artists residency in Clunes where Thembi will adapt and expand their sound installation Held Down, Expanding.

Studio J Dance, Richmond, $12,675
To support eight months of programs as part of the Studio J wellness program, a dance and choreography program designed for the elderly community.

Hanna Tai, Thornbury, $17,500
Development of a sound work with accompanying visual art elements, to be exhibited at Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial.

The Social Studio Inc., Collingwood, $29,515
Creative development Circular Style, of a new fashion industry summit focusing on sustainable design.

The Village Festival of New Performance, Fryerstown, $47,220
Re-development of The Village’s COVIDSafe, multi-disciplinary project The Fire Garden in partnership with aged care provider Vitae Veritas, to prepare for touring in 2022.

Blanche Tilden, Bellfield, $18,000
Creative development and presentation of a contemporary jewellery exhibition.

Trash Puppets, Melbourne, $28,000
Creative development, performance and filming of Trash Puppets Submarine Explorers, a theatre piece for primary-aged children that explores environmental issues and how to make positive changes.

Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, $10,000
To support the development and delivery of a Peer-to-Peer program of structured mentorship workshops for emerging artists.

Amy Tsilemanis, Ballarat East, $10,394
Creative production of the second half of season one of the GATHER with Minerva's Books and Ideas podcast, which explores experience of reading and the ideas illuminated and ignited by books.

Wendy Tyrer, Edithvale, $20,000
Creative development and publishing of The Curator, an 80-page graphic novel exploring women's attitudes and experiences in pursuing an artistic career.

Women's Art Register, Richmond, $9,940
Creative development of Leaving Your Legacy - A Guide For Australian Artists, a workbook and a series of seminars that will provide practical and concise information to support artists to plan their estate and to take charge of their artistic legacy.

Women's Circus on behalf of Antonella Thomas, Sunshine West, $44,350
Creative development of a new work exploring current issues relating to women in sport.

WildHoney Performing Arts, Barwon Downs, $34,214
Creative development a community-based program for all ages that will include puppetry making, stilt walking, dance and creative storytelling workshops across the Colac Otway Shire.

John Young, Port Melbourne, $21,415
Development and publication of an anthology that documents a 12-year cycle of contemporary art projects.

Creative Workers in School

This program supported 150 creative workers to undertake a six-month paid residency in a Victorian Government primary or secondary school in Term 1 or 2, 2021.

The Creative Workers in Schools program was delivered by Regional Arts Victoria, in partnership with Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria through the support of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative.

Please contact Regional Arts Victoria for information about this program.

Innovation in Marketing

This fund provided one-off support for new marketing projects with the aim of encouraging innovative approaches to marketing within the creative industries.  Designed to support micro- to medium-sized organisations within the creative industries, this program is now called the Building Audiences Fund.

Funding: $2,000 - $30,000

List of previous recipients 2020

Linden New Art, St Kilda $6,000

To partner with international research agency Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (MHM) to apply MHM’s Culture Segments TagTool to Linden New Art’s database, website and social media channels. Once the TagTool is applied, Linden will be able to develop tailored communications for each audience segment. The project seeks to deepen audience engagement to retain audience members and attract new ones.

Lumi Interactive, South Melbourne $25,000

To collaborate with diverse Victorian artists to create four augmented reality 'selfie filters' for social media platforms Instagram and TikTok, to promote Lumi Interactive’s new body positivity game. The filters and game will be available worldwide on Apple and Android devices, through which the project has the potential to reach millions of people.

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio Ltd, North Melbourne $10,500

To partner with Google to feature MESS collections and activities on the Google Arts and Culture website. The partnership will open-up new audiences around the world, positioning MESS alongside other leading institutions featured in the Cultural Institutions section of the site, plus other opportunities to be featured in curated collections sorted by theme.

Memo Review, $2,000

To grow interest from youth audience members and launch a subscription-based revenue stream via Patreon (a website that processes payments to creative practitioners from fans). The project will also include a re-invigoration of the Memo Review brand and partnerships with Monash University and University of Melbourne to showcase 2020 graduate art exhibitions.

Emma Ramsay – 10Tickles, $20,000

To partner with tourism and education institutions to create ‘True Crime’ online mini-games that can be played by visitors within their premises, helping to draw new audiences and revenue streams. Players will explore heritage sites where criminal events have taken place, along the way collecting clues and questioning witnesses to solve the crime. Development of the games can take place during coronavirus restrictions, readying the technology for release when venue restrictions are lifted.

Sandpit Media Pty Ltd, Southbank $29,910

To develop a new tool that will convey complex data through engaging, easy-to-understand imagery that can be distributed via digital and other communications channels. Over time, this data visualisation tool will be used across all of Sandpit’s exhibition projects, nationally and globally, helping to position them as a leader in the field.

Women’s Art Register, Richmond $4,425

To create an online, interactive map of historic sites of women’s art practice in Melbourne. The tool will act as a register, capturing crowd sourced information to complete the historical ‘picture’. The map will be complemented by a social media campaign highlighting significant stories and encouraging interaction with the map.

Regional Collections Access Program

This program provided support for equipment and infrastructure upgrades and specialist expertise at regional Victorian museums and galleries (including eligible interface local government areas), to increase their ability to attract and present high quality exhibitions and works.

This program was delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria, the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria), Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) and the National Gallery of Victoria.

2022 past recipients

Buda Historic Home and Garden Inc., CASTLEMAINE, $31,113
The project will install UV film to Buda Historic Home and Garden's windows, replace the 50-year-old block out blinds, and install UV-tinted glass to eight display cases located in a light-filled area to protect the collection, displays and interior furnishings from fading due to UV damage.

Talbot Arts & Historical Museum Inc., TALBOT, $27,102
Talbot Arts & Historical Museum will install air conditioning and dehumidifiers for collection safeguarding and ensure their sustainable use through installing a solar panel system. Concrete paving and pads will also be installed to reduce transit risks when moving collections and provide display space for mining collections not currently accessible to the public.

Australian National Surf Museum, TORQUAY, $28,860
Australian National Surf Museum will commission bespoke museum-grade display cases to protect and display three of the museum's most significant objects.

National Trust of Australia (Victoria) - Barwon Park, WINCHELSEA, $24,480
A new modular exhibition system with integrated lighting will be commissioned for use at Barwon Park. The system will enable the display of both loaned exhibitions and items from Barwon Park's permanent collection, while safeguarding the property's heritage attributes.

Queenscliff Maritime Museum Incorporated, QUEENSCLIFF, $20,957
The project will deliver a new fire and security alarm system for the facility which has been in operation for 37 years, safeguarding the collection for the future.

Charlton Golden Grains Museum, CHARLTON, $27,623
Charlton Golden Grains Museum will purchase new showcases to expand its exhibitions and visitor offerings into the former 1876 Wesleyan Chapel, enabling the display of its religious and medical collection.

Friends of Westgarthtown - Ziebell's Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden, THOMASTOWN, $17,845
This project will improve audio visual interpretation capability by delivering new audio visual equipment, including a projector and touch screen, for digital exhibition of oral histories, photographs and other video content relating to the use and relevance of Zeibell's Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden.

Trentham & District Historical Society, TRENTHAM, $9000
This project will enhance the storage and protection of Trentham & District Historical Society's collection and improve capacity for providing historical research to the community - through delivering a new map cabinet, computer equipment for collection digitisation, and relocation of an existing compactus unit into the society's new Archive Centre.

Anglesea & District Historical Society Inc., ANGLESEA, $14,485
The project will allow for the install of new museum-grade lighting to Anglesea's History House, for the improved care and presentation of collections.

Hume Global Learning Centre, BROADMEADOWS, $39,943
This project will deliver new display cabinets and upgraded collection storage systems and equipment to safeguard the Hume City Council's civic collection and extend exhibition facilities for greater community access to these collections.

Omeo Historical Society Inc., OMEO, $38,633
The project will deliver new museum-grade showcases for use in Omeo Historical Society's recently conserved and heritage-listed courthouses. This will result in the safe care and presentation of the Society's collection in line with contemporary practice.

Wandong History Group Inc., WANDONG, $18,529
This project will deliver new display panels and dividers for the safe staging of permanent exhibitions within Wandong History Group's newly renovated premises. The project will also deliver air purifiers to ensure a safe and pollutant free atmosphere for both collection and visitors.

Eltham Library Community Gallery, GREENSBOROUGH, $16,703
Nillumbik Shire Council, an area renowned for its artistic heritage, will purchase display plinths and digital displays to make more of its collection accessible to the community.

Care Leavers Australasia Network, GEELONG, $37,000
The Australian Orphanage Museum will install new museum-grade lighting and showcases to securely protect and best showcase the museum's historically and socially significant collection.

Geelong Football Club, GEELONG, $4,581
This project will deliver improved storage and shelving solutions for the safer access to and handling of paintings, honour boards and other large items in the Geelong Football Club's Memorabilia Collection.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, MORNINGTON, $108,020
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will establish Collection LAB, transforming a storeroom into a climate-controlled, accessible collection space.

Montsalvat Art Centre, ELTHAM, $61,192
Montsalvat will implement museum-standard shelving, storage and climate controls for its nationally significant art collection. The upgrade will preserve Montsalvat's collection for future generations.

Portland Arts Centre, PORTLAND, $150,000
Glenelg Shire Council will safeguard the Council's art collection through installing a museum-standard climate control system, along with new art racks, mobile storage, and shelving into a dedicated, secure and safe storage room at the Portland Arts Centre.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, WARRNAMBOOL, $116,401
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum will undertake capital works and accompanying equipment purchases to transform an ageing permanent exhibition space into a new temporary space capable of providing an engaging exhibition program, better collection care and access for visitors.

Pyramid Hill and District Historical Society Inc., PYRAMID HILL, $30,840
Pyramid Hill and District Historical Society will make use of an adjacent annexe by installing a connecting door to an existing work area to double the available area for cataloguing and collection storage. The project will also fit out the area with a worktable, shelving, compactus and other equipment to improve use of the new space.

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum Ltd., NEWHAVEN, $147,900
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum will increase its collection storage by undertaking works that will allow it to expand into a currently underutilised area of the facility, as well as install a dumbwaiter for the safe movement of and access to collection objects.

Burrinja Cultural Centre, UPWEY, $147,647
This project will enable Burrinja Cultural Centre to complete the dehumidification of its gallery spaces, allowing more of its collection of Aboriginal and Pacific Island art and artefacts to be displayed, and increasing loans from state and national institutions.

Latrobe Regional Gallery, MORWELL, $71,724
Latrobe Regional Gallery will sustainably upgrade its gallery lighting, installing dimmers that are compatible with the current system. The lighting upgrade will enable the gallery to loan more work from national lenders.

Mildura Arts Centre, MILDURA, $94,400
Mildura Art Centre will enclose and upgrade an existing store, protecting against pests and dust and providing a stable environment. The upgrade will enable the gallery to store touring crates and more of its collection offsite, freeing up back of house space.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, MOULAMEIN, $99,121

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery will commission 60 lineal metres of movable walls, allowing the gallery to present larger exhibitions. It will also purchase an elevated work platform and moveable workbench to improve the safe preparation and installation of exhibitions.

Geelong Gallery Inc., GEELONG, $109,121
Geelong Gallery will purchase a computerised mount cutter and dedicated vacuum table to transform the standard and efficiency of exhibiting its outstanding collection of prints and drawings. It will also purchase compactus, shelving and storage boxes to increase preservation of its sculpture, porcelain and photography collection items.

Burke Museum and Beechworth Historic Precinct, BEECHWORTH, $89,900
This project will enhance collections display and security outcomes at Beechworth's Burke Museum and Historic Precinct through extending display cabinetry and installing CCTV throughout the Precinct.

Port Albert Maritime Museum Inc., PORT ALBERT, $139,932
The Port Albert Maritime Museum will build a new structure on the museum's site which will serve as an additional exhibition, storage and education space, and alleviate capacity and space constraints in the current collection storage areas of the museum's 1869 heritage-listed building.

Bendigo Art Gallery, BENDIGO, $80,000
Bendigo Art Gallery will commission bespoke textile storage to safely store the Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion exhibition when it completes its international touring schedule and returns to Bendigo.

Sovereign Hill Museums Association, GOLDEN POINT, $53,054
This project will redevelop and fit out the Gold Museum Loading Bay as a collections and exhibitions receiving and processing space, increasing Sovereign Hill's capacity to undertake collections management work, and exhibit and loan collections.

Benalla Historical Society Inc., BENALLA, $201,421
Benalla Historical Society will undertake a complete reorganisation and fit out of collection storage and display areas of the Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum through upgrades to gallery lighting, showcases, and storage solutions to deliver a safer environment for collection management activities, and enhanced visitor access to collections and exhibitions.

Central Goldfields Art Gallery, MARYBOROUGH, $355,215
The project will support replacement of the roof, fit out of the collection store, wall upgrades and the acquisition of display cases. This will ensure the gallery meets industry standards in collection care and display.

Hamilton Gallery, HAMILTON, $549,678
Hamilton Gallery will upgrade its ageing climate control and lighting systems, bringing the gallery up to industry standards and allowing it to host major touring exhibitions.

Warrnambool Art Gallery, WARRNAMBOOL, $188,000
This project will allow Warrnambool Art Gallery to replace its lighting system which is at the end of its operational life. The lighting upgrade will allow the gallery to safeguard artworks on display and improve the visitor experience.

Castlemaine Art Museum, CASTLEMAINE, $272,870Castlemaine Art Museum will replace its outdated lighting with a state-of-the art LED system, improving the display and conservation of artworks, reducing energy use and increasing environmental sustainability.

Art Gallery of Ballarat, BALLARAT, $536,707
The oldest gallery in regional Australia, the Art Gallery of Ballarat will address challenges posed by its ageing infrastructure. The project will enable the gallery to upgrade skylights, lighting and display mechanisms to ensure the gallery can efficiently and safely undertake exhibition changeovers, present more artwork and host major touring exhibitions.

Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program

This program was an open, competitive grant round that focused on projects to activate existing spaces or create new places for creatives in regional Victoria. Applications were not restricted to infrastructure projects and sought to encourage projects that developed or enhanced new or existing collaboration and creative opportunities.

Funding: up to $75,000

Past recipients

The FLOAT Collective, Lakes Entrance, $75,000
To transform the unused Slipway Sheds in Lakes Entrance into a new exhibition, workshop, meeting and coworking space for the creative community. The FLOAT Collective will also use one of the three Slipway buildings as headquarters for the delivery of FLOAT/unFLOAT - a Gippsland Lakes Artist in Residence Network that will stretch across the Gippsland Lakes.

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke, $75,000
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery will create an artist gathering space for workshops, rehearsals and performance as well as a cafe and food prep area. The expansion will incorporate the decommissioned W Class tram that the community will receive from Vic Track.

Monash University, Warracknabeal, $75,000
To pilot Warracknabeal Creative Circuit, a new makerspace that will offer programs that fuse low-cost technology and art/crafts. The project will offer workspace, equipment and expertise to community members and six free-of-charge workshop spaces to local makers.

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Ballarat North, $75,000
To transform an underused section of the Cooperative’s main building into a culturally safe media and cultural centre for Aboriginal artists at all career stages from the broader Ballarat region and the west of Victoria. The new space will bring together oral storytellers, digital storytellers, visual artists, filmmakers, painters and those practicing traditional Aboriginal crafts including weaving, boomerang and possum skin cloak making and will support Aboriginal artists to develop and extend their creative practice.

Lighthouse Arts Collective, Point Lonsdale, $75,000
To build on an existing creative space, New Hall, by collaborating with the Uniting Church to transform the remainder of the church building into a multidisciplinary creative space which will house artist studios, a coworking space, an artisan pop-up shop and a pop-up café.

Beaufort Progress Association INC, Beaufort, $67,000
To transform the former service station site on Beaufort’s main street into Servo@23, a carbon neutral creative hub containing art and office spaces, and a large events and conference room that can double as a movie theatre.

Deans Marsh SPARK INC, Deans Marsh, $65,938
To build on the SPARK! (“Sport and Arts Koalition”) project by purchasing arts equipment which will enable local sporting facilities to be made available for creative programming outside of the sporting calendar. SPARK will employ a part-time coordinator for one year who will take the lead on a series of arts programs and events for the community and visitors.

City of Ballarat, Ballarat Central, $75,000
To develop an arts incubator in the centre of Ballarat’s arts precinct that includes sound recording studios, a film studio, gallery space, a technology hub and studio space where artists and people working across the creative industries can connect and collaborate.

One Day Studios, Warrnambool, $74,550
One Day Studios will establish a space that will offer mentorship and training for local creatives to build and extend their skills and knowledge in digital technology. The membership-based studio will be a space where creatives can learn and collaborate as well as exhibit and promote their work to the wider community. The project will include office space, meeting areas, a sound/podcast studio and a performance/filming space.

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), Beechworth, $74,406
To further develop ACRE, a coworking space and enterprise education facility at the Old Beechworth Gaol site. This project will support an upgrade to the space including the refurbishment of meeting rooms, creating events spaces, adding video conferencing facilities which will help local creatives connect and collaborate with the world.

Arts Mildura, Mildura, $54,517
To renovate unused spaces in the Arts Mildura facility to create artist studios and a coworking space. The project will also support a program of professional development workshops and forums for local artists and the establishment of an online artisan shop where local artists can sell their work.

MAST Coworking Space, Warragul, $39,800
To support the second stage renovation of MAST Coworking Space, a multi-disciplined creative space for local up and coming artists. Once completed, the site will house a workshop space, the region’s first podcast/vlog room, private room desk hire, affordable gallery space, regular workshops, community art projects and pop-up music gigs.

Foundry, Bairnsdale, $5,000
To expand the Foundry’s artist-in-residence program by upgrading facilities to ensure that the spaces can be used by a wider variety of artists across a range of artistic disciplines. The project includes upgrading heating and cooling and the existing retail space that connects the work of local artists to buyers from the region, and beyond.

Sustaining Creative Workers Fund

This initiative provided quick-response grants to individual creative practitioners as well as creative collectives and micro-organisations to help them through the challenges of the pandemic and plan for reactivation. 

The fund was delivered by Regional Arts Victoria and administered by an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria.

Funding: $2,500 - $10,00 depending on type of application (individual, collective etc.)

More information on Regional Arts Victoria

Organisations Investment Program

This program invested in the creativity, capability and continuity of organisations that make a valuable contribution to Victoria's creative and cultural ecosystem, and supported independent creative practice, business ingenuity and innovation.

Organisations Investment Program recipients

Aphids Events Inc
Arapiles Community Theatre
Arena Theatre Company
Art is... Festival
Arts Access Victoria
Arts Mildura
Ausdance Victoria
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Australian Poetry
Australian Print Workshop Inc
Australian Tapestry Workshop
Back to Back Theatre Inc
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
BalletLab Association Inc (Phillip Adams BalletLab)
Baluk Arts
Bus Projects
Castlemaine State Festival
Centre for Contemporary Photography Inc
Chamber Made
Chinese Museum
Chunky Move
Community Music Victoria
Courthouse ARTS
Craft Victoria
Creative Clunes
Cultural Development Network Ltd
Dancehouse
Emerging Writers' Festival
Experimenta Media Arts
Express Media
Flying Fruit Fly Foundation
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Gertrude Contemporary
Heide Museum of Modern Art
HotHouse Theatre Ltd
ILBIJERRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative Ltd
Jewish Museum of Australia
Kaiela Arts
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc
La Mama Inc
Linden New Art Inc
Liquid Architecture Sound
Lucy Guerin Inc
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Melbourne Fringe
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne Jazz Ltd
Melbourne Writers Festival
Midsumma Festival
Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc
Museums Australia (Victoria) Inc.
National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria
Next Wave Festival Inc.
O L Society Limited (Overland)
Outer Urban Projects
Polyglot Theatre
Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
Public Galleries Association of Victoria
Punctum
Ranters Theatre
Rawcus Theatre Company Inc
Red Stitch Actors Theatre
Regional Arts Victoria
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Shepparton Arts Festival Inc.
Short Black Opera
Snuff Puppets
Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation
Speak Percussion Inc.
St Martins Youth Arts Centre
The Boite (Victoria) Inc
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association
The Substation Inc
The Wheeler Centre
Theatre Network AU Inc
Theatre Works
VAPAC Inc
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
Wantok Musik
West Space Inc.
Western Edge Youth Arts
Westside Circus
Women's Circus
Writers Victoria Inc
Wurinbeena Limited

Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program

This program backed 133 Victorian music businesses and artists with funding totaling almost $3 million. Designed to support almost 5,000 jobs across the music industry, grants helped to produce COVIDSafe events, supported the creation of new music and activity at live music venues, state-wide tours, business development opportunities and digital initiatives.

Previous recipients

MUSIC INDUSTRY RECOVERY PROGRAM

AboveProof Pty Ltd, FITZROY, $15,000

Creation of COVIDSafe Plan ChatBot, an automated computer 'chat bot' program that simulates human conversation to help major events and music venues develop COVIDSafe plans in a simple, streamlined way.

Albatross Backline, NORTH GEELONG, $9,600

Development of a series of online tutorials teaching basic music practices, including backline workshops, instrument set-up and equipment maintenance for musicians, artists and industry professionals.

Alexandra Kolac (Xani), BRUNSWICK, $7,247

Creative development to create and deliver new music using violin, voice and electronics via Twitch.

Allara Pattison, PRESTON, $38,440

Development of a new work by Allara Pattison exploring sovereign language to be performed at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Andrew Hehir, NORTHCOTE, $35,668

Delivery of Diversity in the Mix, a program providing skills and career development to three established and emerging audio engineers.

Anna Jacobs, FITZROY NORTH, $4,178

Professional development activities, including a 10-week part-time Digital Marketing course and a half-day Business Continuity and Reputation Risk short course, to build new skills for the changing music industry environment post COVID-19.

Applejack Music, CASTLEMAINE, $14,425

Research, develop and launch a new digital advertising business which will offer educational resources and consultancy for artists.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Anna C Madden, FITZROY, $11,100

Development and presentation of I Am Woman, an online exhibition of live music photography focusing on women in live music by Anna C Madden.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Dut Garang, MANOR LAKES, $31,389

Professional development and production of SADBOY’s 5-track EP.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Gerry Smith, SPRINGVALE SOUTH, $36,035

Presentation of COVIDSafe performances to residents at assisted living facilities.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Jeremy Hopkins, THORNBURY, $23,291

Writing, recording and release of the artist's debut album.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Naima Fine, FITZROY NORTH, $34,125

Creative development and presentation of Vantage Points, an online concert combining music with spoken word.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Robert Croft, MANIFOLD HEIGHTS, $15,134

Creation of a new digital album, a "making of" short video documentary of the process and a pre-recorded live performance.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Benjamin Giraud, ABBOTSFORD, $24,066

Creative development of Q+ event, an inclusive, multi-artform event celebrating the LGBTQIA+ experience through music, visual arts and live performance and highlighting the rich and diverse Queer communities in regional Victoria.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Woody Clark, WARBURTON, $38,763

Support for commercialising Woody's Ukulele School, including professional and business development; delivery of new video and audio content; and new audience growth and engagement strategies that harness online platforms and play-along concerts.

Australian Art Orchestra, NEWPORT, $50,000

To support From Stage to Digital Space, a new business model with live streamed stage events and audio recordings to increase access and generate new revenue streams to financially support artists, by the Australian Art Orchestra.

Bananagun c.o Nick Van Bakel, DAYLESFORD, $15,000

Recording and release of Bananagun’s second album as well as the production of video assets and audio-visual material to support the release.

Barney McAll, COBURG NORTH, $15,700

Development, production and release of an online album of songs, in collaboration with Australian vocalists and lyricists.

Beatrice Lewis, BRUNSWICK WEST, $20,000

Production and promotion of Beatrice Lewis’s debut album and music video.

Benjamin Tass, THOMASTOWN, $10,000

Creation of a series of DJ recordings as well as professional development in producing.

Beyond The Valley, CREMORNE, $49,890

Professional development opportunities for Beyond the Valley staff and directors.

Broden Tyrrell, WEST FOOTSCRAY, $15,000

Writing, recording and release of Broden Tyrrell’s new album.

By The Meadow, IRREWARRA, $38,000

Development of a livestream festival to be presented alongside the in-person festival, Meadow Music Festival 2021.

Callum Watson, TORQUAY, $8,595

Development and presentation of Geelong Jazz Soirees Summer Sessions, a series of live streamed improvised jazz music by the artist.

Cara Williams, PASCOE VALE SOUTH, $15,700

Development of Slow Clap Creative Connector web portal, an online portal that connects Victorian artists with creative freelancers to develop campaign assets and creative content for promotional campaigns.

Carla Troiano, WINDSOR, $20,000

Record and create digital assets to promote Carla Troiano’s debut album.

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, PORT ALBERT, $16,730

Recording of the band's fifth studio album, a project that will offer paid work opportunities for artists and contractors.

Catherine Haridy, THORNBURY, $5,250

Undertaking the Executive Colloquium through the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership at Monash University.

Chelsea Wilson, PRESTON, $21,500

Development of 10 new recordings, video content and marketing assets to celebrate Women of Soul’s 10 year anniversary.

Chris Maunders, PRESTON, $24,083

Support for music school Harp's a Breeze to transition to online learning, including producing 16 interactive online tutorials and printed learning materials for students to follow.

Culture Common, NORTH MELBOURNE, $48,011

Development of a feasibility study, business case and design process for a new system that will adapt and apply renewable energy technology for the live music industry to eliminate reliance on diesel generators and transition to net zero emissions.

David Bridie, THORNBURY, $15,000

Development and recording of Reverie, a new album overlaid with spoken word pieces, co-written and performed by a selection of artists and others from diverse communities and backgrounds.

Eliza Hull, CASTLEMAINE, $18,600

Creative development and production of FIVE, a new EP and an online streamed show.

Elizabeth Welsh, CASTLEMAINE, $14,989

Creation and delivery of The Majesty of All Things, a new one-hour work to be presented at Melbourne Recital Centre and Theatre Royal by Outlier.

Ella Hooper, VIOLET TOWN, $10,800

Production of digital assets to accompany the release of Ella Hooper’s new solo album, Small Town Temple.

Fem Belling, PRESTON, $32,007

Creation and delivery of The Bandwagon, an outdoor pop-up live music venue.

Gabrielle Nolan, CAULFIELD NORTH, $39,935

Gender non-confirming DJ collective Vinyl Vixens deliver a series of unique livestreamed sessions at venues across Melbourne.

GAP Events Pty Ltd, LEXTON, $39,999

Delivery of Rainbow Serpent Festival - Conscious Streaming, a one-day live stream broadcast direct from the festival's permanent site in regional Victoria.

Gaytimes Festival, CLIFTON HILL, $23,350

Business and professional development opportunities for staff of Gaytimes Festival.

Gena Rose Bruce, EAST MELBOURNE, $9,155

Recording and mixing of the forthcoming studio album from Gena Rose Bruce, to be recorded at Soundpark Studio and mixed at Headgap Studio.

Geoffrey O'Connor, BRUNSWICK, $9,000

Recording of a ten-song album featuring strings, electronic percussion, choral vocals, piano and sound design to be recorded at Fallback Studios, mastered by David Walker and released by Chapter Music.

Giuliano Ferla, NORTHCOTE, $10,650

Recording of Personal Hotspot, a second album from band FERLA.

Gravemind, PRAHRAN, $19,218

Creation, production and promotion of Introsphere, the band's second album.

GRID Series, BRUNSWICK, $50,000

Delivery of GRID Series 2021 - Transmission Outer South East, an professional development program for outer suburban artists that includes mentoring and the development of new content.

Hachiku, NORTHCOTE, $5,350

Tour of Hachiku’s debut LP to be presented across eight Victorian venues and documented by videographer, Marcelle Bradbeer.

Hannah Acfield, THORNBURY, $27,499

Recording, release, virtual launch and promotion of Hannah's new album.

Holly Thomas, HARCOURT, $14,347

Delivery of Cloudbusting, a series of curated events featuring intimate, unplugged live performances at Hardcourt Valley Winery.

Isaiah Firebrace, MENTONE, $39,973

Delivery of free online concerts across Victoria, including a series of music workshops for eight First Peoples communities.

Jade McInally, NORTHCOTE, $18,330

Recording and filming of an album to be filmed live at the Fairfield Amphitheatre, featuring contributions from local visual-artists.

JALGANY, RYE, $20,000

Launch and promotion of Red Dust Salt Water EP, and the career development of Nola Lauch.

Jen Cloher, THORNBURY, $7,100

Delivery of I Manage Music Masterclasses, a three-part series of online career development masterclasses for self-managed musicians at varying career stages, featuring case study discussions with high profile artists and their teams.

Jess Fairfax, WARRANDYTE, $15,000

Delivery of Nhatty Man and Solomon Sisay Live on Screen, a series of five bi-monthly live streamed performances featuring Melbourne-based Ethiopian musicians Nhatty Man and Solomon Sisay.

Joshua Batten, BRIGHTON EAST, $22,000

Development and production of Joshua Batten’s new album.

Kate Lucas/Coda Chroma, COBURG NORTH, $10,000

Development of the orchestral arrangement and remote recording, mixing and mastering of Coda Chroma’s third album.

Kiernan Ironfield, FITZROY NORTH, $34,150

Development and presentation of Yidaki Connection, an arrangement of three 20-minute Yidaki and multimedia pieces.

Koorie Engagement Action Group, BALLARAT CENTRAL, $5,500

Development and presentation of a soundscape by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians following the livestream of the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Survival Day Dawn Ceremony 2021.

Koorreen Enterprises Pty Ltd, TYRENDARRA, $38,000

Development and production of Richard J Frankland’s new multi-genre album with songs in English and Gunditjmara language.

Kutcha Edwards, KYNETON, $29,220

Development and presentation of a performance blending music, songs and stories with audiovisual components by Kutcha Edwards.

Leah Senior, PRESTON, $4,800

Creation of a music film inspired by the natural world.

Linc Yow Yeh (on behalf of The Deans of Soul), MOUNT MACEDON, $12,449

Produce videos for 3-6 new music works by The Deans of Soul.

Madeline Leman, NORTHCOTE, $6,300

Development of audio-visual content and promotion for Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells’ upcoming single.

Matt Hoyne, FITZROY, $17,558

Presentation of a weekly live music program featuring young and emerging jazz musicians, culminating in a live album recording by jazz collective Emergence in partnership with Uptown Jazz Cafe.

Maurial Spearim, ST KILDA, $15,000

Development, recording and launch of Maurial Spearim’s debut album.

Maven and Muse, WINDSOR, $39,634

Undertake a 12-month professional development program by Maven and Muse.

Melbourne String Academy, MOUNT WAVERLEY, $23,842

Support for the Melbourne String Academy’s Virtual Music Connect program, where local artists perform live online events to residents of aged care facilities.

Milk Records Pty Ltd, COBURG, $4,330

Delivery of Milk Records Shopfront Series, a series of live performances from new emerging artists in person and online.

Mistletone, COBURG, $38,950

Increasing marketing capacity and releasing five albums by Victorian artists.

MMF Pty Ltd, MEREDITH, $39,000

Series of professional development and mentoring opportunities for the staff of Meredith Music Festival.

Monica Jasmine McDonald, RESERVOIR, $20,000

Creative development of Monica Jasmine McDonald’s music and writing project.

Moreland City Council, COBURG, $21,000

Delivery of Sound Sessions, a two-stream professional development program for emerging First Nations and culturally diverse women and gender diverse artists and production crew, by Brunswick Music Festival.

Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, CORYDON, $16,138

Production of Yeng Gali Mullum’s first professional album.

Multicultural Arts Victoria on behalf of Hari Sivanesan, NARRE WARREN, $17,800

Development of two new multi artform compositions by Hari Sivanesan to be presented at a showcase of South Asian performing arts, Sangam 2021.

Multicultural Arts Victoria on behalf of Oscar Jimenez, PRESTON, $21,510

Recording and release a new EP, a suite of animated music videos and innovative digital events by Amaru Tribe in collaboration with visual artist Katherine Gailer and animators Melanconnie and Jonathan Chong.

murmurmur, FITZROY, $7,350

Mastering for Moving Objects, the band's second EP, as well as producing artwork, photography and video clips to support its release.

Music in Exile, COLLINGWOOD, $50,000

Producing, distributing and marketing new works by five culturally diverse Victorian artists.

Muso – We Hear You Pty Ltd, PRAHRAN, $50,000

Development of business and market strategies aimed at providing employment opportunities for emerging and self managed musicians.

Neil Morris, COBURG, $19,000

Development and recording of Country is Song, Song is Country, a new body of work focusing on the experience of connecting to country.

Newmarket Collective, NORTH MELBOURNE, $39,100

Support to pilot a program for independent musicians and labels to record music under the guidance of expert engineers at Newmarket Studios.

Nicholas Finch, THORNBURY, $7,257

Launch and promotion of HUMANS, a collaborative recording project by Nick Finch involving the contributions of over 80 Melbourne singers and musicians.

Night and Day Entertainment Pty Ltd, BRUNSWICK, $35,000

Creation and delivery of Lockdown Sessions, a series of live streaming events and live performances, as well as the development and delivery of a long-term marketing campaign.

OK Motels, BALLARAT EAST, $24,650

Delivery of seven limited-edition, seven-inch releases by OK Motels.

Omid Shayan, PRESTON, $13,300

Creation, development and online presentation of a new set of works from jazz ensemble, SHAYAN in collaboration with electronic string duo, Melbourne Amplified Strings.

Panoramic Music, ARMADALE, $4,000

Delivery of 2021 Countertenor Concert and commissioning of new works for countertenor Hamish Gould.

Pavilion Australia, CLIFTON HILL, $47,000

Development and delivery of Out and About, a COVID-safe open-air live music and hospitality hub in Yarra Park featuring Victorian artists over 6 weeks.

Penny Drop, COLLINGWOOD, $43,500

Creative development and delivery of Penny Drop at Malthouse Melbourne Stages, a 10-day Victorian live music program to launch the brand new Malthouse outdoor and COVIDSafe venue and creative hub.

Penny O'Brien and Milly Davison, CLIFTON HILL, $11,443

Creative development of Companion, a female-led, independent record label and platform for new and emerging musicians in the underground electronic music scene, by Melbourne DJs Pjenné and Millú.

PepperHorn Music, WOODEND, $33,500

Development of publishing and licensing infrastructure that will enable independent musicians to license, market and create new revenue streams.

Peter Camilleri, COBURG, $8,762

Professional development and planning for a music streaming business.

Philly, RESERVOIR, $10,000

Presentation of Grow, a debut album launch show to be performed at Yirramboi 2021.

Pierce Brothers Pty Ltd, ELWOOD, $26,632

Regional Victorian tour, online series and promotion for the release of the Pierce Brothers’ second album.

Play On Presents, PORT FAIRY, $45,000

Presentation of Uncle Archie's Kitchen Table, a new series where emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait songwriters and musicians from Victoria are invited to yarn with Archie Roach and share stories of song, communities and language.

Port Fairy Folk Festival Inc, PORT FAIRY, $34,892

Delivery of a series of three COVIDSafe concerts featuring nine artists.

Port Phillip City Council, ST KILDA, $30,000

Delivery of the City of Port Phillip’s First Peoples Music Toolkit, a professional development program connecting First Peoples artists with local music businesses.

Press Club, COLLINGWOOD, $5,000

Design, build and promote a new, interactive online platform for the band Press Club.

Program Records Pty Ltd, THORNBURY, $28,650

Creation and delivery of Live to Vinyl, a new initiative involving three local music businesses that will curate and produce the first events in a series of live-to-vinyl recordings made on location at a vinyl pressing plant by three bands, to be released as video, digital audio and 7-inch vinyl.

Rap An Gel Records Pty Ltd, BAIRNSDALE, $26,954

Business and professional skills development as well as the improvement of the accessibility of the studio.

Remote Control Records, ASCOT VALE, $7,940

Professional development for staff through courses and accreditation.

Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, BRUNSWICK, $25,120

Launch and promotion of a new single and an online Q&A event focussing on mental health.

Robert K Champion, WERRIBEE, $27,095

Creative and business development activities.

Robin Griffiths, RED HILL, $39,200

Delivery of The Cocoon Project, supporting six Victorian artists to deliver new work and develop new intellectual property aimed at reaching online audiences.

Rosie Westbrook, VENTNOR, $20,836

Creative development, recording, production and promotion of Rosie Westbrook’s album and development of online business model.

RVG, PRESTON, $15,000

Recording, mixing and mastering of RVG’s third album with producer Naomune Anzai.

Sal Kimber, WANGARATTA, $18,450

Recording and release of band The Rollin Wheel's fourth studio album, including a live stream album launch from the Cheshunt Community Hall, King Valley.

Sara Retallick, COLLINGWOOD, $18,590

Creative development, recording and release of a second studio album by Golden Syrup, featuring nine tracks and collaboration with nine diverse Victorian-based musicians.

Sarah Blaby - Plaster Of Paris band, MAIDSTONE, $18,447

Vinyl pressing and promotion for Plaster of Paris’s debut album.

Shaun Adams, OCEAN GROVE, $12,278

Professional development to create an online platform to promote tours for artists in regional Victoria.

Simmer Town, BRUNSWICK EAST, $20,000

Filming and distribution of a music clip as well as delivery of a range of supporting online marketing and publicity activities.

Sky Thomas, DOVETON, $2,000

Professional development in production and livestreaming.

Soli Tesema, CAULFIELD NORTH, $26,270

Production, launch and promotion of Project Introspection, a collaborative music project by Soli Tesema.

Stephanie Riddel, CHEWTON, $11,000

Creation of Wham Bam Caravan, a mobile, multi-purpose pop-up performance space housed in a custom refurbished 70's vintage caravan.

Sullivan Patten, BRUNSWICK EAST, $8,800

Development, production and delivery of a pilot for a short-form web series/video showcasing Victorian-based musicians.

Sunnyside, MELBOURNE, $5,430

Recording and production of Sunnyside’s EP Pass the Parcel.

Tahlia Palmer, THORNBURY, $3,430

To support Tahlia Palmer to create Amby Downs' third album on vinyl with hand drawn album artwork.

Tanzer, SOUTH YARRA, $20,000

Production and presentation of Disco Instamatic, a large-scale music video installation and original single directed by musican/director Tanzer to be presented as part of Midsumma Presents.

The Bergy Seltzer Pty Ltd, BRUNSWICK, $30,000

Delivery of The Bergy Seltzer Summer Streaming, a series of 12 socially distanced online gigs streamed live.

The Operatives, FOOTSCRAY, $30,000

Creation of Square up, a new live show incorporating a custom two-level stage design and a coordinated six-hour live show featuring a variety of artists.

The Trustee for Kool Skools Trust, HEIDELBERG WEST, $39,000

Adapting business practices to offer professional support to young emerging artists including new opportunities to learn, record and perform.

Theo Carbo, NORTHCOTE, $6,900

Recording and production of Theo Carbo’s debut album.

This Way North, YACKANDANDAH, $7,000

Recording of a debut album with engineer Jono Steer at The Perch Studio in Castlemaine.

Tim Shiel, CLIFTON HILL, $6,500

Pre-production and rehearsal for a performance set in virtual and real-life spaces by Tim Shiel and Mindy Meng Wang.

Tropical Fuck Storm, BAILIESTON, $30,700

Creation of a 90-minute feature length film comprising a combination of performance and documentary of the band recording their third studio album, to be presented as a ticketed livestream event.

Trucked Up Entertainment, ABBOTSFORD, $37,915

Launching new works by a selection of artists in three regional areas across Victoria.

UNIFIED Music Group, RICHMOND, $48,000

Presentation of The Main Stage, a free, one-day virtual conference for artists and industry professionals to present to media agencies and brands.

Velodrome Events Pty Ltd, ABBOTSFORD, $36,200

Undertaking a range of business and professional development activities to launch COVIDSafe outdoor live music venues throughout Victoria, including meeting best practise accessibility guidelines and providing support for new First Nations activity.

Victoria University, MILL PARK, $15,000

Support for David Arden to mentor young Aboriginal musicians to produce and record original music.

Westbound Productions Pty Ltd, KENSINGTON, $47,500

Delivery of Riverboats Touring, a new COVIDSafe music series staged aboard a fleet of historic paddlesteamers on the Murray River at Echuca-Moama.

Wild Thing Presents, SOUTH YARRA, $39,900

Presentation of live stream events series VIC-PROG: Live from your living room, where four artists perform to audiences around the world, presented by Wild Thing Presents.

WILSN, NORTH MELBOURNE, $14,372

Development, production and promotion of WILSN’s debut album.

Woodes, BRUNSWICK, $8,000

Creation and promotion of a seven track EP, including a live stream on Twitch over four weeks.

Woodlock Music Pty Ltd, YARRAWONGA, $7,524

Release and promotion of The Future of an End, the debut album from Woodlock, to be released with live streamed performances connecting with international audiences.

Wrangler Studios, WEST FOOTSCRAY, $10,000

Professional development for staff, contractors and volunteers through three one-day sessions run by Management Governance Australia.

Ying-Li Hooi, MAIDSTONE, $9,400

Development, recording, mixing and promotion of YL Hooi’s second album.

Yirgjhilya Lawri, LALOR, $37,500

Recording, performance and promotion the artist's debut album.

Victorian Live Music Venues Support Program

Over $5 million in grants were invested in live music venues as part of this program, supporting 68 music venues to withstand and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closures and restrictions.

2022 Tranche 2 recipients

Barwon Club Hotel, SOUTH GEELONG
Beleura House and Garden, MORNINGTON
Beneath Driver Lane, MELBOURNE
Bird's Basement, MELBOURNE
Cactus Room, THORNBURY
Charles Weston Hotel, BRUNSWICK
Cherry Bar, MELBOURNE
Colour Nightclub, CARLTON
Deluxe Bar, MOONEE PONDS
Eddies Pool and Snooker Hall, CHELTENHAM
Edinburgh Castle Brunswick, BRUNSWICK
Ferdydurke, MELBOURNE
Geelong Bandroom, GEELONG
Glamorama Bar, FITZROY
Golden Vine, BENDIGO
Gypsy Bar Echuca, ECHUCA
Key Club, MELBOURNE
Khokolat Bar, MELBOURNE
Killing Time Bar, WINDSOR
Kindred Studios, FOOTSCRAY
La Di Da, MELBOURNE
Longplay, FITZROY NORTH
Macedon Railway Hotel, MACEDON
Metropolitan Hotel, BENDIGO
Musicland, FAWKNER
Mynt Lounge, WERRIBEE
Palais-Hepburn, HEPBURN SPRINGS
Piano Bar Ballarat, BALLARAT CENTRAL
Piano Bar Colac, COLAC
Pirates Tavern, WILLIAMSTOWN
Quality Hotel Bentinck, PORTLAND
Radar Nightclub, MELBOURNE
Radio Bar, FITZROY
Revolver Upstairs, PRAHRAN
Rye Hotel, RYE
Secret Garden, ST KILDA
Section 8, MELBOURNE
Shedshaker Brewing and the Taproom, CASTLEMAINE
Spotswood Hotel, SPOTSWOOD
Star Bar, BENDIGO
Taphouse, BENDIGO
The Aireys Pub, AIREYS INLET
The B.East, BRUNSWICK EAST
The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, BALLARAT CENTRAL
The Carlton Hotel, MELBOURNE
The Corporate Moose, MILDURA
The Drunken Poet, WEST MELBOURNE
The Guildford Hotel, GUILDFORD
The Horn, COLLINGWOOD
The Irish Times, MELBOURNE
The Moldy Fig, BRUNSWICK EAST
The Night Cat, FITZROY
The Office Wine Bar and Lounge, MILDURA
The Osborne Rooftop and Bar, SOUTH YARRA
The Penny Black, BRUNSWICK
The Quiet Man Irish Pub, KENSINGTON
The Royal Hotel Mornington, MORNINGTON
The Spotted Mallard, BRUNSWICK
The Vine Hotel Wangaratta, NORTH WANGARATTA
The Vineyard Restaurant, ST KILDA
Thornbury Theatre, THORNBURY
Tonic Bar, BENDIGO
Torquay Hotel, TORQUAY
Transport Hotel, MELBOURNE
Union Hotel Brunswick, BRUNSWICK
Westwood Hotel, FOOTSCRAY
Workshop Bar & Café, MELBOURNE
Yarraville Club, YARRAVILLE

See the list of venues supported through tranche 1 of the Victorian Live Music Venues program on this page.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
The Esplanade Hotel, ST KILDA

Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools

The Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools Program 2017 was the second round of a pilot program designed to investigate innovative and effective delivery methods to enable partnerships between remote schools and creative professionals using new technologies. This program has been superseded by Creative Learning Partnerships.  

This program was a partnership between Creative Victoria's Education Partnerships team, the Department of Education and Training's (DET) Digital Learning and STEM Branch and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).