Small Regional Presenters provides funding for regional communities to program and present shows in their area. It also supports skills development and capacity building by encouraging presenters to develop long term plans and audience development strategies.
If you have received funding through this program in 2019 and your project has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact Creative Victoria to discuss changes to your funding agreement.
In 2021 the Victorian Government’s Small Regional Presenters program will be delivered by Regional Arts Victoria.
This page provides an overview of the program. Full details, including program guidelines, information on how to apply and FAQs, are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.
Up to $16,500 (including COVIDSafe costs)
Who can apply
Stream 1 – COVIDSafe Top Up: Presenters that received funding from Creative Victoria’s Small Regional Presenters fund in October 2019 with events that were postponed to 2021 will receive an invitation from Regional Arts Victoria to access top-up funds to assist making their event COVIDSafe.
Stream 2 – New 2021 Presentations: Regional community presenters that are incorporated not-for-profit organisations and do not receive organisational or multi-year funding through Creative Victoria OR Local Government Authorities that do not receive organisational or multi-year funding through Creative Victoria. Applicants to this stream must not include Regional Arts Victoria touring productions in their applications.
Full eligibility details are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.
Round Opens: 23 February 2021 via the Regional Arts Victoria’s SmartyGrants portal
Round Closes: 12noon, 23 March 2021 for shows taking place between 10 May 2021 and 31 December 2021.
It takes approximately 4 weeks from the closing date until the funding results are available.
Full details are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.
Who to talk to
Links and downloads
Visit the Regional Arts Victoria website for program guidelines, information on how to apply and FAQs.
$71,896 of funding will support the presentation of diverse performances, from flamenco guitarists to experimental pop music, circus, cabaret and much more.
Geraldine Quinn stars in Sunglasses at Night: the 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret. A Winding Roads Production. Photo by Evan Munro-Smith.
Previous funding recipients are:
Archies Creek Community Hall Inc Trustees for the Archies Creek Public Hall Trust, Archies Creek, $11,550
Presentation of three live shows at Archies Creek Hall:
- The Southern Ocean Band’s Blood & Bones & Fins & Glory;
- Day of the Night of the Dead, a world music performance featuring musicians from the Boolarra Social Club and Melbourne; and
- Suitcase Royale’s Chronicles of the Sleepless Moon with a post-show Q&A.
The program includes opportunities for local young people to be mentored in front of house and technical support roles and skills development opportunities for local musicians through music workshops.
Bruthen Arts and Events Council Inc, Bruthen, $7,292
Presentation of two shows at the Bruthen Mechanics Institute:
- Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall, a performance which will include opportunities for local artists to participate; and
- Suitcase Royale’s theatre show Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon.
City of Greater Geelong, Geelong, $14,300
Presentation of 11 diverse shows and related community engagement activities as part of The Potato Shed’s 2018 program. The supported performances are:
- Ellis Productions’ Around the World in 80 Days
- Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall
- Sue Ingleton’s From Here to Infirmity
- Chester Productions’ Hell Ship - the Journey of the Ticonderoga
- Hit Productions’ Hotel Sorrento
- Carita Farrer Spencer’s Larry Paradiseo and Fabulous Dame Farrar
- Melbourne City Ballet’s Madame Butterfly
- Jally Entertainment’s Menopause the Musical
- Madotti & Vegas’ Paris Underground
- Essence Productions’ Point of No Return
- Ilbijerri Theatre’s Which Way Home
Cohuna Progress Association, Cohuna, $14,800
Presentation of two live music performances at the Cohuna Town Hall. The shows, Winding Road Productions’ Sunglasses at Night: the 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret; and a performance by the Tek Tek Ensemble will be accompanied by community engagement activities.
Dunolly Theatre Company Inc, Dunolly, $1,500
Presentation of Flamenco guitarists Lulo Reinhardt and Bart Stenhouse in concert at the Dunolly Town Hall. The performance program will also include professional development opportunities for local musicians.
G.R.A.I.N. Inc., Nathalia, $4,220
Presentation of two performance events in Nathalia: sound artist Sara Retallick’s experimental pop outfit Golden Syrup, accompanied by a Q&A session and workshop for secondary students at the G.R.A.I.N. Store; and Solid State Circus’ The Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show, with a circus workshop for kindergarten age children, at the Nathalia Uniting Church Hall.
Heyfield War Memorial Hall C.O.M. Inc, Heyfield, $3,000
Presentation of Dinosaur Time Machine, a show for children incorporating science and discoveries about the world of the dinosaurs, at Heyfield War Memorial Hall.
Mirboo North Arts inc., Mirboo North, $2,400
Presentation of two shows at Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North: Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's Bollywood music and dance celebration A Night of Bollywood. The programs will include skills development opportunities for local young people, and a dance workshop for the community will be held alongside the Bollywood performance.
South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha, $7,500
Presentation of a series of concerts and accompanying community engagement activities across Yanakie Hall, Ruby Hall and Hallston Hall. The program features five-piece band Sounds of Silent performing live to Buster Keaton’s silent film The General; The Gob-Iron String Band featuring Old Time and Cajun music; and duo Cat & Clint performing original songs and traditional tunes from the Appalachian region of America.
Trafalgar Amateur Drama society sub committee of the Trafalgar Public hall committee, Trafalgar, $5,334
Presentation of Finucane and Smith’s Dance Hall at Trafalgar Public Hall. The performance will include opportunities for local artists to participate.