Small Regional Presenters provides funding for community groups and not for profit organisations in regional Victoria 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 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. For projects funded from 2021 onwards, please contact Regional Arts 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 $15,000 per recipient
N.B. A separate COVID Safe Contingency fund is available for activity that has been previously funded through the Small Regional Presenters program that is impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Regional Arts Victoria directly for details on how to access Contingency funding.
Who can apply
- Regional community presenters that are incorporated not-for-profit organisations and do not receive organisational or multi-year funding through Creative Victoria.
- Local Government Authorities that do not receive organisational or multi-year funding through Creative Victoria.
This round will support presenters to stage shows between 1 January and 31 December 2022.
Full eligibility details are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website
Round Opens: 9am, 9 September 2021 via Regional Arts Victoria’s SmartyGrants portal
Round Closes: 12noon,14 October 2021
It takes approximately 6 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
Regional Arts Victoria
Ph: 0431 376 678
Links and download
Visit the Regional Arts Victoria website for program guidelines, information on how to apply and FAQs.
Geraldine Quinn stars in Sunglasses at Night: the 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret. A Winding Roads Production. Photo by Evan Munro-Smith.
LINK NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE, Kaniva, $13,731
Presentation of two performances – Junklandia and Balkan Elvis – as part of the Kaniva and Birchip Neighbourhood House 2022 Program.
STRATFORD COURTHOUSE INC, Stratford, $15,000
Stratford Courthouse Theatre presents kickstART – a year-long, community-focused program of vibrant professional performances.
QUEENSCLIFFE LITERARY FESTIVAL, Queenscliff, $3,150
Queenscliff Literary Festival presents Hysterica, four original monologues telling the stories of Joy Hester, Alice Anderson, Elizabeth Gould and Dawn Faizey-Webster.
NATIONAL CELTIC FOLK FESTIVAL, PORTARLINGTON, $15,000
Presentation of The Bellarine Sessions – five concerts staged in unique settings across small coastal towns and the surrounds of the Bellarine Peninsula.
AVENEL ACTIVE INC, Avenel, $4,600
Presentation of two performances of Peaceful Piano, a double-bill show featuring post-classical pianists and composers Luke Howard and Nat Bartsch.
WINTERWILD (AUSPICED BY APOLLO BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE), APOLLO BAY, $15,000
Apollo Bay’s WinterWild festival presents a new work by artistic collective APHIDS. Aphids directs and presents a co-created performance responding to Apollo Bay’s environmental and cultural settings.
BIRREGURRA COMMUNITY ARTS GROUP (SUBCOMMITTEE OF BIRREGURRA COMMUNITY GROUP), BIRREGURRA, $2,205
Presentation of Junklandia, a production about two brothers from a faraway planet embarking on a mission to teach earthlings the 'Junklandian' ways of creative recycling and be resourceful with rubbish.
THE DOG THEATRE INC, PAYNESVILLE, $15,000
A Dog Theatre Presentation of The Waiting Room, a physical theatre performance piece and improvisation workshops.
KING VALLEY ARTS INC, KING VALLEY, $14,384
King Valley Arts Presents - 2022 Season offers six live performances at local halls across the King Valley.
CRESWICK NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE INC, CRESWICK, $14,900
Presentation of four concerts involving professional and community players coming together in four locations around the town of Creswick.
PROM RECITALS (AUSPICED BY FABELO INCORPORATED), YANAKIE, $5,648
Prom Recitals presents two classical ensemble performances.
Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc, Apollo Bay $14,700.
Bena Hall Committee Inc. Bena $6,728
Bruthen Arts and Events Council, Bruthen $5,900
Creswick Neighbourhood Centre Inc, Creswick $14,900
Fish Creek Memorial Hall Committee, Fish Creek $6,092
Heyfield Memorial Hall, Heyfield $6,112
Horsham Regional Arts Association, Horsham $15,000
King Valley Arts, Cheshunt $3,000
King Valley Arts, Whitfield $9,637
Marysville Cultural Committee Inc, Marysville $5,592
Murtoa Mechanics Hall and Free Library Inc, Murtoa $5,500
Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Point Lonsdale $3,000
Quambatook Community Development Association, Quambatook $1,750
Tallarook Arts, Tallarook $6,380
The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea $9,480
Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, Yarck $5,236
Yea Arts Inc. Yea $5,504
Small Regional Presenters Program – COVIDSafe top up support
The following groups received support through the Small Regional Presenters Program in 2020 however their events were cancelled. Through the Small regional Presenters Program, the groups received top-up support so they could reschedule cancelled performances and implement new COVIDSafe measures.
- Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Ballarat $850
- Birregurra Community Arts Group, Birregurra $375
- Clunes Neighbourhood House, Clunes $1,400
- Gannawarra Shire Council, $1,000
- Indigo Shire Council, $288
- Link Neighbourhood House, Kaniva $1,066
- Murtoa Mechanics Hall Inc, Murtoa $210
- Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke $750
- Rex Theatre, Charlton - $1,000
- Snowy River Arts Network, Orbost $320
- South Gippsland Shire Council $500
- Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, Yarck $1,000
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.
King Valley Art Show Inc, $9,615
Destinations:Whitfield, Moyhu and Cheshunt
For the presentation of a series of performances and workshops in between June and November 2017. Events include performances at Whitfield Recreation Reserve and Chestnut Hall and a performance and workshop by folk duo Miles and Simone at Moyhu Soldier's Memorial Hall.
Music at the Basilica Inc, $3,700
For the presentation of a concert at the Windfire Festival of Sacred Music in Geelong.
Echuca Moama Arts Initiative, $1,500
For the presentation of 'The Lost WW1 Diary' by Damian Callinan at Tongala Public Hall.
Court in the Act Theatre Company Inc, $4,100
To bring the theatre show 'Birdcage Thursdays' to Stratford Courthouse in October 2017, in partnership with Melbourne's acclaimed La Mama Theatre.
Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, $5,405
For the presentation of a concert by folk duo Miles and Simone (July 2017), and the theatre production 'Mystery in the Air' (October 2017) at Yarck Hall.
National Vietnam Veterans Museum, $8,000
Destination: Phillip Island
For the presentation of the theatre shows 'The Bard Bites Back' and 'The Man they call the Banjo' (September 2017) at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Philip Island.
Upper Kiewa Valley Regional Arts, $5,450
To present a series of music performances by Bush Gothic, I Viaggiatori and The Wikimen at the Visitor Information Centre Auditorium in Mount Beauty, and a concert by Hamer Quartet at the Mount Beauty Community Centre.
Charlton Arts Inc, $5,916
To present a series of music performances by Bush Gothic, I Viaggiatori and The Wikimen at Charlton Golf Club between May and November 2017.
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, $5,200
To present a diverse performance program at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery between July and November, 2017. Performances will include a concert by Kutcha Edwards and theatre productions 'The Crow Family', 'Mystery in the Air', 'Birdcage Thursdays', and 'Memoirs of a Scottish War Bride'.
Mirboo North Arts Inc, $4,000
Destination: Mirboo North
To present a series of music performances by Bush Gothic, I Viaggiatori, and The Wikimen, at the Grand Ridge Brewery.
Warragul Heritage Preservation Society, $2,561
To present 'From Figaro to Phantom', a concert that combines opera and musical theatre at Wesley of Warragul.
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery (Cororooke), $6,000
For the presentation of the first half its 2018 theatre season including the Hit Productions show Pearl: The Janis Joplin Story.
Charlton Arts Inc (Charlton), $6,900
For the presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Charlton Golf Club. Shows will include: Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood. Four accompanying community workshops, including workshops for schools, will also be presented to coincide with performances.
The Sound Doctor Presents Inc (Anglesea), $3,094
For the presentation of a performance by contemporary folk artist Leah Senior, supported by local act Forever Son at the Anglesea Memorial Hall in November 2017.
Bena Hall Committee Inc, (Bena) $6,420
For the presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Bena Hall. Shows will include: Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood.
Bass Coast Shire Council, (Grantville) $6,000
To present Serenade at Sunset, a musical theatre and opera event at the Grantville Recreation Reserve coordinated by the Bass Valley Music Festival. Held in March 2018, the event will feature tenor David Hobson and four supporting acts as well as local performers. The event will also include voice and performance workshops, and mentoring opportunities for local talent.
Charlton Community Theatre, (Charlton) $7,500
For the presentation of series of shows in the first half of 2018 that will celebrate the Rex Theatre’s 80th anniversary, including the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.
Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, Inc, (Tyers), $2,500
Presentation of a five show program in 2018 at Tyers Hall. The program will include performances from the 2018 Café Culture Series: Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood. The program will also include Totally Gourdgeous, a performance featuring music played on instruments made from gourds, accompanied by an instrument making workshop.
RuffArtZ, (Ruffy), $8,060
Presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at Ruffy Hall. The program will include Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood. Four accompanying workshops will also be presented as part of the program.
Yea Arts Inc, (Yea), $12,140
Presentation of a program of shows and workshops through the Bringing the Arts to Yea program. The program will include Le Petit Mort, a comedy cabaret that reimagines a 1940s radio drama and will be presented at Beaufort Manor; Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band – with an accompanying music workshop; and Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood which will include an Indian dance workshop for local school students.
Arts Council of Mansfield Inc, (Mansfield) $1,695
To present a performance by contemporary folk band Mel Taylor and The Sunchasers at Bos Taurus during Mansfield’s annual Spring Arts program. (29 October 2017)
Wangaratta Arts Council Inc, (Wangaratta), $3,185
Presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Vine Hotel in Wangaratta North. The program will include Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood. Four accompanying workshops will also be presented as part of the program.
Indigo Shire Council, (Beechworth) $2,755
To bring the acclaimed classical guitar duo, Grigoryan Brothers to Beechworth for a day of activities at the historic Burke Museum this November. The program will include a day time concert, instrumental workshops for students from Beechworth Secondary College, and an evening concert including an opportunity for the community to meet the artists.