27 May 2019

Creative ideas, skills development, major exhibitions and events and regional creative growth are the key themes for the creative industries in the 2019-20 Victorian Budget.

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Wimmera Silo Art Trail, Brim. Image: Peter Mackey, Flickr

Handed down today, the Budget includes $225.5m over four years for initiatives that will benefit individual creative practitioners, small to medium organisations and businesses and flagship institutions.

Recognising Geelong’s position as Australia’s fastest growing regional city, Geelong Performing Arts Centre will receive $128m for the final stage of its redevelopment which will double its capacity, introducing three new theatre spaces, more dining options and state-of-the-art back of house facilities.

$14m over four years will support Victoria Live, a celebration of live music that will take place in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

National Gallery Victoria’s popular annual summer program will continue over the next three years with $47.7m allocated for this and other activities. This year’s summer blockbuster will celebrate artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and 2020 will see the second NGV Triennial after the first, staged in 2017-18, attracted more than 1.2m people.

A $6.4 million package will continue to support a range of programs for independent artists and small organisations including the Music Works grants programs; creative research and development program, the Creators Fund, and programs supporting regional activity.

Annual design program, MPavilion, the Dance Massive festival and AsiaTOPA 2020, Arts Centre Melbourne’s major celebration of performing arts from across the Asia Pacific region, also receive support as part of this package.

$6.2m will support local screen industry opportunities via Film Victoria’s film and television investment programs, placements for emerging talent and support for Victorian-made digital games; while the new three-year, $3m Indian Cinema and Bollywood Investment Attraction Fund will further boost screen production in the state.

$5m will continue the Arts and Cultural Facilities Maintenance Fund, $7 million will go towards the State Library Victoria Vision 2020 project, Museums Victoria receives $4.5m to refresh and rejuvenate its exhibitions and ACMI receives $2.77m to support its operations during its renewal project.

$1m will support the creation of large-scale artworks across the state, following the success of game-changing projects such as the Wimmera Silo Art Trail, now a major tourism drawcard for the region.

The $225.5m figure is in addition to Creative Victoria’s core funding.

For a breakdown of this year’s budget initiatives, see our Budget factsheets:

  • Output initiatives: This fact sheet details the budget initiatives to support creative programs and operating activities
  • Asset initiatives: This fact sheet details the infrastructure-related budget initiatives