Helping Creators Get On With the Job

The Andrews Labor Government is providing practical support to Victorian artists and creatives to undertake career-defining work and deliver exciting projects through the 2022 Creators Fund.

The Creators Fund provides creative professionals with financial certainty so they can work intensively on a project for a period of up to six months.

Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP encouraged local creatives and artists to investigate their eligibility as the deadline is fast approaching.

Grants of between $20,000 and $50,000 are available to individuals and collectives working in all creative disciplines, allowing them to undertake an extended period of creative development, research or experimentation, and create cutting edge – and career defining – new work.

Modelled on initiatives in the science, medical and technology sectors, the fund supports undertakings of intensive research and development, the kind that sit behind major new projects, products and innovations.

The fund will assist local creatives to explore new opportunities, develop new skills and deliver cutting edge and career-making work.

Past recipients include fashion designer Courtney Holm who undertook research into zero waste, robotics and compostable materials to help take her circular fashion label A.BCH to the next level; and virtual-reality filmmakers Studio Bento who are breaking new ground at the intersection of social media and virtual reality technologies.

Open to professional creatives at all career stages, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Peoples creatives and deaf and disabled creatives.

The Victorian Government is providing unprecedented investment to support creative jobs and bring social and cultural benefits to Victorians.

Last month, the State Government announced $85 million in multi-year funding for 113 Victorian creative entities – from icons like Melbourne International Comedy Festival to ground-breaking collectives including fashion label The Social Studio. Some 25 of the recipients are receiving multi-year government support for the first time.

Applications for the 2022 Creators Fund close on 3 March. For more information, visit the Creative Victoria website at www.creative.vic.gov.au/creatorsfund.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP

“Our creative industries were hit hard by the global pandemic and I’m so happy to see further opportunities such as the Creators Fund for artists’ work and passions to be supported.”

“Creativity brings communities together as we experience, discuss and simply enjoy the ground-breaking works of talented and dedicated creators who have such an impact on our economy and society.”

“I have met many local artists, performers and creatives and heard the stories of their struggles during the past two years. I hope we are seeing a new dawn and I encourage them to apply for any suitable grants from Creative Victoria.”

Authorised by Gary Maas, Shop 24 166 Somerville Road Hampton Park. Funded from the Parliamentary Budget.