Saturday, April 13, 2024

Call for art funding heard loud and clear in Melbourne

City of Melbourne Council has quadrupled its funding for the latest round of an arts grants program after receiving a “staggering number” of high-quality applications.

Seventy-eight arts projects are now underway after receiving a share of $300,000 under the Council’s Quick Response Arts Grants program. 

Lord Mayor, Sally Capp said the appetite for the program showed Melbourne’s art scene was still alive and thriving. 

“There was a 2,000% increase in applications this grant round compared to before the pandemic, which shows our creatives are more excited than ever to deliver artistic works as we reignite the city,” the Lord Mayor said. 

“With so many quality applicants, we have quadrupled our funding for this round, which will create employment opportunities for about 800 creative professionals. 

“I can’t wait to see these thoughtful and ambitious works roll out across the municipality.” 

Creative Melbourne portfolio lead, Councillor Jamal Hakim said the quick response funding model was well regarded by artists and industry professionals. 

“Musicians, playwrights, artists and peak organisations have told us that providing smaller grants for short-term projects helps creatives build confidence, skills, and their portfolio,” Cr Hakim said. 

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to boost our grant funding this round to support more artists to get back on their feet as Melbourne jolts back to life.

“Almost half of recipients have received a grant from us for the very first time – a real testament to the creative juices that are flowing as part of Melbourne’s arts and innovation resurgence.” 

Youth music group, the Melbourne String Ensemble (MSE) has received a $4000 grant towards its project Exploring Cultural Connections to the Seasons.  

MSE President, Caitlin Williams said the project will see First Nations composers commissioned to write works that reflect the seasons we experience in Melbourne, and in each composer’s Country. 

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we see this as an opportunity to be courageous in resetting our cultural and educational goals through our music,” Ms Williams said. 

“The works will feature emerging and established composers and musicians, using music to deepen our collective understanding of the many seasons where we live. 

“MSE and alumni will present the works in concert at Melbourne Recital Centre in April, alongside Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – complementing the old with the new.” 

Artist, Joe Monteleone (pictured) is set to receive a $4,000 grant to produce a set of 12 linoleum prints featuring an iconic Melbourne train station and city circle tram. 

“I have had a dream to create a lino print artwork of Flinders Street Station for many years. As a Deafblind artist, it is a highly important meeting place for me – it is the anchor point where I meet other Deafblind people, my support workers, and friends and family,” he said.

“I really appreciate this grant from the City of Melbourne, which will cover the cost of materials so I can bring my vision to life. I look forward to exhibiting my piece in the city this year.” 

To view the full list of recipients, visit the City of Melbourne website.

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