Apply now for funding to boost your creative career
  • Friday 16 January 2015

Are you a professional or up-and-coming Sunshine Coast actor, producer, musician, artist or creative practitioner? Do you require financial assistance to bring your arts project to life?

The latest Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) round is open for applications between January 15 and March 2 for projects commencing from June 1.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council encourages artists from a broad range of disciplines to apply for RADF funding towards concept, skills and career development.

“The incredible, high quality, unique work developed and produced by our local artists and community groups never fails to amaze and inspire me,” Cr McKay said.

“With the assistance of RADF funding, I’m proud council can help boost the careers of Sunshine Coast artists through skills development or support of their latest creative projects. As always, our wonderful council staff can help you develop your project so it has the best possible chance of success.”

Previous Sunshine Coast Council RADF recipient, choreographer Melissa Lanham of LissaJane Dance, said concept development funding had enabled her to produce ‘Vincent’, a brand new dance theatre work based on the life of the artistic genius that was Vincent Van Gogh.

“We have been positively advised by the board of directors of the Van Gogh Europe Federation that ‘Vincent’ will be on the official program for the 125th anniversary celebrations across three countries in Europe in 2015,” Ms Lanham said.

“And all from humble beginnings with a RADF grant from Sunshine Coast Council and Arts Queensland.

“I strongly encourage local artists to contact council and apply for a RADF grant.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) enables councils to support local artists and arts and cultural activities in Queensland communities. It provides opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities.

Cr McKay said as part of a renewal process for RADF, council would be implementing a new RADF program from July 1, 2015.

“The new RADF program will be based on locally relevant decision making processes, delivery models and priorities.

“Feedback from the community is welcome throughout this review process – stay tuned on how you can have your say.”

Applications for RADF close 5pm Monday March 2, 2015.

Visit council’s website for eligibility criteria or contact a RADF liaison officer for assistance – call 5475 7272 or email