Circus, music and art - Council endorses the next Regional Arts Development Fund recipients
  • Thursday 08 December 2016
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The first round of Major Arts Grants worth more than $50,000 was endorsed by council at its Ordinary Meeting today (December 8).

The endorsement follows the announcement earlier this week of the $165,000 Regional Arts Development Fund, a joint council and Arts Queensland initiative to help develop the region’s arts sector.

In addition to the endorsement of the nine major arts grant recipients, the RADF committee earlier supported seven Individual and Small Arts Grant recipients, taking the total amount funded in this round to more than $63,000.

The RADF program provides for Major Arts Grants of up to $10,000, Small Arts Grants of up to $3000 and Individual Development Grants of up to $1500 for international opportunities and $750 for national, to successful applicants.

RADF committee chair and Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the RADF program allowed council to support cultural activity across the region.

“Through this program we can provide opportunities for professional development and employment for our local arts and cultural workers,” Cr Baberowski said.

“In this round we have seen projects from ceramicists and contemporary circus performers to proposals for an instrumental guitar album and script development for a feature movie.

“It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderfully talented artists we have in our midst.

“As testament to the talent of our home grown musicians and singer songwriters, half the current funding was offered to six musical projects.

“Five talented local artists and bands received funding to support their professional growth, as well as an innovative youth mentorship program, The School of Rock, which was awarded funding to mentor aspiring musicians in Stagecraft, from a raft of seasoned professional performers.

“We love to see interesting and innovative projects funded through the RADF program, such as dance, performance and cultural diversity so if you have a project in mind contact our RADF liaison officer.”

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17,” said the Premier.

“This funding promotes promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally,” she said.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members.”

For more information and to apply, visit council’s website or contact council's grants team on 5420 8616 and ask to speak with the RADF Liaison Officer.

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