“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.
“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, collectives and community groups. This funding will ensure strong artistic development across the arts in the ACT.”
The 2014 ACT Arts Fund comprises three categories, with $670,000 allocated to Project Funding, $480,500 for Program Funding and $650,000 to Key Arts Organisations.
Project Funding – $670,000
A contemporary Canberra band, a community dance project and a group of visual artists are amongst the 42 successful applicants for project funding.
“Among a diverse mix of arts projects, local contemporary band Super Best Friends will be supported in 2014 to produce a debut full-length rock recording,” Ms Burch said.
“Another recipient is Canberra Dance Theatre, who will develop new dance works for teens with special needs and for people over 55, as well as producing a short film.”
Other projects include the development of a non-fiction comic book featuring themes around environmental sustainability and economics; a ‘zine vending machine which will feature the work of local ‘zine-makers; an exhibition featuring the work of six visual artists and a musician who have had residencies in the Tanami Desert.
Program Funding – $480,500
Eight ACT arts organisations including ArtSound FM, Australian National Capital Artists, Canberra City Band, Canberra International Film Festival, M16 Artspace, Pro Musica (Canberra International Music Festival), Strathnairn Arts Association and the You Are Here festival were successful in receiving Program Funding.
“Program Funding supports arts organisations that provide important programs of activity enabling the ACT community to have access to and engagement with the arts,” Ms Burch said.
“Strathnairn Arts Association will receive a significant increase in funding to assist it to achieve the full potential of the Strathnairn Arts Centre as a national centre for access and excellence in visual arts, as part of the government’s priority to further development ACT arts hubs.”
Key Arts Organisations – $650,000
Four ACT arts organisations, the Canberra Potters’ Society, Canberra Youth Music, Music For Everyone and QL2 Dance were successful in receiving funding for up to five years.
“Key Arts Organisations have clearly defined roles in the ACT arts sector and significant levels of achievement in supporting, developing and advancing the arts,” Ms Burch said.
“In response to the Government’s priority to further development ACT arts hubs, the Canberra Potters’ Society will receive a significant increase in funding to assist it to achieve the full potential of the Watson Arts Centre as a national centre for access and excellence in ceramics.”
“Funding to Canberra Youth Music and Music For Everyone will support the continued development of the Ainslie Arts Centre as vibrant music hub with a focus on youth music.”