March 23, 2024

Grants to spread the arts

The state government has announced the Small Regional Presenters Program grant recipients for this year.

Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks revealed funding for 15 groups that will activate community halls, mechanics institutes, and theatres throughout regional Victoria.

“Small Regional Presenters supports small events that make a big impact,” Mr Brooks said.

“They bring communities together, boost local economies and ensure regional Victorians can enjoy wonderful creative experiences.”

The 2024 recipients include Music at the Basilica in Geelong, which has been granted $5,500 to present two concerts by the Australian Chamber Choir in St Mary’s Basilica, and The Sound Doctor Presents Inc in Anglesea, receiving $15,000 to bring live contemporary music to Anglesea’s Memorial Hall over four weekends this year.

This initiative is part of the state government’s Small Regional Presenters program, aimed at supporting community groups and not-for-profit organisations to bring cultural events to their locales, facilitated by Regional Arts Victoria.

Regional Arts Victoria chief executive officer Jo Porter praised the effort of the volunteers.

“Many small presenters are the incredible volunteers whose energy makes small towns so special,” Ms Porter said.

“They have lined up a lot of fun for audiences across Victoria, with a wide range of locations and artforms represented among the successful applicants – make sure you look out for what’s on in your local hall.”

Read Surf Coast Times story here.

Image credit: Steve Poltz is one of the musicians hosted by The Sound Doctor in 2024.

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