Big news for small organizations, micro-enterprises and collectives across the state – the latest round of the Creative Ventures program will provide $3.7 million in funding over the next two years.
Twenty creative businesses will share the multi-year investment that will support the development and presentation of new creative work, help them establish sustainable business practices and support new ways of working, while increasing the volume and breadth of experiences creative ideas for Victorians to enjoy.
The creative businesses funded span a range of disciplines, from digital games to dance, performance to puppetry, classical music, fashion, art, publishing and more, and are expected to offer more than 1,500 job opportunities in Victoria’s creative sector.
Highlighting the extraordinary work of independent game developers in Victoria, Freeplay will receive support to present its annual festival; while street dance organization Cypher Culture will develop a new organizational model and present two years of programming.
Combining dynamic performance with community involvement, All The Queens Men will receive funding to develop and deliver exciting projects in collaboration with children and youth, seniors and LGBTIQ+ communities.
First Peoples businesses and organizations feature prominently, with popular clothing brand Ngali among seven to receive support. Ngali will be backed to expand her reach in overseas markets, following a string of accolades for the label, including winning top prize at the National Indigenous Fashion Awards over the past two years.
This round will also see Victoria’s fashion industry welcome a new brand, with designers Blake Malcolm Barns and Jessie Kiely backed to develop and present their first collection under the SILVER label.
Disability-led performance company Weave Movement Theater will undertake two major creative development projects, and Loom Arts and Management will expand its arts agency specializing in the holistic support and advocacy of Deaf and disabled artists.