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VIC GOV IMPLEMENTS SUPPORT FOR CREATIVES: The Andrews Labor Government has announced a new strategy to stimulate the creative arts sector in Victoria, with the aim of seeing the state secure a reputation as a leading cultural destination and national creative leader. The four-year strategy, Creative State 2025, will see $288 million injected into the states art sector, stimulating job growth and remedying the instability brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. A strong creative sector benefits all Victorians and this investment will create jobs and deliver economic, social and cultural dividends to our state, as well as supporting the creative industries as they recover from the pandemic, said Danny Pearson, Minister for Creative Industries Creative State 2025 aims to address key issues that face the states arts sector, many preceding but exacerbated by the pandemic over the last 18 months.

This includes the unstable, project-based employment structures that are common within the sector. The strategy will see the creation of 60,000 new jobs for the states arts community, as well as helping to upskill and diversify the creative industrys workforce. Many of these opportunities will be specifically geared towards promoting First Peoples artists into positions of leadership.

The past year highlighted the central role that creativity plays in the lives of all Victorians Creative State 2025 reflects that reality, placing creativity at the heart of Victorias future prosperity, said Pearson. This job creation is part of 25 actions laid out in the strategy to be enacted over the next four years. These actions are categorised into five areas of improvement in a document published by Creative Victoria.

The first category will see actions intended to grow and strengthen a diverse workforce, including the creation of stable employment opportunities, including for First Peoples and individuals with disabilities, increased access to training hubs and accredited training programs, and overall ensuring the strength and stability of the sector moving into the future beyond 2025. The second category aims to stimulate the creation of innovative creative products and experiences. This will include enhancing the development of Victorian First Peoples creative products and experiences throughout the dedicated funding pathways across all Creative Victoria grant programs, as well as providing creative and flexible grants and funding pathways, and investing in innovative creative content of all sizes.

The third category will aim to stabilise and grow Victorias arts industry, through investing in major non-government arts organisations. This will also see extra funding provided to Victorias screen industry through VICSREEN, a dedicated sub-strategy that hopes to continue interest in the states industry on an international scale. The fourth category is geared towards establishing equitable access to the states arts industry.

This will see enhanced funding and growth of arts infrastructure, including the development of an 18,000 square metre immersive public garden and the new NGV Contemporary gallery. Additionally, Arts Centre Melbourne will receive major upgrades to the Theatres building. This will also include the growing access of educational arts-based content for schools to help ensure the strength of the industrys future.

The final category aims to develop new markets and audiences throughout the states arts sector. This will include promoting and building a market for First Peoples developed content with a biennial Art and Design fair, and increasing access to international markets through growing trade platforms such as the Australian Performing Arts Market. One of the key aspects of the four-year strategy will see all the actions regarding First Peoples cultures and arts addressed first, by taking direct guidance from Creative Victorias First Peoples Directions Circle in program implementation, ensuring industry-wide awareness training, and a commitment to employing more First Peoples at Creative Victoria.

More detail on this aspect of the strategy can be found of Creative Victorias website. Victoria is the creative state for a reason, rich with talent and cultural offerings this is all about growing a proud, resilient and world-class industry, said Pearson. This follows the NSW Governments announcement on Wednesday of a $75 million stimulus package for non-profit and commercial performing arts organisations who have lost income due to the current public health orders in Greater Sydney.

This package is intended as a lifeline for artists and organisations who have lost income from ticket sales as a result of the ongoing COVID- 19 Delta variant outbreak throughout NSW. The NSW Government is providing a remarkable shot in the arm to the performing arts and live music sector. We understand the critical role the performing arts and live music sectors play in stimulating the economy and creating jobs, said Don Harwin, NSW Minister for the Arts.

The funding is part of the $5.1 billion package announced yesterday by the NSW Government to provide much-needed financial support to businesses who are facing hardship because of the outbreak. The arts package will be delivered in two stages. Firstly as immediate support payments to organisations who have had to cancel scheduled performances during the Greater Sydney lockdown.

The second stage will see funding provided to organisations to aid them in the restaging of works once it becomes safe to do so. Stay safe vaccinate today.

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