The Murray Arts region has access to a variety of arts and cultural development opportunities – available to artists and not-for-profit organisations. Listed below are helpful and relevant resources to support our creative and fast-growing community. 

 

 

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Music Works - Major Funding Rounds

Creative Victoria

The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria's contemporary music artists and music industries. It provides support for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's contemporary music sector, increase employment and build cultural capital. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to the delivery of contemporary music that will build on Victoria's position as a world-famous live music capital and Australia's contemporary music hub. Applications close 28 February 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

BigCi Environmental Awards 2019

Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives 

Australian and International Artists from various fields – visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, curating – are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2019. The two winning artists will each receive (4) free weeks of BigCi residency and AUD$2,500 spending money. In addition to that, up to AUD$2,000 flight travel subsidy will be shared between the two winners. Applications close 3 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

Moran Prizes

With a prize pool of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize is an important part of Australia’s arts calendar.  The winner of the Prize receives $50,000. Finalists receive $1,000 each.  Student category prizes are awarded to both the winner and their school including:$5,000 for Year 11/12, $3,000 for Year 9/10, $2,000 for year 7/8. Primary school student finalists receive a camera. Applications close 6 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Evaluation Exchange

Creative Victoria

Evaluation Exchange is a stream of the Social Impact Program, which is an action of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy that aims to improve the lives of Victorians through creative experiences and participation, and the application of the creative services. Applications close 7 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Next Generation 2019 - New Performance Development Incubator

C.U.R.A - Centro Umbro Residenze Artistiche

Next Generation is a special program open to individual artists, companies and informal groups during which the artists will have the opportunity to begin experimenting with ideas for new performances (theatre, dance, performance, etc.) The artists will have the opportunity to work individually or in groups on their own projects, while immersed in the natural inspiring environment of the Umbria Region. Applications close 8 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Ignite Grants

Copyright Agency Limited

GNITE grants support individuals working in the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors to develop skills and progress their careers.  They support projects which provide opportunities to individuals in the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors to acquire knowledge, to undertake mentorships, internships, residencies and leadership opportunities. Applications close 8 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Engaging Audiences

Creative Victoria

The Engaging Audiences program supports cultural facilities funded through the Regional Partnerships program to extend audience engagement programming in order to deepen engagement with current audiences and support growth in new audiences. Applications close 14 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Small Regional Presenters

Creative Victoria

Small Regional Presenters provides funding for regional communities to program and present shows in their area. It also supports skills development and capacity building by encouraging presenters to develop long term plans and audience development strategies. Applications close 14 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Community Grants

Regional Arts Victoria

Up to $15,000 are available for projects that involve regional artists, have a public outcome and significantly engage the community in which the project is based. Community Grants are available in two rounds per year. Applications close 18 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

PPCA & Australia Council Recording Grants

The Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings. You can apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording. If you would like to register your interest in the PPCA-Australia Council Partnership, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications close 19 March 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Creative Koori Grants

Australia Council for the Arts

Creative Koori works to meet the directions of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy (Stage Two: Connection, Culture, Pathways) through a focus on market development, careers, government and industry partnerships. Applicants should read the strategy before applying. Applications close 1 April 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Four Year Funding for Organisations 

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council’s Four Year Funding program provides multi-year funding for arts organisations. The next round of Four Year Funding will support organisations from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024. Applications close 2 April 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019/21

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round. If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition. Applications close 2 April 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Community Presenter Touring Grant

Arts on Tour

The Community Presenter Touring Grant is an initiative of Arts on Tour. Its purpose is to extend the reach of professional productions to regional towns that do not have professional performing arts infrastructure. The Grant supports the presentation of professional NSW productions in non-professional community-run venues in regional NSW by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. Applications close 8 April 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Fellowships

The Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. Please read through the following grant guidelines. Applications close 4 June 2019.
To apply and more info.

  

Music Passport Grant

Creative Victoria

Music Passport Grants is a competitive grants category of the Music Passport program. The program seeks to support not for profit organisations to undertake international activities that increase economic opportunities for Victoria's contemporary popular music sector. To apply and more info. Applications close 27 June 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Aboriginal Arts Support (Quick Response)

Create NSW

This program supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts/cultural workers. You can apply for up to $5,000. Applications close 29 June 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

Create Grants

Copyright Agency Limited

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create. These grants are not intended to support academics with scholarly or academic works. Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors. Amount of grant: $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000. Applications close 19 August 2019.
To apply and more info.

 

  

ONGOING

 

Regional Arts NSW

Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for.

To apply and more info.

 

Create NSW 

Aboriginal Artist Support (Quick Response) 

This program supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts/cultural workers.

To apply and more info.

 

Regional Arts VIC

Quick Response Grants

Quick response grants of up to $15,000 for individuals and $3,000 for organisations are available throughout the year. 

To apply and more info.

 

Indigenous Advancement Strategy

Community Led Grants

New Community Led grants process that will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities. 

To apply and more info.

 

Grant Guru

First Call Funds

This program seeks to support schools and community groups so they can experience the huge variety of live performances, workshops and other participatory events at Arts Centre Melbourne.

To apply and more info.

 

Sturt Craft Centre

Sturt Craft Centre Artist in Residence

Sturt Craft Centre invites applications from experienced craft practitioners to the Sturt Artist-in-Residence program. Residencies occur in the craft disciplines of ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, textiles and woodwork. Four to six residencies occur at Sturt each year.

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HELPFUL RESOURCES

 

Regional Arts NSW

Regional Arts NSW is the peak body and support agency for arts and cultural development in NSW. Regional Arts NSW works together with the fourteen independent regional arts boards (including Murray Arts) to address the challenge of diversity across the state and to enrich the arts and cultural lives of those living in regional, rural and remote areas.

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Regional Arts VIC

Regional Arts Victoria is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations, and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria.

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Create NSW

Create NSW is the NSW Government’s arts and culture policy and development body.

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Creative Victoria

Creative Victoria is the state government body dedicated to championing, growing and supporting Victoria's creative industries. We invest in the ideas, talent, organisations, events and projects that make Victoria a creative state.

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Regional Arts Australia

Regional Arts Australia is the key national body representing those working with and for the arts in regional and remote Australia.

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Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the peak national arts organisation for Australia.

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The Ministry for the Arts

The Ministry for the Arts develop policies and deliver programs that encourage excellence in the arts, help to protect our cultural heritage and support public access to and participation in, arts and culture in Australia.

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NAVA

NAVA is the National Association for Visual Arts and is the national peak body for the visual and media arts, craft and design sector.

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Past Opportunities

 

NSW Artists' Grants, deadline 20 January 2018

 

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. This program is funded by Create NSW. 
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Arts and Cultural Projects

Applications close: 11 December 2017
Create NSW Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process. Up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months or up to $75,000 for projects delivered over more than 12 months. 
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Fellowships for Indigenous Writers

Applications close: 15 December 2017
The program invites both unpublished and published Indigenous writers to apply for a one-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House. Set in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Varuna. Ph: (02) 4782 5674.
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Making Culture Happen Artist-In-Residence

Expressions of Interest 
The Falls Creek Artist-In-Residence program provides an opportunity for artists, designers, academics and creative individuals or groups to take time away from their usual obligations and draw from the unique features of Victoria's pristine alpine environment. 
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