Victorian Budget 2022/23 provides $245.8m for creative industries

The Government of Victoria is supporting the state’s multi-billion dollar creative economy, supporting arts and culture destinations large and small to create more jobs and deliver the experiences Victorians love.

the Victorian Budget 2022/23 provides $245.8 million to our much-loved cultural attractions and burgeoning screen industry – investing in the workers, businesses and institutions that make them shine.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will receive $32.1 million to support its program of successful summer exhibitions, including the NGV Triennial. Since its inception in 2014, this highly anticipated series has attracted nearly 11 million visitors to must-see exhibits and special activities.

Focusing on the best of local and international contemporary art and design, the summer series offers a glimpse of what’s to come when the spectacular new NGV Contemporary – funded by the Victorian Government as part of the neighborhood’s transformation $1.7 billion Melbourne Arts Center – will open.

ACMI, Arts Center Melbourne, Geelong Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Museums Victoria, NGV and State Library Victoria will share an additional $127.4 million to support a strong recovery after two years of disruption, providing jobs for local creatives, securing our pipeline of cultural experiences and boosting our visitor economy.

This includes creative education programs for young people, commissions for local artists, initiatives for creative entrepreneurs as part of new spaces completed at ACMI and the State Library, and a range of new exhibitions. and events for audiences of all ages.

There will be a boost for Arts Center Melbourne’s popular Australian Music Vault programme, which showcases the iconic people, places and events that define the best in Australian music.

ACMI has been renewed in both its physical space at Federation Square and its extensive online offerings celebrating the moving image, and the funding will help the modern, multi-platform museum reach new audiences.

The budget confirms a historic partnership with NBCUniversal worth $54.1 million, which will bring a pipeline of ambitious, job-creating screen business to Victoria.

Premium TV series Metropolis is the first taxi in the row and will be the largest screen production ever in Victoria, employing nearly 4,000 local screen industry workers and extras and engaging 600 local businesses.

This investment also supports the installation of state-of-the-art virtual production infrastructure – the first of its kind and at scale in Australia – which will significantly strengthen our competitive advantage as a global screen destination, develop local workers and attract and will support other productions in the future. .

Small and medium organizations will get a boost with the $17.5 million Creative Infrastructure Program.

Significant work will be undertaken at Footscray Community Arts and Castlemaine Art Museum to accommodate new programming and better accommodate audiences, in addition to projects in St Kilda and Melbourne’s west and south-east.

In St Kilda, Theater Works and the National Theater will receive support for infrastructure upgrades, and the funding will support major planning work for the Dandenong Arts Quarter and a performing arts center in Tarneit North.

These initiatives are part of a pipeline of generational creative installation projects in regional and metropolitan areas – from the recently opened Gippsland Performing Arts Center in Traralgon and the Shepparton Art Museum to the ongoing Geelong Arts Center and Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation projects.

Local communities and creatives will also benefit from the $6 million Creative spaces and places program, which aims to develop affordable spaces for artists and creatives to develop and showcase their work around Victoria.

West Melbourne will host iconic events – including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, RISING and Melbourne Fringe – supported by the new $2.4 million budget See you west Fundsencouraging major events to put on shows and commission new works in the region.

The Fund will harness the creativity of West Melbourne’s diverse communities, showcasing their incredible talent and local culture.

More than $1.1 million will be invested in the First Peoples Visits and Engagement program, led by First Peoples creators, to organize creative events that celebrate First Peoples culture and creativity in regional destinations.

To further boost diversity on our screens, local filmmakers will benefit from $1.3 million to establish a new short film competition and mentorship program, under the guidance of top South Asian directors.

The Melbourne Indian Film Festival will also receive $1 million to increase the visibility and reach of the festival, while promoting Victoria as a destination for production, tourism and education.

Tourism and Live Music will receive $2.9 million to create dedicated touring routes around Victoria, bringing top Victorian acts to venues on the Surf Coast, Gippsland, Wimmera-Mallee and more.

This builds on the government’s $20 million Restarting the music industry package, which revives our beloved live music scene.

The funding will also support a Victorian music first licensing initiative to increase the use of Victorian music in government settings and generate new sources of income for local artists.

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