Grants provide a $50,000 boost for local artists
  • Thursday 25 August 2016
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More than $50,000 was awarded to local artists, creative arts workers and arts organisations following Sunshine Coast Council’s endorsement of 17 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant applications at the August Ordinary Council Meeting.

This final funding round for last financial year takes the total value of grants provided to more than $208,000 in the past 12 months.

A street art project, CD production, music camp, lighting design course, textile workshop and a range of creative events are just some of the wonderful projects to receive funding in this round.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the arts scene on the Sunshine Coast was thriving.

“With the opening of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize last week, Horizon festival coming up in September and the Arts Advisory Board meeting for the first time recently, it’s a really exciting time to be involved in the arts on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The Regional Arts Development Fund is a great way for us to provide funding to local professional artists and support our creative industries.

“Locally we know how fantastic our arts and culture scene is, but thanks to these talented artists, we are also becoming a destination of choice for visitors seeking a cultural experience.”

The RADF program is open for applications all year round with assessment taking place over four funding periods during the year.

The RADF program includes five funding categories:

  • Individual development
  • Mentorships
  • Concept development
  • Major projects
  • Seed funding (three years)

To be considered in the next assessment period, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit council’s website or contact council's grants team on 5420 8616 and ask to speak with the RADF Liaison Officer.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government provided $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local governments, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members, helping to ensure that Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community.

“In 2016, RADF celebrates 25 years of partnership to promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage.

“RADF supports arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists,” she said.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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