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Port Phillip Arts Rescue Package helps artists stay afloat

Published 22 May 2020

Port Phillip Council has announced an Arts Rescue Package to help support members of its creative community hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants, art acquisition and funding for virtual exhibitions are all part of the $180,000 pool of funds available to local artists, cultural organisations and creative businesses.

Another $80,000, to allow the St Kilda Film Festival to go online from 12 to 20 June, was previously announced.

Mayor Bernadene Voss said the Arts Rescue Package aims to complement the $16.8 million rescue package recently announced by Creative Victoria.

“Our Council has a proud history of supporting the arts and being home to some of Melbourne’s most creative and innovative artists,” Cr Voss said.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our creative industries and we hope this package provides a helping hand as they adapt their offerings to include virtual viewings,” Cr Voss said.

“Our Arts Rescue Package supports our creative community to sustain their activity and connection to our community in the short-term, while offering an opportunity to explore new digitally-enabled technologies such as online exhibitions, benefitting our community in the long-term.”

Features of the Arts Rescue Package include:

Helping local creative and cultural organisations launch online experiences through virtual reality and 360-video technology
Funding of $30,000 to purchase art for Council’s City Collection from artists who live or work locally.
Three streams of Quick Release Grants to support artists, cultural organisations and creative businesses with relief funds and recovery assistance, with specific grants for First Peoples and artists with disability.

Find out more information about the Arts Rescue Package.