New grants program gets creative juices flowing in Lake Mac

Published on 28 February 2020

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Grants of up to $3000 are up for grabs to help nurture and grow Lake Macquarie’s thriving creative industry.

The new Lake Macquarie City Council Creative Industry Seed Grants program will provide a total $15,000 a year to emerging artists and musicians as part of its commitment to growing Lake Mac’s creative sector and supporting the creative economy

Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the grants were designed to support artistic projects and initiatives that provided opportunities for creative participation and stimulated high-quality, diverse creative activity.

“We’re urging talented applicants and emerging creatives to apply, to help them develop their own creative practice, profession or cultural pursuit,” Ms Hemsley said.

Four categories of funding are available under the program.

Emerging musician grants of up to $500 will be provided to five recipients each year, to help with development and support of emerging musicians from Lake Macquarie.

“This could be used to create or deliver original performance works, upgrade instruments, make recordings or participate in gigs,” Ms Hemsley said.

Musicians over the age of 12 are eligible for the funding.

Five $1000 grants will be awarded for projects covering art exhibitions and installations, theatre performances, literature, multimedia or film.

Ms Hemsley said Council was also offering five $500 grants for people to develop their professional creative skills through workshops, courses and other means.

“We’re also offering two $2500 grants each year for research and development into creative pursuits, whether it’s developing a script or publication, or preparing a business case for large-scale arts activities in Lake Mac,” Ms Hemsley said.

Applications close 5pm, 31 March, with funds distributed in June for projects in the 2021-22 financial year.

Information sessions on the new program will be held 5.30-6.30pm on Monday 9 March at Toronto Library, and 5.30-6.30pm on Thursday 19 March at Charlestown Library.

Go to lakemac.smartygrants.com.au for further details.