Bendigo's Arena Theatre Company and Castlemaine State Festival are some of many organisations to share in a funding boost announced by the state government this week.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson announced more than $85 million in funding for 113 Victorian creative entities.
"Victoria is home to dynamic organisations that fuel our creative economy, provide career pathways and jobs and deliver a stunning range of creative experiences for Victorians," he said.
"From internationally acclaimed companies to grassroots collectives, social enterprises, fashion labels and festivals, we're making sure Victoria's outstanding arts practitioners have the support they need."
"This is an investment in the future of our creative industries and the thousands of jobs they support that reflects the diversity of Victoria's talent and our communities."
This funding injection will allow creative organisations to plan ahead and create the art, experiences and festivals that Victoria is famous for.
Delivering on the state government's four-year Creative State 2025 strategy, this funding opens up Creative Victoria investment to new and diverse organisations across a broader array of creative sectors than ever before.
Bringing the strategy's 'First Peoples First' principle to life, Koorie Heritage Trust, Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation, Baluk Arts and Kaiela Arts are receiving funding boosts.
A further five First Peoples-led organisations are receiving multi-year support for the first time - Joel Bray Dance Company, Na Djinang Circus, fashion label Gammin Threads, Jacob Boehme Company and The Torch Project.
Funded organisations span Victoria including Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Arts Mildura, Community Burrinja Cultural Centre in the Dandenong Ranges, Warrnambool's Find your Voice Collective, and Float Inc in Lake Tyers Beach.
Reflecting the diversity of Victoria's creative talent, other recipients include Arts Project Australia, which works with artists with intellectual disabilities; acclaimed contemporary dance in the form of the Stephanie Lake Company; Asian-Australian literary platform Liminal; and Australia's first and only Deaf Arts Festival, FLOW.
The funding, which supports organisations over either four or two years, has been provided through the new Creative Enterprises and Creative Ventures programs.
Providing further certainty is additional funding through the Sustaining Creative Organisations COVID-recovery program.
For the full list of funded organisations, visit the Creative Victoria website at creative.vic.gov.au
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