Kickstart your arts career with Artstart

Artstart-1Emerging artists can kickstart their career with a grant of up to $10,000 from the Australia Council. Applications are now open for the ArtStart grant – available to recent creative arts graduates to support a career or business development strategy for their arts practice.

“The Australia Council started the ArtStart program in 2009 to provide financial assistance for young artists wanting to establish a career as a professional artist,” said Dr David Sudmalis, Director Early Career Artists and Arts and Education.

“Since the program began, the Australia Council has awarded just over 1,000 grants to emerging artists. Some of the previous recipients who have benefitted from the program include flautist Lina Andonovska, writer Demet Divaroren and visual artist Becc Orszag.”

“ArtStart funding can be used for services, resources, skills development and equipment to help establish an income-generating career in the artform they have studied. To be eligible, applicants must be committed to building a career as a professional writer, visual, hybrid or performing artist or a creative practitioner working in community arts or cultural development.”

“They also need to present a viable plan outlining their proposed ArtStart activities, demonstrate their artistic potential and display a commitment to their chosen field.”

The grant supports the professional development of recent graduates and cannot be used to fund the creation of new work or to develop one-off performances or exhibitions.

For more information and to apply, visit: www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/2014/artstart4 for details. Applications close on Monday 22 September 2014.

Image: courtesy of the Australia Council

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