Arts organisations share $2.7 million in City of Melbourne funding

Arts House Assembly Operation by Speak Percussion - Image by Damian StephensThirty five arts organisations will share in $2.7 million funding in the City of Melbourne’s Triennial Arts Grants Programs 2018-2020. Organisations that produce local and international projects in dance, visual art, craft, comedy, literature, circus and music will receive funding to create new works over the next three years.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC said the Triennial Arts Grants provided major cultural and economic benefits for the city. “Melbourne is a vibrant and dynamic cultural capital,” said the Lord Mayor. “The City of Melbourne is a proud supporter of our arts organisations that enliven the city with diverse events and festivals throughout the year.

“The Triennial Arts Grants also provide a boost to the local economy, with Victorians spending $5.1 billion annually on cultural activities. In a recent study conducted by the City and Melbourne and RMIT, 70 per cent of audience respondents said their main reason to visit the city that day was to attend an arts event.”

Chair of the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio Councillor Rohan Leppert said Triennial Arts Grants recipients included established and emerging arts organisations. “Melbourne is a city that loves the arts, and we are passionate about helping the arts sector to thrive,” said Councillor Leppert. “Whether it’s contemporary dance, circus or a classical music concert, the Triennial Arts Grants enables established and emerging arts organisations to create diverse and innovative projects.

“In addition to our continued support for cultural favourites such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe, Council is also pleased to support emerging groups and events such as the African Music and Cultural Festival and St Martins Youth Arts Centre.”

Organisations supported through the City of Melbourne’s Triennial Arts Grants Program include:

African Music and Cultural Festival
APHIDS Events Inc.
Arts Access Victoria
Australian Art Orchestra Ltd.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Blindside Artist Run Space Inc.
Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas
Chamber Made Opera
Circus Australia Limited
Craft Victoria
Emerging Writers’ Festival
Filmfest Limited
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
Ilbijerri Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative
KINGS Artist-Run
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.
La Mama Inc.
Liquid Architecture
Lucy Guerin Inc.
Malthouse Theatre
Melbourne Festival
Melbourne Fringe
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne Jazz Ltd.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Writers Festival Inc.
Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) Inc.
Next Wave Festival Incorporated
Polyglot Theatre
Speak Percussion Inc.
St Martins Youth Arts Centre
Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra
West Space
Wild@Heart Community Arts

Applications for the Triennial Arts Grant program were assessed by an external advisory panel before being endorsed by Council. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Assembly Operation by Speak Percussion – Image by Damian Stephens