Council’s commitment to ‘supercharge’ Melbourne’s creative industries

As visits to the city increase, the City of Melbourne is turning its attention to the creative industries and looking for ways to support local artists in its recently released 2022-23 Draft Budget.

Released on May 17, the community will see to $8.7 million being invested in supporting local artists, creative spaces and major events.

“We are boosting our creative industries by investing in what matters,” said Cr Jamal Hakim, head of the City’s Creative Melbourne portfolio.

“Thousands of people are moving back to the city and we want to build on that momentum and instill confidence in our creative community.”

Announced in a city press release on May 15, the city has allocated $4.3 million to local grassroots artists, $2.4 million to public art spaces and $2 million to creative spaces.

The Creative Spaces Funding will work to secure new creative infrastructure for independent, small and medium-sized creative sector operators in spaces such as offices, rehearsal rooms and cultural production studios.

In addition, the city of Melbourne is collaborating with 35 arts organizations and the highly anticipated RISING festival is on the list.

After many delays, interruptions and three years of anticipation, RISING will finally get the chance to entertain the city with all things art, music, performance and ceremony from June 1-12.

Through 225 events, 22 assignments and 14 world premieres, 801 local and international artists will creatively inspire and transform the city.

As part of the program, a special The Wilds festival will take place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and will run through June 19.

Described as a moonlit forest of stimulation, The Wilds is the ideal space to experience what makes Melbourne a space for creatives.

“In such tumultuous times, we cannot pass up the privilege and need to collect artistic expression, dance, sing and celebrate,” said RISING co-artistic directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek.

“Melbourne is back and we are overjoyed.”

RISING festival is funded by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Visit Victoria, and as well as the City of Melbourne, the Australian Government and other sponsors and donors are also supporting its revival •

Caption: The Wilds will be attending the Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of RISING. Photo credit – Eugene Hyland.

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