Grant to protect arts

NEWHAM’s Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres, VAPAC, will receive $85,000 in State Government support to prepare for the future.

VAPAC was named alongside 77 Victorian arts and cultural organisations sharing in the $7.85 million funding, as part of Creative Victoria’s Strategic Investment Fund.

The grant will strengthen VAPAC’s capacity to provide industry leadership by adapting its membership service delivery model, embracing new technology and engaging specialised expertise to enable the creation and sharing of information and resources.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said the funding was aimed at protecting creative jobs, helping organisations survive the prolonged period of restrictions and supporting some of the state’s best creative companies, festivals and venues to find COVID-safe ways to welcome back audiences.

“The creative sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, and organisations like VAPAC need our support to continue their great work,” she said.

“As we move towards safely reopening, we are proud to support VAPAC to adapt to the new normal and build for a stronger future.”

VAPAC executive director Jenny Ryssenbeek said the funding would help address COVID-19 impacts.

“This funding will allow us to develop creative programs to address the substantial impact of COVID on our network, and provide support to allow venues to maintain their critical connection with our network,” she said.

For a full list of the organisations supported through stage two visit