Organisations Program Review
In December 2011, the Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu announced that Arts Victoria would undertake a comprehensive review of the Organisations Program and the portfolio of organisations it supports.
The Organisations Program provides some $24 million each year to small to medium arts organisations in Victoria, supporting more than 70 organisations across a range of art forms and industry services on an annual or multi-year basis.
Update: Launch of the new Organisations Investment Program
Following the Review of the Organisations funding program, and the input we received throughout the consultation phase, the new Organisations Investment Program has now been launched.
We will be holding information sessions to introduce the new Program, its funding categories and some of the important new features including eligibility and how to apply. To attend, please book for one of the information sessions here.
||Program Review Information sessions
||Sector consultation starts
||Discussion Paper released for public comment
||Discussion Paper Forum
||Call for Expressions of Interest from organisations wishing to apply to the new Organisations Program
||Expression of Interest due November 23
||Organisations advised to apply to new Organisations Program
||Funding applications due
||Notification of new Organisations Program for funding commencing January 2014
Please note this an indicative timeline only.
For three decades Arts Victoria's Organisations Program has supported the building and development of a vibrant and stable arts sector in Victoria, with the multi-year and annually funded companies making a significant contribution to Victoria's cultural life.
In 2006-07, Arts Victoria commissioned a report into Victoria's small to medium arts sector. The Small Arts Research and Evaluation Report, found that small arts organisations:
- Are significant generators of new ideas and work
- Attract and engage new and diverse audiences and participants to the arts, including disadvantaged groups
- Stimulate economic activity
- Provide significant employment opportunities for artists and arts workers
- Promote professionalism in the arts, providing training and skills development opportunities
- Make a significant contribution to cultural export and tourism
The research also identified issues relating to government funding of small organisations. It found the longstanding funding model provided little opportunity for new entities to be supported through to sustainability.
As a result of this research, Arts Victoria introduced a new competitive category of support designed to open up opportunities by providing one year of operational funding. Since its creation in 2007, this Annual Operations category has funded some 38 organisations.
The Review provides an opportunity to comprehensively evaluate the program and the current portfolio of organisations it supports. The process will also consider how to develop the program so that it can be more responsive to changes in Government priorities as well as changes in sector and audience needs.
Consideration will be given to how the program can build into its processes, effective ways of maintaining arts infrastructure whilst creating opportunities for new organisations to access multi-year funding.
The Review seeks to ensure the program continues to support diverse arts and cultural activities for the Victorian community, engage audiences, and encourage innovation and excellence in the arts; and that public support for sector is directed to its best use.