Ideas and skills for the future


Residents in Sunbury and Macedon Ranges will soon be able to benefit from a boost to the state’s creative industries sector, spanning from children’s literacy and digital media skills to courses for teens to mentorships and artist residencies.

Creative Industries acting minister Natalie Hutchins announced the two-year grants on January 9 for small creative organisations through the latest recipients of the Creative Ventures Program.

“We are backing small businesses and collectives that are the engine room of our creative industries,” Ms Hutchins said.

“Across our suburbs and regions, we are helping build careers of Victorian artists and creative workers, [and] platform new and diverse voices.

“[To] bring original new work to the stage, and provide young people with vital skills and career pathways.”

More than $2 million will support 11 creative ventures including small organisations, micro businesses and creative collectives to deliver important programs and create innovative works over the next two years.

A recipient includes the social enterprise, 100 Story Building, that boosts creativity and literacy for children and young people.

It will facilitate new writing and publishing programs for young writers at their new centre in Footscray.