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Funding boost for artists and creatives

MORE than 70 Tasmanian artists and creative organisations will share in more than $1.5 million in State Government funding through its arts, screen and music funds.

Among those that received funding for the first stage of the Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package was the Van Diemen’s Band.

The Van Diemen’s Band received $36,000 in funding for a new music project tilted ‘The Song of the Birds’ in collaboration with the Youth Chorale of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and screen technology manufacturer Ignite Digi.

Van Diemen’s Band founder Julia Fredersdorff said the funding was a huge boost for the group.

“It’s very hard to be creative when you don’t know the next time you’ll perform is going to be,” she said.

“We are so grateful to the State Government and Arts Minister Elise Archer for providing this important stimulus to a sector that has been hit hard by the pandemic.”

Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer said the funds would assist the state’s cultural and creative industries through the challenging times faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am delighted that we are now delivering the new funding of $1.5 million and bringing forward $2 million of previously announced funding to assist the individuals and organisations within Tasmania’s renowned cultural and creative sector,” she said.

The new $1.5 million funding package included an ‘Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund’, a ‘Tasmanian Contemporary Music Fund’ and an ‘Additional Screen Development Round’.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cultural and creative sector contributed $179 million to the Tasmanian economy, and directly employed more than 5000 Tasmanians.

“More importantly, our cultural and creative industries are a crucial facilitator of social and mental health and wellbeing for Tasmanians – an essential element both during and post the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Archer said.

“The cultural and creative industries are a vital part of our way of life in Tasmania and our Government is committed to preserving and supporting the sector so we emerge an even stronger creative state.”

Caption: From left, Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer, with Van Dieman’s Band members Julia Fredersdorff, Jennifer Owen, Martin, Penicka and William Nebwery.