He said the funding would help the arts industry get to the other side of the pandemic and help businesses carve out a pathway to reopening.
“The creative sectors, such as live performances, were among the very first to close, and they will be among the last to return to business,” he said.
“We have all missed out on going to live shows, to festivals and exhibitions, and it’s been difficult seeing our usually bustling, buzzing theatres, galleries, museums and entertainment venues closed.”
Of the $15 million fund, $10 million will target small to medium creative organisations, arts festivals and the state’s performing arts companies and $5 million will go to individual artists.
Large events could be a long way off for Victoria which is expanding its outdoor gathering cap to 500 people at the 80 per cent double dose vaccine target expected to be reached in November. Picture: Getty Images
Grants will be delivered through the Creative Victoria website with individuals able to apply for grants of up to $5,000 and businesses able to apply for grants up to $10,000.
Creative Sector Grants
Grants up to $5,000 for creative practitioners including sole traders and freelancers
Grants up to $10,000 for creative collectives, micro-organisations and businesses
Mr Pearson said the grant program would be delivered in partnership with industry bodies to Victorians from all creative fields and would open for applications later this month.
He referred to a similar program released in 2020 which delivered around $4.7 million to almost 8,000 creative workers and pointed out support had been ongoing.
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“Throughout this pandemic, our creative sector has shown just such incredible resilience in the face of adversity. Keeping many of us inspired, entertained, despite the challenges of closures, cancellations and lost work,” Mr Pearson said.
“They have an important role to play in our social, cultural and economic recovery of our state.
“So this funding package will provide a vital lifeline, as we progress through the restricted phases of our road map to reopening and start to return to the experiences that we love.”
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Asked when bigger crowds would be allowed to gather, Mr Pearson refused to give a date but said the health advice was to open up slowly and progressively.
Victoria is expected to hit the 70 per cent double dose vaccine rate on October 26 when a range of new freedoms will be welcomed by hospitality venues.
The fully vaccinated will be given further freedoms when the state hits the 80 per cent double dose target in November with crowds to be capped at 150 indoors and 500 outdoors.

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