Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Fraser Coast Regional Council. Lauren Smit

What $130,000 will do for the Fraser Coast's art scene

FRASER Coast art groups are in the windfall of a $130,000 investment from the Fraser Coast Regional Council and State Government.

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The funds will go towards a number of initiatives, including:

  • Street Life ($40,000) - An arts initiative for the curation of arts and cultural experiences and performances in public spaces at signature regional festivals;
  • Arts Commercialisation ($10,000) - A training and mentoring program for regional artists to make a viable income from their art;
  • Fraser Coast Live ($10,000) - A performance development program to support young and emerging regional musicians and entertainers with mentoring, promotion and live paid performance opportunities;
  • Fraser Coast Scene ($10,000) - Promotion of arts and cultural achievements and activities to the community and visitors via a quarterly publication and social media campaign, and;
  • Exhibition Program ($30,000) - Hervey Bay Regional Gallery touring exhibition program.
  • Open Round $15,000 - One-off funding for new projects and initiatives up to $3000.
  • Workshops and Professional Development $15,000 - One-off funding for individual professional development or workshops and master classes up to $3,000.

The council has also appointed a committee to oversee the funding, which includes councillor David Lewis, Barbara Hovard, Kelli Mc Gregor, Leon Nehow, Ken Brooks and Liz Clout.

Cr Lewis said that the 2016/17 program was very successful, with 55 funded activities providing employment for 63 artists and the direct participation of more than 2,100 people in workshops and events.