Creative Australia delivers matched funding boost for creative projects

Creative Australia has announced the recipients of an innovative matched funding initiative, offered through the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF).

The latest investment of close to half a million dollars ($494,880) through the ACF Boost program will support 86 creative projects with outcomes across literature, performing arts, music, visual arts, film, and design.

The initiative provides a boost for independent artists, groups and small organisations who run fundraising campaigns through the ACF – a free platform set up for Australian artists to encourage donations to the arts.

This is the first announcement of ACF Boost outcomes since the ACF joined Creative Australia’s expanded remit under the National Cultural Policy Revive.

Director of Private Partnerships and Impact Jayne Lovelock said:

“Since its establishment in 2013, the ACF has helped to raise millions of dollars for Australian artists, allowing them to share their stories, passion, and creativity around Australia and the world. We are delighted to be able to continue to connect art lovers and supporters as part of Creative Australia.”

Among the 86 projects support, ACF Boost will support:

  • Lyric Opera of Melbourne (VIC) The Children’s Bach is a new production of the chamber opera. The Children’s Bach with music by Andrew Schultz and Libretto by Glenn Perry, is based on the novella of the same name by acclaimed Australian author, Helen Garner.
  • Rise – Commissioning and Recording WA Women Composers (WA) the Mirabilis Collective will collaborate with three West Australian women composers, commissioning bold new works, and creating recordings that expand possibilities and build a legacy.
  • ‘The Periscope Crew’ – (Soul Gestures Incorporated) (WA) ‘Everywhere’ a documentary being produced by The Periscope Crew (TPC), a film crew of young people with a disability. Funds raised with this project will help promote film at screenings in Perth and NSW, and support film distribution ‘everywhere’.
  • Vulcana Women’s Circus (QLD) Circus in a Tea Cup is a program of collaborations with survivors of domestic abuse to show true stories of recovery and triumph drawing on Vulcana’s experience of creating transformative theatre.
  • The Mill Incorporated (SA) “Space for Creativity: Evolving The Mill” This project will allow The Mill to launch a new, multipurpose space for South Australian creatives, incorporating performing arts, visual arts and meeting room facilities – in one unique venue.
  • Dawn Jackson (WA) Pointe, dancing on a knife’s edge a documentary that follows Floeur Alder as she recounts the powerful story of her healing, after a random knife attack shatters her dreams of following in her parent’s footsteps and dancing on the world stage.
  • Susan-ann Walker (VIC) Ukulele Joy – Workshop ‘Ukulele Joy’ is a one-act play with music that celebrates ageing vibrantly, friendship and the benefits of joining a Ukulele Club! It is a comedy that features six actor/musicians all over 50 that is full of laughter, music and heart.

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