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Funding grants designed for creatives during pandemic lockdown

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CREATIVES living in the northern suburbs have an opportunity to apply for new funding grants which have been established to support the arts community during the coronavirus lockdown.

The one-off Creative Wollongong Quick Response Grants for arts and performance are valued at up to $1500.

The grants support the development of new work in any media. They’re for performances and activities that can be shared with the public now, and in the future.

The grants include a digital sharing option so artists can offer an online performance or workshop that will be shared on a Wollongong City Council platform. There is also an option to receive an additional $500 and perform at a Council event within the following 24 months.

“We have a talented and passionate arts community here and we know these creative people are doing it tough right now,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“We’re introducing this grant program as a way to acknowledge, and support, the vital contribution artists, musicians and performers make to our cultural landscape, and to assist in their creative processes.

“We all need to work together at this time to do our best to support the whole of our community. I have no doubt that there are some very creative people in Wollongong with some fantastic ideas who just need a financial leg up. These grants provide professional and emerging artists an opportunity to explore something new.’’

The first round of Creative Wollongong Quick Response Grants open on Thursday April 23 and close Wednesday April 29. Funding rounds will occur fortnightly until the funds, a total of $30,000, have been allocated.

For more information visit the Creative Wollongong Quick Response Grants page on Council’s website.


 

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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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