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New programs announced for Queensland artists

QUEENSLAND artists will be able to take their craft to the national and international stage thanks to a new arts funding program that has been launched by the State Government.

The Performing Arts Market Development Fund Visual Arts Market Development Fund will showcase Queensland stories and deliver new opportunities for economic outcomes and sector growth.

Investment will support independent artists and small to medium arts companies and collectives access new markets and audiences, build networks and connections and drive career sustainability with the new Visual Arts Market Development Fund and Performing Arts Market Development Funds focused on showcasing and exhibiting work nationally and internationally.

These funds will work to grow market exposure and revenue potential and enhance Queensland’s cultural reputation in the lead up to the Brisbane 2023 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Queensland curators, artists or groups of artists can access up to $60,000 through the Visual Arts Market Development Fund to showcase their work internationally or attend international markets, prioritising opportunities for First Nations visual artists, designers and curators during 2023-24.

CEO of QMusic Kris Stewart said there is an abundance of incredibly talented artists and arts companies in Queensland.

“Many of whom just need that next step to take their talents global,” he said.

“The Performing Arts Market Development Fund can be exactly that for musicians, performers, organisations, and arts managers – helping them to gain national and international exposure and build Queensland’s reputation as a global creative hub ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch said Queensland is home to exceptional visual and performing artists, musicians, curators, arts workers, arts organisations and collectives, whose work relies on building a strong support base of investors, audiences and buyers.

“The Visual Arts Market Development Fund and the Performing Arts Market Development Fund will support Queensland artists and managers to showcase our stories and storytellers to national and global audiences, while building capacity, reputation and market opportunities,” she said.

“The launch of these funding opportunities will showcase uniquely Queensland stories and share our arts and culture on a global stage and grow important profile raising and economic outcomes in a significant step forward in paving the way to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“These new funds will help deliver on the Queensland Government’s Creative Together 2020-2030 roadmap priorities to grow a strong and sustainable arts sector, elevate First Nations arts and celebrate our stories and storytellers as we transform the state through arts, culture and creativity.”

The Performing Arts Market Development Fund offers up to $80,000 towards showcasing, or attending markets interstate or internationally, or up to $2,000 to bring presenters, promoters or reviewers to Queensland performances with a specific focus on contemporary music sector, including First Nations music practitioners and managers.

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