A Bolder, Brighter Future For Our Creative State

We are working to reinvigorate Victoria’s multi-billion-dollar creative economy, with an unprecedented $288 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government in the upcoming Victorian Budget 2021/22.

Designed to secure jobs and reassert Victoria’s position as the creative state, a $167.3 million Creative State funding package will support the sector as it bounces back after a challenging year – putting creativity at the heart of Victoria’s recovery and supercharging the sector.

As well as cementing our reputation as the nation’s creative capital, this investment is expected to underpin the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs with the commissioning of new works and collaborations across the state. Victoria is proudly the live music capital of Australia.

Close to the city and within walking distance of many gig venues, Hawthorn is home to many artists. John Kennedy, the Member for Hawthorn, looks forward to seeing Hawthorn’s creatives continue to re-emerge and be supported in doing so.

Victoria’s landmark Music Works industry development initiative will be extended with $10.8 million to help our hard-hit music industry reactivate, with specific support to nurture young emerging talent and help tours get back on the road.

The Creative State funding package is in addition to the $191.5 million screen industry package and the 40,000 jobs set to be created through VICSCREEN, announced yesterday, and builds on the record $220 million delivered in last year’s Budget.

Today’s announcement takes our governments total investment in Victoria’s creative life and recovery to a record $508 million since the start of the pandemic.