State Budget 2015-16

Monday, May 11, 2015
Kate Larsen

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Here’s what last week’s State Budget has in store for Victoria’s writers and literary organisations…

The budget included $202 million over four years to support initiatives across the creative industries (including the arts, culture, screen and design sectors).

The biggest change for writers and literary organisations is the move of Creative Victoria’s VicArts grants and Organisation Investment Program (OIP) from being recurrent to core funding. While this doesn’t bring in any new money, it should mean that this funding will be more secure in future years.

The big winner in the literary world is the State Library of Victoria, which will receive $55.4 million for a major redevelopment that will increase the library’s public spaces by 40%. The State Library will also receive an additional $1.5 million to create a cultural and knowledge centre to ensure they can reach and deliver programs for all Victorians.

Songwriters will feel the impact of $12.2 million going to Music Works over the next four years for a range of new initiatives for the State’s live music industry (including a new music grants program to be rolled out in the second half of this year).

Another $20 million will be allocated towards regional arts development over the next four years, which we hope will lead to increased support for regional author tours and literary programming alongside other artforms.

Screen and games writers will welcome the $3.5 million going to Film Victoria to support its investment, development and skills programs. And writers from diverse backgrounds may benefit from the $150,000 going to Multicultural Arts Victoria to explore development of a new cultural and creative hub in Port Melbourne.