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Supporting our arts

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Mount Alexander Shire Council supports the Shire’s arts, culture and creative industries through:

• The Cultural Development Officer position
• Regional, state and national advocacy
• Get Lost Quick Grants, Community Grants, Events Grants and the Phee Broadway Theatre At Home residency program
• Providing affordable venues available for hire
• Providing support and advice to our local arts, culture and creative industries

COVID-19 impacts

The nation’s arts, culture and creative industries are acknowledged by the ABS as among the most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Council is working collaboratively across our local creative workforce to bring a pipeline initiative rapidly forward called Get Lost to best underpin our region's cultural health.

COVID-19 support

Council continues to take advice on public health matters from the state and federal health departments. Visit our dedicated page for local coronavirus updates and support.

It’s also worth checking in with targeted COVID-19 information and resources, available at:

Creative Victoria
Music Victoria
Australia Council for the Arts

And do please reach out to the following services if you’re not feeling okay:

Arts Wellbeing Collective 1800 959 500

Support Act General: 1300 731 303 Wellbeing Helpline: 1800 959 500

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Get Lost in our creative culture

Council is working collaboratively with its creative community to support our collective efforts in responding to, and emerging from, the sector-wide impacts of COVID-19.

Council’s cultural development e-communications around capacity building are transitioning from Arts eNews (see below) to our new Get Lost platform. To make sure you’re involved in this transition, sign up at getlost.org.au.

Get Lost Quick grants

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to provide funding support through its rapid response, Get Lost Quick grants program.

Get Lost Quick will help deliver a wide range of new creative activities and services, with ten being each awarded a $1,000 grant.

For the list of successful recipients, please visit getlost.org.au.

Get Lost Quick Grants Program Guidelines.
Get Lost Quick Grants Program Guidelines – PDF
Auspice agreement

For more information about the Get Lost Quick program contact the Cultural Development Officer on 03 5471 1700 or email arts@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Arts E-News

This communications channel focuses on capacity building opportunities such as grants and professional development workshops targeting our local arts, culture and creative industries.

Subscribe to the Arts e-news or visit the archive to read the latest edition.

Cultural Development Officer

The Cultural Development Officer role leads and supports the development of policy, strategies and recommendations in line with the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy and the 2017-2021 Council Plan, to assist Council in making decisions about the provision of quality arts and cultural facilities and programs within the shire.

Mount Alexander Shire’s Cultural Development Officer, Vicki Anderson is based at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine, and can be contacted on (03) 5471 1700 or via email arts@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Phee Broadway Theatre AT HOME Residency Program

The Phee AT HOME program invites local artists, performers and creative organisations to explore fresh creative concepts by giving successful residents the necessary ingredients for crafting and testing a new creative work within the supportive environment of their local community.

Applications for the 2020-2021 At Home residency program are closed. Successful recipients will be announced soon.

The Phee Broadway Theatre website is available at www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

Community and Events grants

Each year Mount Alexander Shire Council allocates funding to support a range of local community-based projects and initiatives through our Community Grants and Events Grants Programs.

Venues for hire

There are a number of community venues in the Mount Alexander Shire that are available for hire to the community. These venues include the Phee Broadway Theatre, the historic Market Building along with a number of halls and garden rooms within the shire.

Learn more about Council managed venues available for hire.

Arts, culture and creative industries

Council provides direct funding support to organisations including:

Castlemaine Art Museum
Buda Historic Home
Castlemaine State Festival

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