News Archive

News Archive

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Bendigo State Labor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan today announced the 2017 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music will receive $45,000 from a Victorian Arts Grant.

The latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s VicArts grants will support the development of more than 30 new theatre, dance, music, visual arts and multimedia works, as well as international residencies and presentation opportunities for Victorian artists.

Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) will use the funding for presentation of their annual festival to be held in September 2017.

More than 1200 career opportunities will be created for artists and creative industries workers across the state, with the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of arts grants investing more than $1 million into the independent arts sector.

Sixty-two projects will receive funding, which will create opportunities for almost 900 of Victoria’s independent artists, and 350 professionals in technical, administrative and other support roles in creative fields.

For every one dollar invested by the government in this program, a further $2.50 is generated by the sector.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP

“The latest round of VicArts grants will provide crucial support to Victoria’s independent artists, the driving force of our creative industries.”

“Congratulations to Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, this grant will showcase the best of Victorian, national and international musicians/composers in Bendigo and build on the success of previous years.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan MP

“The Vic Arts Grants are about supporting great talent in the creative industries and giving all Victorians something they can enjoy.”


Back to news