What is the Arts 15k Plus?

The Arts 15k Plus is a program to support the development and growth of arts and cultural experiences in Western Australia.

 

Background

The Arts 15k Plus program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.

Projects must involve artists or creatives who maintain professional arts and creative practices.

The four categories are:

  • Aboriginal Arts
  • Commercial Development
  • Creative Development
  • Sector Development

To decide which category is most suitable for you, refer to the category objectives.

 

Objectives

To be successful, your application should align to one or more of these objectives.

Aboriginal Arts

  • Promote or facilitate greater engagement of Aboriginal communities in the arts
  • Encourage the expression of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, individuality, spirituality and empowerment through the arts
  • Encourage the involvement of Aboriginal arts expertise, skills, knowledge and resources
  • Support long term skills development goals for Aboriginal artists, arts workers and communities
  • Support Aboriginal cultural maintenance
  • Deliver artistic and social outcomes for Aboriginal communities through the arts

Commercial Development

  • Support contemporary design, arts and creative businesses that are recognised as high quality to access new commercial markets, increase audience capacity and develop new networks
  • Raise the profile of contemporary design, arts and creative businesses through promotional and marketing activities
  • Support arts, cultural and creative businesses to strengthen and develop the economic and cultural growth of the WA creative industries
  • Support professional and skills development of contemporary designers, artists, arts and cultural workers at different points in the life cycle of their business to strengthen commercial viability
  • Develop commercial sustainability of creative businesses through support for increasing sales and business revenue.

Creative Development

  • Support the development of high quality, diverse creative practices, including community arts practices, including community art practices
  • Support professional and skills development of artists, arts workers, cultural workers
  • Support creative industry professionals at different points in the life cycle of their careers
  • Provide opportunities for communities to create and share their stories
  • Support international initiatives that promote both the artist and the State of Western Australia
  • Facilitate collaboration, experimentation, excellence and growth for the Western Australian arts and cultural sectors.

Sector Development

  • Build the capacity of the State’s arts, creative and cultural sector
  • Contribute to the State’s creative economy through increased employment and development of professional artists, creatives and cultural workers
  • Support identified Government priorities for the art, creative and cultural sector
  • Increase the level of international engagements and touring of high quality Western Australian art, creative and cultural organisations and/or
  • Support the development of new business models for Western Australian art, creative and cultural organisations.

 

Funding

Eligible applicants can apply for funding between $15,000 and $60,000.

This program may fund up to 80% of your activity costs. You must demonstrate at least 20% income, or your application will be ineligible.

 

Eligible Projects

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

Aboriginal Arts

  • the creation, production and/or presentation of new Aboriginal art works or events
  • the revival, reinterpretation, distribution or public presentation of existing works or events
  • participation in skills or professional development workshops and/or residencies
  • cultural maintenance activities with a clearly defined arts component such as bush trips, intergenerational skills transfer, recording of cultural stories for archival purposes and/or collection of traditional materials for construction of cultural products
  • support high-calibre, respected, nationally-recognised Aboriginal artists to undertake an intensive period of creative or professional development, similar to a fellowship
  • develop commercial sustainability through support for activities that develop strategies to increase sales and business revenue.

Commercial Development

  • opportunities to present locally, or nationally
  • collaborations between industry professionals with commercial benefits for the WA arts or creative industry sectors
  • development and creation of strategic marketing and promotional tools
  • opportunities to participate in skills or professional development
  • recording, mastering and pressing of recorded product for public consumption and retail release
  • sourcing new networks for supply and manufacturing purposes
  • a period of research and development
  • presentation of works using new approaches and methods, including collaborative projects.

Creative Development

  • the creation, production and/or public presentation of new works or events
  • opportunities to participate in a skills or professional development activity
  • revival and/or reinterpretation of existing material
  • working with communities to produce and/or present creative activities
  • support high-calibre, respected, nationally-recognised WA artists to undertake an intensive period of creative or professional development similar to a fellowship
  • a period of research and development
  • presentation of works using new approaches and methods, including collaborative projects.

Sector Development

  • collaborations between organisations in the art, creative and cultural sector
  • international and national engagements, including scoping and development
  • sector specific research projects
  • increasing Western Australian employment and attracting tourists
  • programs that support the delivery of high-quality arts to Western Australia and the rest of the world.

 

Eligible Applicants

Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply however:

  • individuals must have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • groups including unincorporated bodies, partnerships and individuals informally collaborating on an activity must be based in Australia
  • organisations must either be registered under law (e.g. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (e.g. university, school or government statutory authority)
  • WA educational institutions (kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities) cannot apply for curriculum-based arts activity. If you are in any doubt, contact us to discuss your activity
  • if you are applying on behalf of Aboriginal people you must provide evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the conception, development of and participation in the activity
  • although WA residency is not a requirement to apply for a grant, if you are applying from outside WA you will need to show the benefits to WA artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers in your application.

Sector Development category

This category is open to all eligible applicants. It is the only category open to Arts Organisation Investment Program funding recipients and Major Performing Arts organisations. This funding cannot support core activity of Arts Organisation Investment Program funding recipients and Major Performing Arts organisations.

 

Timing

Applications close 20 August 2020.

 

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