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Lake Mac Council sows the seeds of creativity with new grant program

Are you a budding creative in the Lake Macquarie area whose artistic endeavours could use a little boost?

Well, you’re in luck because Lake Macquarie Council has announced a raft of funding opportunities under its Creative Industry Seed Grants program.

“We’re urging talented applicants and emerging creatives to apply, to help them develop their own creative practice, profession or cultural pursuit,” Council’s arts, culture, and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said.

Funding will be available across four categories including emerging musicians grants that will see up to $500 given to five recipients each year.

“This could be used to create or deliver original performance works, upgrade instruments, make recordings or participate in gigs,” Ms Hemsley said.

Further, five $1000 grants will be awarded for projects covering art exhibitions and installations, theatre performances, literature, multimedia or film.

Ms Hemsley added that Council was also offering five $500 grants for people to develop their professional creative skills through workshops, courses, and other means.

“We’re also offering two $2500 grants each year for research and development into creative pursuits, whether it’s developing a script or publication, or preparing a business case for large-scale arts activities in Lake Mac,” she said.

Information sessions on the new program will be held at Toronto Library on Monday 9 March (5.30 – 6.30pm) and Belmont Library on Thursday 19 March (5.30-6.30pm).

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 31 March, with funds distributed in June for projects in the 2021-22 financial year.

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