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Posted on: 6 May, 2014

Be quick, funding up for grabs

Livingstone Shire Council has a further $3000 up for grabs from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) and is calling on local artists to send in their application now!

Councillor Nigel Hutton, who holds the Portfolio for Youth Development and the Arts, said that more than $16,000 had already been provided to local groups and artists, and that more funds were available under the Developing Regional Skills category.

“This grant money is available for professional artists and those employed in the Arts, and living in Livingstone Shire, to enable them to participate in professional development seminars or activities, master classes, mentoring programmes and placements.

“The grants can be used for registration, travel and accommodation costs associated with these professional development opportunities.

“There’s an upper limit of $1000 for activities within Queensland and $2000 for interstate activities.

“I am strongly encouraging local artists to apply now so their application can be considered. RADF funding can provide unique and rare opportunities for applicants that are successful and you can only be successful if you apply,” Cr Hutton said.

To date, five groups have received grants from the Regional Arts Development Fund to conduct workshops in their particular art form including the Cap Coast Textile Artists, the Cooee Bay Artists, Heavens Above Mosaic Group, the Shawaza Dance Troupe and The Gallery of Fine Arts Society.

Two artists, Kym Thomas and Carol Nicholas received funding towards their professional development to attend workshops. Musician Kate Leahy received funding towards costs to seek and secure a headline act for the 2014 Village Festival Road Trip.

Applications need to be submitted at least six weeks before the activity to enable processing and must be received by Council before 26 May.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership program between the State Government’s Arts Queensland and local governments. Further information is available at www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/RADF or contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer on 4913 3857.

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