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Palaszczuk Government funds 10 new arts projects

Arts, music and cultural festivals around Queensland as well as a statewide music mentoring program for emerging female contemporary musicians are some of the latest projects to receive state government arts funding.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the latest round of Queensland Arts Showcase Program would support 10 new projects across the state with funding of $313,495.

“QASP investment is about ensuring Queensland creativity and talent can reach its maximum potential and deliver arts of all kinds to communities across the state. So far, QASP funding has helped to bring more than 230 arts and cultural projects to life since 2015,” Minister Enoch said.

“The latest round of ten projects will see arts, music and cultural festivals in Burketown, Brisbane, Emerald, Cairns, Cardwell, Emerald, Mt Tamborine, Noosaville and Wujul Wujal.

“The 2018 Big Sky Girls mentoring program follows on from the success of the inaugural 2017 program with established Queensland female songwriters providing mentoring to emerging artists in Brisbane, Cairns, Mt Isa, Roma and Longreach,” Ms Enoch said.

“The 4MBS Festival of Great Classics 2018 will deliver five months of music and theatre performed exclusively by Queensland artists to audiences in Brisbane, Mt Tamborine and Noosaville.

“Inkfest 2018, taking place in Cairns, Cardwell and Wujal Wujal, celebrates all aspects of print and printmaking offering activities for artists of all cultural backgrounds and skill levels.

“Goodidja Productions will work with the Mt Isa community to present the Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival in 2018 featuring the National Indigenous Rodeo Championships and a song and dance spectacular featuring First Nations cultural experiences.

“The Central Highlands Festival of Bands in Emerald will engage professional musicians to work with local musicians to present a community concert.”

Minister Enoch said QASP funding would support new theatre work for Brisbane’s Blue Roo Theatre Company, Brisbane Powerhouse, Museum of Brisbane and Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre’s 2018 Homegrown Independents Program.

QASP has invested a total of $7,582,536 in more than 230 arts projects since September 2015, creating quality arts experiences, cultural tourism opportunities and employment across the state.

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A list of the latest funding recipients is below.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program funding: April 2018
•    Inkmasters Cairns Inc - $36,843 for Inkfest 2018
•    Brisbane Powerhouse - $12,000 for theatre production After Life
•    Empire Theatres, Toowoomba - $8,500 for theatre production Moth by Declan Greene
•    Blue Roo Theatre Company Inc, Brisbane - $38,009 for Time to Go community engagement
•    Sugarrush Music - $47,400 for Big Sky Girls Delivery 2018 (Brisbane, Cairns, Mt Isa, Roma and Longreach)
•    Music Broadcasting Society of Queensland Limited - $60,000 for 4MBS Festival of Great Classics 2018 (Brisbane, Mt Tamborine, Noosaville)
•    Museum of Brisbane - $35,449 for theatre production A Convict’s Hope
•    Ms Dale Lorna Jacobsen, Brisbane - $5,964 for visual arts, craft and design exhibition, Sound Builders
•    Best of Brass, Emerald - $9,330 for Central Highlands Festival of Bands
•    Goodidja Productions Pty Ltd, Gregory - $60,000 for The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival.