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State continues support for arts

13 May 2013

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Southbank’s arts precinct was a big winner to come out of the State Government budget last month, with more money allocated to its continual redevelopment.

The budget outlines $29 million to be spent on supporting the arts sector, much of which will be spend within Southbank.

Projects include $4 million for the Arts Centre to “ensure it remains at the forefront of performing arts in Australia.”

There is also $8.5 million allocated to the National Gallery of Victoria –  $4.5 million for its summer program and $4 million to refurbish it and the Ian Potter Centre.

There is also money allotted to the development of a blueprint for the future of the Southbank arts precinct.

The budget report said the money showed the arts were a vital component of Victoria, which the government supported.

“The Victorian arts and cultural sector fosters vibrant communities and helps build a stronger economy with expanded opportunity,” the report states.

“The Coalition Government recognises the importance of the arts sector as a major contributor to Victoria’s cultural exports, supporting artists and arts enterprises.”

Unsurprisingly, the Arts Centre was thrilled with the announcement. Chief executive Judith Isherwood said it was great to know the partnership between the centre and the Government had a strong future.

“This is welcome support from the Victorian Government as Arts Centre Melbourne shapes its ongoing programming strategy, particularly since the reopening of Hamer Hall in July 2012,” Ms Isherwood said.

“We are taking an industry leadership role to ensure a steady supply of high quality arts events and experiences to the widest possible audience,” she added.

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