Community Fuel

Geelong Arts Centre's Creative Engine

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Now is the time!

Want to warm up this winter and contribute to Geelong’s thriving creative scene?

Add your financial fuel to our region’s creative fire with Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine ‘Community Fuel’!

Community Fuel invites local creatives from across the G21 region to pitch their ideas to arts-loving members of the Greater Geelong community. See the impact of the community’s collective fuel instantly, with all money raised from tickets sold awarded to the winning pitch, as well as matched funding from Geelong Arts Centre.

A $10 Community Fuel ticket gets you dinner, live entertainment, and most importantly, a coveted vote for your favourite creative idea! Gather your mates - this is grass roots, community action at its best and the kind of social enterprise that can change lives, hearts, and minds.

The night is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the artistic heart of our clever and creative region, Community Fuel will see the Geelong community come together at our Ryrie Street Level 1 Lounge support a local creative or organisation while also enjoying the best in live and local entertainment over a bowl of soup and a refreshing beverage.

You’ll hear pitches from 3-4 local creatives across a range of artforms and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

With great fun, great soup (hot, home-made and a roll), great local live musicians comes great responsibility! That’s right – it’s YOU who will have the opportunity to collectively fund your favourite project pitched on the night.

After spending the evening listening, eating, mingling, and voting on a favourite project, the final tally will be counted and the winning pitch will be announced, taking home with them the money from the door AND matched funding from Geelong Arts Centre! 100% community funded and supported by Geelong Arts Centre, with 100% of funds going straight to the artists who need it most.

The successful applicants will be announced one month prior to each event. But if you are keen to support your local creatives and join in the fun, purchase your ticket now!

Yeah, I need the fuel - Apply Now


APPLICANTS

Need the financial fuel to bring your creative ideas to life?

Whether you’re in need of a new drum kit for your band or you’re looking to pitch a feature film in Hollywood, we’re all about enabling you with the financial fuel to get there.

So, how does it work?

Step 1 – Submit your online application!

Applications must include the following details:

  • Name of person submitting the application
  • Organisation (if relevant)
  • Elevator pitch/statement of need (maximum 200 words)

Our favourite applications will be selected by the Creative Engine team and 3-4 selected projects will be notified one month prior to the pitch event.

Entries are open to community arts organisations, not-for-profits, independent artists, students, and professional or amateur artists. All styles of projects across any art form are encouraged to apply.

Submit your application below

Step 2 – Prepare your pitch

If you are selected to pitch at Community Fuel, you will need to prepare your pitch for the main event! You’ll have 3—5 minutes to dazzle the audience with your idea, so make sure you clearly define your project, what you’re looking to fund, and why. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of your pitch, facilitated by an MC.

Step 3 – The main event

A night dedicated to celebrating and supporting the artistic heart of our clever and creative region, Community Fuel will see arts-lovers from across the Greater Geelong community come together at Geelong Arts Centres Ryrie Street Level 1 Lounge to support a local creative or organisation while also enjoying the best in live and local entertainment over a bowl of soup and a refreshing beverage.

This is grass roots, community action at its best and the kind of social enterprise that can change lives, hearts, and minds. Bring your mates, your supporters, and best ideas to get votes, and then walk away with cash for your projects.

Attendees will hear pitches from 3-4 local creatives across a range of artforms and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

After spending the evening listening, eating, mingling, and voting on a favourite project, the final tally will be counted and the winning pitch will be announced, taking home with them the money from the door AND matched funding from Geelong Arts Centre! 100% community funded and supported by Geelong Arts Centre, with 100% of funds going straight to the artist.

Maths not your strong suit? Let’s break it down:

  • 50 tickets purchased at $10 each is an easy $500.
  • Plus, Geelong Arts Centre will match that amount.

That’s $1000 straight in your pocket to assist with your creative idea, and the more tickets sold, the more cash you take home.

So, make sure to invite your best mate, the drummer from your high school band, all your cousins, mum, dad and Uncle Bob to ensure ultimate bang for your buck!

Step 4 – ‘There’s so many people I need to thank…’

You won? Excellent news: no lengthy, time-consuming acquittal required.

All that we insist is that you simply come to a future Community Fuel event to talk about how your creative idea has been impacted by the funding awarded as part of our Community Fuel initiative.

APPLY NOW

Got a fuel-burning question about Community Fuel? Get in touch with the Creative Engine team by emailing creativeengine@geelongartscentre.org.au


TELL YOUR FELLOW CREATIVES!

Share this far and wide! Click below to print out all the deets, stick it on your notice boards, give it to your fellow creatives. This is your chance to fuel your creative idea with community support!