Grants & Support Initiatives

JUMP START

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Do you have a burning idea that you are keen to explore? We’re offering once off Jump Start cash grants and access to performance and co-working spaces for innovative concepts to play and explore their ideas further.

A successful Jump Start offer will include:

  • Cash contribution: up to $1,000
  • Access to performance and rehearsal studio spaces (maximum of 38 hours)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces

This program creates a safe environment for artists to work on new ideas with the space and time to explore. Successful applicants will be encouraged to share activity on social media, and to work with Geelong Arts Centre’s marketing team to generate proactive publicity opportunities.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend a private sharing / discussion of their development with Geelong Arts Centre’s programming team.

Selection Criteria

CONNECTION

What are your/the project’s connections to Geelong? Why is this project relevant currently for Geelong audiences and communities? How does this project support your current practice and how may the project contribute to your professional career development?

INNOVATION

In your approach, be that through art form, story or concept – what innovation is being explored? What specific creative outcomes are you hoping to achieve from this exploration?

THOUGHTFULNESS

What considerations have you made for the project? How will you achieve your creative output/s? What do you need for this project to be a success? How will you support your own wellbeing and that of your collaborators?

Are you eligible?

If you work or live in Geelong and surrounding regions or you can demonstrate significant connection to the region, then YES! You are eligible.

Q. I’m not from the area, how can I demonstrate connection to the region?

A. Factors that will be considered in assessing your connection to the region (outside of living or working in Geelong) may include:

  • Are you developing a body of work here? Will your project be premiered in Geelong?
  • Do you have a robust strategy for community inclusion in your project?
  • Are you interested in partnering with other organisations in Geelong or the surrounding region to deliver workshops or events for local artists and/or community?
  • Have you previously presented work or delivered artist/community workshops in the region?
  • Can you demonstrate any previous connections or partnerships with local artists, companies or organisations?

Q. Do all project partners and performers have to be connected to Geelong?

A. No! We encourage collaboration between artists and organisations from further afield, including with national or international project partners. Please ensure your key project applicant can demonstrate clear connection to Geelong and surrounding regions. Creative Engine will accept applications from individual artists, collectives and established arts companies.

Selection Panel:

Joel McGuiness - Chief Executive Officer, Geelong Arts Centre

Penny McCabe - Senior Producer Programming & Creative Engine, Geelong Arts Centre

Emily Donoghue - Associate Producer Geelong Arts Centre

Independent Producer - TBC

If you have any questions please email creativeengine@geelongartscentre.org.au

Key Dates:

Applications Open (4 Weeks): Monday 28 June 2021, 9am

Applications Close: Sunday 25 July 2021, 5pm

Selected projects notified: Thursday 26 August 2021

Image Credit: Tom Molyneux

Creative Engine Grant Recipient: Jump Start - Writing Development