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Festivals Merri-bek Development Program

In 2021, the Festivals Merri-bek Development Program will be a single commission, including up to $5,000, will go towards artist fees for a development of a compelling new participatory or live art work at the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Festivals Merri-bek will also provide support with locating suitable space for development/rehearsal, audience development support, support with accessibility and advice about technical logistics. 

We want to hear from independent artists or producers who either live, work, or will present their Fringe project within the municipality of Merri-bek with preference to those who live or work in Merri-bek. Applications are also strongly encouraged from First Nations, migrant and refugee, people with disability, women, and LGBTQIA+ artists.  


How much funding is available?

One project will be supported through a financial contribution of between $5,000 and $10,000.

What type of projects are we looking for?

We are interested in the development of new, high-quality participatory work that is bold, seeks to explore and inspire community connection.

Who can apply?

The opportunity is open to any independent (i.e. not recurrently funded) artist, group, collective or company working in any creative industries, including individual artists or curators, teams of artists and small companies.

Preference will be given to artists who live, work or practice in the municipality of Merri-bek.

In line with Council’s Human Rights Policy 2016–26, we encourage applications from local creative practitioners who are members of:

  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • Deaf community
  • Disbility community
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

If you have any questions about whether this program is right for you, we encourage you to contact us.

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