Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell today encouraged residents of the Shepparton district with a range of skills and backgrounds to consider playing a role in the arts funding process, by nominating to be part of Arts Victoria’s Advisory Panel Register.
In addition to representatives from within the arts sector, Arts Victoria is seeking panel members with a broad range of skills that are complementary to the arts such as business, education or research, legal or community affairs.
Mrs Powell said Arts Victoria, the Victorian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, manages a range of arts funding programs.
“These programs provide support to both emerging and established artists and arts organisations across Victoria and help ensure a thriving arts community in Victoria,” Mrs Powell said.
“Being part of Arts Victoria’s Advisory Panel Register is a chance for people from across our diverse community to have a say in how arts funding is allocated.
“I encourage interested persons to apply and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent in ways that provide the best results for the community,” Mrs Powell said.
Arts Advisory Panels assist in the grants process by assessing applications and making recommendations to the Government on which should receive funding.
Indigenous people, young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and those living in regional areas are encouraged to nominate.
Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said: “Just as art can have impacts across a wide variety of sectors, including, health, education, justice and community development, it is important that these sectors also feedback to the arts.”
Arts Victoria staff use the Advisory Panel Register to recruit panel members – usually between 4-10 members at a time – to assess applications across a range of artforms.
Online applications for Arts Advisory Panel Register open today and close on Monday 17 September 2012.
For more information, or to apply, visit www.arts.vic.gov.au/panelregister