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rethink, reshape, reimagine Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013–2014

Great state. Great opportunity.

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Contents

Minister’s message...................................................................... 4 Message from the Board ............................................................. 5 The arts and cultural landscape................................................... 6 Sector diversity........................................................................ 6 New frontiers – new challenges............................................... 7 Government’s role................................................................... 8 Partners in progress................................................................. 8 Arts for all Queenslanders – the strategic context..................... 9 Role of the Arts Investment Advisory Board.............................. 9 Why we invest – value and impact ............................................. 10 Valuing arts and culture ........................................................ 10 Making communities liveable................................................ 10 Contributing to the economy.................................................. 11 Growing Queensland’s reputation as a cultural hub .............. 11 What we invest in...................................................................... 13 Arts portfolio......................................................................... 13 Partnerships.......................................................................... 14 Competitive funds ................................................................ 15 What will drive investment?....................................................... 16 Principles of investment ........................................................ 16 What improvements have been made?....................................... 17 How have the funding programs changed?................................. 18 What funds are open in 2013–2014?......................................... 19 How will applications be assessed?........................................... 22 Assessment process – stages and responsibilities ................ 22 Review and evaluation .......................................................... 26 How can I apply for funding?...................................................... 27

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Minister’s message

The Arts and Cultural Investment Framework is potentially the most significant change in over a decade to the way Government invests in the arts. It presents an opportunity to collectively rethink, reshape and reimagine future investment in arts and culture in Queensland. The Government is committed to working with the arts community to implement this change and revitalise the way the arts and cultural sector, government and business work with each other and the wider community to get things done. Delivering a new arts investment model for Queensland that is simpler, more transparent and cuts red tape is the first critical step towards delivering the Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders strategy. This framework reduces the number of funding categories while setting out clear principles to achieve artistic, social, cultural and economic returns on Government investment. It allows the public to clearly see the value and outcomes of arts funding. This work is being guided by the newly appointed Arts Investment Advisory Board and will introduce a greater focus on partnerships, entrepreneurship, commercialisation, new markets and innovative business models. Government return on investment in the arts is measured not simply by how funded artists and organisations use the endorsement of government investment to attract additional revenue and in-kind support from other partners, sponsors and philanthropists. The return is also measured by the positive impact of Queenslanders participating in arts and cultural experiences – through their own arts practice, as

audiences, consumers and volunteers. The new investment framework seeks to maximise this return. The Arts for all Queenslanders strategy will be developed following consultations across the state and will set directions and priorities for arts and culture in Queensland. The Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013-2014 is the first iteration of a new funding model. Its purpose is to guide the transition from the current arts funding model to the new streamlined approach. This framework will be reviewed and may be modified to align with the finalised Arts for all Queenslanders strategy. Accomplishing this will be a significant challenge that requires strong leadership, energy and vision, both from within Government and by the arts, cultural and business sectors. Let’s work together to achieve this for the arts and for all Queenslanders.

Ian Walker MP Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts

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Message from the Board

The Arts Investment Advisory Board is committed to realising the ambitious, bold and imaginative ideas of Queensland artists, arts and cultural organisations, and communities. It is an exciting time for the arts in Queensland, and all members of the Board are looking forward to fostering new approaches to investment in arts and culture in Queensland. We will work with business, industry, communities, Queenslanders, and the arts and cultural sector to explore innovative partnerships, new business models and investment strategies. The development of the Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013–2014 is an important transitional step to achieving these goals. It recognises that Queensland artists and arts and cultural organisations are already innovating in this space and using government funding to leverage other revenue sources. Working together with the arts and cultural sector and the wider community, the Board will seek to maximise this revenue. Our ambition is to create investment opportunities that grow audiences and markets across Queensland, Australia and internationally — to develop new work that captures and expresses the creative and enterprising spirit and stories of our state. In response to dynamic and changing times, the Board will provide advice to the Minister on investment strategies that are evidence-based, reward innovation and creativity, build the capability of the sector, and deliver the greatest impact and benefits to Queensland communities.

Mark Fenton Chair, Arts Investment Advisory Board

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The arts and cultural landscape

Sector diversity Queensland’s arts and cultural landscape represents a wide diversity of artists and arts organisations, many with reputations at the forefront of international arts practice — from flagship companies and institutions, to the small and medium organisations that act as incubators for homegrown talent and artistic experimentation, through to individual artists across all art forms. The art form areas that contribute to Queensland’s cultural diversity include dance, music, theatre, writing, visual arts, craft, design, festivals, community arts and cultural development, and the collections sector — libraries, museums and galleries. Arts and cultural activity takes place across Australia’s most decentralised state, from the most remote communities to our provincial towns and cities and in metropolitan Brisbane. Queensland is also unique in being home to two Indigenous cultures — the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This diversity is central to developing Queensland’s unique cultural identity, and realising the potential of our arts and cultural sector and its place in the nation’s cultural fabric.

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New frontiers – new challenges The 21st century has created both new challenges and new opportunities for Queensland artists and arts and cultural organisations. The digital age brings with it the challenge of reaching audiences who have grown up immersed in a pervasive digital world. The challenge also extends to mastering new forms of communication and distribution, and developing technological knowledge and infrastructure. The digital revolution presents untapped opportunities to bring Queensland arts and culture to a global audience. Nowhere is this potential greater than for individual artists and small to medium organisations, where innovative application of technology can bring a more competitive and level playing field and open up export markets. Queensland arts and culture has a growing reputation on the national and international stage. Maintaining this momentum requires an aspirational spirit, and high expectations within the arts and cultural sector and among audiences and the wider community. Government investment will focus on arts and cultural activities, projects and organisations that have the greatest impact and potential now and for the future.

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Already Queensland artists and organisations are creating locally and exporting globally. Successful companies often adopt hybrid business models using for-profit activities to cross-subsidise noncommercial community and cultural outcomes, or commercialise their intellectual and creative property to provide new cashflows. Individuals and companies are exploring new financial models, including social investment financing to build asset bases, and a more professional approach to philanthropic giving and corporate sponsorship is also paying dividends. The Arts and Cultural Investment Framework is an opportunity to explore new, flexible ways for government to invest in arts and culture, and work energetically and strategically in collaboration with the sector to make sure Queensland is positioned for the future.

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Government’s role

Partners in progress

Government will continue to play a vital role in fostering a community of arts, and in growing the arts and cultural sector that contributes to the cultural life of all Queenslanders. It will support innovation both in arts practice and the business models needed to support that practice. To achieve this, government investment will be strategically targeted, and maximise the artistic, cultural, social and economic returns on that investment.

Equally critical to investment are strategic partnerships that support the arts and cultural sector’s work. These include partnerships with the Australian and local governments, industry and academia. In recent years, these government-brokered partnerships have typically leveraged around $20 million annually, while the sector attracts more than $12 million annually through direct corporate sponsorships and federal and local government funding.

As a principal investor in arts and culture, in 2012–2013, the government invested in: • arts and cultural statutory bodies and government-owned arts companies • Queensland’s major performing arts companies, including Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Theatre Company • small to medium arts organisations across the state • partnerships, festivals, projects, independent artists, venues, producers, professional and career development, and support services. Arts Queensland owns and manages a portfolio of Queensland Government assets with a replacement value exceeding $1 billion. Arts Queensland has led the development of a Cultural Precinct Strategy, in partnership with the Arts Statutory Bodies and other stakeholders, which will capitalise on the unique concentration of these assets in Brisbane’s South Bank to boost cultural tourism and maximise the return to Queenslanders on this investment. The Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013–2014 is the beginning of a journey for the Queensland government to re-invigorate and renew its approach, and for the arts and cultural industry to work with government and business to create new investment and business models.

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Through the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy and reforms to arts investment programs, the government aims to encourage a more entrepreneurial approach by arts organisations, and closer relationships with the business community that will boost the level of funding from nongovernment sources. At the same time, Arts Queensland will work closely with the Australia Council to address the imbalance in Australian Government funding that sees Queensland attract around 10 per cent of the funding distributed to state and territory governments, despite comprising 20 per cent of the national population. A key to turning the situation around is to increase the number of Queensland applications. Success in achieving funding equity for Queensland could release up to $15 million for arts and cultural investment.


Arts for all Queenslanders – the strategic context

The Board will provide the Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts with expert advice in relation to arts and cultural policy and investment in Queensland. Under its terms of reference, the Board members will:

During 2013, all Queenslanders are invited to participate in the development of the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy. The strategy will form the blueprint for investment in arts and culture, and will identify priorities and actions to achieve two key aims — grow the arts sector and foster a community of arts. The strategy will be developed in three stages:

• provide expert strategic policy advice to the Minister on arts priorities to enable the Arts for all Queenslanders policy framework and associated government commitments to be implemented

Following the development of the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy, this investment framework will be reviewed to ensure it continues to align with directions and priorities of the arts and cultural sector.

Role of the Arts Investment Advisory Board The Arts Investment Advisory Board (AIAB) is a key part of the government’s strategy to reform arts investment, promote innovation, and drive renewal and reinvigoration of the arts and cultural sector. The Board comprises a Chair and up to 11 members drawn from the arts, business and the wider community, appointed by the Minister. It brings together a wealth of private and public sector experience across the arts, business and notfor-profit sectors.

• provide advice to the Minister on arts grant categories, eligibility requirements, application and assessment processes, and potential efficiencies to existing funding and grant administration arrangements • provide advice to the Minister on the development and implementation of an arts and cultural investment framework to achieve artistic, social, cultural and economic return on government investment • make recommendations to the Minister based on expert advice and assessment on allocation of grant funding to artists, arts and cultural organisations, and projects • make recommendations to the Minister on strategic directions for arts policy and strategy • any other functions as directed by the Minister.

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Why we invest – value and impact

Valuing arts and culture Arts and culture are an integral part of Queenslanders’ daily lives. The 2011 More than bums on seats: Queenslanders and the arts report found 94 per cent of Queenslanders aged 15 years and older participated in the arts by making something themselves or attending a live event, exhibition or reading. This level of participation is equivalent to participation rates nationally, and directly contradicts negative perceptions of the place of arts and culture in Queensland. More than seven in ten Queenslanders believe that investment by both local and state government is needed to ensure that arts and cultural activities are available to all Queenslanders. Eight in ten agree that a vibrant arts and cultural sector is very valuable to Queensland. When families, friends or communities come together across the state at concerts, performances, galleries, museums and public festivals and ceremonies, they help shape and reflect our cultural diversity, identity and heritage. Queenslanders unequivocally value the arts.

Making communities liveable Arts and culture transform communities, and help to position them as attractive places to live, work and invest. A vibrant arts and cultural scene is critical to attracting major businesses to Queensland cities and regions, and has a multiplier effect on the state’s economy, contributing significantly beyond the direct investment in the sector. As Queensland and our regions grow, arts and culture make valuable contributions to the wellbeing and resilience of individuals and communities; to solutions for social issues, including preventative health, mental illness, and rehabilitating young offenders; and to social cohesion, cultural identity and heritage.

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Contributing to the economy The Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders policy highlights the role that the arts play in Queensland’s cultural and economic development. The government has identified tourism as one of the four pillars of Queensland’s economy, with cultural tourism as a significant niche market contributor. Cultural tourists are a lucrative market, and tend to become invaluable word-of-mouth ambassadors for their destinations. The arts and creative industries include music and performing arts; film, writing, publishing and print media; television and radio; advertising and marketing; software development and interactive content; and architecture, design and visual arts. They are a part of the emerging services economy in Australia, which is radically transforming the national workforce with an average growth rate (over the 10 years to 2008–09) faster than the broader economy. It now employs 438 000 Australians, or 4.8 per cent of the total workforce.

Growing Queensland’s reputation as a cultural hub Queensland’s reputation as a cultural destination requires a resilient and innovative arts and cultural sector that delivers original, imaginative and ambitious events and experiences. To achieve this, we need skilled, experienced and connected technical, administrative and artistic staff working with and for enterprising arts organisations and collectives. Uniquely Queensland stories and voices will combine with the best the world has to offer to present works within Queensland — in regions and cities — and to national and international audiences and markets. Entrepreneurial and innovative business and investment models will see the impact and outcomes measured not only in financial, social and cultural terms, but in the shared pride and prosperity of the whole of Queensland.

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Fast facts • The arts and creative industries contributed $31.1 billion1 to GDP in 2008–09. • Ninety-five per cent of Queenslanders2 believe that people can enjoy both arts and sport. • Australians love both sport and the arts3: - more than a third of children aged 5–14 (35 per cent) participated in an organised cultural activity outside of school, compared to 18 per cent who participated in swimming or diving, and 14 per cent who played soccer. • In 2011–12, there were more than 4.8 million visitors to the Cultural Precinct on Brisbane’s South Bank. • The government invested $116 million in operational funding in 2011–12 in the Cultural Precinct’s four arts statutory bodies. • Through Arts Queensland, the government invested $7.7 million in operational funding and a further $1.2 million in project funding in Queensland’s small to medium arts organisations. • International cultural tourists spend 70 per cent4 more and stay twice as long. • International cultural tourists are more likely to visit regional centres (48 per cent vs 30 per cent5).

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CIE Report 2009, p.3. Supplemented with internal, unpublished CIE data from 2008–09. More than bums on seats: Queenslanders and the arts, Arts Queensland, May 2011.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (4901.0 - Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, April 2012). 4,5 Centre for International Economics 2009, Creative Industries Economic Analysis (CIE Report).

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What we invest in

The Queensland Government invests in the arts ultimately for the benefits they bring to all Queensland communities, including their impact on lifestyle and liveability and their economic contribution. The government’s investment in arts and culture includes three funding streams: the arts portfolio, partnerships and competitive funds.

Arts portfolio Funding is provided to arts statutory bodies, arts organisations, and institutions that form an essential part of the state’s arts and cultural infrastructure. Currently they comprise: Arts statutory bodies • Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art • Queensland Museum • Queensland Performing Arts Centre • State Library of Queensland • Queensland Theatre Company Government-owned companies • Major Brisbane Festivals Pty Ltd • Queensland Music Festival Pty Ltd • Screen Queensland Pty Ltd • Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts Pty Ltd Decisions on the allocation of funding for governmentowned organisations are undertaken through the government’s budget process and approved by the Minister. Transparency of public funds is provided through the public State Budget process, parliamentary estimates committees, and the tabling of annual reports of funded bodies in Parliament. The Minister may ask the Arts Investment Advisory Board for strategic advice or to review these funding arrangements, roles and outcomes from time to time.

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Partnerships

Current partnership programs include:

Partnership funding arrangements are generally negotiated directly between governments, or between government and industry. Government-togovernment funding partnerships can involve other jurisdictions and be part of national funding agreements.

• Major performing arts companies (Queensland and Australian governments)

Partnership arrangements are subject to legal or contractual arrangements, and may be subject to State Procurement Policy, depending on the nature of the program. Arts Queensland is responsible for monitoring and reviewing partnership outcomes. Partnership arrangements are reported in the annual report of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and tabled in Parliament.

• Regional Arts Development Fund (Queensland and local governments)

- Opera Queensland - Queensland Ballet - Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Queensland Theatre Company

• Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (Queensland and local governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils and incorporated community organisations) • Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (Queensland and Australian governments) • Artist in Residence Program (Queensland and Australian governments) • Creative Partnerships Australia – Queensland services (Queensland and Australian governments) • Backing Indigenous Arts (Queensland and Australian governments, and local Indigenous communities) • Creative Sparks (Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council) • Cultural Places (Queensland and Australian governments and Rockhampton Regional Council). The AIAB will provide strategic advice, drawing on the Board’s business and community expertise and networks, to facilitate and develop future partnerships.

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Competitive funds Competitive funds provide artists and arts and cultural organisations with an opportunity to apply for government funding to support and develop their arts practice. Competitive funds have been previously targeted to a range of different purposes, including support for small to medium arts organisations, career development for individual artists, development of new work, and arts and cultural infrastructure. However, the number of competitive grants programs has grown over time, leading to multiple programs with different selection criteria, potential confusion for applicants, and administrative complexity. This has also caused funding to become fragmented and ‘siloed’, reducing the flexibility for government to target arts and cultural investment to where the best outcomes for Queenslanders can be achieved.

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What will drive investment?

Principles of investment The following principles underpin the Arts and Cultural Investment Framework. Taken together, these principles aim to create a viable, resilient and innovative arts and cultural sector, delivering great outcomes for all Queenslanders, and positioning Queensland arts, culture and artists on the national and global stages. 1. Artistic and cultural quality Target government investment to programs that have the greatest artistic and cultural impact — powerful artistic outcomes that have an inspirational and transformative impact on Queenslanders wherever they live, and for national and international audiences. 2. Balanced portfolio Balance government investment to support a diversity of art form areas, geographic regions, large and small organisations, independent artists and producers. 3. Return driven Deliver a clear return on government investment, demonstrated through artistic, cultural, social or economic outcomes. Artists, projects, programs and organisations that are successful in receiving funding will partner and co-invest with government, match government investment with revenue from other sources, and generate income and in-kind support from other partners. 4. Vitality and innovation Support a dynamic and aspirational arts and cultural sector, foster entrepreneurial and commercial approaches, and create new partnerships between the arts, community and business.

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What improvements have been made?

The framework will streamline the government’s arts and cultural investment to improve accessibility, reduce red tape for applicants, and simplify investment programs and administration. Streamlined funding programs The new Arts and Cultural Investment Framework introduces six new, more flexible programs with less restrictive selection criteria that will open up new funding options for artists and arts organisations. Focus on ideas and outcomes The focus of the new framework will be on identifying great ideas and quality outcomes, rather than complex eligibility requirements. This shift in focus will result in a greater diversity of organisations and individuals seeking investment for innovative concepts and arts practice.

Easier funding applications The application process for funding will be simpler and more user-friendly through fewer application forms that use plain English. Single point of contact The appointment of a Grants Support Officer in Arts Queensland offers a one-stop shop for information and advice for applicants. More accessible The framework will consider ways to improve accessibility and remove disadvantage in the application process. Alternative forms of application for Indigenous artists from remote communities, artists with a disability, or artists for whom English is a second language may include providing information by video or in person as part of the application process. New systems and technology Arts Queensland is working towards introducing new technologies that will make the processing of applications more efficient, and is exploring options for applicants to submit applications, monitor progress of the approval process and acquit funding online. Efficient and effective administration A reduced number of investment programs, coupled with improved systems, will also reduce administrative workload, meaning applications can be processed more quickly and efficiently with more timely and responsive outcomes for applicants.

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How have the funding programs changed?

The focus in 2013–2014 is on transitioning to a new, streamlined model and improving the transparency, efficiency and accessibility of assessment processes. For 2013–2014, competitive funds are open to Queenslandbased artists and organisations delivering arts and cultural outcomes. Funding approved for individuals, projects, programs and organisations will be published online to ensure transparency, while funded applicants are required to provide an acquittal report on the outcomes of their work, expenditure and income. Case studies will be drawn from these reports to be published online to inform better arts and cultural practice. The Arts Investment Advisory Board will review and make recommendations to the Minister on the operation of Arts Queensland’s six competitive funds and any further changes to the Arts and Cultural Investment Framework.

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What funds are open in 2013–2014?

2. Projects and Programs Fund

Under the Arts and Cultural Investment Framework, funding will be provided through six streamlined competitive funds.

Focus: For projects or programs of activities by an individual, organisation or collective

Two of these programs, the Super Star Fund and Playing Queensland Fund, have already been announced, while existing competitive grants are to be incorporated into the following four new funds:

Objectives: • Vibrant arts and cultural experiences for Queenslanders by investing in:

1. Organisations Fund (opening June 2013) 2. Projects and Programs Fund (opening June 2013) 3. Individuals Fund (opening June 2013)

- performances and exhibitions

4. Innovation Fund (opening date to be confirmed).

- services to artists and cultural workers, and communities

1. Organisations Fund

- new works that extend artists and art forms

Focus: For outstanding arts and cultural organisations Objectives: • A vibrant network of organisations recognised as leaders in their field • Increased audiences and engagement within Queensland and Australia, or internationally • Leadership and development of art form area/s, independent artists, cultural workers and companies • Models of strong management and governance, successful and innovative business strategies Frequency: Triennial funding 2014–2016 by calendar year Funding: More than $70 000 per annum Assessment criteria: Details of the assessment criteria and guidelines for applicants, together with application forms, are available on the Arts Queensland website at www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding

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- community arts and cultural development - enhanced cultural infrastructure - increased skills and opportunities for Indigenous artists - new markets for Queensland arts and cultural products Frequency: Two rounds each year Funding: Up to $60 000 per project or program Assessment criteria: Details of the assessment criteria and guidelines for applicants, together with application forms, are available on the Arts Queensland website at www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding

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3. Individuals Fund

4. Innovation Fund

Focus: For individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities

The Innovation Fund is designed to play a transformative and catalytic role in the arts and cultural life of Queensland. It will target inspiring and transformative ideas, programs and practices. These may emerge through applications to the other competitive funds; be unique stand-alone proposals for innovation and growth from individual organisations; or include strategic initiatives that drive and support innovation and capacity building across the arts and cultural sector and within art form areas.

Objectives: • Reward and recognition for outstanding individual artists and cultural workers • Fast-track development of talent and leadership • New markets and new audiences for new work • Outstanding opportunities to grow skills and industry networks

The fund will be flexible and responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges. It will encourage new business and partnership models — including alliances, mergers and sharing of expertise and resources — to ensure the future viability and vitality of independent artists and cultural workers, organisations, art form areas and the sector.

Frequency: Four rounds each year

Focus: For individuals and organisations to support innovation, commercial and digital opportunities, market development and industry capability

Funding: Up to $10 000

Objectives:

Assessment criteria: Details of the assessment criteria and guidelines for applicants, together with application forms, are available on the Arts Queensland website at www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding

• Develop new work in Queensland • Extend the quality and impact of arts and cultural productions, services and experiences • Pilot innovative business models • Generate and diversify revenue streams • Build entrepreneurial capabilities and commercial opportunities • Extend markets and audiences • Research and industry development Funding: TBC pending guidelines Assessment criteria: Guidelines for the fund will be published in 2014 following research, consultation and the release of the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy in December 2013. Information for applicants will be made available on the Arts Queensland website at www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding

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5. Super Star Fund

6. Playing Queensland Fund

Objectives:

Objectives:

• The development of work that features internationally renowned artists

• Increase the number of touring arts productions

• Performances that will be exclusive to Queensland • The cultivation of local talent and building of local capacity • Outcomes that enhance Queensland’s reputation as an innovative and attractive arts and cultural destination • Work that attracts national and international audiences

• Extend the reach of the touring program • Double the touring arts experiences in regional communities • Support the major state companies in their goal of touring regularly to regional Queensland Funding: Annually $2.65 million is available in the fund. There is no upper limit on funding sought by applicants Assessment criteria: Details of the assessment criteria and guidelines for applicants, together with application forms, are available on the Arts Queensland website at www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding

Funding: Projects up to $300 000; however, exceptional proposals may attract a larger investment Assessment criteria: Details of the assessment criteria and guidelines for applicants, together with application forms, are available on the Arts Queensland website at www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding

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How will applications be assessed?

Assessment process – stages and responsibilities The assessment process has four stages:

The Arts Investment Advisory Board will monitor and review the implementation and impact of assessment processes and provide advice to the Minister. Responsibilities for each stage of the assessment process

1. eligibility

Stage Description

2. assessment — rating against criteria, comparative ranking, moderation

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Eligibility check

Arts Queensland staff

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Assessment

Arts Assessment Panel or Arts Investment Advisory Board working with peers and industry experts

Eligible applications are assessed against criteria, ranked comparatively and moderated according to available funding, investment in art forms, geographic regions, and target groups to make final recommendations.

3. review of recommendations 4. approval. Assessment for the Super Star Fund and Playing Queensland Fund will continue using published processes. The role of Arts Queensland in assessment is focused on eligibility checks, support and advice for applicants and assessors, and administration processes, including contracting and reporting. Assessment by peers and industry experts with the necessary experience and expertise to make informed judgments is an important part of this process.

3

Review of recommendations

4

Approval by Minister or delegate

An Arts Assessment Panel will be formed with membership that reflects the diversity of the arts and cultural sector. A public call for expressions of interest will be made to create a register of peers and industry experts to assist in the assessment process and support the deliberations of the panel and the Arts Investment Advisory Board.

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Arts Investment Advisory Board and/ or departmental Senior Executive Officers


Assessment process flowchart –

Organisations Fund, Projects and Programs Fund

ARTS INDUSTRY EXPERTS/PEERS Step 1 Read and Rank A team of peers/industry experts for each art form read and rank applications and meet to moderate and collectively agree on ranking for each art form area. ARTS ASSESSMENT PANEL (AAP) Step 2 Rank – Moderation The AAP moderates recommendations from Art Form Meetings and considers: balance across art forms, geographic regions, large and small organisations, independent artists and producers and critical roles in Queensland arts ecology. ARTS INVESTMENT ADVISORY BOARD (AIAB) Step 3 Review AIAB reviews AAP recommendations in conjunction with Arts Queensland’s Senior Executive Officers and makes recommendations to the Minister. MINISTER Step 4 Approval of funding Minister approves.

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Assessment process flowchart – Individuals Fund

ARTS ASSESSMENT PANEL (AAP) Step 1 – Read, rank and moderate The AAP reads, ranks and moderates applications and considers: balance across art forms, geographic regions, type of practitioner (from large or small organisation, independent artist, producer etc.) and critical role in Queensland arts ecology. ARTS INVESTMENT ADVISORY BOARD (AIAB) Step 2 Review AIAB reviews AAP recommendations in conjunction with Arts Queensland’s Senior Executive Officers and makes recommendations to Minister. MINISTER Step 3 Approval of funding Minister approves.

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Efficiency and effectiveness Investment levels range from $500 to over $500 000, with programs ranging from one-off activities to triennial funding for organisations, and can have multiple closing dates or no closing date (rolling). Rolling programs can respond quickly to emerging opportunities, but minimise comparison between applications, and can exhaust the available budget early in a financial year. To be efficient and effective, assessment processes will be appropriate to the: • purpose of the program • number of applications • available funding • scale and duration of the investment • specific requirements of programs with fixed closing dates and rolling programs which have no closing dates • frequency of rounds for programs with fixed closing dates • availability of assessors.

Transparency, fairness and accountability To ensure transparency and fairness, assessment processes will: • state eligibility requirements • have explicit selection criteria • be undertaken by assessors with the experience and expertise to make informed judgments • manage perceived or actual conflicts of interest • include approval and review processes by parties not directly involved in the assessment of applications • have the capacity to provide feedback to applicants. Balanced portfolio To achieve a balanced investment portfolio, there will be moderation of assessment outcomes, taking into account available funding, and the level of investment in art forms, geographic regions, and target groups in order to make final recommendations. Review of assessment processes The Arts Investment Advisory Board will monitor, review and provide advice to the Minister on the implementation and outcomes of assessment processes, including streamlining of guidelines, application forms and reporting processes. Where assessment outcomes indicate significant gaps, opportunity costs or strengths in the investment portfolio, the Arts Investment Advisory Board will advise the Minister on priority areas for investment, changes to guidelines or development strategies.

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Review and evaluation The Arts and Cultural Investment Framework will continue to evolve and be responsive to the Queensland Government’s arts and cultural priorities and strategic directions, as well as the needs of Queensland’s artists and arts organisations. The Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013–2014 will be reviewed following further consultation with key stakeholders and the release of the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy. The Arts Investment Advisory Board will advise the Minister on the impact of funding programs and the public value of arts and cultural programs and activities. Arts Queensland will support this process by preparing reports to the Board on: • assessment of the outcomes for each funding program • analysis of trends, including levels of investment in art form areas, geographic areas and demographic groups (e.g. children and young people) • success rates and the quality of applications • timeliness and efficiency of grants administration processes • levels and sources of revenue and investment other than by the Queensland Government • audience and community participation and engagement rates • benchmarking against other jurisdictions and countries • artistic, cultural, social, and economic outcomes • applicant satisfaction with funding administration processes and implementation of the framework. Peers, industry experts and assessment panel members will co-convene with the Board once a year to share their observations and experiences of the operation of the framework, and discuss emerging issues for Queensland’s arts and cultural sector.

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This considered analysis will allow the Board to advise the Minister on critical areas including: • emerging investment strategies and opportunities • recommended changes in priorities and processes • adjustments to the framework in response to the development of the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy • opportunities, risks and gaps in Queensland’s arts and cultural sector • research and evaluation required to inform future iterations of the framework.


How can I apply for funding?

Guidelines and application forms are available on Arts Queensland’s website at: www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding The Grants Support Officer is available to offer advice and information to all applicants. To take advantage of this service email linda.dreghorn@arts.qld. gov.au or call 07 3034 4077.

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