To maintain the City of Melbourne’s longstanding reputation as a centre of arts and culture, Council has an important role to play in supporting new and emerging arts and artists whilst promoting Melbourne’s world-leading creative industries.
- Melbourne artists across a diverse range of genres, cultures and backgrounds play an essential role in our City’s cultural life and Government has an important role to directly and indirectly support artists to create.
- Aboriginal artists and their work represent unique cultures and heritage and must be supported, respected and appropriately protected through Council policy and funding.
- Arts funding processes must be transparent, accountable and free from political interference and censorship.
- Melbourne’s great strengths as a city of emerging and contemporary arts should be embraced by Government.
- All residents and visitors to Melbourne should be encouraged and supported to enjoy the arts as well as participate, regardless of ability and financial means.
- Expansion of Council’s Creative Spaces program to provide more spaces in central Melbourne for artists to work and collaborate affordably.
- Establish incentives for the development of affordable residential and live/work spaces for artists in urban renewal areas.
- Ever evolving public art programs which maximise access to exciting and innovative art in the public realm.
- The development of the North Melbourne Arts House precinct as a centre of emerging, contemporary and independent arts.
- Adequate recognition and protection of Melbourne’s existing live music venues in the Planning Scheme.
- Continually review arts funding policies to ensure funding:
- is accessible to a range of artists and arts organisations of all practices and backgrounds;
- targets creative development as well as final presentation of works; and
- is free from political interference and censorship.
- Embed artists’ work into a broader range of the Council’s projects, programs and services.
- Build the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival through partnerships to become a truly sustainable and accessible premier event.
- Continue to find new ways to acknowledge and make visible the City’s Aboriginal heritage.
- Focus Council’s attention more on the international arts scene, to better understand the relationship between global cities of the arts and Melbourne’s place in the work of artists internationally.
- Promote and support Melbourne’s internationally renowned street art scene and its contribution to Melbourne’s vibrant urban culture.
- Expand Council’s Signal and ArtPlay programs to allow greater access to creative experiences for young people.
- Broaden Council’s participatory arts programs to ensure that community members across the municipality (of all ages and backgrounds) have opportunities to directly participate in community-based arts projects.
- Support Melbourne’s arts organisations to practice and operate as sustainably as possible.