Virtual entertainment and resources while you stay in – ABC News

With venues closed and while we’re all staying in and isolating – we’ve put together a list of free resources and activities that our various arts and cultural organisations are doing to continue to engage and connect with their audiences and communities. Including resources from across Regional Victoria.

ABC Education

The ABC Education website features a huge selection of curriculum-linked resources for primary and secondary students.

ACMI Virtual Cinémathèque

A weekly movie night from the comfort of your own home.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Together with you#ACMwithyou

A series of free performance broadcasts, family activities, interviews, podcasts and long-form articles. Featuring never-before-seen items from the Australian Performing Arts Collection and Australian Music Vault, virtual workshops, new commissions and documentaries, alongside some of our favourite performances.

Bendigo Venues & Events – from the Stage to the Sofa

Each week Creative Communities will feature a new program of online exhibitions, ‘What I did last week’ showing a variety of artistic expression of local artist, in the City of Greater Bendigo. Plus every night (Wed-Sun) at the same time, we present Play At Home, where local artists premiere short performance videos “live” to Bendigo Venue and Events Facebook Page.

Islamic Museum of Australia

In the lead up to Ramadan, the IMA continues to shares tips, inspiration and recipes across social media channels. Also on their social pages, the Museum will also take a retrospective look back at photographs from Boundless Plains – the journey Museum Founder Moustafa Fahour OAM and three others took in 2011, tracing the history of Muslims in Australia. Teachers and parents are encouraged to visit the Museum’s education portal for curriculum linked learning activities. Each week the Museum will share themed craft activities and resources to keep young minds active.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – some light relief

A selection of the funniest comic sketches are previous festivals are featured online. Plus there’s Sammy J’s Brekkyfest, where he is joined by different comedians for a ‘mini Comedy Festival’ of their own to bring you some light and laughs.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Comedy Care Package on the ABC

Hosted by comedy legend Denise Scott, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Comedy Care Package features some of the best local acts from the ABC’s Festival broadcasts of the past few years, including Aaron Chen, Anne Edmonds, Becky Lucas, Cal Wilson, Dave Hughes, Frank Woodley, Kitty Flanagan, Nazeem Hussain, Steph Tisdell, Tom Gleeson, Urzila Carlson and many more. Airs on Sunday April 12th at 8:20 PM on ABC TV.

Melbourne Recital Centre – Recital Showcase

Watch a large collection of live performances including complete concerts from the Centre by Victorian, Australian and international artists free for everyone to enjoy online

MSO Keeps the Music going – Thursday Night (in)

Music lovers can join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra online with live streaming of selected performances and concerts each Thursday evening at 7.30pm. This weeks is Rite of Spring – Stravinsky Doubel Bill. There’s lots online education resources for music loving students too.

Multicultural Arts Victoria – The EmergeD exhibition

Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Culture Hub Bendigo, the exhibition features the work of First Nations and ethnically diverse artists.

Museums Victoria – Museums at home

Engage and explore Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum online with virtual tours, live events and lots to discover.

National Gallery of Victoria – #NGVEveryDay

The NGV online and social features virtual art tours and daily art inspiration. There’s also lots of creative learning opportunities for everyone.

Shrine of Remembrance

As well as live streaming of significant Services, the Shrine online has a number of videos and podcasts to enjoy.

State Library of Victoria

Visitors can keep exploring the world through State Library’s website, which is home to more than 4.1 million digital collection items, along with a treasure trove of stories, galleries, exhibition content, videos, music and more.

Zoos Victoria – Animal House: Bringing the Zoo to you #animals at home

Livestream cameras have been set up from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere.
There’s snow leopard cubs, lions, giraffes, zebras, penguins and more.

Virtual entertainment and resources while you stay in – ABC News

With venues closed and while we’re all staying in and isolating – we’ve put together a list of free resources and activities that our various arts and cultural organisations are doing to continue to engage and connect with their audiences and communities. Including resources from across Regional Victoria.

ABC Education

The ABC Education website features a huge selection of curriculum-linked resources for primary and secondary students.

ACMI Virtual Cinémathèque

A weekly movie night from the comfort of your own home.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Together with you#ACMwithyou

A series of free performance broadcasts, family activities, interviews, podcasts and long-form articles. Featuring never-before-seen items from the Australian Performing Arts Collection and Australian Music Vault, virtual workshops, new commissions and documentaries, alongside some of our favourite performances.

Bendigo Venues & Events – from the Stage to the Sofa

Each week Creative Communities will feature a new program of online exhibitions, ‘What I did last week’ showing a variety of artistic expression of local artist, in the City of Greater Bendigo. Plus every night (Wed-Sun) at the same time, we present Play At Home, where local artists premiere short performance videos “live” to Bendigo Venue and Events Facebook Page.

Islamic Museum of Australia

In the lead up to Ramadan, the IMA continues to shares tips, inspiration and recipes across social media channels. Also on their social pages, the Museum will also take a retrospective look back at photographs from Boundless Plains – the journey Museum Founder Moustafa Fahour OAM and three others took in 2011, tracing the history of Muslims in Australia. Teachers and parents are encouraged to visit the Museum’s education portal for curriculum linked learning activities. Each week the Museum will share themed craft activities and resources to keep young minds active.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – some light relief

A selection of the funniest comic sketches are previous festivals are featured online. Plus there’s Sammy J’s Brekkyfest, where he is joined by different comedians for a ‘mini Comedy Festival’ of their own to bring you some light and laughs.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Comedy Care Package on the ABC

Hosted by comedy legend Denise Scott, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Comedy Care Package features some of the best local acts from the ABC’s Festival broadcasts of the past few years, including Aaron Chen, Anne Edmonds, Becky Lucas, Cal Wilson, Dave Hughes, Frank Woodley, Kitty Flanagan, Nazeem Hussain, Steph Tisdell, Tom Gleeson, Urzila Carlson and many more. Airs on Sunday April 12th at 8:20 PM on ABC TV.

Melbourne Recital Centre – Recital Showcase

Watch a large collection of live performances including complete concerts from the Centre by Victorian, Australian and international artists free for everyone to enjoy online

MSO Keeps the Music going – Thursday Night (in)

Music lovers can join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra online with live streaming of selected performances and concerts each Thursday evening at 7.30pm. This weeks is Rite of Spring – Stravinsky Doubel Bill. There’s lots online education resources for music loving students too.

Multicultural Arts Victoria – The EmergeD exhibition

Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Culture Hub Bendigo, the exhibition features the work of First Nations and ethnically diverse artists.

Museums Victoria – Museums at home

Engage and explore Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum online with virtual tours, live events and lots to discover.

National Gallery of Victoria – #NGVEveryDay

The NGV online and social features virtual art tours and daily art inspiration. There’s also lots of creative learning opportunities for everyone.

Shrine of Remembrance

As well as live streaming of significant Services, the Shrine online has a number of videos and podcasts to enjoy.

State Library of Victoria

Visitors can keep exploring the world through State Library’s website, which is home to more than 4.1 million digital collection items, along with a treasure trove of stories, galleries, exhibition content, videos, music and more.

Zoos Victoria – Animal House: Bringing the Zoo to you #animals at home

Livestream cameras have been set up from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere.
There’s snow leopard cubs, lions, giraffes, zebras, penguins and more.

Music associations get four-year funding in unprecedented times – The Music Network

Only 17 associations were among the 95 arts, music and live performance organisations to receive a four-year funding commitment last week from .

They share in $31.7 million per annum via the revised Four Year Funding program, with 28 organisations received four-year funding for the first time.

Among the 17 music recipients were APRA AMCOS, QMusic, MusicNT, Skinnyfish Music, Carriageworks, Australian Music Centre and Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Two of the successful recipients already revealed plans to help their members.

Qmusic’s COVID-19 Response Plan included free online industry development programs, regular online events and increased industry advocacy and information flow.

CEO Angela Samut said it also included “supporting our First Nations music community, as well as rolling out a Women in Music mentorship program funded by the Queensland government department of employment, small business and training”.

Music NT will work with the Northern Territory government, which launched an Immediate Response and Resilience Program including $1 million for music & arts and $1 million for the screen sector, and more flexibility to its grants schemes.

Last week Australia Council announced Kirsty Rivers as its new head of music.

Rivers has long worked grassroots initiatives as national manager of writers service for 19 years at APRA AMCOS and 16 years as vice-chair of youth live events catalyst The Push.

More recently she was senior manager of contemporary music at Creative Victoria.

The new head of music at Australia Council, Kirsty Rivers.

Criticisms Of Funding

The live performance, arts and classical sectors have been highly critical of the round, pointing out that 128 companies had been supported in the last round in 2016.

Live Performance Australia’s chief executive, Evelyn Richardson, acknowledged that Australia Council had done what it could, but blamed the federal leaders for not increasing its budget.

“We are deeply concerned that so many companies have been negatively impacted by the announcement, particularly those who have only been offered a 12-month reprieve as well as those that have not been successful in securing any funding at all.

But Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette AM has stood his ground saying it was a necessary move in the current financial climate.

“In the light of COVID-19, it has been essential to revise this round of Four Year Funding to provide support for the greatest possible number of small to medium arts organisations.

“This has involved increasing the program funding and the number of funded organisations.

“This is not business as usual for anyone, and arts organisations also will need to adapt in order to weather these unprecedented times.”

Australia Council also said it has supported organisations which provide more voices and leadership in First Nations, disability and cultural diversity.