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Tasmania’s First Dedicated Youth Arts Strategy

25th May, 2017

Will Hodgman, Acting Minister for the Arts

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is Building Tasmania’s Future and supporting young Tasmanians into jobs in the cultural and creative industries through the establishment of a dedicated Youth Arts Strategy.

The 2017-18 State Budget provides $1.44 million in new funding to support and invigorate Tasmania’s youth arts sector, improving social health, wellbeing and employment opportunities through arts education and engagement.

Importantly, this funding will assist to identify pathways into professional careers, provide greater opportunities for participation in Tasmania’s cultural life and increase the motivation and engagement of Tasmania’s young people.

The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of the cultural and creative industries. More than 9,000 Tasmanians are directly employed in the cultural and creative industries or in cultural and creative occupations, with countless more employed indirectly through the related tourism, hospitality and retail sectors.

The State Budget also includes:

  • Additional funding of $500,000 per annum for Ten Days on the Island, assisting it to reposition the festival to focus primarily on regional Tasmania;
  • Additional Screen Production funds of $300,000 for the second season of Rosehaven; and
  • Further significant additional funding of $700,000 for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to continue their program of important organisational reform that will help to secure its long term future as a premier cultural and tourism destination.