New funding will educate students in the arts

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A new federal grant will give students access to free, high-quality arts education, Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O’Dwyer MP, has announced.

Prahran’s The Song Room will receive $401,600 in funding from the Federal Government’s Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

“I am delighted that the Song Room has received support for its project Engaging Young People Through the Creative Arts, which will build on the innovative work of its ARTS:LIVE program,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

ARTS:LIVE uses a digital platform to offer extensive online teaching resources and an interactive learning experience in the fields of drama, dance, music, media arts and visual arts.

“It’s all about making creative education programs accessible to children aged 5 – 16 years from all backgrounds and from all parts of Australia. This is especially important for schools that don’t have specialist art and music teachers,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

The project will involve partnerships with leading arts and cultural organisations and artists, which will further benefit the whole community by encouraging creativity, collaboration and participation in a variety of art forms, as well as creating opportunities for artists to reach wider audiences.

Catalyst funding particularly benefits small to medium organisations with projects that encourage partnerships across arts sectors and promote community involvement.

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