Arts sector upbeat as GIJ funds secured

The local arts sector has received a major boost in its recovery from COVID-19, with Generations in Jazz awarded a share of more than $20m in government funding.

The prestigious festival will receive $350,000 as part of the fifth batch of grants from the Federal Government’s $200m Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Generations in Jazz event coordinator Karyn Roberts has welcomed the funding lifeline and said the grant would secure the future of the event.

“For nearly 30 years Generations in Jazz has delivered a premier, national music event for Australian secondary school students,” she said.

“After the cancellation of both the 2020 and 2021 events we were unsure of the future for this significant event post the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Federal Government’s financial support is a welcome relief and we are so grateful for Tony Pasin’s assistance. The funding will be used to offset increased infrastructure expenses and give Generations in Jazz the scope to plan with confidence in 2022.”

Ms Roberts said Generations in Jazz was unique as one of a kind in the southern hemisphere and should be a source of pride for all those who are and have been connected to it.

“The Federal Government grant enables the event founders and organisers to continue to achieve their unwavering original vision – to create a unique experience for students, schools, educators, musicians and our community, to celebrate and inspire a love of jazz music across generations,” Generations in Jazz event coordinator Karyn Roberts said.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the funding would provide critical support and a pathway for a leading arts organisation in Mount Gambier.

“I am pleased to announce that Generations in Jazz have received $350,000 from the Federal Government’s RISE Fund, ensuring that Generations in Jazz can return in 2022,” Mr Pasin said.

“Generations in Jazz is an internationally recognised music event that has fostered generations of Australian jazz performers in a uniquely South Australian regional setting.

“Cancellation of both the 2020 and 2021 events significantly impacted not only Generations itself but also the many local community and sporting organisations, service groups and accommodation and hospitality providers that collaborate on an annual basis to ensure this event lives up to its national and international reputation as a prestigious and unique showcase.

“I wish the Generations in Jazz organising committee every success and look forward to seeing Generations roar back in 2022.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the $20m in funding was especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.

“Demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 23,000 employment opportunities across the country,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Our commitment to these organisations will play an important part in rebuilding our local arts and entertainment sectors and will assist in the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations throughout Barker.”

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