Music docos and video libraries funded under Regional Arts Development Fund


Developing a free stock library of teen-appropriate video content and a documentary focusing on regional alternative bands are two projects to receive grants in the latest round of the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Local band Day of Content will use the funding to create video and promotional material for the launch of their EP ‘Carver’ and a documentary of their tour of regional centres.

The film clip and photos featuring Fraser Coast landmarks will be used as promotional material for the tour which includes six shows across three weekends in regional Queensland and New South Wales.

The documentary will focus on regional alternative bands as they try to break out from their home towns, particularly topical during COVID-19 and the detrimental impact on the Australian entertainment industry.

Grants were also given to Liza Young of Urangan State High School to create ‘Short Cuts’, a free stock library of appropriate video content for teens studying Media or Film and TV.

“To teach film making, specifically editing skills and techniques, we need access to high quality footage,” she said.

“There is a limited supply of free teen-appropriate stock footage. This project would help create a suite of genre-based stock footage, with a teen flavour, which would be available to Fraser Coast schools as well as those in other regions.

“The footage would be created by locals with young people participating in a pre-production workshop to develop concepts, storyboards and schedules; an acting for camera workshop, and a two-day film shoot on locations across the Fraser Coast.”

Other projects include:

  • World Kindness Day Art Project: The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre will celebrate World Kindness Day on Friday, November 13;
  • Mentorship For Artists To Improve Digital Literacy: An eight-week digital mentorship for six artists to improve their digital marketing skills;
  • Making Hervey Bay Home: a Photographic Exhibition featuring photographs and stories of people from different countries who now call the Fraser Coast home. Their stories highlight the diversity and benefits of different cultures in our community; 
  • Charcoal Academy: A series of videos and online workshops on how to draw in charcoal with Maryborough artist April Spadina, and;
  • Documenting Digital Arts Content – artist Sheena Larsen will provide digital experiences of specialised art techniques, instruction manuals, resources and professional photographic documentation to artists in the region.

The RADF grants help the Fraser Coast remain a vibrant community, Cr David Lewis said.

“A healthy community has a vibrant arts community. Artists provide us with such richness from novels to books of poetry, sculptures to plays.

“It is exciting to see them keeping pace with the changes in digital technology and many of the grants in the past two rounds have been for training to allow artists to go online to showcase their artworks as well as create digital studios to teach the next generation of budding artists.”

Round 3 will open on Friday 3 July and close on Monday 27 July. Community groups and creative professionals are encouraged to apply.

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Fraser Coast Regional Council. RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.