September UNLOCKED

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UNLOCKED September 2020

Murray Arts in partnership with the Cultural Round Table of the Border North East are very excited to announce our fourth round of UNLOCKED, open. UNLOCKED is a micro funding round designed to acknowledge, support and encourage the independent creative industry practitioners, who live work and connect with the Murray Arts footprint during the age of COVID-19; AlburyCity, Greater Hume & Federation councils in NSW and City of Wodonga, Indigo & Towong councils in Victoria.

For the month of September 2020, we are adapting the program and will be offering:


  • 4X $1,500 payments to collectives of local independent creatives who are currently or planning on working together on a concept, idea, project or offering.
  • 12X $333 payments to 12 local independent creatives for a day of funded creative development.
Why $1,500 per collectives and $333 for individuals? Well we have $10,000 to allocate to the month of September and we know that there is a need for larger chucks of funds and also for us to maintain the individual payment offers. We have been receiving amazing feedback about the UNLOCKED program and are really listening to all your suggestions. Please do keep them coming as we are really open to continuing to adapt the program.

Recipients might use the funds/time to:
  • Work on their skills
  •  Create new work
  • Develop existing work
  • Develop/refine their creative business
  • Work on a grant application
  • Purchase material or equipment
  • Collaborate
  • Think, breath, pay some rent or purchase some food. 
Read more about UNLOCKED here

How to apply:

Follow link to fill in the online form. 

If the online form does not meet your access needs, please reach out to Murray Arts for a word document version.

Please note as this is a Quick Response Micro Grant program, applications are encouraged to be submitted ASAP, but the fourth round September 2020 will officially close on Monday 21 September, or until all funds are allocated.

For more information and to apply contact:
Alyce Fisher
Executive Director Murray Arts Inc
0407 213 034
Please note that the Murray Arts office & burraja gallery, on Gateway Island, remains closed and the best way to reach out to our team is via phone and email.
Watch video to find out more about UNLOCKED and see past recipients
The Future of UNLOCKED
The future of UNLOCKED We are committed to exploring opportunities for UNLOCKED to continue post September 2020 & beyond and we are also open to UNLOCKED evolving to better suit the needs of our creative community. We are currently seeking donations to keep UNLOCKED going and all help to circulate the fundraiser is greatly appreciated. If you are not successful in being an UNLOCKED recipient in the fourth round, then rest assured that we will be doing our best to keep offering the micro-grant program.
See some of our UNLOCKED July recipients
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