Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Council have announced a new bursary for local performers and producers with The Bridge, a $300,000, four-year support program.

Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said the Powerhouse is intent on empowering local artists through this program, as part of achieving their central goal of investing in the creative Queensland community.

“Our proudest recent results have been around increasing the numbers of Brisbane artists represented here from 743 in 2015 to 1,379 in 2017,” said Ms Stewart.

“We just feel this is one small part, and we look forward to seeing the great results investments such as this and others will bring in the future.”

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new program was an exciting opportunity for Brisbane-based creatives.

Lord Mayor Quirk says that he encourages all creative producers to take advantage of the exciting opportunities provided by The Bridge program.

“Brisbane is a vibrant, cultural city and the Council offers a wide range of programs and initiatives to support locals looking to make their mark in the creative sector,” Cr Quirk said.

“This new initiative will provide opportunities for artists to continue their practice and development as creatives in Brisbane rather than relocating interstate or abroad.”

Each year, the bursary will focus on a sector of Brisbane’s creative industry, including Festival Artists, Independent Musical Theatre, Digital and Tech-based Artists, and finally, Circus.

Expressions of interest will open in January 2018, with no formal deadline. More information is available on the Powerhouse website.

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