Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is the proud recipient of a grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust for its Emerge Cultural Enterprise & Development Program – “Go for Broke” for 2017 and 2018.

MAV’s Find-An-Artist program provides work opportunities to hundreds of local artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to a broad range of clients across the public and private sector.  This investment allows MAV to be more proactive in seeking markets for artists, being more effective in responding to clients and more strategic in tailoring and promoting the product to new markets. Most importantly, it provides work opportunities to hundreds of brilliant local artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to a broad range of clients across all industries.

‘Go for Broke’ aligns with several the objectives of the Trust’s Grants program.  The program takes a partnership approach to develop the skills and capacity of individuals, groups and communities across metropolitan and regional areas with lasting cultural benefits for Victorians.

Gandel Philanthropy
– Emerge Cultural Leadership Program

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is the proud recipient of a Gandel Philanthropy Major Grant for the Emerge Cultural Leadership Program in 2016 -2018. This generous support enables MAV to work with artists and communities from emerging refugee, culturally diverse and Indigenous backgrounds in outer metropolitan and regional localities in Victoria.

Emerge Cultural Leadership will foster new cultural leaders from emerging communities and help strengthen engagement and dialogue between cultures. It will also make more visible and celebrate the achievements of local emerging refugee, culturally diverse and Indigenous communities. The core activities will include artistic mentoring, seeding new cultural projects and enterprises, cultural management and creative industries workshops, and an Ambassadors program.

The program aligns with Gandel Philanthropy’s mission statement, to empower communities to deliver programs that will create a positive and lasting impact on their quality of life, as well as to help build stronger, more resilient, more vibrant and more inclusive communities.

Victorian Multicultural Commission

MAV’s long-standing partnership with the VMC began in 2005, where MAV programmed the live performance program for the annual Premier’s Gala Dinner during Victoria’s Cultural Diversity Week. Over the years, MAV’s contribution has expanded to include programming the huge range of performances and activities over the week.

Cultural Diversity Week culminates with the Victoria’s Multicultural Festival at Federation Square, a vibrant celebration of the state’s diversity. Over 50,000 people converge for this incredible day festival. Cultural Diversity Week was established in 2003 and is held annually to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Federation Square
– New Year’s Eve

To herald in the new year in a style unique to Melbourne, MAV has worked with Federation Square since 2014 in co-producing Federation Square’s New Year’s Eve event, bringing a kaleidoscope of colour and movement to the square that reflects the rich cultural diversity of Melbourne.

Regional Centre for Culture
– Emerge Hub Bendigo

The RCC is taking place on the country of the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung peoples, whose ancestors and their descendants are the traditional owners of this Country. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of the Bendigo goldfields region including as key partners in the RCC program along with the our Emerge Hub Bendigo. The year-round program invites locals and visitors to explore, and celebrate the region’s arts, culture and creative communities


Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Industry Council of Victoria (AICV)


BalletLab (Temperence Hall)


Culture Link (Singapore)

Dynamic Print Group

Esplanade Hotel

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria

Federation Square Pty Ltd

Footscray Community Arts Centre


Immigration Museum


Kabo Lawyers

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Theatre Company

Mering Corporation Pty Ltd

Metro Printing


Museo Italiano (CoAsIt)

Music Victoria

Nexus (SA)

PBS 106.7 FM

Pegasos 5

Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV)

Regional Arts Victoria

Section 8

Shanghai International Arts Festival

SILP Productions

Social Studio

State Library of Victoria

Temple Brewing Company

Testing Grounds

The Boite

The Ownership Project

Time of Art

TLA Australia

Tony Yap Company (TYC)

Victorian Music Development Office

Yarra Trams

3ZZZ-Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio


Australia Council for the Arts

City of Banyule

City of Benalla

City of Boroonda

City of Brimbank

City of Darebin

City of Hobsons Bay

City of Hume

City of Maribyrnong

City of Melbourne

City of Port Phillip

City of Whittlesea

City of Wyndham

City of Yarra

Creative Victoria

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Greater City of Shepparton

Manningham City Council

Moreland City Council

Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion

National Arts Council Singapore

People’s Government of Changzhou City

Public Transport Victoria

Victorian Government Business Office Indonesia

Victorian Multicultural Commission


Abbotsford Convent

African Australian Small Business Association

Arts Access Victoria

Arts Assembly

Arts Fission Singapore

Australian National Academy of Music

Australian Tapestry Workshop

Benalla P-12 College

Bendigo Easter Festival

BSL (Multicultural Communities Team)


Cultivating Community

Diversity Arts Australia

Dja Dja Wurrung

GV Hazara Youth Association

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Know Your Roots

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Little Projector Company

Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia

Magnet Galleries

No Vacancy

Peninsula Hot Springs

Phoenix Youth Hub

St Paul’s African House

The Village


VU Metro West

Winton Wetlands


Gandel Philanthropy

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust


Box Hill TAFE

Centre for Art, Society and Transformation – RMIT University

RMIT University

La Trobe Arts Institute

University of Melbourne

Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne

Victoria University