Tuesday 28 November, 2017

The Bena Hall Committee and the Bass Coast Shire council are gearing up to bring the best of the arts to Bena and Grantville thanks to grants of $6420 and $6000 respectively through the Victorian Government’s Small Regional Presenters program.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today congratulated the groups which have received this support.

Bena Hall Committee Inc, (Bena) $6,420

For the presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Bena Hall. Shows will include: Pacific Belles, a musical celebration of songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man; Dr Crask & His Swingin’ Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh’s A Night of Bollywood.

Bass Coast Shire Council, (Grantville) $6,000

To present Serenade at Sunset, a musical theatre and opera event at the Grantville Recreation Reserve coordinated by the Bass Valley Music Festival. Held in March 2018, the event will feature tenor David Hobson and four supporting acts as well as local performers. The event will also include voice and performance workshops, and mentoring opportunities for local talent.

The Bena Hall Committee, along with the Bass Coast Shire Council, is one of twelve regionally-based presenters that will share in grants totaling $66,249 through the latest round of the program.

The Small Regional Presenters program is open to regionally-based arts presenters – including not-for-profit arts groups and societies, venues and local councils.

Unlike a traditional touring model which provides support for artists to take their work on the road, the Small Regional Presenters program breaks new ground by supporting venues or presenters working ‘on the ground’, to attract shows to their area.

Grants of between $1,500 and $15,000 are available to support the presentation of a single show or live event, a series of shows or an annual program.

The Small Regional Presenters program opens for applications three times each year. To find out more about the program, or the latest recipients, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“Congratulations to the Bena Hall Committee and the Bass Coast Shire Council which have great track records for presenting dynamic shows in our region. The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support your work.”

“Small Regional Presenters program is part of our commitment to ensuring that regionally-based Victorians have the same access to high quality creative experience as our metro counterparts – with this program, along with the Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, it shows we have so much to look forward to up ahead.”