Straight Out of Brisbane

Funding SOOB

Straight Out of Brisbane

is an event dedicated to excavating the best in Brisbane and Australia's independent cultural production. It emerged from a community of local artists in 2002.

SOOB 2006: what & where

SOOB 2006 runs August 15-20 in independent venues in and around Brisbane's Fortitude Valley ...
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Contact Us

Straight Out of Brisbane
Visible Ink Building
54 Berwick Street,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
(07) 3403 0839
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Major Sponsors

The artists, workers and volunteers of this festival

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Key Media Partner

Online Partner

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Production Partner


Arts Funding Forum, SOOB 2003

Documentation crew, SOOB 2004

An artist-run venue in inner-city Brisbane

Do you think there is a lack of affordable gig and performance spaces in Brisbane – especially in the so-called “entertainment district” of Fortitude Valley?

It's time to do something about it.

Straight Out of Brisbane invites you to help us create an artist-run performance venue in inner-city Brisbane.

The proposed venue will be:

The venue will NOT be:

Ben Eltham from SOOB and local breaks/electronica producer Craig Parry have already embarked on extensive scoping investigations for a potential venue at a number of potential inner-Valley sites. We believe we have a viable model for a long-term sustainable space.

The next step is the detailed costing of the venue and the development of a professional business plan.

We're looking for your help in the next stage of this project:

How will we fund it?

As a non-profit organisation, Straight Out of Brisbane Festival Inc. plans to finance the new development through a combination of fund-raising, government grants and commercial debt (loans).

We believe that Brisbane contains a substantial number of large organizations (culturally-oriented and otherwise) who can be convinced to commit funds to support a crucial development for Brisbane's creative sector like this. We believe the best success in securing such funds lies in convincing large arts organisations in this state of the strategic importance of investing in emerging artists. We have been successful in this approach to date.

If the business model for the new venue is right, then it will be able to quickly earn operating revenue to retire debt and begin investing in emerging Brisbane art. We are also exploring a membership or subscription revenue model where artists pay an annual fee in return for a guaranteed number of gigs at the venue.

Finally (although this is of least importance to the long-term viability of the venue) there are several valuable one-off grant opportunities available for such a space, such as the Gaming Machines Community Benefits Fund.

Want to help out?

Contact Ben Eltham through the SOOB office. We're as keen as you are to get it happening!


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