About the SCCA

The Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance (SCCA) is a not-for-profit, arts advocacy organisation, governed by a member-elected volunteer Board. We connect the dots between creative thinkers, businesses, places, supporters, target markets, audiences and key stakeholders through advocacy, learning, networking and partnerships. We promote the value of creative enterprise and artistic expression as drivers of innovation, business, culture and regional identity.

Building on the legacy of the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, a new entity was formed in 2018, the Creative Arts Alliance, which broadens the scope, reach and ambition of our work into the future.

Mission

We support creative enterprise and artistic expression as catalysts for innovation, culture and regional identity.

Objectives

  1. Show regional leadership within the creative industries and act as an umbrella organisation for arts organisations within the Sunshine Coast;
  2. Contribute to the development of the arts and creative industries on the Sunshine Coast;
  3. Connect artists and arts organisations to audiences, governments, investors and the wider community;
  4. Support individuals and organisations engaged in niche arts projects and creative industry initiatives;
  5. Act as a creative industries advocate to local, state and federal government agencies;
  6. Promote the advantages of the Sunshine Coast region (locally, nationally and internationally) as a prime location for creative and knowledge industry practice;
  7. Support the development of high value, sustainable economic development through collaboration.

History

In 2008, the Noosa Creative Alliance program was initiated through a partnership between business and government and aimed to engage the Noosa community in a catalyst leadership program to promote the creative class and economic development of the Noosa region.

The value of this program was recognised as an important initiative for the wider Sunshine Coast and an incorporated not-for-profit association was formed to continue as the Sunshine Coast Creative Creative Alliance.

Since then our activities have extended to embrace creatives and knowledge peoples across the Sunshine Coast region.

Activities

The Refinery. The SCCA is one of the founding partners of this ten-week creative incubator designed to transform ideas into sustainable businesses.

Juice & Jam. Four times a year – inspiring speakers, performances and networking over a midweek breakfast.

Pecha Kucha Nights. Ideas, projects, stories in 20 slides – showcasing and networking – connecting creatives with each other and organisations.

Urban Activation. The SCCA co-produce urban activation and cultural events with partners such as Noosa Creative Precinct (Junction Alley), C-Square and BalconyTV, Paisley Park Project (Lamkin Lane Live), Tidal Magazine, SCEC (World Environment Day) TurnUp! Music Industry Conference;

Funding. Fundraising support and auspicing services for creatives, particularly in relation to grant applications and insurance requirements;

Policy development. Support for creative industries through the Creative Cabinet;

Representation. We represent the arts and creative industries on the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, SC Business Council Think Tank, SCC’s Urban Design Advisory Panel, the SC Mayor’s Business Leaders Roundtable, the Commonwealth Games Opportunities Forum and more.

 

The SCCA Board

The SCCA is governed by volunteer executives elected by SCCA members and supported by an executive officer.

Phil S

Phil Smith

President

Advocate for the Arts
Registered architect & urban designer

KimJay

Kim Jay

Treaurer

Director at Initiative Accounting
Chartered Accountant

Mia H

Mia Hollingworth

Secretary

Teacher, movement practitioner,
education content writer

Catherine-Hutton

Catherine Hutton

Board Member

Honorary Lifetime Member
Director of C & L Mortgage Solutions

Melinda W

Melinda Wells

Board Member

Melinda J Wells Music, Songwriters Network Qld

Sue D

Dr Sue Davis

Board Member

Associate Professor and Deputy Dean Research, School of Education & the Arts, CQUniversity

Nicole VC

Nicole Voevodin-Cash

Board Member

Landscape Artist and Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board Member

Roland profile pic MF

Roland West

Board Member

Senior Venue Officer at Venue 114/Sunshine Coast Council, Director at Bump Nights Consulting

ANNA ARMSTRONG

Anna Armstrong

Board Member

BMus DipMusBus | Music Educator & Performer

Bettina W

Bettina Walter

Executive Officer

Designer & Activist