Over $388 to fund six priority services for NSW arts and cultural sector

Published: 24 Aug 2021


Six peak arts organisations will share in over $388,000 funding to deliver professional development and capacity building projects over the next three years through Create NSW’s Service Needs Strategic Fund.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the successful recipients will use the funding to deliver projects that will build skills-based programs to directly benefit NSW’s creative community.

“This targeted funding is a win-win for NSW’s arts and culture sector. It provides a leg-up to the successful organisations to deliver on priority service needs for the state’s creative community,” Mr Harwin said.

“This funding is all about upskilling opportunities, both big and small, and will ensure budding artists can hone their craft, seek opportunities, learn their rights, attend workshops, and develop career pipelines and ambitions across the state.” 

A total of $388,354 will be delivered through the 2020/21 round and the successful organisations are:  

  • Australian Theatre for Young People ($59,000 total) to ensure that youth arts representatives from across the country can attend the Youth Arts Sector National Connections Summit in 2022.
  • Dance Makers Collective Incorporated ($59,412 total over three years) for Make It Happen, a skills development program for freelance dancers delivered in partnership with councils across Western Sydney. 
  • Diversity Arts Australia ($75,000 total) to deliver Culture Change, a capacity building program to support organisations in their diversity, equity and inclusion objectives.
  • Studio A Limited ($40,000 total) for Rights Animated, to address the critical gap in legal rights information accessible to artists with intellectual disability or literacy challenges through graphic animations.
  • The Cad Factory ($124,942 total over 2 years) for the CASE Incubator, to employ mid-career artists to undertake mentorships, create online resources and deliver public programs in NSW to explore socially engaged practices. 
  • WestWords Ltd ($30,000 total) for the Western Sydney Academy of Writers, a career development program for emerging writers from Western Sydney, remote and regional NSW to provide mentorship to create work and provide participants with networking and pitch opportunities to improve career pathways.

There will be two further rounds open annually for organisations to apply under the Service Needs Strategic Fund, and details will be available on the Create NSW website in the next few months.

Read more about the Service Needs Strategic Fund recipients.

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