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Funding program gives arts and cultural projects a boost

Published: 13 December 2019
Round 1 of the Create NSW's Arts and Cultural Funding Program has delivered nearly $7.2 million to independent arts and cultural organisations in NSW.
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Round 1 funding includes $2.7 million for regional NSW and $1.4 million for Western Sydney individuals and organisations. Funding for Creative Koori Projects will support seven major Aboriginal arts and cultural projects.

Applications for Round 2 will start in early 2020. The newly formed Artform Boards will assess the applications to ensure there are fewer barriers for organisations accessing the funds and more diverse recipients.

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:

  • creation of new work, practice-based research or experimentation and professional development
  • production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
  • promotion and marketing, market and/or audience development activity
  • conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places and the digitisation of collections)
  • purchase of capital infrastructure and equipment
  • partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said he was thrilled with the range and quality of the recommendations from the new boards in their first assessment under the new framework.

“Across 141 diverse recipients the boards have used their sector expertise to recommend many new organisations for annual funding including the Sydney Fringe Festival, the Tweed Regional Museum, and the Omega Ensemble, while delivering a broad range of annual and project recipients that make a key contribution to their artforms,” Mr Harwin said.

Applications for Round 2 of funding will be accepted from 2 February until 2 March 2020.

Read the full list of Round 1 funding recipients

Learn more about Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program

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