$7 Million funding for Arts and Culture announced

Round 1 of the Create NSW 2019/20 Arts and Cultural Funding Program has been announced, with nearly $7.2 million in funding across Annual Organisation, Project and Creative Koori Projects categories.

Ten newly formed Artform Boards assessed the first round of annual and project funding.

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.

“We set out to deliver a simpler arts funding process with fewer barriers to entry, that provided stability and certainty to more organisations.

“With Annual Organisation applications up 71% on the previous year, and a 20% uplift on the amount of Annual Organisation funding compared with 2018/19, it’s safe to say this has been achieved,” said Mr Harwin.

“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.

“I’m delighted Round 1 of funding includes $2.7m for regional NSW and $1.4m for Western Sydney individuals and organisations.”

Arts and Cultural Funding Program Round 1 2019/20 snapshot:

  • Annual Organisation funding of $4,803,935 (up 20% on 2018/19) will support 65 recipients across 27 regional, 24 metro Sydney and 14 Western Sydneybased organisations.
  • 30% of annually funded applicants are new with 55% of these from regional NSW and Western Sydney.
  • Project funding of $2,119,587 will support 69 diverse activities including 25 regional and 10 Western Sydney-based projects.
  • Creative Koori Projects funding will support 7 major Aboriginal arts and cultural
    projects from organisations across regional NSW and Western Sydney.

Hawkesbury Regional Museum, History Council of New South Wales, Orange Blayney Cabonne Sustainable Collections Program, Orange Regional Museum and Tweed Regional Museum.

Murray Art Museum Albury, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Cement Fondu, Gosford Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, The Lock-Up, Glasshouse Regional Gallery.

Aboriginal Arts and Culture organisations:
Armidale & Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

A full list of Round 1 recipients is available below:

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