Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Mark Coure MP today called on local artists and arts organisations to apply for funding in 2015 under the new Arts and Cultural Development Program.

“This is an exciting new funding program that will reward success and increase the stability of funding for artists and artistic organisation in our local community” Mr Coure said.

“We have streamlined the arts funding application process, opening up the opportunity for arts organisations to progress from project to program funding and multi-year funding, depending on their capacity to achieve sustained success.”

Minister for the Arts, George Souris, said there will be a renewed focus on quality, reach and the health of the sector to make sure Government funding delivers programs and projects with the greatest impact and value for the people of NSW.

“No matter where you live in NSW, the Government is committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to participate in arts and cultural activities,” Mr Souris said.

“I encourage arts and cultural organisations, artists and arts practitioners to read the guidelines and consider applying for funding.”

Organisations applying for program funding will have to deliver activities that engage people from at least one of the program’s priority areas:

• People living and/or working in regional NSW
• People living and/or working in Western Sydney
• Aboriginal people
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
• Young people
• People with disability.

Arts NSW will hold a series of nine information sessions about the Arts and Cultural Development Program throughout the State from 29 April 2014.

Arts NSW is the NSW Government's arts and culture policy and development body, providing support to artists and key arts and cultural organisations through its infrastructure and funding programs, and targeted strategies.

More information about the Arts and Cultural Development Program and the information sessions is available from

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