Create NSW launches major funding program

Established on 1 April, 2017 Create NSW is the State Government’s new arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in a new integrated entity.

Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO Virtual. Photograph: Jack Saltmiras. Sourced: Create NSW

Create NSW invites local artists and arts and cultural organisations to apply for funding under the 2017/2018 Arts and Cultural Development Program, a scheme supporting visual arts, museums, literature, dance, music, regional touring, capital works and professional development for creatives across the state.

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said the Arts and Cultural Development Program is a critical component of the NSW Government’s bold vision for arts and culture as reflected in the agencies 10-year policy framework:

“I’m proud to launch the application guidelines for our Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will play a major role in expanding access, building a robust and sustainable cultural sector, and extending the reputation of NSW as the leading state for arts and culture”, Brealey said.

“The variety of funding opportunities available through this program will help strengthen our small to medium arts and cultural organisations and unlock the full potential of artists and cultural practitioners. It is central to the continued success of our state’s dynamic arts and culture.”

Sourced: Create NSW

Brealey said that the program will support projects that focus on excellence, engagement and participation within priority areas including Aboriginal arts and culture, people living and/or working in Western Sydney and regional NSW, people living with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people; “By seeking out and supporting these qualities we will foster and grow an ambitious, contemporary, and progressive sector that is inspired locally, but has national and international appeal.”

Applications will run progressively until February 2018.