25 September 2023

New funding plan takes pain out of arts

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The Minister for the Arts has announced that the arrangements for funding arts and cultural development in NSW have been overhauled with two funding rounds to be introduced in the coming year with fixed application timelines.

The Minister, Don Harwin said the new Create NSW funding rounds would bring benefits to all applicants by removing barriers.

“We’re reducing the eligibility criteria to deliver a more flexible arts funding model that will make it simpler and easier for the sector to apply for funding,” Mr Harwin said.

“We have listened to sector feedback and I am pleased to be able to publish for the first time, long-lead funding notification dates.”

He said this would allow applicants to submit proposals with confidence, knowing when they would receive results and when they could confirm employment, presentation dates and other funding sources.

“By removing barriers to entry, I’m confident we will be able to attract a wider breadth of artists, organisations and cultural workers to apply for funding,” Mr Harwin said.

He said that under the new approach there would be two open rounds per year. The first would open on 5 August and close on 2 September and the second would open on 3 February 2020 and close 2 March 2020.

“An open and flexible approach to guidelines will support a broader range of applicants, new ideas and new models of working, while also continuing our targeted support for art forms and key priority areas including Creative Koori grants,” Mr Harwin said.

“The new guidelines will be announced with more information for applicants in late June,” he said.

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