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More Performances to Reach Remote and Regional NSW

The NSW Government is committing a further $30,000 to expand performing arts opportunities in regional and remote NSW.

The Community Presenter Touring Grants, administered by Arts on Tour, supports the presentation of NSW professional productions in community-run venues and halls, in NSW towns without a professional performing arts venue.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said the increase in funding more than doubles the available amount to $55,000.

“This is welcome extra funding which will bring more top quality productions into the heart of our smaller, often remote NSW communities,” Mr Brealey said.

The grants make it possible for professional artists to tour smaller venues, by contributing up to 50 per cent of the performance fee. Applicants can include councils, community groups and professional arts organisations undertaking touring as well as artists themselves.

“We have seen increased interest from local councils, regional arts organisations and community groups to activate their town halls and smaller venues,” Mr Brealey said, “while at the same time many professional artists are keen to present their work in more intimate, character-filled settings.”

Supporting arts and culture in regional NSW is a priority under the Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework, which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally-connected arts and cultural sector.

There are two rounds each year for the Community Presenter Touring Grants. Applications for the second round of 2016-17 open on March 13 and close on April 10.

More information is available on the Arts on Tour website.