Country Arts Support Program Announced


Arts and culture in regional NSW will continue to shine with an outstanding line-up of new creative projects fast-approaching thanks to over $259,000 in funding from the NSW Government, announced today by Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin.

Through this funding, creative organisations from across regional and rural NSW will play host to range of short-term, locally initiated community productions, programs, performances and workshops.

Among the 83 projects selected, the program will support a two-day writers festival for primary schools celebrating and educating students in the power of literacy; a 10-week training program for aspiring theatre-makers working with disability, as well as an ensemble choir of over 100 vocalists accompanied by a 45-piece regional orchestra.

A total of five projects were funded in the Southern Tablelands Arts region including arts programs in Goulburn, Wee Jasper, Jugiong, Moss Vale, and Gunning.

Goulburn Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society (AP&H) Society Inc.: Film Festival ($5,000) A film festival to engage the community the Goulburn AP&H Society will design and deliver a short film festival.

Jugiong Writers Festival: ‘Dare To Dream Down The Track ($3,000) A two-day writers festival will celebrate literacy for ten small primary schools in both Harden and Jugiong. During the festival, students will experience a variety of workshops exploring local cultural history through creative practices.

Art Journey through Tranquillity ($3,000) The Wee Jasper community and visitors will be invited on an artistic journey through a range of art workshops in October 2019. Each workshop will be set in an idyllic location to inspire creativity and capture the tranquillity and beauty of the village.

Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra Inc.: Commissioning of an Overture by an Australian Composer ($3,000) The project will commission Australian composer, Andrew Ford OAM, to compose an overture for the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra for their Concert Series 3 in 2019. The work will be performed in Bowral NSW and be available to audiences from the Highlands and surrounding regions.

Wild Voices Music Theatre: An Italian Country Afternoon (or Evening) project development stage ($4,000) This music project will offer the development of elements including violin-part composition, arrangement of musical accompaniments and research background to create written materials for regional touring. There will be also be a concert to perform the entire set of 24 Italian Songs.

Arts Minister, Don Harwin, said that the annual Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding aims to drive creative and vibrant state-wide arts projects that engage diverse audience and promote an innovative NSW arts and cultural sector.

“This funding reflects our ongoing commitment to promoting diverse arts and cultural experiences in regional NSW – everything from local community street art, youth choirs, and Aboriginal arts as well as securing a number of critically-acclaimed authors and artists that are going on tour.”

“Increasing access and participation in arts and cultural experiences drives economic benefits across the regions and also enables positive social impacts too, including greater awareness, appreciation and expression of our cultural diversity.”

The Country Arts Support Program fund is a devolved grants program administered each year by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW. Grants of up to either $3,000 or $5,000 (depending on region) are available primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation, with applicants assessed by 14 regionally-based panels coordinated by the local regional arts development organisations.

For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities,visit or email [email protected]

For more information about successful CASP recipients click here.

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