NSW Budget Announcement: What’s In it for the Arts - MusicNSW

The 2010 – 2011 NSW Budget has been announced and, in it,the State Government has announced a $295.7 million investment into the arts.

Minister for the Arts Virginia Judge said the 2010-11 Budget firmly backed NSW as the place to produce, promote and present first-class works and events.

“This is a Budget which builds for the future, develops home-grown content and puts NSW in the box seat to shape the creative economy,” Ms Judge said.

The Keneally Government is investing $56.6 million in the 2011 Arts Funding Program, which supports artists, arts organisations and community events across NSW. “An extra $3.5 million will support additional performing arts tours, new works and foster further development in the small-to-medium arts sector,” Ms Judge said.

How does this relate to musicians in NSW?

The Arts Funding Program run through Arts NSW is open now, with project funding closing on June 28, 2010. Take advantage of this commitment to fostering the development of the small-to-medium arts sector and explore these grants, see how you can apply and what you can apply for. When you see creation think writing music. When you see presentation – that’s playing shows, a marketing campaign, a video, anything where you’re presenting your work to an audience!

If you’re interested in applying for funding you will need to be auspiced by an incorporated auspicing organisation. The good news is, we’re one – Email us for more info. And if you find yourself with a great project and it’s past June then don’t fret – Arts NSW has introduced a quick response funding round that will be accepting applications throughout the year. Find out more information here.

If you’re wondering where the $239.1 million in funding goes that doesn’t go to artists through the arts funding program you can download the Department’s Media Release here.