Create NSW Announce Artform Advisory Boards

Create NSW Announce Artform Advisory Boards

Create NSW has announced the new Artform Advisory Boards to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program and provide recommendations and advise to the Minister on strategic directions for the sector.

Under a streamlined approach, the new Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20 guidelines consolidate 14 previous individual funding rounds to two open rounds for ProjectCreative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding each year. The assessment criteria for applicants has also been reduced from 26 to three key elements – merit, viability and impact.

“In addition to streamlining the application process, this year we’re also changing the way that applications are assessed,” said Create NSW Executive Director, Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott.

An expression of interest process was launched to inform broad sector representation on the Boards, which will be led by Chairs from major NSW arts and cultural organisations. From the 300 plus EOI’s received from the sector, 73 artists and arts professionals have been named as incoming Board Members to sit on 10 new Artform Advisory Boards for Create NSW Arts and Culture Funding Program. Harwin said he was heartened by the ‘massive interest’ from the sector to step up to this responsibility.

All Arts and Cultural Funding Program applicants will be able to nominate which Board they’d like to assess their application – including the ability for Aboriginal applicants to choose between artform or Aboriginal Arts and Culture Boards when they apply.

Arts Northern Rivers Executive Director, Peter Wood, joins the Multi-arts & Festivals Board along with a balance of other representatives from regional areas. Harwin said: ‘The arts are not just about an inner Sydney elite. The arts are extraordinary vibrant and strong in Western Sydney and Regional NSW and a lot of very experienced people have much to offer the sector, that is why we put so much emphasis on getting that balance right.’

The Artform Assessment Boards are:

  • Aboriginal Arts and Culture Board
  • Classical Music Board (including Ensembles and Chamber Music)
  • Contemporary Music Board
  • Dance and Physical Theatre Board (including Ballet)
  • Opera, Musical Theatre and Chorus Board
  • Literature Board
  • Multi-arts and Festivals Board
  • Museums Board
  • Theatre Board
  • Visual Arts Board

A full list of candidates appointed Artform Advisory Boards is on the Create NSW website.

Read about the NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program Guidelines.


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