Funding for performing arts companies to tour regional NSW

Three of the country’s best performing arts companies will tour regional NSW next year with over $200,000 in funding from the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the investment helps build audiences in regional communities. “The NSW Government is committed to creating new opportunities for regional communities to engage with arts and culture,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is ensuring people have access to a diverse range of arts experiences no matter where they live.”

The $217,000 in funding is being made available under the Government’s Performing Arts Touring Round 1 funding program and is in addition to more than $345,000 already committed to performing arts organisations touring in regional NSW in 2016.

The latest Performing Arts Touring funding recipients are:

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra will receive $111,074 for a tour by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) Collective, the ACO’s regional touring and education orchestra. The tour will be guest directed by the Meta4 string quartet and include an exhibition of ACO VIRTUAL, the ACO’s award-winning immersive multi-media interactive installation. The tour will include specialist music education and reach 4,000 people at Taree, Lismore, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Orange.
  • Performing Lines Pty Ltd will receive $63,086 for a 2016 national tour of Australian Theatre for Young People’s Sugarland with 15 performances and at least four workshops at Lismore, Bathurst, Orange, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Taree. Written by Rachael Coopes with Wayne Blair following a series of residencies in the NT, Sugarland follows the lives of five Katherine teenagers and a local youth worker in the lead-up to a singing competition.
  • Force Majeure Ltd will receive $42,811 to tour Never Did Me Any Harm, a Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company co-production exploring modern parenting and inspired from interviews with real people. The production will tour Orange, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

Please view the assessment meeting report here.

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Published: 24 September 2015