Source: Regional Arts NSW

A new arts and cultural development program will be introduced in 2015 to replace the Arts Funding Program, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, has announced. Mr Souris said the new Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) will deliver quality arts and cultural experiences to diverse audiences across the State, and support a resilient creative sector.

‘The structure of the new program responds to the feedback we received from the sector which called for increased stability of funding, a more transparent application process and reduced red tape,’ Mr Souris said.

‘The new structure offers arts and cultural organisations the opportunity to progress from project funding to annual program funding, and then on to multi-year funding, depending on their capacity to achieve sustained success. This will ensure stability in the sector, and allow Arts organisations to secure their future and establish themselves in the community.’

Mr Souris said the new program strikes a balance between the needs of the sector and the capacity to deliver the program within a tight fiscal environment. The NSW Government has responded to calls from the sector for enhanced transparency around access to longer term funding and wider flexibility within available programs. Funding will continue to be competitive, but there is now clear direction from the NSW Government on how projects and organisations fit into the funding structure.

‘Arts NSW is committed to supporting innovation, excellence and State-wide engagement with arts and culture – the ACDP will deliver on this commitment,’ said Mary Darwell, Executive Director at Arts NSW.

Claire Harris, Creative Producer, Outback Theatre for Young People, said the
changes are a positive step forward for annually funded companies that consistently
demonstrate artistic leadership and innovation.

‘It is very exciting to have the opportunity to submit an EOI for multi-year funding which provides greater stability for organisations and encourages more effective long-term planning.’

Arts NSW staff will be holding briefing sessions on the new arrangements in April and May at locations throughout the State. Further information on the briefing sessions will be available on the Arts NSW website shortly.

The ACDP represents a renewal and re-thinking of the NSW Government’s support for arts and culture. It will focus on:

  • Project funding for one-off arts and cultural activities, 
  • Program funding for annual and multi-year programming that rewards success, 
  • Professional development for artists, and 
  • A new strategic fund that will target priorities and identified needs of the sector


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