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The NSW Government through Create NSW is supporting 70 recipients with more than $650,000 funding as part of initiatives specifically targeted to the small to medium sized arts and cultural sector impacted by COVID-19. Funding will be delivered to NSW independent artists and small to medium arts and cultural organisations across four program categories – Digitise, Creative Koori Digital, Health and Wellbeing and Regenerate.

Northern Rivers Creative is excited to join the recipients and deliver a music spotlight project showcasing and providing professional development support for emerging and early career musicians in the Northern Rivers. The project provides a platform for regional musicians to be seen and their work developed though professional development and mentoring opportunities provided by industry professionals in the region.

Create NSW Executive Director Chris Keely said, “I’m thrilled that recipients across many artforms and organisations will receive funding from these initiatives developed in response to COVID-19.”

COVID-19 support initiatives snapshot:

• Creative Koori Digital Initiative will support 11 Aboriginal arts and cultural organisations and projects through more than $106,000 in funding.

• Health & Wellbeing Initiative will see 13 recipients receive $121,157 in total funding to support projects focused on mental health, elderly care, Aboriginal wellbeing, and people with disability from across NSW.

• Regenerate Regional Event Initiative will support 11 local artists and projects with $110,000 in funding. The artists and projects have a particular focus on music or performance and a majority reside in areas recently affected by the bushfires.

• Digitise Initiative will present 35 recipients with a funding total of $320,887 to create, develop and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means.

A full list of COVID-19 support initiatives is available here. This funding is a part of the $6.34 million support for arts and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19 and in addition to the NSW Government’s $50 million Rescue and Restart package.

For more information on these funding programs, visit

Image | Sydney Dance Company Virtual Studio, Adult: Dance at Home online dance classes.⁣⁣


Byron Shire

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