Funding News Regional Arts Fund announced: $78,667 for the Central West
The Central West will benefit from $78,667 for five new arts projects through the 2012 Regional Arts Fund. The five projects funded for the Central West will all have a focus on young people, from developing the work of young professional dancers to work with music ensembles, a rural youth film festival and both media and circus work with young Aboriginal people. Arts OutWest has received funding through RAF to add new elements to ongoing youth media and Aboriginal arts programs in the region throughout 2012. Arts OutWest will also auspice funding for an exciting new dance/theatre work called SYN-THESIS. Other recipients are Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s Catapult Festival to develop a group of indigenous circus and physical theatre performers; Parkes Film Society for their new Rural Youth Film Initiative; and Orange Regional Conservatorium for the composition, workshopping and performance of a 12-minute musical performance ‘Bushranger’.
“Competition for the Regional Arts Fund is incredibly tight,” said Arts OutWest Executive Officer Tracey Callinan, “This is the largest amount of money and widest range of projects funded by RAF in this region for some time. It says a lot about the growing quality of arts projects being developed in this region.” Read the full story with more details of the funded projects at: www.artsoutwest.org.au/news/news_item.php?nid=202
Catapult’s Festivals Australia funding
BMEC’s Catapult Festival 2012 has received funding from Festivals Australia for an emerging artists program to run as part of the biennial youth circus and physical theatre festival happening in Bathurst in March 2012. 12 spots in the program will be funded, bringing young (aged 14- 25 years) emerging artists from around the country to Bathurst for an extra week to work with two of Australia most prominent and well regarded Circus/ Physical Theatre Artists/Directors and develop a performance for a 30-minute work at the festival. Emerging circus and physical theatre artists who wish to be involved in this project need to be nominated by a youth circus/ physical theatre company, a high school teacher or tertiary lecturer or a circus/ physical theatre artist, director and /or community worker. The Catapult Festival will run Thursday 29 March - Saturday 31 March 2012. Details of how to apply on page 15. More about this festival at: www.catapultfestival.com.au
Country Arts Support Program 2012 Community and arts groups with arts projects in mind to apply
for the 2012 round of Country Arts Support Program funding. The State Government’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) provides small grants for small locally initiated arts projects. CASP grants are for small amounts of money - typically $500 to $1500 - and are available primarily to cover professional artist’s fees, travel and accommodation. Groups in Central West NSW wishing to apply for the funding should read the guidelines carefully and must discuss their project with Arts OutWest before submitting an application. Download the funding criteria from www.regionalartsnsw.com.au/
ml and contact Arts OutWest on 02 6338 4657 or email email@example.com
Closing date 10 February 2012 For projects occurring between April 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013. Details of how to apply page 14.
Arts NSW funding 2012
At the time of printing the 2012 Arts NSW Project and Program funding had not been announced. Keep an eye on the www.artsoutwest.org.au
website for news of this announcement.
4 | December 2011 - January 2012 | Artspeak INSIDER ADVICE Crowd Funding?
‘Crowd funding’ is the new buzz in arts funding. It won’t be for everyone and every project but it does offer a different solution to individuals or groups who don’t fit traditional funding options, timeframes or criteria. Crowd funding involves people pooling their money, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by others. It is being used all over the world to microfinance projects, often creative ones.
Expat Orange musician and composer Tim Hansen recently used crowd funding to launch ‘exAust’, a concert in New York showcasing young Australian composers. “Unlike other, more traditional sources of funding (say public grants or private sponsorship) having a public campaign online meant that we could appeal directly to a wide pool of smaller contributors,” Tim says. “We could operate the campaign on our own schedule and on our own terms, with a video that focused on what we believed to be the most appealing aspects of the project.” Local arts projects currently using crowd funding to gather funds include the 2012 Catapult Festival (www.pozible.com
p/archive/index/1481/ description/0/11634#.Tq6Xgaw9aUw. facebook) and artist (and AOW staffer) Chistine McMillan who is developing an arts festival in Subak, Indonesia (www.pozible. com/index.ph
p/archive/index/4080/ description/0/0). Both use Pozible, an Australia crowdfunding platform, developed specifically for creative minded people. There are a multitude of crowd funding websites, so if you’re looking at this format as an option, be sutre to do your homework first.
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