News November 27, 2018

20 musicians from NSW have shared in $375,000 of state funding

20 musicians from NSW have shared in $375,000 of state funding

musician and music groups were among those from a wide range of artforms which have received state in a number of initiatives.

Twenty NSW creatives were awarded over $375,000 in 2018/19 arts and culture fellowships to undertake self-directed professional development programs and career advancement across the state.

Eleven artists share $303,276 in funding to enable new Creative Development Fellowships, which provide up to $30,000 per recipient for early to mid-career practitioners working across any artform or cultural practice who are seeking to build their leadership in their field.

Tamlyn Magee from Bega received $17,766 to undertake a residency in Melbourne to develop new and existing solo work, with guidance from three industry professionals to upgrade her skills in live performance, songwriting, music technology, and promotion/business.

The program will involve studio time in which she will demo 10-12 songs and take one song to completion, to be released according to an effective promotional strategy.

Emele Ugavule of Canterbury ($26,731)will undertake a program of professional development through artist residencies, skills development and mentorship in the field of live performance and theatre over the course of 12 months in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

Nine recipients were selected to share a further $73,650 for Young Creative Leaders Fellowships.

This would support emerging young leaders in NSW between the ages 18-25 working across any artform or cultural practice.

This category offers to fund up to $10,000 per recipient, with this year’s Fellows also benefitting from a wider scope that supported applicants from all areas of the State.

From the music side was Victoria Pham from Sydney ($10,000) to continue further musical mentorship and see her return to performance lessons in percussion.

Create NSW’s executive director for Create Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott said, “I’m proud that our range of Fellowship opportunities continues to provide support for artists and creatives across all stages of their careers, and now has a wider geographic reach across the state.”

Another program, Regional Arts Touring, saw 17 music, theatre ads dance organisations, exhibitions and literature events share in over $674,000 in funding.

The $674,938 will result in more than 90 performances and events across over 50 NSW locations.

Contemporary music recipients were:

Woodfordia Inc. ($18,000) for its Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2019: Cygnet to Illawarra.

It will tour international and Australian musicians across regional, rural and remote areas to perform 20 shows as well as hold workshops.

The Summer Tour 2019 will feature Fru Skaggerak and Liam Gerner and will provide opportunities for 20 local support acts and six arts workers over five weeks.

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Inc. ($6,383) gets financial support for the regional NSW component of a three-state tour of hip hop storytelling show, In Between Two.

The project will include three performances and three workshops in Wyong and Bathurst.

Ensemble Offspring Ltd ($8,105) will tour Wombats, Wattle and Winds, a concert program designed for families and young children, to Tamworth, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay in 2019.

With a touring party of three musicians (piano, percussion, woodwind), the program will introduce children to the work of iconic Australian composers.

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