Defunding Regional Arts NSW won’t ‘make funding stretch further’ – it will only hurt artists and communities

In August, NSW government arts agency Create NSW held a consultation into regional arts funding. Their discussion paper noted the recent drought, bushfire, flood and COVID-19 crises would require “innovative thinking about how to make existing support go further”.

Last night, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed this “innovative thinking” will mean defunding Regional Arts NSW.

Their current A$455,000 annual grant will be redistributed among the organisations they exist to serve.

Findings of the consultation have yet to be released…

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