Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman MLA has welcomed another scheme of the $24 million Creative Regions program, which will fund regional touring driven by community demand.
A total of $3.1 million of Royalties for Regions funding will help increase the number and variety of performing arts touring regional WA through the Regional and Remote Touring Fund.
Mr Redman said applications for funding opened today, and encouraged eligible applicants to jump aboard the opportunity to receive financial support.
“Eligible applicants include regional local government authorities, Regional Development Commissions and WA performing arts organisations, small or large,” he said.
“This fund gives regional communities more influence when it comes to selecting shows to visit and perform in their towns.”
The Regional and Remote Touring Fund is one of five schemes being introduced under the Creative Regions program, which was a key Nationals WA election commitment in 2013.
Already rolling out is $7.8 million through the Regional Venues Improvement Fund and $5.7 million to assist regional arts organisations through Country Arts WA.
Mr Redman said applicants needed to demonstrate their proposed tour was supported by two or more towns or remote communities in WA.
“Supporting local decision making will ensure arts and culture activities are aligned with the desires of regional communities, bringing vibrancy, new experiences and audiences along for the ride,” he said.
“I look forward to finding out what shows plan to tour Warren-Blackwood as a result of this funding, which will really increase access and enrichment of the arts and culture scene in our towns.”
Creative Regions is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
For more information, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au or Bigger Picture-Regions