Newcastle City Council announces Support for Arts and Cultural Organisations program

THEATRE: Newcastle Youth Orchestra performs as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival 2017 at the Conservatorium.
THEATRE: Newcastle Youth Orchestra performs as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival 2017 at the Conservatorium.

Young classical musicians will be performing at events across the Hunter thanks to a new support program.

The money comes from Newcastle City Council’s Support for Arts and Cultural Organisations program.

The Newcastle Youth Orchestra (NYO), Catapult Dance and The Lock-Up were announced as the first recipients for the funding.

"The project based funding is designed to support the growth and vitality of Newcastle's arts and cultural," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said. 

NYO's project includes over a dozen public performances over the course of its two-year grant period, professional development opportunities for its musicians, expanding its performances beyond Newcastle to Singleton and the Central Coast, and the purchase of new music.

Orchestra Manager Sally Ebert said the organisation was grateful for the opportunity.

"NYO is a relatively new organisation, we're entering our sixth year, and this support will help us take our performances to the next level and cement our reputation in the region," Ms Ebert said.

While the first round projects are getting underway, other Newcastle based arts and cultural organisations are invited to apply for the second round of funding, with expressions of interest now open.

The next round of funding will be allocated to two eligible organisations for projects to commence in the 2018-19 financial year. A total of $100,000 is available, subject to final adoption of council's annual budget for 2018-19. An organisation may apply for up to $70,000 per year for up to three years.

The application deadline is Monday March 26, 5pm.

A workshop is also scheduled to assist potential applicants.

Date and Time: 5.30-7pm, Tuesday February 27.

Place: Newcastle Room, City Hall

RSVP: Mardi Ryan at by Monday 26 February

Newcastle Projects 2018

Choreographic and Multi-Disciplinary Performance Program

Through Catapult's three-year program of choreographic and multi-disciplinary artist residencies, inbound and local artists will collaborate to develop new works for public presentation, culminating in a triple bill season. The project includes partnerships with Force Majeure, Critical Path, Heat Marketing, Ausdance NSW, Create NSW and Council.

Newcastle Youth Orchestra (NYO) Ensembles Season

NYO's two-year program of concerts by three ensembles will be presented in Newcastle and the lower Hunter. Partners involved with the project include Newcastle Writers Festival, National College of Dance, Creative Partnerships Plus One Grant and Council. The first concert of the project will be in April 2018 as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival free family fun day, where the NYO musicians will perform Peter and the Wolf.

The Lock-Up

The Contemporary Performance Project

 The Lock-Up's three-year multi-arts project will bring culturally and linguistically diverse communities and artists together to create new work. The project involves research, community and arts sector workshops, collaborative making, showings and a major performance and exhibition. Partner organisations include Tantrum Youth Arts, Create NSW, Newcastle Herald, Headjam and Council. 


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