Lismore Electorate artists and cultural groups will be briefed on funding opportunities when Arts NSW holds an information session on its 2013 Arts Funding Program at Lismore Regional Gallery at 11.00am on Wednesday 16 May, Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said.

“The 2013 Arts Funding Program will support a wide range of arts and cultural activities, programs and projects in metropolitan, regional and rural parts of the State, and play a key role in ensuring NSW remains the creative capital of Australia,” Mr George said.

“I would like to thank Arts NSW for coming to Lismore to make local artists and cultural organisations aware of the various funding opportunities.

“Creative arts can have many positive benefits for both local residents and our community. They harness individual talent and promote creativity, inspire innovation, and contribute to cultural tolerance and community identity.

“I strongly encourage local artists and cultural groups to attend the local Arts NSW briefing to learn about the opportunities to apply for competitive arts funding.”

Minister for the Arts, George Souris, said the 2013 Arts Funding Program will provide a range of grants for arts and cultural facilities, regional conservatoriums, annual programs, the development and presentation of new artistic works, and for performing arts companies to take their productions on the road to regional NSW.

“The program covers the full range of grants, from annual and multiyear program funding to one-off project grants and support for key groups such as young people, Aboriginal arts and culture, culturally and linguistically diverse people and access and disability projects,” Mr Souris said.

“For regional areas, programs relevant to regional communities have been grouped including a new Regional Partnerships category to support collaborations between regional arts organisations.

"A 2013 NSW Arts Funding Program Guide, which is available online at, has been prepared to provide full information on the various categories of arts funding that will be made available as well as eligibility requirements, grant amounts and application dates.

"NSW enjoys a vibrant cultural life with our arts sector enriching our lives and helping define who we are as a society.

"By supporting artists and arts and cultural activities, the 2013 NSW Arts Funding Program will help grow a creative, diverse and strong NSW arts and cultural sector that encourages excellence and innovation and boosts our economy."

Interested residents can register to attend the Lismore briefing session by emailing

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.