Expressions of Interest are open for the new Strategic Arts Program

Expressions of Interest are open for the new Strategic Arts Program.

Department of Tourism and Culture, Director Arts NT, Angela Hill said the Strategic Arts Program seeks to fund new initiatives to grow a sustainable arts sector, support the independent and freelance sector and increase opportunities for artists with a disability across the NT

“The new Strategic Arts Program is providing a total of $400 000 in grants funding to the arts community to support arts projects that showcase the diversity of the Territory’s arts sector and support strategic sector development,” Ms Hill said.

“The program offers a targeted and flexible approach to fund new arts industry initiatives by calling for expressions of interest only and by offering merit assessment in a short turn around to allow projects to go ahead from July 2017.”

There are three project categories:

  1. that increase access and inclusion for artists with disabilities;
  2. building for independent arts producers and curators; and
  3. arts industry development initiatives.

Individuals, groups and non-profit organisations are invited to apply for up to $20 000 for projects that increase participation and access for artists with disabilities.

Independent producers and curators are invited to apply for up to $20 000 for projects that support them in building a sustainable arts business.

Leading not-for profit arts organisations can apply for up to $100 000 to support outstanding strategic projects for the development of the Northern Territory arts industry.

Activities funded through the Strategic Arts Program are expected to have a long-lasting effect in supporting the development of an innovative, capable and sustainable arts industry.

The Strategic Arts Program is an additional funding opportunity to the Northern Territory Arts Grants Program and a result of community consultation and dedicated support for arts sector development priorities.

Expressions of interest need to be submitted by 29 May 2017.

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