More arts to travel to WA regions with Boost
Regional communities in Western Australia will have the opportunity to see more touring arts performances, thanks to a nearly $1 million injection from the State Government.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has invited small to medium performing arts groups to apply for grants under the Boost program to develop shows specifically for the regions.
“Boost will increase the number and diversity of touring shows, including theatre, dance, music and circus performances, in regional areas for the next three years,” Day said.
Training will also be available for regional venue managers, arts organisations and volunteers to improve their skills and confidence in hosting performing arts tours at their local venues.
“All arts groups will be encouraged to work with local presenters to develop ways of engaging with the community,” Day said.
Acting Regional Development Minister Terry Waldron said Boost, supported through the Royalties for Regions program, would increase access to arts events in regional towns and cities.
“Major performing arts companies often visit regional areas, but smaller companies are not always given this opportunity,” Waldron said. “This funding will give regional communities greater options to see shows that best suit their needs.”
The Boost program has approximately $900,000 to use toward this grants program over the next three years. The Skills Training Package is now open to receive applications and closes June 11. Applications are also now open for the first round of The Regional Touring Grants. Submissions will be accepted through July 25. For more information, visit www.dca.wa.gov.au.