More arts to travel to the regions with $1million

Media Statement from Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA and Hon Terry Waldron MLA

  • ‘Boost’ to encourage more arts to regional Western Australia
  • Grants for small to medium performing arts groups to travel to regions  
  • Training package will be available for regional hosts  

Regional communities in Western Australia will have the opportunity to see more touring arts performances, thanks to a $1million injection from the State Government. 

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day 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,” Mr 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,” Mr 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,” Mr Waldron said. 

“This funding will give regional communities greater options to see shows that best suit their needs.”          

Fact File   

  • Skills Training Package tender now open and closes June 11, 2014  
  • Regional Touring Grants open May 15 and close July 25, 2014
  • Boost is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts
  • For more details, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/regional/boost

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