Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced today that performing arts fans in the Tamworth electorate will get to enjoy the talents of NSW-based performing arts companies when they visit the region over the next three years.


Mr Andersons said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed more than $1.2 million over three years to support eight companies to tour across the State and was very excited that Tamworth will have the opportunity to watch the renowned talent of the state’s performing arts close to home.


“I’m thrilled this investment will provide our community with access to high quality performing arts touring companies and will attract visitors to town to watch the performances.


“This funding is testament that the NSW Government is working hard to ensure regional audiences have the same access to quality arts and cultural opportunities as those in the city.


“I am very excited that Money Baa Theatre Company will perform in Tamworth and I look forward to the community supporting this terrific opportunity and enjoying the shows,” Mr Anderson said.


The Performing Arts Touring funding recipient who will showcase their shows in Tamworth are Money Baa Theatre Company ($276,808 from 2015-2017) to tour productions to regional locations across the State from 2015-2017. In 2015, Monkey Baa will tour the play, I Am Jack to eight venues across NSW including Tamworth. The company will also tour new work, The Unknown Soldier.


Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the funding encourages people living in regional areas, and particularly young people, to be inspired by the performers they see and consider developing a career in the performing arts.


“Support for touring also builds the viability of NSW’s performing arts companies through developing new markets and audiences for producers, creators and artists,” Mr Grant said.


Mr Anderson said for the first time this year the NSW Government has offered multiyear support through an expression of interest process for NSW-based performing arts companies to become a NSW Touring Organisation.


“Multiyear support is available to regular touring organisations and aims to increase the commitment to regional audiences and forge stronger relationships with artists, producers and venues in regional NSW.


The NSW Government offers performing arts touring funding to offset the costs of touring to regional NSW destinations and for associated community engagement activities which improve community access and deepen the connection to arts and culture regionally.


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