Tamworth’s extensive music and arts culture has been highlighted today in NSW Parliament during a Private Members Statement by Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier.


Mr Anderson said work being done by local organisations including Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music (TRCM) to help promote the music and arts culture in our region is resulting in recognition from our city counterparts that Tamworth has much to offer in this space.


“Tamworth has been recognised for its outstanding country music output for some time and we are continuing to see other avenues grow now and increase their popularity both locally and around the state.


“It is through the incredible work being done by local organisations often with assistance from NSW Government grants that we have been able to see our outstanding arts culture develop.


“I congratulate TRCM Director Noelene McGrane and Board Chair Peter Ross on their commitment to the arts and music in our region.”


Mr Anderson has also today announced three live performances that will tour the region in 2016 with support from the NSW Government’s Performing Arts Touring funding program. 


Mr Anderson said the CDP Theatre’s production of Mr Stink, Critical Stages’ production of Stones in his Pockets and Erth Visual & Physical’s Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium will come to Tamworth in 2016.


“To see these live performances come to Tamworth further recognises that our region is rich in arts culture.


“It is of great benefit for everyone to have new and exciting talent on show right in our backyard, especially for those up and coming artists in our community.


“This funding not only provides adults and children with the opportunity to attend a variety of performances, it also creates jobs for artists and arts workers and showcases performers to people of our region.


“As Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier I will continue to advocate for arts funding to flow into our region so that we can see our local music and arts industry grow and prosper.”


Mr Anderson’s full address to Parliament is available on Hansard.

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