Younger artists urged to apply as funding opens for arts
DOUBLEMASK Drama knows how much funding can help with production costs such as the making of props and lighting installations in their theatre productions.
The group received funding from the Country Arts Support Program in 2012 as part of the Tyalgum Classical Music Festival, giving young theatre students the chance to perform, create and manage various aspects of producing a play or stage show.
The 2014 Country Arts Support Program is now taking applications for funding grants up to $3000.
The administrators, Arts Northern Rivers, are putting an emphasis on applications from young people in the area as a priority.
Designed to support local arts events and projects taking place in the region, the program has helped out numerous organisations like local production company DoubleMask Drama.
In 2013 a variety of applicants received funding, including school committees, art centres and aboriginal community justice services.
Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood said he was expecting strong applications this year as per usual, especially from the younger arts community.
"The application process is always very competitive purely because of the depth of talent in the area," Mr Wood said.
A big emphasis must be put on getting a strong community connection in all applications.
"I think applicants need to strongly involve and engage the community with regards to applications - there is a big push for that local aspect".
Despite the push for younger artists and applications, older community can still apply and will be judged equally.
"The push for youth does not mean with are not taking other applicants," Mr Wood said.
Applications close October 1 and potential applicants are required to contact coordinator Zoe Robinson-Kennedy before lodging an official bid.