The NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has selected the Chairs of the Artform Assessment Boards at the heart of the NSW Government’s new arts funding process, Create NSW has announced. The boards will assess applications made to Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program, provide recommendations to the Minister – who will have final say on any funding decisions – and advise on strategic directions for the sector.

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“This process has demonstrated the extraordinary depth of talent we have in the NSW arts and cultural sector,” said Harwin. “I’m pleased to announce that nearly 40 per cent of our Board members are from regional NSW and Western Sydney. This will ensure robust advocacy for artists outside of central Sydney.”

Naseema Sparks, Chair and Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (Sydney Living Museums) as well as SLM Foundation Director, will Chair the Classical Music Board, which includes the Sydney Opera House’s Classical Music Producer Casey Green, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Artistic Director Paul Dyer, Four Winds Executive Director David Francis, composer and Deputy Dean at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Matthew...