Greens NSW Arts Spokesperson Jenny Leong MP has written an urgent letter to the NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin calling on him to immediately explain the significant delay in decisions for the December 2017 Create NSW grants round.
“It is unacceptable that there has been such a delay in the announcement of the Create NSW December 2017 funding round leaving artists and creatives in the lurch,” she said.
“The Arts Minister and Create NSW should be doing all they can to support artists, producers and creative organisations – not adding to the pressures they are already facing as a result of insecure work, the high cost of living and the loss of creative and cultural spaces.
“I have written to the Minister urging him to immediately clarify the situation.
“I urge those who wish to show their support for this action to sign on to the letter here - https://www.jennyleong.org/create_nsw_grants_delay - and we will take these in person to the Arts Minister when we are in Parliament next week.”
“The Greens know that funding is a crucial element of ensuring a thriving and sustainable arts sector, artists and creative organisations deserve respect and transparency around these decisions.”