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Young adults in the country often think they don't have the right stuff to make it in the field of their dreams. That’s why I’m asking those who know young people with a creative edge in our regions to help spread the word about our new $10,000 scholarships.

I travel across regional NSW and see how much talent is out here, but I also hear the struggle our young people have being seen and heard. These are stories which should be told and that’s why I launched this grant to help young people progress their works.

Arts funding is often attacked in a budget where there is always something else to be fixed, or built, but it is vital to invest in our youth and our regional areas.

Regional areas deserve diverse industry and the arts in NSW are a major success story. Cultural and heritage visitors spend $8.3 billion in NSW each year, while the arts sector generates $4.8 billion in business income, employing 176,000 people directly or otherwise.

If you know a talented young person under 25 and living in regional NSW then this is their opportunity to grab a $10,000 NSW Young Regional Art Scholarship to fulfil their artistic promise.

Already, last year’s alumni are seeing the results.

“It’s a good injection of funds to do things, that I would never be able to do, ever, so that’s really exciting and I’m excited to bring it back to my region,” Jacob Raupach of Wagga Wagga said.

The alumni includes Corowa woman Bethany Thornber, who is using the money for a six month mentorship with another Aboriginal artist culminating in her own exhibition.

“It will develop important networks, which all helps with getting events and exhibition spaces, and that’s something important, that you struggle with in regional NSW,” Ms Thornber said.

The greatest thing about this scholarship is that it is up to regional youth to think big and come up with their own plan. It could cover dance fees, accommodation, travel, a mentorship or an arts residency. It covers all art forms including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, screen and visual arts. Applications will be lodged on the Arts NSW website and there are great people at Arts NSW ready to help you with applications here: http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/index.php/funding-and-support/types-of-funding/2015-nsw-young-regional-artists-fellowships/.

Please help us spread the video and the word with this video: https://youtu.be/luozcZITFRc.

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