NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has announced Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation will receive $60,000 for a significant new arts and cultural project.

It’s one of seven diverse projects sharing $377,300 in the second round of Create NSW’s annual Arts & Cultural Projects funding, thanks to the work of the Nationals in Government.

Coffs Harbour’s Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, in collaboration with music development organisation Grow the Music, will offer up to seven open-mic sessions to Aboriginal musicians, singers and performers from the Mid North Coast. Eight performers will be chosen to be rehearsed and mentored to perform at the annual Saltwater Freshwater Festival on Australia Day 2020.

Mr Singh said the support for Saltwater Freshwater Made Deadly 2019 was great news for the community.

“This funding is an important opportunity to strengthen the skills and develop the reputation of our local arts and cultural professionals. I’m excited to watch this local project come to life,” Mr Singh said.

Open to individual artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships and organisations, the funding program supports professional projects at any stage of the creative process.

Support of up to $75,000 is available per project, with two funding rounds carried out per year enabling opportunities to increase the accessibility of arts across the State, and for professional development in the small-to-medium arts and cultural sector.

It’s yet another way the Nationals in Government are supporting local communities and investing in what makes them special.