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Arts & Culture

'In the spirit of reconciliation, South West Arts acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.'


Live Music survey from NSW Government.
The survey will be open until 15 January 2024.


Turn the beat around: first live music audit is part of venue revival.

The Minns Labor government is tuning in to the challenges faced by musicians, artists and venue providers as part of its commitment to revive a thriving music scene in NSW.

For the first time, the NSW Government will conduct a survey of artists and professionals working in the music industry in a bid to build a picture of the challenges faced and what can be done to restore the live scene to a position of strength in our cultural fabric.


NSW has lost half its live music venues over the past decade, with just 137 remaining, according to current Liquor and Gaming data.


As part of the music revival, the government will seek to ensure the survival of these venues as the recently established Sound NSW begins its work with the live music industry.

Launching during Australian Music Month, participants will be asked to assess the strengths of the industry as well as the factors that might be holding the industry back, from noise restrictions, venue closures, COVID-19 and cost of living pressures.


The survey forms part of a wider research project that will combine economic analysis, venue mapping data and audience research to inform the NSW Government’s first ever strategic policy for contemporary music and create a vision for a vibrant arts and cultural scene in NSW.

The survey is completely anonymous, with no personal information collected.


Expression of Interest

Creative Industries Career Launchpad

Join Our Exciting Regional NSW Youth Project! (ages of 16 -27)

*** EOI Date ended, updates soon ***

Horizons is a state-wide regional project that provides direct intensive support to young people wanting to pursue a career in the creative industries. Our aim is to provide participants with new pathways to explore work and study opportunities in the creative industries.


South West Arts Inc and THE END FM were successful in their NSW Government Creative Capital funding application, which will be used to create a mobile broadcast and digital production facility.

The mobile facility will become a multi-purpose, media, training and digital production-centric facility, all contained inside a large commercial van that can travel throughout the region’s communities, achieving three primary pillars.


MusicNSW PLAY your way through Regional NSW.
The Regional Touring Network (RTN) a tour-planning platform.

The RTN is a powerful free map-based tool that makes organising your tour as easy as click, drag and drop. 
The centrepiece of the tool is its easy-to-use mapping and route-building interface, but users can also access detailed venue information, including contact and booking details, capacity and accessibility info, and technical specifications – everything needed to take the stress and guesswork out of touring regional locations for the first time. Find out more

Join the ARAA NSW team in a series of workshops and Events


Looking for ART in regional NSW?
A Roadmap is now available

Planning Travels

Arts and Cultural Development Plan

Arts and Cultural Development Plan.
Click here to download the web version, or call into the South West Arts office to pick up a physical copy.

Have your say on our new strategic plan.
Click the link to take you to the survey.

Your feedback is important to us and will steer the direction of South West Arts for the next four years. 

Featured Artists

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