Anger in NSW as media receive funding outcomes ahead of applicants

Outcomes of the already-delayed funding round were communicated to applicants by the media, or by texts from colleagues, instead of by Create NSW officials in a direct and timely manner.

Numerous arts organisations in NSW learned about the results of their recent funding applications on Thursday from the media or by text messages from friends, with official word from Create NSW following several hours later.

Results for multi-year funding for independent arts and cultural organisations were published by the Sydney Morning Herald at 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 July.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts