The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust was created to build on the City’s reputation of being the State’s inaugural City of the Arts. The Trust administers the City of the Arts Grants Program, to which Council makes an annual contribution of $50,000.  

The Trust’s primary objectives are to: 

•    Support the local arts industry and strengthen the cultural fabric of the Blue Mountains
•    Encourage arts quality and innovation
•    Engage local communities and visitors in arts and cultural activities, as both participants and audiences.

The Trust Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Blue Mountains City Council each year to support selected arts projects in the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of Blue Mountains residents.

Donate to the Trust

Donations to the Trust help build a strong & vibrant arts culture in the region by bolstering the reach of the City of the Arts Grants Program, which directly supports local arts projects. The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust has both Tax Deductible Gift Recipient status (TDGR) and Charity Tax Concession status (TCC) and can receive donations to support arts and cultural activity within the Blue Mountains. Please contact the Cultural Development Coordinator at Council, Katrina Noorbergen to discuss your contribution: knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.

Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant Program 2022

The 2022 Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant program supports projects that encourage arts quality and innovation, strengthen the local arts sector and engage the local community and visitors as both participants and/or audiences.

The 2022 Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Grants Program has awarded $48 088 in grants to support the projects of five local artists and arts workers. 

The successful candidates are: 

•    Chris Caines – The Inn at Twenty Mile Hollow 
•    Margaret Davis – LOOK OUT/ LOOK OUT!
•    Kalani Gacon – Mountain of Youth
•    Josephine Truman – Traversing the Void 
•    Linda Swinfield – A mothers’ site 

The City of the Arts Trust Advisory Committee also endorsed $2000 seed funding to go towards the region’s first Performing Arts Residency, Propel Projects.

Propel Projects Emerging Performers Residency (PROPEL)

Propel Projects Emerging Performers Residency (PROPEL) is a unique opportunity for emerging local performing artists to access space to create, rehearse and perform as well as connect with mentors and additional support to help them hone their craft and propel their art practice to the next level. Coordinated by the BMCC’s Cultural Development department in partnership with the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, and with generous support from the City of the Arts Trust and MTNS Made, there will be four residencies across the next 12 months. Applications open June 6 and close 17 July. 

Please go to Opportunities, for more information on how to apply.

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