New appointment gives Blue Mountains Creative Industries a boost
Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of local creative professional, Nicole Law, to the newly created role of Creative Industries Project Officer.
The MTNS MADE Creative Industries Cluster was formed in 2013, in response to industry demand for a collaborative approach to economic development in this key sector.
The creative industries are defined as ”those sectors which specialise in the use of creative talent for commercial purposes” (NESTA, 2013). The creative industries include but are not limited to:
As is shown in this Creative Industries Industry Profile, the Blue Mountains is a creative hotspot and the creative industries are a critical sector for the Blue Mountains economy:
MTNS MADE is the cultural identity for the creative industries in the Blue Mountains.
It was commissioned in 2015 by Blue Mountains Economic Enterprises (BMEE) in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council to provide a collaborative approach to marketing for local creatives and to help position the region as a hub of creative excellence.
Today the MTNS MADE website boasts more than 500 local creative professionals, including world class artists, designers, film-makers, musicians and makers who use the platform to market their talent to national and global audiences.
In 2020 a decision was made to bring the activities of Blue Mountains Economic Enterprises (BMEE) under the management of Council. This decision was made to provide new opportunities for collaboration across Council to best serve our business community, and maximise resources as Council seeks to play a stronger role in facilitating economic and tourism development within the City, following the 2019/2020 bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.
Following this, in early 2021 Council appointed local creative professional, Nicole Law, to the newly created role of Creative Industries Project Officer.
With a background in graphic design, product design, education and visual arts, Nicole brings a breadth of experience to her role which will see her reinvigorate the MTNS MADE campaign as well as collaborate with the Blue Mountains Creative Industries to create opportunities for future development and growth within the sector.
Nicole will work within Council’s Economic Development Team led by Economic Development Program Leader Tessa Hockly and alongside BMEE’s former Creative Industries Cluster Manager, Ann Niddrie, who in her role as Project Officer for Economic Development is assisting with transitioning BMEE projects into a BMCC in-house program.