$250,000 is a great start 

SOUTHERN Tablelands Arts (STARTS) has received grants totalling up to nearly $250,000 to go towards various projects throughout 2013.

Elizabeth Brown from STARTS said that the group receives triennial funding from Arts NSW.

“This year, the arts minster George Souris, was wonderful enough to give us $35,000 to create a whole new position within our offices here at the McDermott Centre,” she said.

“We were also quite pleased to receive a grant of $20,000 to put towards the Goulburn 150th birthday partnership we are involved in with the Regional Conservatorium, GRAG and the Lieder Theatre. Goulburn Mulwaree Council is also involved in the partnership, and they, especially Mayor Geoff Kettle have been really supportive and helpful.

“We also worked with the Regional Conservatorium to put a grant application together to Arts NSW, and they (the conservatorium) got $50,000,which I thought was fantastic.”

STARTS have employed local woman Giselle Newbury to help put together projects.

Ms Brown said that Mrs Newbury was able to write her first grant application to the Australia Council, and received up to $30,000.

“Altogether we’ve brought in about $250,000 to the Goulburn arts community, so we’re quite excited about that,” Ms Brown said.

STARTS will also be working with the Regional Conservatorium to host a Goulburn Oratorio concert to be held on the St Saviour’s Cathedral Common in November.

The oratorio will be composed specifically for the city’s 150th birthday celebration by Steven Leek, and will be on an epic scale, with an orchestra, massed choirs from across the region, soloists, performances and Son et Lumiere visual projections.

They are also hoping to bring the Melbourne International Comedy Festival roadshow to town again, as they did in 2012.

“We will be able to bring the Melbourne International Comedy Festival road-show to Goulburn again, as we did last year,” Ms Brown said.

“We will also try and take it to other parts of our vast region, which stretches from the Wingecarribee through to Braidwood and Yass, and even out as far west as Cowra.”

The roadshow will be held on Friday, May 24 at the Lieder Theatre.

For more information on Southern tablelands Arts (STARTS), call Elizabeth Brown on 4821 7028, or visit the website at www.starts.com.au.

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