Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Five-year funding for leading Northern Territory Arts Organisations

Five-year funding for leading Northern Territory Arts Organisations
January 22, 2020

Over the next five years, the Northern Territory Government is distributing $21 million of arts funding among 23 leading arts organisations and venues.

The new five-year funding agreements deliver on an election commitment to provide more certainty for leading arts organisations allowing them to better plan, develop and showcase NT artists and deliver memorable experiences for Territorians and visitors.

Two strategic arts venues and 21 arts organisations have received the funding including the Arnhem Northern Kimberley Artists, Barkly Regional Arts, Katherine Regional Arts and Red Hot Arts Central Australia. The NT Dance Company, led by Larrakia artist Gary Lang, has received five-year funding as a new entrant to the leading arts organisation category.

The funding will support career development and employment opportunities for artists and professional arts workers and the delivery of high quality arts programs and services for the community.

Acting Northern Territory Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Eva Lawler advised “the move to five-year funding agreements is important for the viability of the Territory’s arts and cultural sector. It provides greater security and the ability to plan for our leading arts organisations to develop and present high quality arts programs that maximise public value and create more memorable experiences for Territorians and visitors.

“In 2018, leading arts organisations and venues engaged more than 2,700 artists to deliver arts programs, exhibitions and performances to audiences of over 230,000 people.

“Arts organisations generated 66% ($16 million) of their income from their own activities, box office, corporate and philanthropic support and more than 12,345 people participated in their annual programs.”

NT Dance Company, General Manager, Erica McCallum added “having secure funding for the next five years will allow the NT Dance Company to continue to develop and showcase our amazing Territory talent to locals, visitors and reach people on the national stage.”

Image courtesy of NT Dance Company.

Related Articles

20th January 2020 - National Regional Arts Fellowship Program opens for applications

5th February 2019 - Northern Territory Arts Trail Campaign to Boost Tourism

12th January 2019 - Traditional owners withdraw support for National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs

15th October 2018 - Australian Cultural Ministers release consultation on future Major Performing Arts funding

8th May 2018 - Darwin Entertainment Centre reopens after $7.4 million refurbishment

27th June 2017 - Federal Government backs regional arts projects and touring exhibitions

19th February 2017 - Boosted arts funding platform reaches $3 million milestone

6th June 2016 - Equity New Zealand slams reduced Government arts funding

31st May 2016 - Arts funding to creatively transform small towns in Victoria

19th April 2016 - Victorian Government announces $115 million in new arts funding

19th April 2016 - Rally hears that South Australian arts funding at risk of being ‘decimated’

22nd March 2016 - Peak cultural body calls on Prime Minister Turnbull to reverse arts funding cuts

13th December 2015 - Australia Council announces $10.4 million in arts funding

3rd December 2015 - Senate inquiry slams Federal changes to arts funding

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play



Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation



The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues



SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues



Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues


Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more




Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business