Scot MacDonald
10th Oct 2017

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Lake Macquarie dancer Jessica Conneely will further her career with a professional development opportunity made possible through NSW Government funding.

Jessica will receive $5,000 as part of the NSW 2017 Innovating Dance Practice Grants funding initiative administered by AUSDANCE on behalf of Create NSW.

Jessica will undertake secondments with London’s Dance to Health Program and the Green Candle Dance Company, as well as a six-month mentorship under Kevin Williams to develop a dance- based program for regional NSW.

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “NSW has a very strong reputation for dance excellence, including here in the Hunter and we are passionate about helping our artists grow their careers”.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for development and this year’s recipients have chosen some fascinating aspects to focus on. I wish all our recipients the best for their upcoming studies.”

Mr MacDonald added, “I am delighted to see Jessica selected for this funding and excited about hearing how they get on with their opportunity”.

“Funding like this is invaluable in helping artists to develop sustainable arts practice and it is great to see our local artists be recognised through this initiative. I look forward to seeing more from Jessica in the future.”

The NSW 2017 Innovating Dance Practice Grants funding is intended to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice.

Under the funding, six dance professionals from across regional NSW and metropolitan areas will share $29,920 to undertake their respective professional development activities.

Funding is available for any amount between $500 and $5,000, and can be used to cover costs such as artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences and documentation.