Expression of Interest in Membership of NSW Artform Advisory Boards

The Arts and Cultural Funding Program provides a range of funding opportunities for NSW-based professional artists, practitioners and organisations. Assessment of funding applications by artform experts provides the NSW Government with the expertise, knowledge and independent advice to support final decision-making by the Minister for the Arts. The process of assessment against published criteria by individuals who are leaders in their fields provides the sector, and the wider community, with confidence in the decision-making on the allocation of public money.

Ten (10) Artform Advisory Boards assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program and provide recommendations for the Minister’s approval. The Boards may also provide expert advice on strategies for addressing gaps and opportunities in the sector as required by the Minister for the Arts.

The Artform Advisory Boards are:

  • Aboriginal Arts and Culture Board
  • Classical Music, Opera and Choral Board
  • Contemporary Music Board
  • Dance and Physical Theatre Board
  • Festivals Board
  • Literature Board
  • Multi-arts Board
  • Museums Board
  • Theatre and Musical Theatre Board
  • Visual Arts Board.

Applications are invited from the professional arts and cultural sector including individual artists, small to medium organisations and larger organisations across all artforms except screen, which is supported through the Screen Funding Program.

Commitment and Remuneration

For 2020-21, Board members will need to commit to assessing applications from Monday 16 September. Board meetings will be scheduled in October and November.

Board Members will need to commit to being available to attend Board Meetings. Meetings will range from one to two days depending on the volume and complexity of assessments. Meetings will be held in Sydney, as long as health guidelines permit this, and Create NSW will arrange travel and accommodation for regional members. If it is not feasible to hold face-to-face meetings due to public health concerns, then the meetings will be conducted via video link. Board Members receive payment for their participation in the assessment process.

Criteria and Desirable Skills and Experience

To ensure Boards have an appropriate balance of expertise, experience and regional representation, Create NSW is seeking expressions of interest from leading arts and cultural practitioners including professional artists, producers, business managers and independent company leaders. Expressions of interest will be accepted from individuals with:

  • specific artform knowledge and experience as per their nominated Board(s)
  • demonstrated leadership in their practice, including a senior position in an organisation and/or being recognised by peers as a leading professional practitioner
  • an understanding of the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework and its application to the arts and cultural sector
  • a commitment to making decisions with integrity to benefit the arts and cultural sector.

In addition to the criteria, people with specific skills and experience are encouraged to apply, including:

  • experience of working with Aboriginal arts and culture
  • experience of working with culturally and linguistically diverse arts
  • experience of working with artists with disability
  • business or legal expertise within the arts sector
  • leadership or strategic planning skills
  • a strong background in governance
  • philanthropic leadership within the arts sector
  • advocacy for the arts sector through service organisations, policy institutes or the media.


To be eligible to be appointed to a Board, individuals must be:

  • an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • a NSW resident or predominantly working in NSW
  • a professional artist or arts/cultural worker
  • aged 18 or over

Individuals who have not satisfactorily acquitted any prior Create NSW funding will be ineligible for consideration, unless written approval has been received from Create NSW. This approval will only be provided on the condition that all outstanding acquittals are submitted to Create NSW prior to appointment.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring appropriate representation of women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and young people on Government Boards and Committees. In addition, people living/working in the Government’s priority areas of Western Sydney and regional NSW are encouraged to apply for appointment to Artform Advisory Boards.


To apply, please complete and submit an expression of interest and signed declaration, along with a current resume, a cover letter (maximum two pages) outlining relevant skills, experience and qualifications.

Expressions of interest must be received by 11.59pm on Friday 21 August 2020.

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