Earlier this year, in response to Covid-19 restrictions, Arts OutWest ran a $22,000 Micro Grants program across the region, funding 21 local projects, with two from Canowindra.
Craig Lawler from Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours Micro Grant allowed him to purchase equipment to create podcasts and continue telling great stories.
Craig secured $988 in Arts OutWest Micro Grant funding and was able to purchase a Microphone, Audio Interface and Recorder.
“This grant has allowed me continue work- ing fruitfully during the COVID-19 crisis, to progress towards my aim of creating history podcasts relating to NSW history as a way of further engaging with the community and telling our local stories in an engaging manner,” said Mr Lawler.
“I am now closing in on the completion of my first episode of the Blind Freddy Podcast. It is proving a challenge as I am attempting to employ soundscapes and music to bring the stories to life, but I feel the results will be well worth it,” concluded Mr Lawler. Canowindra singer and songwriter Nerida Cuddy has spent the last few months sharing new songs online, with the support of the Micro Grant.
Nerida received a grant of $1,000 with the plan to purchase a good sound set up, in order to improve audio quality to continue delivering songs online.
“I used the funds to buy a whole set-up of equipment/programs to improve my capability to produce short films featuring my songs filmed live. These were added to personal funds to make the whole set up work in the end,” said Mrs Cuddy.
“To date, I’ve produced four published songs. One was general, one was a kids’ song for COVID hygiene with the kids from my school, and two are under the banner of a new playlist/blog called “Wide Open Air Songs” that I will continue on with long term,” Mrs Cuddy said.