Queensland arts funding axed

Ros Bates.
Ros Bates.

FUNDING for Queensland's school band competition and the literary awards has been axed amid much controversy but the government says regional communities will still get a cultural boost.

Arts Minister Ros Bates said $771,332 funding would go towards realising 33 projects through the state, with more than half in regional Queensland.

She said people with a disability in Charleville could become involved in the performing arts through a grant to create a touring production with acclaimed Blue Roo Theatre Company.

Ms Bates said public art works would be installed on the walls of Toowoomba businesses impacted by the 2011 floods, as part of the Splashing Back project.

"These projects, and many more, will help to create a far-reaching, vibrant and stimulating arts environment," she said.

The government will grant funds for innovative projects with public outcomes and aims to foster collaboration between artists, organisations and businesses.

Up to $50,000 is up for grabs twice a year, with rounds closing in April and August.

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