Two Canowindra artists have continued to produce content during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the Arts Out West micro grants program.
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Singer/songwriter Nerida Cuddy and Blind Freddy's Bushranger Tours' Craig Lawler each received a grant under the program.
The grants were small amounts for things that, in 'normal' times might seem small, but have allowed recipients to continue or build on their artistic practice during the pandemic.
Ms Cuddy was given $1000 to purchase audio and video equipment and has allowed her to produce a number of short films in the past months.
"To date, I've produced four published songs, with a few still in the editing stage," she said.
"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.
"I'll also use the equipment to allow the kids I teach at school to perform the songs they've been working on for the wider school community.
"Adding the film gear has given greater quality and interest to my films."
Ms Cuddy said the equipment has helped her develop as an artist.
"Personally, I'm growing in my identity as an artist and musician," she said.
"Being able to self-publish easily, with reasonable quality, and to quickly connect songs with audiences is strengthening my confidence and creativity.
"It feels like the micro grant has been one of the factors stimulating and equipping me to grow in my creative process, and in my ability to produce work that connects with audiences," she said.
Mr Lawler's grant also went to audio equipment using the $988 he received to purchase a Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone, AI-1 Audio Interface and a Zoom H6 portable Recorder.
He said the equipment had been of huge benefit to him in the last few months.
"It has allowed me continue working 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," he said.
"I am 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, aural atmospheres, and music to bring the stories to life, but I feel the results will be well worth it.
"Without the equipment upgrade allowed by the micro grant provided by Arts OutWest my efforts may well have faltered and would not sound as good as they do."
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