After 35 years South West Music will finally be a school with a permanent home.
South West Music has been granted a $4.3M development from the NSW government which will underwrite long-term sustainability, improve service delivery, and enable greater collaboration with local and major arts and cultural organisations.
The project includes an upstairs extension and incorporates seven teaching studios, a band room, a recording studio, an audiovisual production studio, an artist’s co-working space, and accommodation for visiting teachers, artists, and touring performers.
The renovations will feature, state-of-art sound, lighting, and acoustic technologies, a flexible foyer/gallery, and a 150 – 200 seat auditorium, and an upstairs outdoor performance deck. The facility will be fully wheelchair accessible, include all-gender toilets, and be powered by solar panels.
In repurposing and restoring the existing facility, South West Music will preserve this important Deniliquin heritage façade and complement the existing infrastructure creating a music and performance hub and cultural precinct for the region while celebrating civic pride.
The grant acknowledges the work of the community over many years and the importance of the arts in driving greater social inclusion, community wellbeing, and economic prosperity, by stimulating community connectivity, cultural tourism, and the visitor economy.
Check out the video of what the new space might look like...