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FunSing now a Creative Kids Provider

February 12, 2019

About the Creative Kids program

From January 2019, NSW parents, guardians and carers of young people aged 4.5 to 18 years can apply for a $100 voucher to use for creative and cultural learning activities outside of the school curriculum.

FunSing is a registered Creative Kids provider and provides eligible activities so a voucher can be redeemed towards FunSing enrolment fees. The rebate is available once a year for four years.

 

About the registration process

When does the Creative Kids program start?

  • From 1 January 2019, parents/guardians/carers can claim a $100 voucher for each eligible school-aged child, by applying online through their MyServiceNSW account
  • From that date, approved providers registered with the Creative Kids program such as FunSing, can accept and redeem valid vouchers from recipients

 

About the voucher process

When can families start downloading and using their vouchers?

  • From January 2019, families will be able to apply for their voucher/s online from MyServiceNSW
  • Vouchers can be used toward the cost of fees for eligible programs with registered providers
  • Families can apply at any time within the calendar year
  • Providers must be approved and registered with Service NSW before accepting vouchers

 

How long are vouchers valid?

  • Vouchers provided are valid for redemption during the current calendar year activity program (Year 1 will commence from the 1 January 2019 and expire on the 31 December 2019). Vouchers shall expire at the end of the calendar year
  • The program is valid for 4 years 2019-2022 and families can apply for a voucher every year
  • Vouchers are available for redemption once only for the nominated registered season or term of activity

 

For more FAQs and program information visit service.nsw.gov.au/creativekids

Beauty and the Beast Absolutely Fantastic

January 25, 2019

The recent Beauty and the Beast production at Ballina Players was great. “Everyone associated with the show should be very proud of what you have achieved.  It really was high quality” said FunSing Director, Kim Hernage.

How great are our youth!  There were so many stand out performances on the stage and the young band produced some of the best music to come from the Players’ pit … and what about the quality of the costumes … five star!

“To Director, Jacquie McCalman and your team, you are deserving of every credit that has come your way.  Good people who give their all to a good cause can achieve great things … and that is what you did” said Kim.

FunSing’s connection with youth productions has been strong for many years and it looks forward to the next one, Kim added.

 

A Decade of FunSing

October 6, 2018

With the closing of the curtain at the October FunSing workshop concert, FunSing’s tenth year was over. A truly wonderful landmark.

“When we started the program in 2009, we thought it would fill a gap in theatre style activities for Ballina children and teens” FunSing Director Kim Hernage said.  “Although we believed singing, dancing and acting activities would  contribute to holiday fun and assist in youth personal development, we weren’t 100% sure how it would be seen by parents generally”.

FunSing is a fast pace, high energy program that kids from the area have fallen in love with and parents have recognised the benefits.  “They continue to be amazed at what the kids are able to achieve in just 4 days” Kim added.

The program fills to its limit every time with return customers and word of mouth communication. Over 600 children and teens from throughout the Northern Rivers have attended FunSing a total of 1800 times.

Beauty and the Beast

August 17, 2018

The major film and musical success for many years, “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed on the stage of Ballina Players in January 2019.

It will be another Players’ “youth production” with majority of roles being played by young performers from the region.  Kim Hernage congratulates everybody who auditioned successfully and especially acknowledges the 21 successes who have experienced FunSing workshops in the past.

The show will be directed by Jacquie McCalman.  Each FunSing workshop has a special guest presenter and Jacquie joined us in October last year and provided good information and comments about youth productions.

Major productions of “Beauty and the Beast” have been held in over 50 major cities throughout the world since 1993 and now it’s Ballina’s time, Kim said. It is considered to be Broadways first legitimate family show.

Best wishes to all as you prepare and rehearse.

 

Boys from Oz

August 2, 2018

Congratulations to Lennox Broadley and Torin Forsyth for being selected for roles in the Ballina Players’ production of “The Boy from Oz”.

I am sure that Peter Allen would have been comfortable knowing that they will be playing him when he was a young boy.  FunSing is proud of you both.

The show opens on 9th November.  It’s one not to miss.

 

Creative Kids Rebate

June 26, 2018

The NSW Government recently announced that a Creative Kids Rebate will be introduced in January 2019. The $100 per child rebate will be able to be put towards the cost of participation or tuition fees for a range of creative and cultural activities including music lessons and performing arts.

FunSing Director, Kim Hernage said that more information about the rebate, including the eligibility criteria and providers, will be available in the coming months.

“I am anticipating that the rebate will be able to be used towards FunSing fees” said Kim. “The recognition of the value of programs such as ours is a great step forward” she added.

More information will be provided as soon as it is available. In the meantime you can visit www.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/news/100-rebate-for-creative-kids.

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