A grant program that is set to put young people from Lithgow on the road to stardom.
The NSW Government's Youth Opportunities Grants Program launched 'Create Lithgow', one of 35 initiatives across the state.
The project involves a year-long series of workshops for young people who are looking to make a career in the creative industries.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said NSW Government funding of $42,000 would allow Lithgow City Council to drive the project, under the direction of Community Development Officer, Ali Kim.
He said that over the next 10 months there would be workshops covering all aspects of the creatives industries.
"These range from song writing and sound production to recording, marketing, running a small business, copyright and legal issues, promotion stagecraft, lighting, videography and various other topics that are relevant to young people launching a career in the creative sector," Mr Toole said.
According to Ms Kim the workshops would be facilitated by Centwest Entertainment and would tap into a range of skills, talents and experience in the local area as well as industry professionals from the wider region and around the state and nation.
"The initial workshop was facilitated by Lis Bastian, the former CEO of Arts Out West, Varuna Writers' House and founder of The Big Fix, Blue Mountains Plurivserity, the Lithgow Sprint and Stop Laughing This is Serious Gallery," Ms Kim said.
"The workshops are for young people aged between 12 and 25 years who are excited about the creative industries."
Mr Toole said the Youth Opportunities program helped young people build life skills, employment pathways, and nurture good wellbeing and mental health.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said 35 projects statewide received up to $50,000 each through the program.
"We want all young people to be engaged and active members of their communities and these grants foster exciting new initiatives to make that happen," Mr Ward said.
"Young people are our State's greatest asset and we are working hard to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to make our communities stronger and better places to live."
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said more than half of the successful projects are based in regional and rural NSW.
"Rural communities know it's vital to engage with young people as they are the future leaders," she said.
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