A RISE in Funding for the Arts and Entertainment Industry Across Australia


2 Aug 2021



Written By Staff Writer



What comes as some positive news for organisations and projects across the country, the federal government has committed to providing $200 million into their RISE fund, in order to support the events and arts industry.

The Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts of Australia, Paul Fletcher also announced a further top up for the music sector, providing much needed support.

“What we’ve sort to do from a Commonwealth point of view is tailor our RISE fund to better support music, so we’ve now cumulatively committed 200 million dollars. We initially announced 75 million in the RISE fund last year, we topped that up with another 125 million during the budget. And following some recent consultations we’ve tweaked the rules to try and make it work better for the music sector.”

This included a further $40 million being allocated to 82 individual projects, events, and festivals around Australia, of that over 50% is music.

The Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund was created to help support the entertainment and arts sector across Australia. With COVID-19 affecting events in both cities and regional areas, the RISE fund will provide much needed assistance to a range of projects and events in a bid to keep the sector on track.

So far more than 80 organisations and projects have received funding. Of those, key arts organisations that have received funding so far include:

  • WOMADelaide Foundation received $1,200,000
  • Gravity & Other Myths received $800,000
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art received $690,024
  • Creative Production Services received $650,714
  • Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation received $610,000
  • Metro Arts received $400,000

While key festivals and touring organisations include:

  • Bluesfest 2021 received $2,400,000
  • The Trustee for Empire Touring Trust received $1,542,000
  • Ash Sounds Falls Music and Arts Festival received $1,475,000
  • Live Nation Australasia received $1,092,760
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival received $1,000,000
  • National Folk Festival received $900,000

You can access the full list of fund recipients here.

The RISE fund opened on 31 August 2020 and will remain open until all funds are allocated. Applications are accepted at any time and are open to arts and entertainment orientated organisations and projects that were heavily affected by COVID-19.

To find out more information about the RISE fund click here, otherwise you can apply for the fund here.

Photo: Nainoa Shizuru


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