Recipients of the Government’s Fifth Round of RISE Funding have been Revealed


7 Sep 2021



Written By Staff Writer



The latest round of RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) fund recipients were unveiled yesterday, providing an additional $20 million boost to select events and organisers.

The pot will be split across 63 organisations this round, including some new event initiatives, with notable recipients including:


  • Vanfest 2022 – $668,700
  • Yours and Owls Festival 2022 – $700,000
  • Gawler Laneway Arts and Music Festival (GLAMFest) – $300,583
  • Big Country Festival 2022 – $250,000
  • Sculpture by the Sea – $2 million
  • Newcastle International Film Festival (NIFF) – $180,491


  • CIRCFest 2022 Brisbane – $352,000


  • Gurindji Freedom Day Festival – $461,000
  • Nathan Michael Cavaleri, NT & WA Tour 2022 – $101,983


  • Beaker Street Festival Tasmania – $282,800
  • Holy Holy National Tour – $65,194


  • Strawberry Fields Festival 2021 – $398,183


  • Out of the Woods Music & Arts Festival – $787,424
  • Bunbury Fringe 2022 – $80,000
  • Boyup Brook Country Music Festival – $161,200 
  • Nathan Michael Cavaleri, NT & WA Tour 2022 – $101,983

New event, Out of the Woods Music & Arts Festival received a large portion of this round of funding for the creation of a new three-day boutique camping festival. The festival aims to deliver an all-Australian line-up of multi-genre music, production, culture, and art to regional Southwest WA.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the latest $20 million of funding is creating a pathway to recovery that will support 23,000 jobs in more than 560 locations.

“As the vaccine rollout continues at a strong pace, with 60 per cent of Australians 16 and over now having received at least one dose, it is important that our arts and entertainment sector is primed to get activity restarted just as soon as public health requirements allow. The National Plan clearly sets out the key benchmarks for opening up at 70 and 80 per cent vaccination levels.

“As those benchmarks come into sight, funding under RISE has a critical role in catalysing the restart of activity. RISE funding, under this round and previous rounds, has been allocated to an extensive range of projects, across all states and territories, and across many different forms of arts and entertainment.

“The Morrison Government’s objective, in providing this record level of funding for arts and entertainment, is that as states and territories open up, arts companies, promoters and festivals are ready to go. We want to see venue doors thrown open to audiences; we want to see the curtains going up; and we want to see performers coming on stage to a welcoming roar of applause.”

The latest announcement means the Government have now allocated $160 million of the $200 million RISE fund.

A full list of recipients can be viewed here.

Photo: Konstantin Evdokimov


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