$40 million boost for Australia’s creative sector to RISE

Australia’s creative and entertainment sector has received a major boost, with the Morrison Government announcing that $40 million will be shared by 82 leading organisations across the country, under the fourth batch of grants from the $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said this $40 million in funding is especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.

“Demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 56,000 employment opportunities across the country,” Minister Fletcher said.

“RISE has been critical in supporting Australia’s live performance venues and events during an unprecedented time of widespread disruption from the pandemic.”

Creative Economy Taskforce Chair and Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Liz Ann Macgregor OBE, said the funding is a crucial lifeline for the sector to continue delivering events.

“RISE is rebuilding confidence and assisting arts and entertainment businesses to provide audiences with cultural and creative experiences nationwide. The strong demand for the program is indicative of the importance of this investment,” Ms Macgregor said.

“The funding is also invaluable for the broader economy, generating employment and economic activity for other industries such as hospitality and tourism.”

In this new batch of projects, the RISE Fund is supporting festivals such as the Adelaide Fringe, and the Sounds West Festival to implement COVID-safe measures and infrastructure including signage, tracking and hand sanitiser stations.

Almost one third of the projects funded to date have been provided funding for COVID safe measures and infrastructure.

Australia’s premier Blues festival Bluesfest will receive $2.4 million, the highest amount of RISE funding ever delivered, to reignite the festival with an all Australian line-up following consecutive COVID-19 cancellations in 2020 and 2021.

In March 2020, the Morrison Government announced the RISE Fund would receive an extra $125 million, building on an original commitment of $75 million.

To date, the Government has allocated $140 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating more than 145,000 job opportunities and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.

The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021- 22.

Further information on the RISE Fund is available at: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update


Batch Four recipients:



Project Name



Bluesfest 2021 Pty Ltd

Bluesfest 2021 -
The October Edition


Bluesfest will be reignited with an all Australian line-up between 1st - 4th October 2021 – following consecutive COVID-19 cancellations in 2020 and 2021.

Chugg Music Pty Ltd

The Squeeze Music Festival (2022)


A live music festival tour showcasing multiple Australian performers hosted throughout the country with a focus on reaching regional locations and audiences.

TEDxSydney Ltd

TEDxSydney 2021-2023 Event Series


A series of TEDxSydney cultural events (curated mix of talks, performances and films) spanning two years featuring Australia's emerging thinkers, leaders, artists and innovators.

Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre Incorporated

Touring and Co- production Development


The development of new Australian works of music and non-music theatre, working collaboratively with regional presenting partners to create productions specifically for regional touring.

Art Byron Ltd

Art Byron


Art Byron is a platform for contemporary art - showcasing local and internationally acclaimed artists to celebrate creativity, culture, and diversity to a regional audience.

Words on the Waves

Words on the Waves Writers' Festival June 2022


Annual destination festival featuring diverse author conversations, workshops, kids’ events and literary experiences. The festival will attract visitors and create employment for authors and businesses.

Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc

NSW Regional Touring Network for Contemporary Music


Establishment of a Regional Touring Network in NSW providing employment for musicians, venues, hospitality and technical staff, supporting sustainable touring circuits in NSW.

Moshcam Pty Ltd

World Stage


Leveraging its global video streaming platform, Moshcam will showcase to the world the live performances of Australian artists filmed over 2 years.

CiCADA International Ltd

Australian Women in Music Concert Series


A unique concert series to showcase the extraordinary talent of Australian female artists, musicians and music practitioners in a safe, high profile, public context.

Handsome Tours Australia Pty Ltd

A More Perfect Union


A More Perfect Union is a music festival curated by Sydney’s Gang Of Youths and produced by Handsome Tours.

Seymour Centre

Seymour Centre's Artistic Program: Sept 2021 - Nov 2022


Seymour's 2021-2022 artistic program will employ artists to deliver performances throughout 16 months of multi-genre productions and events.

Lost Paradise Glenworth Valley Pty Ltd

Recovering ‘Lost Paradise’: Re-Starting a sell-out Festival in Regional NSW


Lost Paradise will deliver a world-class, live-music festival to patrons in regional NSW, while providing critical income to performing artists and associated industries.

Adrian Bohm Presents Pty Ltd

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival


Just For Laughs is Australia’s biggest fully-curated comedy festival, held at major venues across Sydney with TV broadcasts nationwide, promoting emerging and established Australian comedians.

Museums & Galleries of NSW

Community Outreach for Barbara Cleveland ‘Thinking Business’ Regional Tour


Museums & Galleries of NSW will support regional galleries to re- engage with audiences through community outreach programs aligned with the nationally touring Barbara Cleveland ‘Thinking Business’ exhibition.

Viral Ventures (Australia) Pty Ltd

The Immersive Theatre Experience


The project will launch two new immersive experience/performance hubs in Sydney and Brisbane, providing ongoing employment for performers and artists over 18 months, reactivating city centres.

Australian World Orchestra

Australian World Orchestra 2022 concert series, education and upskilling program.


Australian World Orchestra's 2022 concert series' throughout Australia, featuring Australia’s finest classical musicians, incorporating an upskilling, development program for the next generation of artists/arts workers.

Word Travels

Story Week: Incubate - Create - Celebrate


The project will see Story Week expanded to a national program that will employ writers to deliver live and online literature activities and performances, including workshops and poetry slams.

Poetry In Action

Poetry in Action: Creating Art and Artists for the Future


Poetry In Action will employ, train and upskill artists; develop a revolutionary mainstage show; perform educational theatre shows; and conduct a community-based Indigenous literacy program.

Sound West Ltd

2021 Sound West Festival


A pioneering new five-day music and digital/technology festival in Western Sydney employing and upskilling artists, forging career paths, activating venues and platforming diverse talents.

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre Ltd. trading as Merrigong Theatre Company

Spiegeltent Wollongong, 2022 and 2023


Spiegeltent Wollongong 2022 and 2023 will restart this diverse, popular performing arts festival, bringing to life the Wollongong Arts Precinct.

Writing NSW

National digital hub for writers


Writing NSW will establish a new digital hub for writers, providing high-quality, research-based information and services for writers of all backgrounds, abilities and geographical locations.

The Merchants of Bollywood Pty Ltd

The Celebration of Swing


A concert production, taking audiences on a musical journey through the history of big band swing music of the early 1930s in the USA.

Love Police Touring Pty Ltd

Out On The Weekend Festival 2021 - A Celebration of Americana Music and Lifestyle


Love Police Touring will present 'Out On The Weekend' 2021 edition, an Americana music festival at Seaworks, Williamstown supporting culture, tourism and the local economy.

The Trustee for Empire Touring Trust

Empire Touring Festival Series


Empire Touring Festival Series, comprising Wildflower, Spring Loaded & Sunset Sounds, celebrates Australian music for all ages, in over 20 destination locations throughout the nation.

SIX Joint Venture

SIX The Musical


Six Tudor queens take the microphone to reclaim their identities, taking 500 years of historical heartbreak into a pop-queen celebration of 21st century girl power.

TEG Live Pty Ltd

TEG LIVE Summer Series


TEG Live Summer Series sees two major music icons KISS and Keith Urban bringing their individual world class live concert tours to Australia.

Pride In The Parkland Pty Ltd

Pride In The Parkland


Pride In The Park is a new annual outdoor music & art festival for LGBTQIA+ audiences & allies making its way across Australia in 2021.

National Institute of Dramatic Art

NIDA Connect


NIDA Connect partners with organisations in regional Australia to provide new access to world-class creative industry training for diverse local artists and aspiring young people.

Century Venues Pty td

Sydney Guitar Festival and Metro Weekly Music Program


Live at the Metro and Sydney Guitar Festival is a celebration of music for the young and young at heart.



There Is A Free Lunch Pty Ltd

Good Things Festival


The Good Things Festival in 2021, creating economic activity, jobs and performance opportunities for Australian artists and audiences.

Gumball Enterprises Unit Trust Trustee Gumball Enterprises Pty Ltd

Cosentino Deception NSW/QLD/TAS 2021 Tour


Cosentino’s ‘Deception’ is a world-class production bringing death-defying escapes, mind-boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic to theatres across regional Australia.

Lorne Sculpture Exhibition Inc

2021 Lorne Sculpture Biennale


Lorne Sculpture 2021 is a vibrant festival celebrating the best of Australian and international sculpture.

The Australian Ballet School

Butterfly Tour - The Australian Ballet School


Butterfly is a new production, commissioned to demonstrate the skills of The Australian Ballet School’s emerging artists, inspiring audiences with a new Australian work.

Creative Production Services Group Pty Ltd



Kaleidoscope is a large-scale installation artwork that immerses the audience in a multi-dimensional structure that evokes a sense of awe and wonder.

The Archie Roach Foundation

The Archie Roach Foundation Stage at Port Fairy Folk Festival


In 2022, the Port Fairy Folk Festival will launch the Inaugural Archie Roach Foundation Stage, curated by Archie Roach and his local Gunditjmara community.

TEG Dainty Pty Ltd

Guns N' Roses


Iconic rock band, Guns N' Roses back on stage and touring across Australia.

Imagination Workshop Pty Ltd

Rescheduled tour of Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers


A national tour of "Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers" through regional and metropolitan Australia.

Sensible Antixx

Sensible Antixx Presents; Sensible Soiree's


Sensible Antixx presents "Sensible Soiree's." Hosted at live music venues, the community minded events will showcase diverse line ups of Melbourne's creative sectors.

Museum Of Play and Art Melbourne Pty Ltd

Museum of Play and Art (MoPA) Melbourne


This project will create exhibitions to bring MoPA, the celebrated museum where children and families learn to play through the creative arts, to a new Melbourne location.

MMF Pty Ltd

Reactivating the Meredith Music Festival and Golden Plains Festival 2021/22.


Reactivating Meredith Music Festival and Golden Plains Festival in 2021/22 to celebrate the 30th and 15th year anniversary milestones, respectively.

One World Entertainment Pty Ltd

Under The Southern Stars


Under The Southern Stars - a national, one day live music festival held in stunning locations throughout Australia.

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz Inc

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues Artistic Program


The project will boost the Wangaratta Festival program to include multiple venues, artists, & community engagement enabling continuation of support for Australian artists and attracting broad audiences.

Red Hill Entertainment Pty Ltd

UNIFY Gathering 2022


Restarting the UNIFY Gathering festival, a 3-day, camping festival in Tarwin Lower in January 2022 following cancellation in 2021 due to COVID-restrictions.

PSV Enterprises (Aust) Pty Ltd as trustee for Finders Keeper Entertainment Group Unit Trust

Ultra Music Week – Australia


A week bringing together Australian and Asia/Pacific artists and workshops, culminating in ULTRA Melbourne, where audiences will enjoy the best in Electronic Dance Music.

The trustee for Seventh Tipple Trust

The Tote Rocks 40


A multi-pronged accessible program celebrating The Tote’s unique ongoing contribution to Australian music whilst directly investing in employment and viability of musicians and related economies.

Casino Promotions Pty Ltd

Shake Rattle 'n' Roll


Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll is a spectacular stage production featuring an all-Australian cast of performers including award-winning Latin Ballroom dancers from ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

Illusive Presents Pty Ltd

Immersive Cinema


The project will reinvent the film and theatre experience, blurring the line between performance and audience. The audience will step into the world of their favourite movie.

The Hills Are Alive Group Pty Ltd

NYE on the Hill 2021


Restarting the NYE On The Hill in Gippsland in December 2021, following cancellation due to COVID-19 in 2020.

Australian National Academy Of Music Ltd

The ANAM Set Weekend


The ‘ANAM Set Weekend’ harnesses the collective impact of new Australian music over a two-day Festival.

Live Nation Australasia Pty Ltd

National anniversary tour


A national anniversary tour of an Australian Band.


Giant Steps in Far North Queensland


A year-long process of community training and performance in Far North Queensland, growing the reach and impact of giant characters Janggaburru and the Bush Turkey.

Wildlands Music Festival Pty Ltd

Future-proofing Wildlands: Queensland’s largest contemporary youth music festival


Wildlands will expand and adapt to deliver a multi-day, multi-city music and arts festival.

Festival X Pty Ltd



FestivalX one-day festival tour performing in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.


Perth International Jazz Festival Inc

Perth International Jazz Festival


Perth International Jazz Festival looks towards its 2021 & 2022 festivals at a number of venues throughout Perth and commencing its regional expansion in WA.

Fremantle Biennale Inc

First Lights


'"First Lights" is a place-responsive, Aboriginal-led story- telling project and choreographed drone light show, to be delivered across 2021 - 2023.

The Trustee for Sloan Family Trust

Wave Rock Weekender, Edition 16 (2021) and 17 (2022)


Wave Rock Weekender, a remote annual music, film, art and camping festival centred around Wave Rock in Hyden, WA, in 2021 and 2022.

Origin Fields

Origin Fields 2021/2022


Origin Fields will present their annual New Year’s Eve Festival as a 3 day festival event.

The Trustee for the Factory Festival Trust

Factory Summer Festival


With innovative and creative experiential activations and live music, a reimagined Factory Summer Festival will showcase and support Australian artists and industry across Australia.

Awesome Arts Australia Ltd

25 Years of Pure Awesome!


A spectacular large-scale family event in the heart of Perth, featuring the West Australian Ballet, celebrating 25 years of the Awesome International Arts Festival.

Gascoyne in May Inc

CREALITY/ CRE8/Gascoyne Travelling Arts Festival


CREALITY is a Travelling Arts Festival which will build substantial & enriching engagement opportunities for all six communities of the Gascoyne.



National Folk Festival Ltd

The National Folk Festival Reimagined


Find your HOME / Find your FAMILY / Find your FOLK. The National Folk Festival reimagined in its 30th year in Canberra.


NT Writers' Centre Inc

Reimagining NT Writers' Centre’s Year-Round Activities


To support the strength and recovery of the NT literary sector from the impacts of COVID-19, the NT Writers’ Centre will present reimagined year-round programming.

The Trustee for Manapan Furniture Trust

Manapan Djama Gumumandji, Putting Together Work and Enterprise


An immersive exhibition of the Yolngu people through art, artefacts, and historical photographs at the Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.



Capricorn Film Festival Inc

film+art=#capfilmfest 2022


Capricorn Film Festival is Central Queenland's premiere film arts destination event situated in the picturesque Yeppoon, providing a heightened cinema experience to locals and tourists alike.


Sound Australia (Qld) Pty Ltd

Savannah in the Round


Savannah in the Round is a multi-day music, camping & cultural festival held at Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds, Mareeba (Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region).


Brisbane Philharmonic Association Inc

A concert series and regional tours featuring acclaimed harpist Emily Granger performing with Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and Queensland Youth Orchestra.


A concert series by Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with Queensland Youth Orchestra encompassing regional touring formulated around the acquisition of a new Concert Harp.

Circa Contemporary Circus Ltd

Circa Cairns


Circa Cairns leverages Circa’s global reputation to establish the first professional circus ensemble in Cairns accelerating the cultural and economic revitalisation of Far North Queensland.

Dead Puppet Society Ltd

The Wider Earth


Design and development work to tour the critically acclaimed visual theatre production The Wider Earth through regional Australia from February - April 2022.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

QUAMPI Arts and Culture Centre Opening program development


The development of exhibitions, product lines and cultural heritage content in preparation of the QUAMPI opening March 2023.

Vast Yonder Pty Ltd



Yonder Festival is a three day immersive multi-arts festival experience in the rolling hills of Mary Valley, Queensland, taking place in November 2021 and 2022.

Jungle Love Festival Pty Ltd

Jungle Love 2022: Queensland Artists in Focus


Jungle Love will continue their regional festival and create work opportunities for emerging artists from diverse backgrounds to deliver new, original works to new audiences.

Metro Arts Ltd

MAVA Program: A catalyst to transform the careers of contemporary visual artists post-COVID.


MAVA Program invests in visual artists to build their capacity through innovative use of digital and public engagement opportunities to create sustainable career pathways.

Ash Sounds Pty Ltd

Falls Music and Arts Festival 2021/22


Now in its 28th year, Falls Music and Arts Festival is an outdoor music festival that generates millions in regional economic benefits in three states.

Jet Black Cat Music

Nine Lives Festival


Nine Lives Festival is a celebration of music, community and inclusivity taking place annually in Meanjin (Brisbane) presented by Jet Black Cat Music.



Gravity & Other Myths Pty Ltd

Develop, Diversify, Endure - A collaboration and audience diversification initiative


Through the realisation of strategic projects, Gravity & Other Myths will expand and diversify its audience reach and creative portfolio ensuring economic growth and long-term company sustainability.

WOMADelaide Foundation Ltd

WOMADelaide 2022


WOMADelaide’s 30th anniversary will celebrate cultural and creative diversity from some 600 Australian artists. The program will include significant artists from across the festival’s illustrious history.

Rural City of Murray Bridge + Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

Murray Bridge Silo Art


Commissioning of a large-scale mural of regional significance on a silo as the centerpiece for a broader program of mural works in the town.

State Opera South Australia

Major Opera Production


Major Opera production to be announced in October.

Adelaide Fringe

Adelaide Fringe 2022


Australia’s largest multi-category arts festival, will support venues and artists to present COVID-safe experiences, including outdoor venues, digital innovations, industry collaborations and site-specific works.



Roar Film Pty Ltd



A musical exploration of Tasmania’s convict diaspora performed by a cast of eminent storytellers, digital artists, songwriters and musicians.

City of Hobart

City Pilots


A public art program supporting creative practitioners from any discipline to explore temporary, creative ideas for Hobart's real life and online public spaces.

The Theatre Royal

The Rocky Horror Show


The Theatre Royal and John X Presents will present Tasmania's first commercial musical: Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.