More than $4.8 million for NSW's creative sector to RISE

Eighteen creative organisations across NSW will share in more than $4.8 million under the second batch of grants from the Australian Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, which is designed to reactivate live performance venues and events.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the latest RISE funding would support arts and entertainment organisations throughout NSW to restart, re-imagine or create new cultural and creative activities.

“NSW is renowned for its vibrant and diverse creative sector, which supports cultural expression, community and social wellbeing, and provides significant employment and economic benefits for the state,” Minister Fletcher said.

“That is why we’re committed to reactivating this vital sector, with more than $4.8 million to flow immediately to 18 diverse projects throughout NSW, creating 13,300 job opportunities across the sector.”

One of the largest grant recipients in NSW is Sydney Film Festival, which will receive more than $530,000 for its 68th film festival, creating more than 260 job opportunities.

To support its 2021 festival, The Sydney Fringe will receive more than $370,000 to present the work of 2,500 independent artists in 1,600 individual public performances.

One of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, Bangarra Dance Theatre will also receive more than $220,000 for their latest production showcasing the culture of the Torres Strait.

On 25 March the Government announced the RISE Fund will be boosted with an extra $125 million to support around 230 projects and up to 90,000 jobs, building on an original commitment of $75 million.

In November 2020 more than $60 million in funding was announced under Batch One of the Fund.

The successful New South Wales projects listed below are part of 61 projects funded under Batch Two of RISE. The full list of Batch Two recipients will be announced in the coming weeks at:

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Project Name



The Trustee for Boogie Unit Trust

Boogie Festival - Edition 14 (2021) and 15 (2022)


The festival will bring Australian performing artists to its stages.


Independent Regional Producer House Services for 3 Independent Regional development projects


The project will provide independent regional artists with access to producer services through an independent regional Producer hub.

Fairgrounds Festival Pty Ltd

Fairgrounds Festival


A family-friendly music festival, offering world-class bands and a range of children’s entertainment.

Precarious Inc t/as Circus Monoxide

Circus Monoxide - Reignition


A presentation of shows that will employ professional artists and respond to COVID safe measures.

Sydney Film Festival

68th Sydney Film Festival 2021: Hybrid Expansions


A hybrid in-person/virtual festival of expertly-curated and cutting-edge films which enhance accessibility and restore a crucial link in the fractured Australian screen sector.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Waru – Life of the Little Turtle (working title)


Waru will be developed as the first of an ongoing new audience offering, showcasing the stories and culture of the Torres Strait, led by critically acclaimed Bangarra artist Elma Kris.

Synergy & Taikoz Ltd

BOOM! International Festival of Percussion


The festival will see large public concerts framing a series of performances, talks, masterclasses and workshops.

The Eleanor Dark Foundation

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival Reboot


A four-day writers' festival through which Australian writers will receive creative opportunities to present to a local and out-of-region audience.

Hayes Theatre Co Ltd

Pacific Overtures


Mixing elements of Kabuki theatre with the conventions of the Broadway musical, Pacific Overtures is an original, inventive, powerful and humorous theatrical experience.

The Sydney Fringe Inc

The Sydney Fringe Festival 2021


Presents the work of 2500 independent artists in 1600 individual public performances for local, inter-city and interstate audiences.

Australian Publishers Association

Australian Book Network 


Industry-wide collaborations between BookNetAustralia and Australia Reads that will transform industry business practices nationwide, boost sales of Australian books, and promote reading.

The Woodland Production Company Pty Ltd

Ballet Revolucion


Leading Australian choreographers blend contemporary moves with classical/contemporary ballet and salsa to produce a unique dance fusion.

Musica Viva Australia

Musica Viva National Digital and Regional Engagement Program


An integrated program of regional residencies and digital touchpoints will expand and deepen Musica Viva’s engagement into regional communities across Australia.

Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Yong: A Chinese Australian Story


Employing artists to develop and tour a new theatre production based on real incidents of the 1850s.

King Street Carnival

Deliver King Street Carnival Sydney


A multi-sensory journey into Sydney's Inner West through the acclaimed King Street Crawl.

Performing Lines Ltd

Local Giants


To deliver new artist, community and presenter participation models to unlock the cultural ambition of regional Australia.

River Sounds Pty Ltd

River Sounds


Two day music festival in Bellingen with a diverse line up of high profile, emerging and First Nation artists.

Screenwave Australia Pty Ltd

SWIFF Expansion Project


A series of outdoor events hosted during and after the Screenwave International Film Festival.