The Australian Government has allocated an additional $20 million to the RISE Fund to support the ongoing needs of the arts and entertainment sector.

25 March 2022

In recognition of the continued disruption posed by the Omicron variant, the Australian Government has committed $20 million towards one more round of the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, as part of the 2022-23 Budget, to support reactivating the arts and entertainment sector.

The Government has provided $200 million to support 541 projects through the RISE Fund to date, assisting artists and organisations in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers.

Over 213,000 jobs have been supported by RISE since 2020, stimulating a pipeline of events that will be seen by around 55 million people in more than 4,000 locations across Australia, strengthening local economies and boosting domestic tourism opportunities, particularly in rural and regional communities.

The additional RISE funding will be committed by September 2022, and artists and organisations in need of support are encouraged to check the RISE Fund website for opening and closing dates.

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Credit: Synthony concert, Melbourne. Image courtesy of Synthony.