Sixty three leading arts and entertainment organisations across Australia will share in more than $20 million funding, in the latest support from the Government to revive the sector from the impacts of COVID-19.

7 September 2021

The Australian arts and entertainment sector is set to be revitalised, with 63 leading organisations across the country set to share in more than $20 million, under the fifth batch of grants from the Australian Government's $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Under the fifth batch of grants, the RISE Fund is supporting:

  • An extra $400,000 for Melbourne Digital Concert Hall—to continue supporting the future of Australia music, building on the success of their livestream events which have already raised more than $1.5 million for the industry during the pandemic.
  • $2,000,000 for Sculpture by the Sea—to deliver its popular exhibitions over the next two years at Bondi and Cottesloe in a COVID safe way. 
  • $65,000 for The Holy Holy band—to support their return to a national tour across regional Australia following a lengthy hiatus imposed by COVID-19.
  • An extra $730,000 for Brickman Exhibitions— to deliver a national tour to some of Australia's most prominent exhibition spaces and regional locations. The exhibition includes unique LEGO® Brick artistic sculptures combined with a program of hands-on create-and-learn activities.

The latest funding is creating a path to revival, supporting over 22,000 jobs and reaching over 560 locations, with more than half located in regional and remote Australia.

The support will flow immediately to arts and entertainment businesses to support activities such as festivals, concerts, tours, productions and events, which is needed now more than ever as we continue to recover from the pandemic.

The full list of Batch Five recipients can be found on our Funding and Support webpage.

Image by Jarrad Seng of Ken Unsworth AM's Sculpture by the Sea—There's Many A Slip'.

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