The Government has provided more than $1.76 million to support cultural and creative tours to regional Australia through the Playing Australia, Contemporary Music Touring Program and Contemporary Touring Initiative.
As health advice allows the easing of social distancing measures in place to deal with COVID-19, these creative and cultural tours will provide a boost for the arts sector and local economies on the road to recovery.
The touring program investment will support tours spanning music, theatre, visual arts and dance.
$1,167,654 in funding will support 10 organisations to tour across all states and territories, including 84 regional and rural locations. Successful initiatives include Hit Production's 'Isaiah Live', Regional Arts Victoria's double bill' Stardust' and 'The Mission', and the Australian Theatre for Young People's 'Follow Me Home.'
Contemporary Music Touring Program
$335,389 will fund 17 groups of artists to perform at metropolitan and regional locations across the country, including more than 110 regional and remote towns, featuring country, folk, Indigenous, jazz, pop, rock and children's music. Funding recipients include Tralala Blip's 'Eat My Codes If Your Light Falls' Tour, a differently abled electronic pop band from Northern NSW who will tour to locations including Wagga Wagga, Bermagui and Gunnedah.
Contemporary Touring Initiative
$257,861 in funding will give three contemporary visual artists the chance to tour their exhibitions to 17 regional centres as well as cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. The funding will enable the Museum and Galleries NSW's Centre of the Centre, a major new commission by internationally recognised Australian artist Mel O'Callaghan, to visit nine galleries and art centres across five states from 2021–23.
Each organisation receiving funding will work with the Australia Council on the timing and delivery of their tours in line with COVID-19 health and safety measures.