Funding of $5.5 million will assist 16 creative projects with designated costs associated with performing arts tours.

21 January 2022

This October 2021 funding outcome is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting performing arts touring in regional and rural communities. Tours spanning music, theatre, circus, cross art form and dance will reach 151 unique locations across the country.

This investment will support the development of diverse performing arts projects, and drive economic recovery in regional and remote communities, by increasing audience access to and participation in music, theatre, dance and other inspiring performing arts.

This round of funding has strong outcomes for Australian youth and regional participation, with Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People receiving government funding to support a new model for Monkey Baa’s regional touring. There is also a large focus on First Nations representation, with Archie Roach set to perform across regional NSW and QLD, engaging with First Nations peoples in these communities.

Arts and cultural activities have shown to have great value in areas such as economic diversity, national employment, education attainment and community development. Employment in these industries will be an important factor in the growth of the Australian workforce post COVID-19. The Government is pleased to be contributing to this important aspect of the national economy.

Application information

Playing Australia is administered by the Australia Council and has three grant rounds each year. Recipients are selected by the Australia Council through peer review.
Applications for Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment are now closed.

Applications for Playing Australia Project Investment are now open and will close on 1 March 2022, followed by a second round for the year closing on 7 June 2022, and the third round for the year closing on 11 October 2022.

For details, go to the Australia Council website.