Changes made to Playing Australia cautiously welcomed

The Australia Council has reintroduced multi-year investments and streamlined the application process for the Regional Performing Arts Touring program.

Multi-year investments and a streamlined application process for grants associated with Playing Australia have been introduced by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Also known as the Regional Performing Arts Touring program, Playing Australia funding enables touring productions to reach regional and remote communities across the nation.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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