Biggest RISE in arts funding almost over

As the Federal Government’s RISE funding scheme draws to a close, we look at where the money has gone.
a gallery door with bright lights behind it almost closed

The Federal Government’s largest arts funding program in recent memory is about to wrap up, with the announcement on its final round winners (now several weeks overdue) expected within days.

The RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand the arts) fund is a $200 million Federal investment in targeted COVID support for arts projects. Over the past 18 months it has so far provided 450 grants to approximately 410 artists, organisations and venues.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).