How Regional Arts Australia secured an extra $10 million for the sector

Changing the narrative was integral to obtaining an additional $10 million for the rural, regional and remote sector, which will be spent on both immediate and long-term recovery.

The Federal Government’s recent announcement of an additional $10 million investment for the regional arts sector has been a long time coming.

‘The industry’s been campaigning for the Regional Arts Fund to be increased for years – since way before I was involved with regional arts,’ said Ros Abercrombie, Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts