13 projects score $3M Australia Council touring investment

Latest Playing Australia round backs touring productions across the nation, especially for regional and remote areas.

The performing arts sector receives another raft to weather the COVID-storm with Australian Council’s nearly $3M injection through Playing Australia to support touring acts in 2022.

Preparing for a revitalisation of performances across the nation including regional and remote areas, Hon Paul Fletcher said: ‘As the vaccine rollout continues at a strong pace, it’s important that our arts touring sector is primed to restart when permitted to do so.’

This comes on the tail of the additional $5M Federal Government investment towards Playing Australia over two years announced in April.

As previously reported by ArtsHub, the reintroduction of multi-year investments and streamlined application process has been cautiously welcomed by organisations. ArTour, which voiced their support is one of the latest funding recipients that will present shake & stir’s theatre adaption of Jane Eyre across 40 national venues.

Alongside arTour (VIC) are 12 projects supported by the latest funding round, including: CDP Theatre Producers Pty Ltd (NSW), Woodfordia Inc Small Halls Tour (QLD), Dance Makers Collective (NSW), Dead Puppet Society (QLD), two productions by HIT Productions Pty Ltd (VIC), Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Inc (NSW), Lewis Major Projects, Australasian Dance Collective (QLD), Finucane and Smith Unlimited (VIC), Slingsby Theatre Company Ltd (SA), and Soft Tread Enterprised (NSW).

The selected projects showcase a range of performing art talents and ambitious programs that benefit directly from the Federal safety net, with performances travelling to locals across Australia including remote Northern Territory, Hobart, Canberra, WA, SA as well as the larger destinations.

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.

The next round closing dates are 12 October for projects starting after 1 January 2022 and 1 March 2022 for projects after 1 June 2022. Learn more on Playing Australia.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She recently acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: lleizy_

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