Final round RISE winners announced

The highly anticipated announcement of final round RISE fund recipients is here, with the results reflecting the program’s consistently broad reach.
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The final $20 million of RISE’s $200 million budget has been spent on 91 recipients across almost all artforms in all states.

A close look at the latest recipients of the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund shows the final round’s outlook to be true to its intended wide scope, but weighted towards performing arts and live music events, especially in regional areas.

90% of the round was allocated to festivals and tours of live performance, including music. This includes $480,000 for the Melbourne-based UNIFIED Music Group (for a regional showcase and merchandise pop-up store with performances and products by artists from the Group) and $600,000 for Empire Touring (NSW) for a national tour of Australian performers to 23 locations, in tribute to the music of international artists like The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, John Lennon and David Bowie.

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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).