Latest batch of RISE funding allocates $25 million across the nation

‘This funding is an important step in the rejuvenation of Australia’s arts sector from COVID-19,’ said Minister Fletcher.

From regional Victoria to the Northern Rivers region of NSW, arts organisations across the country are celebrating the allocation of funding from the Morrison Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

The third tranche of RISE funding sees $25 million shared by 66 organisations, including Byron Writers Festival (which receives $182,000 towards the 2021 festival), Perth’s Barking Gecko Theatre Company ($570,000) and the Illuminate Adelaide Foundation ($350,000).

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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