Syncopation and improvisation celebrated to the tune of $1.12 million

The Australian jazz and improvised music sectors have benefitted from recent RISE funding announcements, but will funds flow from festivals to the grassroots?

Two jazz festivals and an improvised music festival are among the recipients of the most recent round of Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) funding.

Perth International Jazz Festival, the Sydney Improvised Music Association and Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues all received funding in the July round of RISE.

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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