RISE arts grants finally dispensed, Federal roadmap for return to live performance released

$60 of the $75million from the RISE fund will start being released to applicants

The Federal Government has announced $60million of the $75million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) grant fund will finally begin to flow to the arts and entertainment sector – six months after they were first announced.

The grants of between $50,000 and almost $2million have been allocated to 115 different projects, from over 300 applicants who will learn the outcome of their application today (November 20).

The recipients span a variety of art forms, including music, theatre, visual arts, opera and musical theatre, circus, community arts, literature and more. The bulk of the money dispensed so far (71 per cent) has been given to small-to-medium sized organisations, with 21 per cent to regional areas.


Applications for RISE are still being taken until May 2021.

“We intentionally front-loaded the allocation of the RISE grant, based on consultation with stakeholders, and with the intention of delivering support to the sector as quickly as possible,” Federal Arts MP Paul Fletcher’s office told NME.
“As the release explains, RISE is one of a range of measures the Government has undertaken to support the arts and creative sector.”

The slow release of guidelines and money from the fund were criticised in August, after it was reported that none of the $250million stimulus package for the cultural sector had yet been spent.

A Federal roadmap for “reactivating live performance venues and events” in Australia has also been released today. The guidelines break up the return to live music into three steps, though it delegates decision-making on capacities to state jurisdictions. It projects an ultimate return to standing concerts only in outdoor and “mixed” performance spaces.

Federal roadmap
The Federal “Roadmap For Reactivating Live Performance Venues Or Events”.

Festivals are also projected to make their return after the final step, with restrictions.