Two creative organisations in Gilmore will share $500,000 under the seventh batch of grants from the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, which has created more than 200,000 jobs across Australia since 2020.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the latest round of $20 million will begin to flow immediately to 91 organisations across Australia to support a resilient creative and cultural sector.
“Today’s announcement takes to $200 million the funding that has been committed under RISE. It has gone to 541 projects, creating more than 213,000 jobs across Australia, to be seen by a total audience of 55 million people,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The purpose of RISE is to back the arts and entertainment sector to recover from the devastating impact of COVID-19 shutdowns. We want to see venue doors thrown open to audiences; we want to see the curtains going up; and we want to see performers coming on stage to a welcoming roar of applause.
“This unprecedented injection of arts stimulus funding is producing an extraordinary cultural and creative dividend; with a two-year pipeline of supported events rolling out across Australia.”
Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the funding will provide critical support for local arts organisations Kiama Music & Arts Pty Ltd and Christine Dunstan Productions Pty Ltd, and assist local communities and economies to restart from the pandemic.
“I am pleased to announce that Kiama Music & Arts Pty Ltd has received $100,000 to hold their annual ‘Clearly Music & Arts Festival’ event, and Christine Dunstan Productions Pty Ltd has received $400,000 to hold their 23-week national tour of the play TIM, through Batch Seven of the RISE Fund,” Senator Molan said.
“These projects highlights the rich arts culture of Gilmore, showcasing some of the best local talents we have here.”
The full list of Batch Seven RISE recipients can be found at: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update