The Federal Government recently announced an extra $5 million to support performing arts touring in regional and remote communities as they rebound from the effects of COVID-19.
The Playing Australia Regional Recovery Investment 2021, through the Australia Council, will provide extra funding for performing arts organisations that have already been awarded grants under previous rounds of the Playing Australia Program and were heavily disrupted by the pandemic. The additional funding will support the viability of their regional and remote touring projects.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the investment would support performing companies and all the regional performing art centres around Australia.
“This targeted support will connect regional and remote communities to music, theatre, dance and other inspiring performing arts, supporting community well-being, and driving economic recovery and arts development,” Minister Fletcher said.
The funding is expected to support more tours from existing 2021 rounds and support projects that were postponed due to COVID-19, resulting in greater opportunity for audiences, greater certainty for presenters in planning future programs, and real economic outcomes for regions across the country.