Bluesfest, Falls, WOMADelaide, among 30 festivals sharing RISE’s $ 40 million pool

Music festivals were the main beneficiaries of Round 4 of the federal government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund.

Of the total of 82 organizations of various art forms sharing $ 40 million, 30 were festivals, representing $ 21.3 million from the pool.

NSW leads with 11 and Bluesfest Byron Bay the biggest winner with an injection of $ 2.4 million.

The funding also ensured the continuation of national concert tours and the introduction of new live initiatives.

Paul Fletcher, minister of communications, urban infrastructure, cities and the arts, said the demand for funding from RISE has been significant since it opened last year.

“The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 56,000 job opportunities across the country,” he said.

“RISE has played a pivotal role in supporting venues and events in Australia during an unprecedented period of widespread pandemic disruption. “

Until July alone, festivals canceled or rescheduled included Gympie Muster (although a mini release for August is announced this week), For The Love and Tropic Sounds in Queensland, Victoria’s Paradigm (hours before the doors open. ) and Lost Lands, and South Illuminate and Guitar Festival of Australia.

The Bluesfest warned in a Facebook post last week that given the latest developments in New South Wales, it could possibly be postponed from October 2021. A decision will be made “in the coming weeks.” The speculation is that he is looking at April 2022.

This week, Bluesfest released a report detailing the economic devastation it suffered as a result of the festival being canceled at the last minute earlier this year.

These are the festival / tour recipients. provide jobs for musicians, venues, reception and technical staff.


National folk festival: $ 900,000 for a version redesigned in its 30e year in Canberra.

New South Wales

Bluesfest 2021: $ 2.4 million for the all-Australian edition October 1-4.

Music by Chugg: $ 600,000 for a new tour of the festival Press the music, with an emphasis on regional ones.

Sydney Improvised Music Association: $ 207,600 to set up the NSW Regional Touring Network for Contemporary Music.

Moshcam: $ 360,000 to leverage its global video streaming platform, showcasing Australian acts filmed over the past two years to the world.

CiCADA International: $ 150,000 for an Australian Women in Music concert series.

Beautiful visits: $ 406,195 for a new A More Perfect Union festival, organized by Gang Of Youths.

Lost paradise: $ 496,473 to revive the sold-out event in the Glenworth Valley region.

Peter Noble from Bluesfest

Sound West: $ 375,000 for a new five-day digital and digital music and technology festival in West Sydney.

Bollywood merchants: $ 497,250 for his production of concerts by The celebration of swing swing music from early 1930s American big bands.

I love police tours: $ 90,000, for the Americana Out On The Weekend at Seaworks, Williamstown, to support culture, tourism and the local economy.

Empire Touring Festival Series: $ 1.5 million for the staging Wild flowers, spring and Sunset sounds in more than 20 destinations in Australia.

TEG live: $ 900,000, on tour TO KISS and Keith Urbain as part of its summer series.

Pride in the park: $ 397,328 for the new national outdoor LGBTQIA + music and art festival.

Places of the century: $ 674,800 to stage Sydney Guitar Festival and Weekly metro musical program.


Sound Australia (Qld): $ 625,350 for Savannah in the round in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region and plans to become the Country Music Capital.

Vast there: $ 150,000 for The low, a three-day immersive multi-arts festival experience in Mary Valley in November 2021 and 2022.

Ash sounds: $ 1.47 million for the staging Music of the falls and arts in three states in 2021/22.

Nine lives: $ 74,163 which will take place in Meanjin / Brisbane presented by Jet Black Cat Music.


WOMADelaïde: $ 1.2 million for his 30e anniversary with 600 acts.

Adelaide Fringe: $ 1 million for the 2022 edition.


There is a free lunch: $ 889,599 for Good things 2021.

The Archie Roach Foundation: $ 400,000 for its inaugural stage at Port Fairy Folk 2022, organized by Roach and his local community of Gunditjmara.

TEG Dainty: $ 750,000, for Guns N ‘Roses tower.

Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers: $ 178,637 to reactivate their tour.

MMF Pty Ltd: $ 651,000, to be reactivated Meredith and Golden plains to celebrate the 30th and 15th birthdays.

A world of entertainment: $ 1 million for the Under The Southern Stars National Tour.

Wangaratta Jazz Festival: $ 121,421.

Red Hill Entertainment: $ 557,500 to restart UNIFIER gathering 2022 at Tarwin Lower.

PSV companies (Australia): $ 500,000 for Ultra Music Week – Australia, workshops and collaborations of Australian and Asia / Pacific artists, and EDM ULTRA Melbourne Festival.

Seventh tip: $ 274,576 for the Melbourne site The tote Rocks 40.

The Hills Are Alive group: $ 178,200 to restart NYE on the hill 2021 in Gippsland.

Australian National Academy of Music: $ 73,700 for a series of weekend concerts.

Live Nation Australasia: $ 1 million “for a national tour to celebrate the anniversary of an iconic group in 2022”.

Wild lands: $ 459,160 to expand the Queensland Contemporary Youth Festival to a multi-city multi-day event.

Party X: Million dollar tour through Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.


Perth International Jazz Festival: $ 612,813 for 2021 and 2022 via metro sites and to expand into regional areas.

Wave Rock Weekend: $ 350,000 for editions 16 (2021) and 17 (2022) in Hyden.

Original fields: $ 672,556, to present its NYE ​​festival as a three-day event.

Factory Summer Festival: $ 800,000 for a redesigned race.

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