A boost for Brisbane's arts industry

South Brisbane’s creative and entertainment sector has received a major boost, with the Morrison Government providing three local projects with around $700,000 in funding under the RISE Fund, which provides support for events and productions to help our arts and entertainment sector rebuild from the impact of the pandemic.

Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations, and Assistant Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker welcomed the local funding from the $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, which includes:

  • The Dead Puppet Society Limited will receive $238,635.00 to complete design and development work to tour the critically acclaimed visual theatre production THE WIDER EARTH through regional Australia from February - April 2022.
  • Jet Black Cat Music will receive $74,163.00 for the Nine Lives Festival, a celebration of music and community taking place annually in Brisbane.
  • Metro Arts Ltd will receive $400,000.00 for the MAVA Program, which invests in visual artists to build their capacity through innovative use of digital and public engagement opportunities to create sustainable career pathways.

Senator Stoker said $40 million will be shared by 82 leading organisations across the country, in the fourth batch of the grants.

“Queensland is home to a massive contingent of talented film, visual art, entertainment and music industry professionals, and this funding is one of many ways the Morrison Government is ensuring our arts sector thrives.

“The arts industry is a crucial job driver in South East Queensland, and funding like this ensures that talent is maintained throughout the pandemic.”

Almost one third of the projects funded to date have been provided funding for COVID safe measures and infrastructure.

Australia’s premier Blues festival Bluesfest will receive $2.4 million, the highest amount of RISE funding ever delivered, to reignite the festival with an all Australian line-up after consecutive COVID-19 cancellations in 2020 and 2021.

In March 2020, the Morrison Government announced the RISE Fund would receive an extra $125 million, building on an original commitment of $75 million.

To date, the Government has allocated $140 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating more than 145,000 job opportunities and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.