The Ninth Wave by The Farm and Co3 Contemporary Dance. Photo by Jess Wyld.

Festival of Outback Opera

Festival of Outback Opera by Opera Queensland. Photo by Glenn Hunt.

Auto Cannibal

Auto Cannibal by Australasian Dance Collective and Beijing Dance LDTX,
Choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jade Ellis.


Zoom by Patch Theatre. Photo by Matt Byrne.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk by The Strangeways Ensemble. Courtesy of Merrigong Theatre Company.

So long suckers 2

So Long Suckers by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Photo by Simon Pynt.

Curious Legends

Curious Legends

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre. Photo by Prudence Upton.


Whoosh by Sensorium Theatre. Photo by Peter Foster.

River Linked Live Virtual Concert

River Linked Live Virtual Concert. Photo by Abram Rasmussen Photography.

HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts. Courtesy of venue.

The Butch is Back

The Butch is Back by Reuben Kaye. Photo by Rebekah Ryan.

New RISE funding guidelines released

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The updated RISE guidelines for the expanded fund have been released and are now available via:

PAC Australia were invited to review the guidelines prior to their formalisation, and we’re pleased to confirm that eligibility for the fund now explicitly includes local government or local government-owned entities. For reference, I’ve copied the full eligibility criteria below.

As you may be aware, RISE funds are assessed in batches. The deadline to submit in the first batch has been confirmed as 20th June 2021, with future batch rounds to be confirmed at a later date. The estimated value of grants that will be supported are $25,000 to $2m. There is $100m to be allocated by 31 December.

You can preview the application form and start a submission here:


RISE Fund Eligibility:

To be eligible your primary purpose must be the arts and entertainment and you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST (if applicable)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • comply with all regulatory, industry and legal requirements in relation to copyright, licensing and employment
  • be located in any part of Australia
  • have a co-contribution towards the activity


and be one of the following entity types:

  • incorporated organisations
  • a local government or local government-owned entity
  • a partnership
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
  • a Sole Trader


Individual business units and entities of state or territory governments with an arts or cultural heritage purpose (such as art galleries, museums or performing arts centres) are eligible to submit applications. Commonwealth, state and territory departments are not eligible.


The Office for the Arts are also updating the FAQ for RISE and this will be available on their website soon. If you have any questions about your eligibility or application, please contact

These expanded eligibility criteria are a welcome recognition of the role our members play in the performing arts ecology. We’re aware of a number of presenters in particular who are looking to submit for programs and projects, and look forward to seeing these come to fruition. If we can support you in your application, please reach out anytime.