Federal government releases guidelines for $ 75 million RISE grant fund for the arts

The federal government has released guidelines for the $ 75 million Relaunch investment to sustain and expand (RISE) grant fund for the arts and entertainment sector.

The RISE fund is part of the $ 250 million arts assistance program announced by the government in June. The government was criticized last week for its delay in releasing guidelines and allocating funds.

The fund will provide grants of between $ 75,000 and $ 2 million to restart festivals, concerts, tours and events “when it is safe to do so”, with applications open from August 31 to May 31, 2021. The development of the COVID-Safe infrastructure and protocols, purchases of sound and lighting equipment are also eligible for funding.

The COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package understand :

  • Seed investment to reactivate productions and tours— $ 75 million in competitive grants in 2020-2021 through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund. This program will provide capital to help production and event companies organize new festivals, concerts, tours and events as social distancing restrictions ease, including through digital exploitation and delivery models. innovative. Grants of various sizes will be available, ranging from $ 75,000 to $ 2 million. Further information on this funding opportunity is provided below.
  • View start-up loans— $ 90 million in concessional loans to help businesses in the creative economy finance new productions and events that stimulate job creation and economic activity. The loan program will complement the RISE Fund and will be provided through commercial banks, backed by a 100 percent Commonwealth guarantee.
  • Start the production of local screens— $ 50 million to Screen Australia for a temporary disruption fund that will help local film and television producers get funding and get back to filming, which will support thousands of jobs in the industry. Filming of new productions has largely been halted as insurers do not provide coverage for COVID-19.
  • Support the sustainability of organizations important to the sector— $ 35 million to provide direct financial assistance to support major Commonwealth-funded arts and culture organizations facing threats to their viability from COVID-19, which may include organizations in areas such as theater, dance, circus, music and other fields. The government will partner with the Australian Council to provide this funding. Further information on this funding opportunity is provided below.
  • Creative Economy Working Group—Creation of a ministerial task force in partnership with the government and the Australian Council to implement the JobMaker plan for the creative economy.

The eligibility criteria require that the activities be “of a nature likely to be popular with the Australian public” and “contribute to job creation”. Places, festivals or organizations that risk insolvency are also not eligible.

Grants are not available to individual traders (unless they employ other people), nor to cover or honor groups, film and television productions and competitions, awards or Eisteddfods.

Grants will take up to three months to be awarded after submitting an application. Applications will be assessed four to six weeks after they are filed, while approval will take two to four weeks after that. The actual distribution of grants will take place two weeks after approval.

The first round of evaluations is expected to take place in October.

A panel of “experienced reviewers” ​​will review grant applications, seeking advice from the Australian Council for the Arts. Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher will make the final decision on grant recipients.

The grants will enable the arts sector to reactivate, reimagine and create new cultural experiences, including innovative digital exploitation and delivery models. This will help keep artists, performers, roadies, reception staff and anyone working behind the scenes employed, Fletcher said in a press release.

On the same day, the government opened applications for its $ 20 million Live Music Australia initiative announced in March 2019. Shadow Minister of the Arts Tony Burke criticized both RISE and the LMA Fund guidelines on Twitter.

For more information on funding for the RISE Arts and Entertainment Grant Click here.

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