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Touring Grants

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring

Australia Council for the Arts

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Australia Council for the Arts

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals

The Regional Flagship Events Program

Destination NSW

The Regional Flagship Events Program identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as a ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism event for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long term benefits to the region.

Since it was established in 1997, the Regional Flagship Events Program has supported 271 individual events across regional NSW.

On 6 July 2016, the NSW Government announced that the Regional Flagship Events Program would be expanded to include two new funds in addition to the existing marketing support fund. The name “Regional Flagship Events Program” will remain as the umbrella title under which the three funds will sit:

  • Incubator Event Fund – supports the establishment of new events (see terms and conditions).
  • Flagship Event Fund –  supports the marketing of emerging events to increase their profile and encourage visitation (see terms and conditions).
  • Event Development Fund – supports the strategic development of proven flagship events as drivers of tourism (see terms and conditions).

Regional Flagship Events Program Factsheet (PDF 470 kb)

Eligibility conditions and assessment criteria unique to each of the three funds within the Regional Flagship Events Program are detailed in their terms and conditions. It is recommended that prospective applicants thoroughly read the terms and conditions before applying.

For further information on the program and application process contact:

Aida Hijazi
Regional Flagship Events Coordinator
Tel: (02) 9931 1431
Email: aida.hijazi@dnsw.com.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Festivals, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Audience Development Program

Screen NSW

Audience Development Program

Applications for funding for the 2017/18 financial year will open on Monday 1 May 2017 at 1.00pm and close on Monday 12 June 2017 at Midnight.

The Audience Development Program supports public screenings, festivals or tours that provide opportunities for audiences to see and experience quality screen content and innovative practice, and one-off or annual events including those in single or multiple venues.

Preference will be given to projects that meet Screen NSW strategic objectives and in particular:

  • that increase screen audience development, particularly in Regional NSW and Western Sydney; and
  • that can demonstrate how Screen NSW funding will assist to increase the project’s sustainability.

Applying for a grant:

When the round is open, you can apply for a grant here:

Our funding guidelines have been broken down into easy to read steps below.  We also have FAQ’S to answer questions about applying through our online aapplication system.

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For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0555 or by email to josipa.draisma@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2017
  • Categories: Festivals, Screen Arts / Film, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Arts Touring

Create NSW

Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring

Opportunity Development Grant (Round 1)

Music NSW

MusicNSW is pleased to announce that Round 1 for MusicNSW’s Opportunity Development Grants are now open. This program is aimed at supporting musicians and artist managers in developing opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, domestic tours, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities in 2016, such as Bigsound, Face The Music, Electronic Music Conference, AWME and more.

Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of up to $850 per member of the touring party, with a total limit of $5500 per group. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music, Touring

Community Presenter Touring Grant

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.

The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions in community-run venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.

Community presenters can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more community-run venues in regional NSW;
  • support a new tour to two or more community-run venues in regional NSW.

There are two grant rounds offered in 2017, closing dates as follows:

  • April 10, 2017 for projects between 1 June, 2017 and 31 December, 2018 (Applications for round 1 open 13 March 2017)
  • September 25, 2017 for projects between 1 January, 2017 and 31 December, 2019. (Applications for round 2 open August, 2017)

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 25 September 2017
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Visions of Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia. Read more

  • Closing: 14 October 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations