September 2021

RISE Fund Continues to Support Wentworth Arts and Entertainment

Two arts organisations in Wentworth have been awarded almost $3 million in funding under batch five of the federal Government’s RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) Fund.

Federal Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma said he was delighted that Sculpture by the Sea and RGM Productions would both benefit.


Sculpture by the Sea will receive $2 million in RISE funding to help pay artists’ fees and contribute towards production costs for four exhibitions.


RGM productions will receive almost $1 million in RISE funding to create a live musical adaptation of the iconic Australian television show, Round The Twist.


“Nine local arts and entertainment businesses have now secured RISE funding, providing critical support during this very challenging time for the sector,” said Mr Sharma.


“These grants are ensuring that local artists, creatives and actors remain employed at a time of considerable uncertainty for the industry.”


“I will continue to fight to ensure our vibrant arts and entertainment sector gets the support it needs to navigate this crisis.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said this $20 million in funding is especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.


“Demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 23,000 employment opportunities across the country,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Our commitment to these organisations will play an important part in rebuilding our local arts and entertainment sectors and will assist in the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations throughout Wentworth”. 

Further detail about the RISE program, including successful recipients, is available at: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/rise-fund


To date, the Government has already allocated $160 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating more than 167,000 job opportunities and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.

The Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

Media Contact: Jodie Mathews | jodie.mathews@aph.gov.au