Playing Australia

These grants assist the touring of professionally produced performing arts across Australia, including regional and remote areas, where there is a demonstrated public demand and tours are otherwise not commercially viable.

Art Opportunity previously on at Australia Council for the Arts in Australia.
From Monday 14 October 2013 to Monday 02 December 2013

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This grants program provides support on a tour-by-tour basis with no commitment to ongoing funding. There is no maximum grant amount.

Playing Australia aims to assist performing arts organisations to expand their touring activities, help venues and locally-based organisers to host touring activities, and encourage producers of programs of particular innovation and quality to tour their work across Australia. In supporting tours to regional and remote Australia, Playing Australia also:

- encourages and increases opportunities for high-quality professionally produced performing arts productions to tour to regional and remote areas, by assisting venues, tour coordinators, producers and local communities
- distributes Australia’s performing arts more equitably and assists with the Australia-wide delivery of high quality performances
- expands audiences by increasing the diversity and frequency of quality, innovative and uniquely Australian productions available to Australians
- fosters awareness of the performing arts and encourages cultural growth in the Australian community
- promotes more viable touring circuits and assists the development of a national touring infrastructure
- increases opportunities for productions from regional areas to tour across state and territory boundaries.

Playing Australia funds the following activities:

- tours to regional and remote locations
- tours to metropolitan areas and capital cities
- tours of new works.

Activities funded in exceptional circumstances:

- metropolitan-only tours
- international productions.

Activities not funded:

- film, multi-media and schools-based tours.

Costs funded:

- net touring costs
- touring coordination costs.

Costs funded in exceptional circumstances:

- intrastate costs
- down time.

Costs not funded:

- contingencies
- pre-production/remount costs
- running costs.

Recommended Reading
- Playing Australia: Information and Application Guide for definitions and full details
- National Touring Framework.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application. For information and any questions relating to this grants program, contact:

Penny Miles
Program Manager, National Programs
Phone 02 9215 9322, Email

PA Information Guide April 2013
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