Regional and touring arts
Culturally vibrant regions are vitally important to our national cultural identity.
On 22 August 2012 Arts Minister Simon Crean announced that the administration of the regional touring programs will be transferred to the Australia Council.
The transfer is part of a broader transfer of functions of the Australia Council that will provide opportunities to consolidate Australian Government arts funding, improve service to the sector, achieve greater administrative efficiency and, importantly, broaden the Australia Council’s engagement across the sector to help achieve the goals of the National Cultural Policy.
From October 2012, the following Australian Government funding programs will be administered by the Australia Council:
- Contemporary Music Touring Program
- Playing Australia—the national performing arts touring program
- Visions of Australia and Contemporary Touring Initiative
- Festivals Australia
The Department will continue to administer the Regional Arts Fund, a partnership with the peak regional arts organisations in each state and arts ministries in the territories, which assists artists and arts organisations across regional and remote areas: