Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

The Australia Council is announcing details of its investment opportunities for individuals and organisations

Although the arts and cultural industries, along with all Australians and communities around the world, have experienced incomparable disruption from the impacts of COVID-19, we have never lost sight of the enormous public value of the arts for all Australians. 

It is important that we resume our programs and strive to enable creativity to continue to connect us in recovery and in the future; it will be essential for Australia’s recovery. Our creative sector will be indispensable in helping to rebuild communities and our economy to assist navigating Australia’s path out of the crisis. We are working at speed to re-open as many suspended programs as possible to contribute to this recovery and roll out new responsive initiatives.


Touring grants

Given the impacts of COVID-19 on your touring grant we can offer you the following flexibility:

  • An extension to your timeline
  • Removing requirements to meet audience or geographic indicators
  • Varying the purpose or outcomes of your project
  • Allowing you to repurpose the money pay essential bills such as wages or artist fees.

Talk to your grants officer to discuss the options and the process for agreeing variations to your project.

February grant round

Grants submitted in the round which closed on 4 February are still eligible for funding. These grants are being assessed at present, and we'll be in touch about their outcomes within the next month. If you have any further questions, please direct them to our Artists Services team,

About the program

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. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a member of the grants team before applying to this fund.

Read our FAQs.  

Who can apply

We accept applications from individuals and organisations.

Who can't apply

You can't apply for a grant if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council.

What you can apply for

You can apply for:

  • interstate net touring costs, including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances outside of your home state
  • a contribution towards tour coordination expenses.

What you can’t apply for

You can’t apply for the following activity:

  • touring costs in your home state (see FAQ regarding ‘home state’)
  • projects where the performers and artistic personnel are not paid at Award rates
  • projects that are to tour an international production
  • touring projects that only include capital city or metropolitan presentations
  • touring projects that do not include three or more interstate locations
  • touring projects that only include presentations in schools
  • tour dates that have already taken place
  • projects with a budget in surplus.

Peer assessment

Your application will be assessed by a panel of peers. The peers will be representative of a range of areas relevant to performing arts touring, including:

  • regional audience engagement and presentation
  • performing arts production 
  • tour coordination and management.

Assessment criteria

Peers will assess your application against the following four criteria:


  • the regional and remote coverage proposed by the itinerary.


  • the artists and the arts workers involved the project
  • the quality of proposed work
  • the calibre of the company, including demonstrated evidence of good organisational planning, governance and management.


  • the plans to develop audiences and/or meet audience demand in the proposed locations
  • experiences offered to regional and remote communities – including audience attendance and where appropriate other participation activities, such as workshops and master classes
  • appropriate levels of engagement and partnerships developed with presenters to achieve audience goals.


  • evidence of a realistic and accurate budget
  • evidence of home state 
  • the chosen itinerary is the most efficient and logical trajectory for the tour keeping in mind the overall wellbeing of touring party whilst on the road
  • appropriate level of support from other sources
  • capacity to deliver the project.

Support material


  1. Playing Australia Budget

This must be submitted in Excel format only. Download the template in the ‘Budget’ section of the application form. Submit the completed form as support material titled ‘Budget form’.


  1. Production excerpt
    You may submit a video of up to five minutes of the production you plan to tour. For companies proposing to tour works yet to be produced, a video of a past example of the company’s work should be submitted. For music works, a sound recording is acceptable. Files must be provided as a URL link.

    Provide only one video URL link with your online application.

  2. Letters of Support
    Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters in support of your project. Presenters and Venues may also wish to provide letters of support reflecting their commitment to the tour. A support letter should explain to the assessment panel how the project or activity will benefit the applicant or the broader community (and if applicable, how the project or activity will benefit community participants).

    Working with Indigenous Arts - If any of the project activities involve working with Indigenous communities, please provide letters of support from those communities. There are five Indigenous protocol guides for working with Indigenous Arts (song, media arts, performing, visual arts and writing) available on our website here. 

    You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. Maximum 5 pages submitted as one PDF.

  3. Reviews relating to the production (if applicable).
    Maximum 3 pages submitted as one PDF

  4. Brief biographical information on principal personnel (if applicable).
    Maximum 3 pages as one PDF

Whilst this material is not compulsory, you are advised to consider providing any relevant items, to support the overall competitiveness of your application.

Please note you are no longer required to supply Presenter Confirmation Forms as essential support material but should consider supplying letters of support from selected presenters/communities to support your application.     

Download the accessible RTF version of these guidelines.


If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.

Playing Australia Recipients: October Grant Round 2019

You can find a list with the recipients of the October Grant Round 2019 here

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