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Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Contemporary music and performing arts to reach regional and remote communities in 2016

14 December 2015

The Australian Government has announced funding of more than $1.3 million to support six performing arts projects and 12 contemporary music acts to tour their latest work to regional and remote Australia in 2016.

Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said tours have been supported through the Playing Australia and Contemporary Music Touring programs administered through the Australia Council.

"Australia is home to some of the most talented performing artists and contemporary musicians in the world and the Australian Government is committed to ensuring these experiences are made available to audiences in regional and remote locations," Minister Fifield said.

"This latest round of funding will support 257 arts performances in 108 destinations across Australia in all states and territories, 12 contemporary music tours to 157 destinations across all states and territories, including jazz, country, soul, indie and contemporary art music."

Playing Australia supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia and Contemporary Music Touring Program funds national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music, providing support for performances in regional and remote areas.

More information about Playing Australiaand the Contemporary Music Touring Program can be found at www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model/

Media contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au

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