As NSW races past 80% of its population being fully vaccinated, and venues start to open up and major shows return to the stage, Create NSW has announced $86 million in funding to help the entertainment industry get back on stage.

Announced by new Treasurer Matt Kean, the $86 million in funding will be delivered by Create NSW through the following programs:

  • $50 million for the Performing Arts Relaunch package – to assist the sector to relaunch by providing certainty and confidence for arts companies as audiences return to theatres and other performance venues.

  • $25 million for the Festival Relaunch package – to stabilise established commercial and not-for-profit festivals, big and small, so they can program with confidence into 2022/23.

  • $5 million Theatre and Film Strategy – for the development of a film studio and theatre infrastructure strategy that will help secure international productions.

  • $5 million for Culture Up Late – to extend the successful evening program across some of Sydney’s vibrant Cultural Institutions, providing...