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A regional dance hub will be established in East Gippsland after receiving funding through the Federal Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Omeo Dance Inc has received a $68,000 grant to create the hub in East Gippsland.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the funding would support the local organisation after a difficult year for the performing arts sector.

“Rosalind Crisp and Andrew Morrish will deliver an artist-led regional dance hub for innovation and research in contemporary dance,” Mr Chester said.

“This project is expected to create 12 local jobs and involve up to 580 participants, which would bring a fantastic economic boost to our region.”

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the grants were an important step in securing the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations.

“The arts and entertainment sector provides significant employment and economic benefits as well as supporting cultural expression, community and social wellbeing, and reflecting unique Australian experiences and stories,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Our commitment of $60 million in RISE grants is an important step in the rejuvenation of Australia’s arts sector from COVID-19. I’m pleased that 71 per cent of the total funding will be going to small to medium-sized organisations, and 21 per cent to organisations in regional areas, supporting our local communities and economies to restart.

“We are excited to see the funding flow to a diversity of projects, which will build the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations.”

The $75 million RISE program was announced as part of the Federal Government’s $250 million Creative Economy Support Package to help restart activities such as festivals, concerts, tours and events once it is safe to do so.

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