Secret Sounds Group awarded $1.5m to help restart NSW music festival sector

Secret Sounds Group, who run Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, have been given $1.5 million to launch a new festival in 2021.

Secret Sounds are one of 28 organisations in NSW to share in the state’s $17.8 million slice of the $60 million allocated from the Federal Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund.

Other recipients in NSW include organisers of the Byron Bay Bluesfest who received $1 million to help them put on the event in a Covid safe manner next year.

Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the RISE Fund is helping at the local level.

“The arts, screen, and cultural sectors provide an annual contribution of $16.4 billion to the NSW economy, so our funding is directed at getting these sectors back up and running and helping kick-start the NSW economy,” he said.

“But the arts are just as valuable for their own sake, and after a tough year like this, the enjoyment and recreation we derive from the arts will never be more welcome.”