ACF Boost Wrap Up 2020-2021

The Australian Cultural Fund’s ACF Boost program has been highly successful, with over $100,000 of matched funding provided by Creative Partnerships Australia to 22 artists and art organisations across Australia.


The program gave preference to projects either based in or touring to bushfire or drought-affected regions and included a number of digital initiatives created with the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in place.

We are thrilled to announce that 95% of the projects reached their fundraising goals, with 12 campaigns exceeding their target by over $1,000! This is an outstanding result with a total of $132,844 raised during the month-long campaign period, especially with eight artists fundraising for the first time on the ACF.

Highlights from ACF Boost 2020-2021:

The Phoenix Tour: Shout Gippsland a Party raised an impressive $10,306 from their initial target of $4,880, to put towards a weekend festival featuring a talented line up of performers for the Gippsland area, who were affected by the bushfires earlier in the year.

Raising 259% of the original campaign target, John Noble’s Itet campaign reached a total of $7,782. This funding will allow John to launch a String Quartet in Bairnsdale, providing ongoing professional mentorship, performance opportunities, collaboration and a professional pathway to the talented students selected to take part.

From Central Australia, GUTS Dance ran a successful campaign, raising their initial target of $5,000 to $6,300 and hitting it with a total of $6,664. These funds will be put towards creating a new contemporary dance work ‘Value For Money’, with 12 artists employed to perform the work, as well as opportunities provided for the Alice Springs community to take part in free classes and workshops in schools.

Congratulations to all our ACF fundraisers for running such successful campaigns and a huge thank you to everyone who has shown their support during a turbulent time. All the outstanding ACF Boost projects will be delivered over the next year, until 30 June 2021. We can’t wait to see the final works come to life!

View the full list of  ACF Boost Recipients for 2020-2021.