Playing Queensland Fund

The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.

PQF includes support for touring arts and education activities, and artists in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland.

A component of the fund delivers outcomes under the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA).

Please note that the Playing Queensland Fund is now closed to new applications.

Exhibition, performing arts, and education touring in Queensland will now be supported through the Touring Queensland Fund and the Touring Queensland Quick Response Fund.


  • Ensure all Queenslanders have access to the arts by supporting high quality performing and visual arts tours taking place in communities across Queensland
  • Support tours with a strong demonstration of demand
  • Create employment and training opportunities for Queensland artists and arts workers

Funding available

  • Up to $20,000 for an artist in residence component of any application.
  • Up to $150,000 total per application.
  • Major Performing Arts Organisations could apply for up to $150,000 per year or up to $300,000 over two years.


PQF was a rolling fund. Applications were open for activity commencing after 1 January 2021 and the fund closed to new applications in February 2021.

Applicants were required to apply at least 12 weeks before their tour commences.

Funding streams

Funding was administered across four funding streams to ensure investment was balanced across all art forms and types of applicants, from independent artists and small-to-medium organisations to major performing arts companies.

  • Performing Arts Touring – Individuals and Small-to-Medium sector
  • Performing Arts Touring – Major Performing Arts Organisations (MPAOs)
  • Visual Arts Touring
  • Arts and Education

Eligibility criteria

PQF applicants had to:

  • be based in Queensland
  • demonstrate that the touring product is from Queensland
  • include at least two regional Queensland communities in their touring proposal (or at least one regional location if applying for artists in residence only).

Additional eligibility criteria applied. See PQF guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.

How to apply

Application to PQF are now closed.

You can find guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and important information for applicants on the Playing Queensland Fund documents page.

Data dictionaries

Data dictionaries provide definitions of measures, calculation methods and counting rules.

Make sure you read the data dictionary for this fund before you start any activities to make sure you collect data in the required way.

Help with touring

Tours can be self-managed, or negotiated through any Queensland tour coordination service.

arTour offers a range of services available to performing arts presenters and producers, including:

  • collaborations and partnerships
  • brokering new regional, national and international opportunities for Queensland venues and artists
  • a suite of contemporary touring programs and resources, including templates, tips and best practice
  • fee-for-service touring support.

Contact arTour by email at or phone 07 3872 9041.

Visual arts applicants may wish to consider engaging specialists for assistance with:

  • developing funding applications, budgets and itineraries
  • exhibition development and logistics(e.g. freighting and crating consultants)
  • venue servicing.

Museums and Galleries Queensland can be contacted by email at or on telephone 07 3059 9740.

More information

New applications

The Playing Queensland Fund is now closed to new applications,

Existing applications

Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland's preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email