Arts support during COVID-19

We have compiled a list on links to information for our artists, musicians and creative sector communities to find assistance and information during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funding

  • Arts Front
    Keeping Connected grants provide a one-off $210 payment to artists who have no internet access or are at risk of loosing their internet access, for further information please contact Anne Dunn at the Every Voice Foundation, anne.dunn@optusnet.com.au
  • Australia Council for the Arts
    Funding opportunities available for Arts Projects Individuals & Groups $10,000 - $50,000, Arts Projects Organisations $20,000 - $100,000, Fellowships $80,000, National Arts and Disability Awards $20,000 - $50,000 closes 1 September 2020.   
  • Australian Cultural Fund
    Fundraising platform for Australian artists, artists upload their projects to the ACF website then invite art lovers and supporters to donate.
  • City of Sydney
    Grants programs ranging from Matching grants, Festivals and Event Sponsorship to Business Support grants - Live Music and Performance are open until 31 August 2020. Quick Response grant applications are accepted all year up to $2,000 available. 
  • Create NSW
    Small Project grants, quick response now open, up to $5,000 available to support the creation of new work and professional development.
  • Creative Partnerships Australia
    Matched funding programs including Plus1 for small to medium not-for-profit arts organisations and MATCH lab for independent artists and groups. 
  • Copyright Agency
    Create grants offering opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work, applications open until 14 September 2020. 
  • Message Media
    Small Business grants are available to boost small business, 3 grants are available that include $1,000 for business needs, 6 Months subscription to Pro SMS package, ongoing support and assistance in setting up and using SMS, closes 14 August 2020.  
  • Screen NSW
    A range of funding opportunities are currently open including Early Development grants offering support up to $50,000 for pre-draft and early draft costs. 
  • Support Act
    Crisis Relief Grants COVID-19, available to musicians, crew and music workers impacted by COVID-19. 
  • Theatre Network Australia
    1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash for Artists, requests for support. A group of performing arts companies have been actively fundraising to provide emergency relief for artists in need. 

Financial support

  • Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW
    Provides compassionate and confidential support, to help entertainment professionals throughout NSW maintain their health, dignity and ability to work.
  • Artists Benevolent Fund
    Provides modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of emergencies.Australian Government 
  • Australian Government Treasury
    Federal Government measures to provide hardship support information for individuals and businesses.
  • Australian Tax Office
    COVID-19 support available for Individual, Business and Not for Profits.
  • Organisations NAVA Guide 
    NAVA guide for Australian Government measures to assist businesses and employers during COVID-19.
  • Sole Traders NAVA Guide 
    NAVA guide to Australian Government measures to assist sole traders during COVID-19.
  • Support Act 
    Crisis Relief Grants COVID-19, available to musicians, crew and music workers impacted by COVID-19, unable to access Government assistance. 

Resources  

Advocacy 

  • Ausdance
    Ausdance National COVID-19 impact survey for the dance sector to provide an understanding of the needs of dance professionals to develop sector specific responses.
  • I Lost My Gig
    Tallies the economic impact of lost gigs.
  • Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
    MEAA is seeking submissions to document the economic, financial and social impact of COVID-19 on the arts.
  • National Association for the Visual Arts
    NAVA is seeking submissions to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the visual arts community to support and advocate immediate action.

Sector networking 

Community support 

Mental health support

 

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Page last updated: 10 Aug 2020