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. 


  • 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,
  • Australian Cultural Fund
    Fundraising platform for Australian artists, artists upload their projects to the ACF website then invite art lovers and supporters to donate.
  • Australian Government - RISE Fund 
    Part of the Australian Government's Arts and Cultural Development Program that supports participation in, and access to, Australia's arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. On the 25 March an additional $125 Million in funding for the RISE Fund was announced, open now until 31 December 2021. 
  • City of Sydney
    17 grants and sponsorships now open to support projects that build the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our city, providing financial and in-kind support for a diverse range of activities, closes 29 March 2021. Quick response grants of $500 - $2,000 available all year round for a range of activities.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Sydney Olympic Park 
    Activation and Events Grant Funding Program, an EOI program for large to small size activations and events, in kind contributions and funding available. 
  • 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. 



  • 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.
  • Save Our Stages NSW 
    An ePetition requesting funding support from the NSW Government to save NSW's Live Music Industry

Sector networking 

Community support 

Mental health support


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Page last updated: 01 Apr 2021