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. 


  • ABC
    Fresh Start Fund provides urgent and critical support to independent Australian producers,and safeguards local content and creativity in response to the impact of COVID-19 
  • Australia Council for the Arts
    The Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Fund, providing emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • City of Sydney
    Quick response grant applications are accepted all year, Matching grant and Festival and Events Sponsorship programs open on 17 June. 
  • Create NSW
    Create NSW COVID-19 Response Funding for independent artists, the small to medium arts and screen sector. Grant programs include Small Project Grants, Digitise Initiative, Screen NSW Slate Development Fund and Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship in partnership with Artspace. 
  • 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
    Cultural Fund offering new grants and opportunities for writers, publishers, visual artists and key stakeholders. 
  • 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.
  • NAVA Guide - Organisations 
    NAVA guide for Australian Government measures to assist businesses and employers during COVID-19.
  • NAVA Guide - Sole Traders
    NAVA guide to Australian Government measures to assist sole traders during COVID-19.
  • Support Act 
    Crisis relief for musicians, crew and music industry workers that are 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.
    Petition calling for action and support for entertainment and arts industry vulnerable workers.
  • 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.
  • Performing Arts Connections Australia
    PAC Australia is asking venues to provide information to inform a sector-wide call for emergency funding. 
  • 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: 25 May 2020