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.  


  • Australia Council for the Arts
    Playing Australia Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund, First Nations Emerging Career Development Award, International Curators Program and other opportunities open until 12 October 2021. 
  • 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.
  • Australian Government - Arts Sustainability Fund
    The Arts Sustainability Fund supports the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities by providing necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID‑19. Open until all funds are allocated or until 31 May 2022 whichever is sooner.
  • City of Sydney
    A number of funding programs are open all year round, including Quick response grants of $500 - $2,000 available for a range of activities.
  • Community Broadcasting Foundation Pty Ltd  
    Quick Response grants are available to support community media organisations experiencing emergencies that risk discontinued transmission or operations, or who have been provided with a time-limited opportunity.
  • Create NSW
    Creative Capital Round 1 Minor Works and Equipment grants from $5,000 to $250,000 closes 26 October 2021. COVID Development Grants Individuals $5,000 and Organisations $10,000 closes 30 September 2021. Small Project grants quick response up to $5,000 available all year round.  
  • 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 Strategic Opportunities Program, Time Critical Shooting, Early Development support of up to $50,000 for pre draft and early draft costs, Advance Development support up to $50,000 for later stage draft and non draft costs, close 30 June 2022. 
  • Support Act
    Crisis Relief Grants MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper, for both COVID-19 and non COVID-!9 crisis relief, available to musicians, crew and music workers. 

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 Federal Government 
    Economic response to COVID-19 the Government is working with states and territories to provide further financial assistance to workers and businesses affected by lockdowns and restrictions in COVID-19 Hotspots 
  • Australian Federal Government
    COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you have lost income due to lockdown restrictions in Sydney from June 2021.  Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if you can't earn an income because you must self isolation or quarantine 
  • Australian Tax Office
    COVID-19 support available for Individual, Business and Not for Profits.
  • NSW Government 
    NSW Government COVID-19 assistance finder, provides information on services and support available to NSW residents
  • Support Act
    Crisis Relief Grants MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper, for both COVID-19 and non COVID-!9 crisis relief, available to musicians, crew and music workers. 



  • I Lost My Gig
    Tallies the economic impact of lost gigs.
  • Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
    Simple online portal to send an email to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to speak up for creative industry workers impacted by COVID-19.
  • Save Our Stages NSW 
    Simple online portal to write to your MP requesting 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: 21 Oct 2021