diversity arts – advocacy support
Diversity Arts is closely following the situation in Australia and government advice in response to COVID-19. As we continue our work to support culturally diverse artists and promote increased diversity in the arts, please share your experiences in our Lost Work for Artists and Creatives of Colour survey. Read about the results so far here.
We have received over 200 responses with results continually shared to build a stronger case to advocate for assistance. Additional ways to connect with us in 2020:
- Promoting digital – We are expanding our capacity to host digital meetings, workshops and discussions. Stay tuned to our social media channels for new dates as we reschedule events to be hosted online over the next 6 months.
- Advocating – Diversity Arts is collaborating with our colleagues in the sector to make the case for artists, especially CaLD artists who we know are already underrepresented, to be included in the next government stimulus package.
- Stay connected from home – Through this period, you can continue to contact all staff as usual via email as our teams are working from home.
ARTIST SUPPORT – creative sector
Keep an eye out for updates!
- The federal goverment’s COVID-19 page on the creative and cultural sector.
- The stimulus packages include $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not‑for-profits (including charities).
- The $130 billion JobKeeper payment aims to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses.
- Australian Government Treasury Federal Government measures to provide hardship support information for individuals and businesses.
- The non-for-profit Funding Centre page.
- MYAN – National Shared Resource Library for COVID-19 – Assistance for young people from Refugee and Migrant backgrounds.
- The Australia Council for the Arts – Guide to Government COVID-19 Assistance for the Arts.
- The first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.
- The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Artists Benevolent Fund provides modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of emergencies.
- Copyright Agency Funding support for online projects featuring Australian writers, Australian writer’s festivals, individual writers, visual artists and creative organisations.
- ABC launches $5 million fund to provide urgent support for Australian creatives during COVID-19 crisis. Applications close June 12.
- Australian Tax Office Covid-19 support available for Individual, Business and Not for Profits.
- City of Greater Dandenong Remote Artists in Residency (rAiR) open to applicants from around Australia, includes $750 stipend.
- COVID19 Financial Survival Guide – The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a challenging time for everyone in Australia (and the world). This is a guide on steps to take and where to find support.
- Arts Law Centre of Australia – COVID-19 FAQs for artists.
- NAVA Guide – Organisations for Australian Government measures to assist businesses and employers during Covid-19.
- NAVA Guide – Sole Traders to Australian Government measures to assist sole traders during Covid-19.
- ArtsFront and the Every Voice Foundation’s latest action Keeping Connected provides artists with one-off payments to cover the costs of their phone and data plans.
- Visit Arts ACT for the latest updates.
- HOMEFRONT – funding for Canberra artists – Arts ACT is now open until 17 April 2020.
- Arts Queensland assistance for arts sector through COVID-19 crisis.
- BEMAC and RASN are offering Creative Booster Packs to creatives / arts workers based in Logan or Ipswich for short-term creative projects.
- HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus) – Up to $1000 for a mini online project. Apply by 15 May, 2020.
- If you have had a Create NSW funded event or activity impacted by venue closures and event cancellations, please get in touch with the Arts Funding team.
- Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW provides compassionate and confidential support.
Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors during COVID–19 is now open until 26 April 2020.
The City of Sydney is set to increase its relief package to a total of $72.5 million for small businesses, artists and others in the creative and community sectors.
- Creative Industries Sector Immediate Response and Resilience Program – The Northern Territory Government will deliver a $2 million reprioritised funding program to support the Arts, Creative and Screen Industry sector.
- Visit the NT government page for the latest updates.
- The COVID-19 Arts Grants support art making, creative development and professional development across all art forms. They are open to independent artists and smaller organisations.
- Visit the COVID-19 resources pages at Music SA and City of Adelaide for additional grant information.
- The Victorian Government has announced a $16.8 million support package to help Victoria’s small to medium and independent creative sector.
- The City of Melbourne has released $2 million in grants for artists and creative organisations impacted by the COVID-19 virus to assist them during this challenging time.
- The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep people in work.
- Visit Creative VIC’s Creative industries Q&A – Coronavirus (COVID-19) for updates.
- As part of Arts Tasmania‘s new stimulus package, they will deliver funding of $1.5 million and introduce operational measures of over $2 million to support the individuals and organisations leading Tasmania’s cultural sector. Find their grants here
- Tasmanian premier announces $3 million package for temporary visa holders and migrant workers.
- The WA Government via Lotterywest, is committing $159 million into a COVID-19 Relief Fund.
- The Screenwest WA Screen Industry Sustainability Package.
- The Artist Relief Fund WA via Performing Arts WA.
- Visit Regional Arts WA for the most recent updates.
SOLIDARITY AND SECTOR SUPPORT
- National Association of Visual Artists impact survey.
- Data gathering by I Lost My Gig.
- The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance survey on lost gigs and cancelled work.
- Writing WA Impact of COVID-19 on Writing Practice Survey.
- Vital support for the music industry by Support Act.
- NAVA’s support for visual artists through the Artist Benevolent Fund.
- Arts Law’s legal support for artists.
- Live Performance Australia’s campaign #livesupport.
- Western Sydney Local Health District’s COVID-19 Impact on African Communities Survey.
- COVID-19 Coronavirus Racism Incident Report Survey from the Asian Australian Alliance, Being Asian Australian in partnership with Diversity Arts Australia and Democracy in Colour.
- The First Nations #COVID19 Performing Arts Wellbeing Survey by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Moogahlin Performing Arts, and BlakDance. Open until June 17, 2020.
ONLINE LEARNING AND REMOTE WORKING PLATFORMS AND RESOURCES
- Australia Council’s Stream Arts (@Stream_Arts_) is a brand new place where you can connect to arts and creativity at home.
- Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
- Distance Learning Tips
- Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online
- Remote Teaching Resources
- Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
- “Ways of Gathering In the Age of COVID-19”
- “Please do a bad job of putting your course online”
- Resources for Moving Production Courses Online in Case of an Emergency
- Here’s how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you’re self-employed or a small business in the arts
- APRA AMCOS Advice for live music streaming licensing during Covid-19
- Art Tasker – Work, Skill and Community Sharing during Covid-19
- Australian Arts Amidst Covid-19
- Doctors without Babysitters Meets Arts Workers without Work
- Freelance Jungle
- Healthcare Parents Meet Artists with Childcare Skills (NSW)
- Lean In Performing Arts Australia – Coping with Covid
- Create NSW – Create Connects Webinar Series
- MYAN Videos – Young CALD people share their experiences during COVID-19
- Transdemic: Trans Experiences of the Global Pandemic
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Translated Resources – MHCS
- Migration and COVID-19 – Sydney University Policy lab discussion on the impacts of COVID on migrants
- SBS Translated COVID-19 Explainer Videos, News Articles and Infographics
- FECCA – CALD Resources for COVID-19
- Refugee Council of Australia COVID-19 Response
- COVID-19 Factsheets – The Harmony Alliance Migrant and Refugee Women for Change
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Support Act: 1800 959 500. A well-being helpline for arts workers you can call 24hrs a day.