Support for the Creative Sector – COVID-19 Resources

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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!

  • National: The Australia Council for the Arts has announced its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.
  • The Federal government has announced stimulus packages which include $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not‑for-profits (including charities).
  • ACT: HOMEFRONT – funding for Canberra artists – Arts ACT is now open until 17 April 2020 to address immediate support needed for Canberra artists who have lost their income and ability to maintain their arts practice as a result of COVID-19.
  • NSW: 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, who will assist with individual concerns and provide support to vary your funding agreement. 
  • 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 left devastated by the loss of work due to the pandemic.
  • SA: 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.
  • VICThe 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.
  • TAS: 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. The package has been designed to address the challenges facing our artists, screen practitioners and organisations. Find their grants here.