Archives - Update for Regional Artists and Arts Organisations in Response to Covid-19

Archives - Update for Regional Artists and Arts Organisations in Response to Covid-19

Regional Arts Victoria has been providing regular updates to our Members as we become aware of new announcements and information relevant to the arts and creative industries.

Please note that this page holds our older updates - you can visit the most recent updates here.


25 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Workshops and resources

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


19 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

 Workshops and resources

 Funding


12 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – Federal Government

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding and opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


8 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – Federal Government

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding and opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


5 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding available

Workshops and resources

Consultation

Regional Victoria responses


30 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Resources and Research


27 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

  • Restrictions will be further eased for areas classified as Metropolitan Melbourne from midnight this evening:Current Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley has been appointed Minister for Health, Minister for Ambulance Services and Minister for the Coordination of Health and Human Services COVID-19, following the resignation of Jenny Mikakos. Further announcements regarding Ministerial portfolios, and what this means for the Creative Industries portfolio, have not yet been made.

Policy and Government Updates – Federal Government

Funding and Opportunities

Consultation

Regional Victorian responses


20 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Policy and Government Updates

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victorian responses


15 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates

  • From 11.59pm Wednesday, regional Victoria will move to the Third Step of the re-opening roadmap ahead of schedule:
  • Further support has been announced for the hospitality and entertainment industry including:
    • $58 million for grants of up to $5,000 to help hospitality businesses pay for the practical things such as umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment to serve outdoors;
    • $29.5 million for local councils to help them implement swift and streamlined permit, enforcement and monitoring processes to support expanded outdoor dining; and,
    • A $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund; the Fund will provide grants of $3,000 to eligible sole traders working in sectors of the economy that will continue to be affected by restrictions, like media and film production, creative studios, outdoor entertainment and in private museums and galleries.
    • Read the full Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/taking-footpaths-getting-ready-outdoor-dining
    • Follow details here: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/

Consultation

Resources


13 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates

Consultation

Funding and opportunities

Resources

Regional Victoria responses

  • Arts Mansfield is running the popular Bushy Tales Writing Awards again this year. Entries are invited now for short stories up to 2500 words, and poetry up to 25 verses on the subject of EARTH, WIND, FIRE.... OR COVID: www.artsmansfield.com.au/regular-events/bushy-tales/
  • 1300 Roar is all about creating music out of emotion. They want your emotions, your feelings about lockdowns and pandemics. From frustration to grief, from joy to fear. Together with a digital composer, they will turn your emotions into a commissioned piece of music:https://www.creativeballarat.com.au/1300-roar

6 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Policy Updates

Funding and opportunities

 Surveys

  • The House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Australia is inquiring into matters concerning Regional Australia, and has a new survey on the views of those living in metropolitan areas on the regions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RegionalMetroSurvey

 Regional Victoria responses


31 AUGUST, 2020

Advocacy and policy

Funding and opportunities

Resources and workshops

SurveThe Victorian Chamber is seeking contributions to the development of restart strategies that meet the needs of our diverse industries and different sized businesses across the state: https://feedback.victorianchamber.com.au/r/6Rr5kCLx/34e2237a-f4f9-471b-8352-8711b9e1ec49 

Regional Victoria responses

  • The Art Is… Festival have partnered with the Horsham Agricultural society and you can enter your solar garden into the first ever virtual show. Find out more about creating a solar garden:  https://www.artiswimmera.com/solar-garden


25 AUGUST, 2020

Advocacy and policy

Funding and opportunities

Resources and workshops

Surveys

Regional Victoria responses


17 AUGUST, 2020

Funding and opportunities available

Resources and workshops

  • Regional Arts Australia are excited to release the details of our Artlands Conversation Series—a curated program of critical conversations that reflect and respond to emerging trends in regional practice, providing a narrative of art as social change and the articulation of cultural identity: https://conversationseries.artlands.com.au/
  • The Australian Live Music Business Council is helping its members negotiate COVID-19 restrictions for businesses with a new online dashboard tool: https://almbc.org.au/member-resources-(incl.-covid)

Regional Victorian responses


11 AUGUST, 2020

Federal funding announcementThe Federal government has this morning released guidelines for the RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) funding program for the arts and entertainment industry: https://www.arts.gov.au/sites/default/files/restart-investment-to-sustain-and-expand-rise-fund.pdf?acsf_files_redirect

Work guides

Funding and opportunities available

Resources and workshops

Regional Victorian responses


6 AUGUST, 2020

Restrictions

Work guides

Other funding available

Regional Victorian responses


3 AUGUST, 2020

Restrictions

Work guides

Other funding available

Resources and workshops

  • Arts and Culture: Whose responsibility is it? will discuss the pivotal role governments, artists, community and the private sector collectively play in fostering a thriving arts and culture sector now and into the future. Hosted by the Municipal Associatio

In of Victoria, speakers include Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, MAV President Cr Coral Ross, Artist Jacob Boehme, Artist Casey Bennetto, Philanthropist Graeme Wood, and Lisa Roet. Book here: https://web.cvent.com/event/e1ce44d5-df7f-49d7-8147-a0a144109904/register?rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

1 AUGUST, 2020

Restrictions

  • Additional restrictions are now in place for Victoria, and a State of Disaster has been declared until September 13.Further information in regards to business restrictions will be announced tomorrow.
    • From Sunday August 2, Melbourne moved to Stage 4 restrictions, which includes a curfew from 8pm to 5am; travel limited with a 5km radius; and remote schooling. 
      • Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two, whether you live with them or not.
      • Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day. Again, the five-kilometre rule will apply.
      • Melbourne schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels. Students who are currently attending onsite – including senior students and those in our specialist schools – will go to school on Monday, have a pupil free day on Tuesday, and be learning at home from Wednesday. Onsite supervision will be offered but tightened – only available for students who really need it.  That means children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home. From Thursday, those same rules will apply to Melbourne’s kinder and early childhood education services.
      • More information is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-changes-melbournes-restrictions
    • Regional Victoria will move to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11:59pm on Wednesday. This means there are four reasons to be out:  shopping for food and essential items; care and caregiving; daily exercise; work and study - if you can't do it from home.Face coverings will continue to be compulsory for all of Victoria.
      • Businesses in regional Victoria will also return to Stage 3 restrictions. That means restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.
      • Regional schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels and across the state. The only exception will be for specialist schools. Onsite supervision will again be made available for students in regional Victoria who need it, including children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home.
      • More on the regional Victoria announcement can be read here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-changes-regional-restrictions


30 JULY, 2020

Another reminder that Creative Victoria have compiled a list of ways to look after your health and wellbeing and connect with someone to talk to. You can find more details here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/industry-resources/health-and-wellbeing.

Restrictions

  • From Monday, face coverings will be required across all of regional Victoria.
  • In addition, people living the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, will longer be able to visit people or have visitors at home.
  • The full statement from the Premier is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-50/

Funding available

Re-open guides

Resources and workshops

Regional Victorian responses


20 JULY, 2020

Funding available

Opportunities

Additional restrictions

Regional Victorian responses


13 JULY, 2020

Funding

Resources

Regional Victorian responses


7 JULY, 2020

Dear Members,

I’m certain many of you will have already seen the reintroduction of Stage 3 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire announced today, as well as the NSW border closures announced earlier this week. There are links to further information below about each. 

A reminder that Creative Victoria have compiled a list of ways to look after your health and wellbeing and connect with someone to talk to. You can find more details here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/industry-resources/health-and-wellbeing.

State Government Restrictions

Border closure

Funding available

Survey

Regional Victorian news


1 JULY, 2020

Arts funding for regional Victoria

Australia Council for Arts

Re-opening resources and information

Opportunities

Regional Victorian Responses


25 JUNE, 2020

Federal funding announcement

  • The Prime Minister and Arts Minister announced a $250m ‘JobMaker’ plan today for the creative economy. It includes:
    • Seed Investment to Reactivate Productions and Tours – $75 million in competitive grant funding in 2020-21 through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund. This program will provide capital to help production and event businesses to put on new festivals, concerts, tours and events as social distancing restrictions ease, including through innovative operating and digital delivery models. Grants of varying sizes will be available, from $75,000 through to $2 million.
    • Show Starter Loans – $90 million in concessional loans to assist creative economy businesses to fund new productions and events that stimulate job creation and economic activity. The loans program will complement the RISE Fund and will be delivered through commercial banks, backed by a 100 per cent Commonwealth guarantee.
    • Kick-starting Local Screen Production – $50 million for a Temporary Interruption Fund, to be administered by Screen Australia, that will support local film and television producers to secure finance and start filming again, supporting thousands of jobs in the sector. Filming of new productions has largely been halted as insurers are not providing coverage for COVID-19.  
    • Supporting Sustainability of Sector-Significant Organisations – $35 million to provide direct financial assistance to support significant Commonwealth-funded arts and culture organisations facing threats to their viability due to COVID-19, which may include organisations in fields including theatre, dance, circus, music and other fields. The Government will partner with the Australia Council to deliver this funding.
    • Creative Economy Taskforce – establishment of a ministerial taskforce to partner with the Government and the Australia Council to implement the JobMaker plan for the creative economy.
    • You can read the full release here, with further details to be released soon: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/250-million-jobmaker-plan-restart-australias-creative-economy

Responses to the announcement

Opportunities and resources

Regional Victorian responses


20 JUNE, 2020

Changes to restrictions

  • The Premier announced changes to restrictions today. From Monday:
    • The number of visitors you can have at your home will reduce to five.
    • Restaurants, pubs, community halls, libraries, museums will now stay at a maximum of 20 people in any one space until 12 July. Businesses that were set to open on Monday like cinemas and theatres still can but with a maximum of 20 people.
    • Those who can work from home should continue to do so at least until 31 July
    • The full statement from the Premier is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-45/

Reopening guides and resources

Local Government

Survey

Opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


16 JUNE, 2020

Victorian restrictions

  • The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of restrictions, which you can read a little more about here:https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-42/
    • From June 22, libraries, cinemas, concert venues, galleries, museums, community centres, halls, theatres and auditoriums can open, also with up to 50 people per space.

Opportunities

Workshops

Regional Victorian responses


12 JUNE, 2020

Creative recovery for bushfire affected regions

  • Regional Arts Victoria will deliver a creative recovery initiative targeting local government areas most impacted by the summer bushfires in Victoria (Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta). We’re recruiting positions to support this work now, and a small grants program will open soon: http://www.rav.net.au/news/funding/creative-recovery-for-bushfire-affected-regions
  • To those of you in these affected regions, I know this has been a while coming. I hope it provides some much-needed support. We look forward to speaking more about this soon.

Reopening guidelines

Changes to capacity limits

Surveys

  • A consortium of First Peoples Small-to-Medium (S2M) arts companies from around the country are seeking assistance/feedback from First Peoples independent artists: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BLAKDANCE

Regional Victorian responses


11 JUNE, 2020

Reopening resources and advice

Funding

Resources

National activity

Regional Victorian responses


4 JUNE, 2020

Resources for regional artists and organisations

Reopening resources and advice

Funding and opportunities

Victorian advocacy

National advocacy

Regional Victorian Response


29 MAY, 2020

Information

Re-opening Guidelines and information

Regional Victorian Responses

Opportunities


25 MAY, 2020

Easing restrictions

Funding and opportunities

Research and resources

Regional Victorian responses

  • Arts Mildura has announced their first exhibition post covid-19 stage 2 lock down, home2020. Arts Mildura has commissioned 8 local artists to create work in direct response to the lived experience of enforced isolation by the Victorian Government: https://artsmildura.com.au/home2020/


18 MAY, 2020

Government announcements and guidelines

 Funding and opportunities

Regional Victorian responses


11 MAY, 2020

Government advice

Funding and opportunities

 Regional Victorian responses


7 MAY, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

  • The ABC is partnering with the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts to present TOP 5 Arts, giving a voice to Australia's next generation of Arts practitioners and researchers: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/top5/arts/
  • The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund is offering support for up to six emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas to work with a dramaturg or director on a new work via digital platforms, for a total period of eight hours: http://www.pwa.org.au/2020-program/erin-thomas-fund/

Advice and resources

Government updates

Regional Victorian responses

Surveys


30 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victorian Responses

Funding and Opportunities


28 APRIL, 2020

Victorian Funding

  • The Victorian Government has announced a number of programs to support Victoria’s creatives. Regional Arts Victoria is delivering the regional steam of the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative, which delivers quick-response funding to independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus. You can review the guidelines for the regional stream here: http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/sustaining-creative-workers/Applications open this Thursday, April 30 at 9am.
  • You may also be interested in the other components of the Victorian Government announcement, available here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2020/supporting-our-creative-state-through-coronavirus

Other Opportunities

  • Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) are hosting a series of Artist-led Meetups via Zoom around the country next week. They are a space for independent artists to discuss the impact on their practice from the pandemic, and share resources and strategies:https://apam.org.au/news/artist-online-meet-ups/

Regional Victorian Responses

22 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

Some Regional Victorian responses


15 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

Some Regional Victorian responses

From the Victorian Government


9 APRIL, 2020

The Federal Minister has announced $10M for regional artists and organisations via the Regional Arts Fund: https://www.paulfletcher.com.au/media-releases/joint-media-release-targeted-support-for-indigenous-arts-regional-arts-and-respected

It is welcome news for regional arts across the country. Regional Arts Victoria works with Regional Arts Australia, our national body, on the Regional Arts Fund. Further details will be released as soon as possible on how it will support Victoria’s regions.

Funding and Resources

$27m has been announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts Paul Fletcher with:

  • $10 million to help regional artists and organisations develop new work and explore new delivery models. The funding will be delivered through Regional Arts Australia’s Regional Arts Fund;
  • $7 million to support Indigenous artists and arts centres; and,
  • $10 million to Support Act, to enable it to extend its important work across the arts sector.

The JobKeeper package was passed by the Federal Government yesterday evening. You can register with the ATO here: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

Copyright Agency have launched their COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding:https://www.copyright.com.au/culturalfund/new-grants-for-covid-19/?utm_source=Copyright+Agency+Visual+Arts+Newsletter&utm_campaign=65e40732f3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_11_19_04_23_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_226f354fe2-65e40732f3-126052695&mc_cid=65e40732f3&mc_eid=ebcc812dfa

Some Regional Victorian responses


7 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Other Support

 Some Regional Victorian responses


3 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Other Support


1 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Other Support

 Other Resources


27 MARCH, 2020

Funding and Other Support


25 MARCH, 2020

National Update

  • National organisations have been meeting with the Federal Minister and Opposition Spokesperson for the arts these last two days to share information about what gaps remain after the initial whole-of-government announcements.
  • The Arts Industry Council Victoria has also been meeting weekly with our interstate colleagues to ensure measures across different States are understood. A number of states, including Queensland, SA and the ACT have now announced arts support packages.

Victorian Update

  • The Arts Industry Council of Victoria is now meeting weekly to share support and responses across our organisation.

Resources

Data Collection


23 MARCH, 2020


Second National Economic Stimulus Package

There are a number of measures included in the $66 billion package announced by the Prime Minister today that may be of direct relevance to you and your organisation or community:

1. For individuals, sole traders and households:

a. the Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.  This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit

b. providing a further $750 payment to social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders, except for those who are receiving an income support payment that is eligible to receive the Coronavirus supplement

c. the Government will allow individuals in financial stress as a result of the Coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21

d. More information is available at: https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-information-and-support.

2. For small-medium business and not-for-profits, the Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not‑for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. There is also a loan guarantee scheme made available. More information is available at: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

You can read the full statement from the Prime Minister at: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/supporting-australian-workers-and-business

Similar to the Victorian announcement yesterday, these are not arts-only, or arts-specific measures at this stage, but they still may be of benefit or interest to you right now. Regional Arts Victoria, with a number of other arts organisations, continues to work with State and Federal Government on future targeted announcements.

Peak Body Reponses to National Stimulus

Victorian Government Update

  • The Victorian Government has advised that from today  “…Victoria will proceed over the next 48 hours to implement a shutdown of all non-essential activity across our state to combat the spread of Coronavirus.” There is some limited additional detail in this Statement from the Premier: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-32/
  • Expect more detail on this to follow in the media, particular on definitions of ‘essential.’  

Victorian Economic Survival Package

There are a number of measures included in the Victorian Government’s first economic package you may like to follow-up in further detail, or pass on to members of your community:

3. $500 million Business Support Fund. To register interest in updates, head here: https://bit.ly/2QF2HIi  

4. $500 million support package for workers: Working for Victoria fund. More information available here: https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria

These are not arts-only, or arts-specific measures at this stage, but they still may be of benefit or interest to you right now.

You can read the full statement for the Premier at: https://bit.ly/2Uu5zJu

National Update

Additional advice

  • VECCI have confirmed that “both the Morrison and Andrews Governments are expected to announce major business rescue packages this weekend”: https://bit.ly/2Jb8L7m

Stimulus and Campaigns

  • The music industry have launched Sound of Silence: https://thesoundofsilence.com.au/
  • NAVA has a campaign toolkit: https://bit.ly/3ahHdsQ 
  • PAC Australia released this: https://bit.ly/2WHgPET 


22 MARCH, 2020

National Update

Victorian Update

  • The Arts Industry Council Victoria also held a Victorian meeting Friday 20 March. Regional Arts Victoria is a Member of this group and we’re working with the other state-level peak bodies (such as Theatre Network Australia, Multicultural Arts Victoria etc.) to share information to and between each of our Member groups.
  • The Victorian Chamber of Commerce is offering support and advice for businesses both in bushfire recovery and COVID-19 impacts: https://www.victorianchamber.com.au/

 

Data Collection

There are now a number of new specific industry surveys live since the last email:

Arts Pages

 

Information and Support Networks

  • A number of services exist if you're struggling including Support Act: 1800 959 500
  • A Facebook Group for Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 has been established for information sharing: https://bit.ly/3aiO1Xi


19 MARCH, 2020

Stimulus Calls

National Update

Victorian Update


18 MARCH, 2020


National Updates

  • Federal Minister for the Arts Paul Fletcher hosted an initial roundtable with the creative sector on March 17. You can read the Minister’s response to this event here: https://bit.ly/2UetVbe 
  • You can read the response to the meeting from NAVA here: https://bit.ly/2WES38y 
  • You  can read the response to the meeting from LPA here: https://bit.ly/33EC9we
  • Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette was present and spoke about the meeting on Radio National: https://ab.co/2xjPu0S
  • Our national body Regional Arts Australia was among those groups present at this national meeting, and is ensuring relevant regional information is being communicated.
  • A special Meeting of Cultural Ministers has been convened for March 19 for state and national arts and culture ministers to coordinate responses.

Victorian Update

  • Creative Victoria and the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley are briefing, and working with, Victorian organisations including Regional Arts Victoria.
  • The Arts Industry Council of Victoria (https://aicv.org.au/) will meet this Friday, giving Regional Arts Victoria the opportunity to work with other peak bodies in Victoria on responses and information sharing.