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

Posted in Communities on 23/Mar/2020 02:39

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


Regional Victorian news

1 JULY, 2020

Arts funding for regional Victoria

Australia Council for Arts

Re-opening resources and information


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

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