Arts Focused Assistance Packages

Arts Funding Announcements

As we find ourselves amidst the most recent Covid-19 related lockdowns and much news around about regular businesses receiving grants to help them through this difficult time, I thought it fitting to focus on the arts related grants available as many performers and others in the arts are dealing with the cancellation of shows and events and are not sure what is on offer in the form of assistance.
  All major States have announced Grants to help their creatives through this difficult time, of course the Income Support provided through the Federal Government and the State Government business grants that we announced last week may assist but there are specifically targeted arts funding available.
We should make mention of the Federal Government support program – MusicKeeper and Crewkeeper relief available to those Music workers who have been affected by these cancellations.
These scheme provides some support in providing grants of around $2,000 to individuals and families.
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Queensland live music venues impacted by COVID 19 can now apply for additional funding support with the opening of the next round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Live Music Support Program.
Between $40,000 and $380,000 is available for venues meeting Arts Queensland’s eligibility criteria. Applications for Queensland’s Live Music Support Program are now open.


In NSW, the Berejiklian Government recently announced a $75 million support package for performing arts organisations and live music organisations impacted by the cancellation of shows due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
Applications for the relief funding opened Friday 23 July on the Create NSW website.
  Additional support for musicians and other members of the live music sector in NSW are available through the City of Sydney’s live music and performance grants program. Applications to the program are now open and close on Monday 23 August 2021.


In Victoria, financial assistance is available from Business Victoria. An impacted public events support program has also been announced for eligible events and public events suppliers affected by the lockdown. They can receive support of up to $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Additionally, a new round of the live performance support program is available with funding of up to $7,000 for presenters and up to $2,000 for suppliers.
The $20 million dedicated Victorian Events Support Package will support event organisers, hosts and suppliers as they manage the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is part of more than $500 million in business support offered in response to restrictions announced on Thursday 27 May 2021 that includes the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the Licensed Venue Hospitality Fund 2021, which are already open for applications.
The Victorian Events Support Package delivers five streams of support:
  • Sustainable Event Business Program.
  • Impacted Public Events Support Program.
  • Independent Cinema Support Program.
  • Live Performance Support Program (Presenters).
  • Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers).

Details are available from: