Funding for the arts: what's available and how can you get it?

Will the Prime Minister’s targeted $250 million package of funding to support cultural and creative projects and initiatives save the industry?

The arts funding is aimed at kick starting the sector with funding preferencing commercial initiatives that generate jobs and are expected to have a positive economic impact. That is, this is an economic package as opposed to creative or cultural funding.

Outside of the funding package, SupportAct received $10m in funding for COVID-19 crisis relief grants. Crisis funding is accessible to:

To be eligible, you will need to be a musician, crew or music worker, who:

Other financial support is available through JobKeeper (including the self-employed) or JobSeeker.

Area
Total funding
Description
Seed Investment to Reactivate Productions and Tours
Productions, festivals and events - including theatre, dance, community and arts and culture gatherings.
 
Individuals able to apply for funding.
$75m
The competitive grant is administered through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund and provides seed funding to substitute for the capital lost as a result of cancellations and rescheduling of events.
 
Grants range from $75,000 to $2 million.
 
Part of the funding has been earmarked for music recovery - recording and distribution, contemporary music touring, the development of safe venue infrastructure and protocols.
 
Show Starter Loans
Businesses able to generate jobs—including through the
synergy between arts and entertainment and travel, tourism and hospitality.
$90m
In a move to free up capital, the Government is providing a 100% guarantee for loans through financial institutions to assist arts and entertainment businesses to fund new
productions and events. 
 
Lenders will provide facilities that only have to be drawn down if needed. Loan terms will be up
to five years, with an initial 12-month repayment deferral. That is, the amount drawn down will need to be paid back, but in the event the loan can’t be repaid, the bank is protected.
 
The loans are part of the Government’s existing Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme.
Local Screen Production
 
Local film and television productions
 
$50m
A Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF) for Screen Australia for local film and television producers to restart filming.
See Screen Australia’s
Funding and Support initiatives page
 
The fund commences from 1 July 2020 for 12 months.
 
Sector-Significant Organisations
Support significant Commonwealth-funded arts and culture organisations
$35m
Funding to support significant Commonwealth-funded arts and culture organisations facing threats to their viability due to COVID-19.


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