Homefront – A survival package for Canberra’s artists

Released 24/03/2020

The ACT Government recognises the immediate support needed for Canberra artists who have lost their income and ability to maintain their arts practice as a result of COVID-19.

As part of a whole of Government response to the impacts of COVID-19, the Government has announced ‘Homefront’ a survival package for Canberra’s artists and creatives.

Funding of up to $10,000 per artist will be available to support arts development and the sustainability of their arts practices over the next 6-9 months. A total of $500,000 will be available.

Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events Gordon Ramsay said that this new funding is being made available as soon as possible subject to a streamlined assessment process.

“For artists the process to apply for funding will be similar to the up to $5,000 funding rounds that the Government administers throughout the year,” Minister Ramsay said.

“This new program is designed to save as many local jobs as possible as our community and economy adjusts to this difficult and changing environment.

“The Government is a great supporter of Canberra’s creative industry and I’m glad that this package will provide essential and immediate relief to our creative sector.

“I encourage Canberra artists to remain vigilant, patient and understanding as we continue to guide and assist them through this period.”

Further information on funding is available at www.arts.act.gov.au and additional information will also be distributed via the artsACT e-newsletter.

If you are not already subscribed to the newsletter you can do this via the artsACT website.

Funding will be for activities including research and development, making of new works or sharing of works via online platforms, and for artists fees and living expenses to undertake arts activities.

Artists may also apply for the creation and development of works to be exhibited or performed in public venues in the future, when it becomes safe to undertake these activities.

Applicants will need to provide:

· a statement outlining how the funding will support their arts development and practice;

  • a brief bio; and
  • a current CV.

Applications will open on 30 March 2020 and will close on 17 April 2020 at 5pm.

Announcements on successful recipients will be made approximately 1 May 2020.

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