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Australia Council announces new resilience fund and re-opens Arts and Disability Mentorships

The Australia Council has announced a Resilience Fund of approximately $5M for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Adrian Collette AM said this new measure within the Council’s existing budget is essential during this critical period when the cultural and creative sectors are experiencing immediate and enormous challenges due to the impact of the virus. 

“Last week the Australia Council suspended many investment programs and repurposed all available uncommitted funds from this financial year to immediately respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The Resilience Fund has been created to provide immediate relief to Australian artists, arts workers and arts organisations and support their livelihoods, practice and operations. We have redirected approximately $5M across three new programs: Survive, Adapt, Create.

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Summary last updated on 1 April 2020

Many artists, organisations, venues, galleries and communities are being impacted by COVID-19 in the short term and are expecting longer term effects.

A number of surveys are underway in Australia and around the world as a quick response to capture and quantify the scale and cost of these impacts.

The latest Australian COVID-19 impact survey results are shown below, with links to the surveys for further detail, and if you would like to contribute your own experiences.

This summary will be updated as new information becomes available so please check back regularly.

The Australia Council is also convening a working group to facilitate future data collection of longer-term effects on the sector.


I Lost My Gig Australia: For performers, production, crew and others who have lost work through the cancellation of concerts, conferences, events or festivals.

Launched 14 March 2020

  • $325 million in lost income reported
  • 600,000 people impacted by event cancellations
  • 274,000 number of gigs/events impacted


PAC Australia: COVID-19 impact survey: For venues impacted by cancellation of events.

Launched 15 March 2020

Survey results forthcoming.


NAVA: COVID-19 arts impacts: For visual artists or visual arts organisations impacted by cancellations or changes to events, programs or activities.

Launched 16 March 2020

  • $49.4 million total financial loss
  • 9,827 event cancellations
  • 39,027 artists and arts workers impacted
  • 475 organisations affected


Diversity Arts Australia: Lost Work for Artists and Creatives of Colour: For culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) creatives affected by cancellations and postponements in the creative industries.

Launched 18 March 2020

  • 91% of respondents expect to lose income
  • Over $2.3 million estimated amount of income lost


Impact of COVID-19 on writing practice: For writers and others in the literature sector who have experienced cancellation of events and subsequent loss of income.

Launched 18 March 2020

  • 681 events affected
  • $238,855 total loss of income


Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey: For dance professionals who have been impacted by COVID-19 through lost income and project cancellations.

Launched 25 March 2020

  • $5.6 million total income lost
  • 1,263 workers impacted
  • $2 million total project loss


MEAA: Coronavirus and you: Have you lost work? For workers in the media, entertainment and arts industries affected by COVID-19.

Survey results forthcoming.

Responses to COVID-19 from arts agencies around the world

This document provides an overview of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from arts funding agencies around the world, including links to further information. Download the document.

We hope this is a useful resource for:

  • policy makers looking for ideas about what others are doing
  • advocates wanting to seek information on how other countries are responding
  • arts workers looking for the support available in their jurisdiction. 

The list has been prepared by the Australia Council for the Arts and BYP Group, drawing on information from IFACCA, the sector and desk research. It will be updated regularly as events progress.

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