Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

Sector Recovery Initiative investment recipients 

A total of 39 applications were supported through the Cultural and Creative Solutions and Industry Collaborations streams. The investment through the Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund includes strong support for First Nations arts and cultural organisations (including Ilbijerri, KALACC, Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA, Tranby, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Gujaga, Digi Youth Arts) and organisations working with people with disability (including Arts Access Australia, Dirty Feet and Studio A). 

Artists and organisations were asked to respond to key priority areas for recovery (including equity and justice, mobility and exchange, resilience, health and wellbeing, leadership and digital) aimed at building a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future for the cultural and creative industries.

The investment will support initiatives including: 

  • Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia – the peak body for art centres across Western Australia will use new technology and software to connect arts centres across Australia to promote best practice and help meet demand for authentic First Nations art products.
  • Digi Youth arts – a QLD based not-for-profit will create new mentorship opportunities for young and emerging First Nations music programmers as part of a broader initiative aimed at increasing the number of First Nations Music Programmers in Australia. 
  • Creative Recovery Network – based in Queensland, will build on its work supporting communities impacted by natural disasters with creative initiatives that support wellbeing and recovery. This project includes plans to establish a new taskforce that would play a role in national emergency management. 
  • Studio A – a Sydney based arts company providing professional development for artists with intellectual disabilities. The project will involve developing new educational resources for schools, offering the opportunity to further showcase the talents of artists with disability.
  • Regional Arts Australia – supporting the digital transformation and delivery of Australia’s largest regional and remote arts gathering, Artlands. 
  • Sydney Review of Books – for Works Cited: a weekly online literary newsletter that will use algorithms to aggregate new non-fiction, including works published in other Australian literary journals, and give them an additional platform. This project will publish reviews and features by and about Australian writers, providing the opportunity to showcase Australian literary culture to new audiences. 

Download awarded grants list 

Read the media release.

Applications are now closed

Applications opened: Tuesday 24 November 2020

Applications closed: Tuesday 23 February 2021 (5pm AEDT) 


  • Stage 1 shortlisted applicants: mid-March 2021
  • Stage 2 successful applicants: mid-April 2021.

Duration: Initiatives can start after 1 May 2021 and must finish by 30 June 2022

Read the frequently asked questions.

About Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

$2m will be invested in sector-led initiatives to support the recovery of Australia’s cultural and creative industries.

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund is offered in acknowledgement of the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries. This investment will support the sector to re-imagine practice and operations, and test ideas and models for a more resilient, equitable and thriving future.

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are a direct response to the disruptions and challenges experienced by the cultural and creative industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been informed by conversations throughout the Re-imagine: What next? consultation (September to October 2020).

Successful applicants will work with a member of the Australia Council’s Sector Development team in the design and development of ideas and projects. Final outcomes of the Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives will be shared with Australia’s cultural and creative industries. This is in recognition of the collective commitment that is needed to ensure the strength, vibrancy and sustainability of Australia’s arts and culture into the future.

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are generously supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.

Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are offered in two streams:

Cultural and Creative Solutions

Industry Collaborations

Individuals, groups and organisations are invited to propose future-focused strategic initiatives that respond to the following priorities:

  • Equity and justice - structural transformation that contributes to cultural equity, embedded accessibility, social inclusion and sustainability.
  • Mobility and exchange – building and activating local, national and international networks for the future.
  • Resilience – ensuring a sustainable and healthy creative economy that can weather future disruptions.
  • Health and wellbeing – promoting and nurturing health and wellbeing of artists, communities, cultural practitioners and organisations, and climate responsibility.
  • Leadership – nurturing the next generation of creative and cultural leaders ensuring diversity and self-determination.
  • Digital – skills and capability building, and creation, sharing and dissemination of arts and culture.

The initiatives aim to:

  • ask hard questions and seek practical solutions to new and existing issues
  • provide space and time to reflect, re-imagine and act for change
  • establish new cross-industry partnerships that support sector recovery and deliver and highlight public value
  • create an industry that is accessible, inclusive and equitable
  • articulate and test how culture and creativity will play a significant role in the nation’s recovery.

Learn more about the initiative 

View an excerpt from our Information Session

View the on-demand FAQ video

View the on-demand FAQ video with Auslan


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for further guidance. 

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact us at or 02 9215 9000 to speak to an Artist Services Officer.

We acknowledge the distress, hardship and isolation felt by artists and cultural and creative workers at this time. For support contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Support Act on 1800 959 500.

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