Resilience Fund, Communiques and Australia Council first response
The Australia Council announced its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19 on 9 April 2020.
Announcements and Media
- First Nations Contemporary Music receives crucial investment
- Re-activate: beyond step three – a new resource to support COVID-19 recovery
- The Australia Council is announcing details of its investment opportunities for individuals and organisations
- Australia Council welcomes government's $250 million creative support package. Media release. 25 June 2020.
- Select Committee on COVID-19 inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, June 2020
- Arts crucial to sound rebound from coronavirus by Adrian Collette: Op-ed published in The Australian
- Will our arts industry have the same support it had pre-COVID?: Adrian Collette interview at ABC's RN Drive
- Australia Council welcomes support package for the arts
- Australia Council announces new resilience fund and reopens arts and disability mentorships
- A communique from our CEO: 25 March 2020
- A communique from our CEO: 16 March 2020
Australia Council response package
COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor: Phase 2
The Australia Council is working with Patternmakers and WolfBrown to understand changes in behaviours and sentiments of arts-goers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tracking study is designed to support important decision-making and forward planning across the sector in the coming months.
Baseline data was collected in a cross-sector collaborative survey process involving 159 arts and culture organisations, including museums, galleries, performing arts organisations and festivals.
Results from the second phase of the study are now available, with the key insights outlined in a snapshot report and data provided through the Audience Outlook Monitor dashboard.
Re-activate: beyond step three – a new resource to support COVID-19 recovery
The Australia Council has announced the latest resource in our Re-ignite suite - Re-activate: beyond step three.
This resource sets out industry standards and protocols for the arts and cultural industry to consider in preparation for moving into the next phase of Australia’s response to COVID-19.
These protocols will assist artists and organisations as restrictions ease and provide essential advice regarding the next steps for the arts and cultural industry. This resource is intended to support the cultural industry in considering key elements for re-opening as states and territories move towards re-opening.
First Nations Contemporary Music receives crucial investment
The Australia Council welcomes the federal government’s commitment of $2 million over four years ($500,000 each year) to be invested through the Indigenous Contemporary Music Program.
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP today announced details of the first year of investment, including $250,000 to the Australia Council to deliver First Nations music grants.
The Australia Council is announcing details of its investment opportunities for individuals and organisations
Although the arts and cultural industries, along with all Australians and communities around the world, have experienced incomparable disruption from the impacts of COVID-19, we have never lost sight of the enormous public value of the arts for all Australians.
It is important that we resume our programs and strive to enable creativity to continue to connect us in recovery and in the future; it will be essential for Australia’s recovery. Our creative sector will be indispensable in helping to rebuild communities and our economy to assist navigating Australia’s path out of the crisis. We are working at speed to re-open as many suspended programs as possible to contribute to this recovery and roll out new responsive initiatives.
Australia Council welcomes government's $250 million creative support package
The Australia Council has welcomed the announcement of an industry specific support package for the cultural and creative industries.
“This is a welcome investment in some of the industries hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19” said CEO Adrian Collette AM.
“An investment in the arts is a smart investment in recovery: creativity-led productivity fuels our economy and our social fabric. Arts and culture are major drivers for tourism, both domestic and international. They boost the hospitality sector. They underpin the vitality of our cities and regions, and the perception of Australia internationally.”
JobKeeper and the cultural and creative industries
This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs of the cultural and creative industries pertaining to the JobKeeper program. While JobKeeper will have a significant benefit, in its current form it will not support a large proportion of the creative workforce. This is due to the specific nature of the cultural and creative industries which are characterised by extremely high levels of casualisation and freelancing. Support for these small businesses, sole traders and our creative economy is vital. Our sector will be essential in helping to rebuild communities and navigate Australia’s path out of the crisis.
Australia Council for the Arts submission
Select Committee on COVID-19 inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: June 2020
This submission outlines:
- the impacts of COVID-19 on Australia’s cultural and creative industries and
- the measures taken by the Australia Council for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Australia Council has been listening to arts and cultural organisations, peak bodies and independent artists about the impacts of COVID-19 and the changes needed to re-ignite arts and cultural activity across the country. As a result, we have produced the following response: Re-activate which supports jurisdictional compliance.
Re-activate – is a practical, user-friendly guide for independent artists and organisations. It outlines how to confidently comply with government guidelines to recommence practice and open doors to welcome audiences, visitors and customers. It complies with the existing requirements of steps 2 and 3 of the Australian Government’s 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.
Join the arts and creative industries digital support Facebook group
This group was created to support the arts community in the digital space.
We are seeing incredible feats to stay connected in this time especially when there are many conversations and questions around digital solutions to sharing our content.
This is an ever-evolving group designed to empower the community.