Resilience Fund, Communiques and Australia Council first response
Australia Council's approach to Sector Recovery
The Australia Council recognises the impact COVID-19 has had on the cultural and creative sectors. This has had an immense flow on effect for the broader community and economy.
As our sector grapples with the immediate effects of this unprecedented disruption we must also begin to turn our minds to the future, in all its uncertainty, and imagine what that might look like, and what we want it to look like: its challenges and opportunities, and how we can plan for the cultivation of a strong and vibrant ecology.
A creative-led recovery will be essential for Australia. A natural source of innovation and collaboration, our creative sector will be essential in helping to rebuild communities and our economy and navigating Australia’s path out of the crisis.
The newly formed Sector Development team, along with the whole of Australia Council, is focused on working with the sector to develop tools, strategies, advocacy capabilities and approaches for the issues, challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Our work encompasses sector recovery along with capacity building, mobility and exchange, responding to and leading in current trends along with specific artform conversations and requirements.
Head of Sector Development
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
- 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
- Australia Council response
- Resilience Fund
- Reporting and grant relief
- First Nations' Roundtable: online roundtables
- Creative Connections: Online webinar series
- Think Inside the Square: Digital online webinar series
- Arts and creative industry: digital support facebook group
- Research and analysis
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 a two-part response: Re-activate which supports jurisdictional compliance; and Re-imagine that seeks to influence the national response to COVID-19.
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.
COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor
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 first 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.
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.
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.