About the series
The Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting a series of First Nations' Roundtables for arts and creative independents, and organisations, to discuss the current situation that affects us all in relation to COVID-19.
We appreciate that you are all managing challenging circumstances and that people want to have a First Nations perspective on these rapidly changing times.
A weekly Roundtable will enable people to connect, share and put forward ideas on how we navigate this period of the COVID-19 challenge.
Roundtable topic: Impacts to festivals
Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm (Sydney time)
Join Chair of the First Nations Arts Strategy Panel, Wesley Enoch AM and Deputy Chair of The Australia Council for the Arts, Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin for this roundtable forum in an ongoing series of updates and discussions.
Please register here and feel free to share with your network
Please contact Michael Hutchings directly if you require further information.
Phone: Michael Hutchings, Project Manager First Nations 0490 299 493
Impacts of COVID-19 on First Nations arts and culture: Download the paper
This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs, concerns and potentially catastrophic impacts for First Nations arts and culture in light of COVID-19. This includes potential for the most significant loss of arts, culture and language since the arrival of the First Fleet. Drawing on research and sector intelligence, the paper highlights opportunities for First Nations arts specific support and cross-portfolio advocacy and engagement.
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.
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.
You are warmly invited to take part in a survey of First Nations' music artists
With the development and growth of the First Nations music sector prior to COVID-19, the Australia Council wishes to gather and hear the voices of First Nation musicians. We have identified musicians that reflect the diversity of First Nations artists around Australia and we invite you to participate in this survey.