COVID-19 - Resources, research and assistance
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.
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.
Please note: The Re-activate: beyond step three resource document is now available.
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.
Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.
Every week, industry experts, artists and digital adaptors will join the panel to discuss solutions and ideas that inform the industry.
Australia Council’s INTEL: PODCAST SERIES is a peer-to-peer market intelligence resource designed to inform and upskill the arts sector on ‘live’, best practice, and innovative approaches to international engagement.
COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor webinar series
This webinar series explores different topics within the Audience Outlook Monitor and digs deeper into the results with industry experts. Fact sheets on each topic will be released weekly to inform the discussion.
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, to support decision-making and forward planning across the arts sector.
Simon Hinton, Artistic Director/CEO of Merrigong Theatre Company, concludes his celebration of our theatre champions.
'Back in April, in the early days of this COVID shit-show, I posted the first of a series of Facebook/Instagram posts that read:
21 Reasons I Know the Australian Arts Industry Will Bounce Back Better than Ever:
Yes, these are dark times my friends, you don’t need me to tell you that. My job currently is trying to work out how to save an organisation that relies on Box Office and Venue Hire for more than 80% of its revenue (and we’re the lucky ones!). Saving jobs, survival, is my total focus for now. But my mind’s started to turn to reasons why our industry might not just survive, but one day roar back to life better than ever. All of the reasons I could think of were people...'