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Arts Queensland Funding and Support

To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Arts Queensland is implementing a number of measures to support the arts sector. This includes new programs, funding boosts, funding extensions, changes to application timeframes and guidelines, and rent relief for tenants based in Queensland Government Arts infrastructure.

Arts and Cultural Recovery Package

The Queensland Government announced (16 June 2020) a new $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package for Queensland’s arts and cultural sector as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Stage Two.

The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package includes a range of measures to strengthen the sector’s foundations for the future, drive new creative work, employ artists and arts workers, retain our skilled and talented creatives, and importantly, ensure the activation of our venues.

The package includes:

  • $11.3 million to assist in offsetting revenue losses and stabilising businesses in live music and performing arts organisations and venues.
  • $4.2m to fund a pipeline of performing arts and live music to support cultural and tourism recovery
  • $4.15m in new grants to support audience and market access
  • $2.9m to support partnerships with local councils, venues, artists, festivals and organisations to continue employment and provide unique experiences across Queensland.

Visit our Arts and Cultural Recovery Package page to find out more.

stART Grant Program (closed)

A new $500,000 StART grant program aimed at providing support for Queensland’s independent creative practitioners including artists, producers, designers, technicians and other arts workers was open from 15 - 22 June. See the announcement here and visit our stART funding page for more information.

Venue Pilot Program

  • Arts Queensland will provide nearly $200,000 to regional venues across the state to pilot venue reopenings and programming under COVID restrictions.
  • This follows an expressions of interest call out by Stage Queensland, with submissions reviewed by an external industry panel
  • Participating venues are Brisbane Powerhouse, Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), HOTA (Gold Coast), Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns), and Ipswich Civic Centre
  • The pilot program will support these venues across the state to determine venue capacity to deliver local programming and support COVID-safe audience engagement under Stage three conditions of Queensland’s Roadmap to Recovery which comes into effect from noon on 3 July.
  • Venues are responsible for their own programming, with a focus on supporting the employment of local artists.

Individuals Fund

  •  Individuals Fund grant round for April 2020 boosted to $500,000
  • Expanded criteria to include building digital skill, creative development, small project activities, digital delivery of works
  • Extended closing date:  21 April 2020 (applications have now closed)
  • Updated guidelines and applications 

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)

  • Increased funding of $2 million for QASP
  • Expanded criteria to include digital content creation, creative development, digital delivery
  • Streamlined application process
  • QASP recipients given the opportunity to postpone or reframe activity to accommodate changed circumstances
  • Updated guidelines and applications 

Organisations Fund

  • To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts sector, Queensland arts companies that are current recipients of the 2017-2020 Organisations Fund will receive a further twelve months’ funding at current levels to December 2021.
  • Arts Queensland is also suspending applications for the Organisations Fund 2021 - 2024 so they can prioritise business sustainability rather than focus on the long-term planning that is required as part of the application process.
  • The Organisations Fund is an important part of Queensland’s arts and cultural sector, supporting more than 400 full time equivalent positions and enabling the delivery of more than 10,000 activities to more than 2 million people in 2018.
  • By taking this action, Arts Queensland is providing certainty to the arts organisations now funded through the Organisations Fund 2017 – 2020 and to assist in maintaining employment that is dependent on current revenue sources.
  • By moving the application time, all Queensland arts organisations, funded or not, are provided time to navigate the current situation, and then focus on the future when there is greater understanding of impact.
  • Arts Queensland will communicate the new application process at a later date.

Playing Queensland Fund (PQF)

  • Applications temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • All approved PQF grants will remain available. Recipients have the opportunity to postpone or reframe activity to accommodate changed circumstances

Queensland Government arts facilities: Festival House and Judith Wright Arts Centre

Arts Queensland will waive rental payments through to December 2020 for tenants based in Queensland Government Brisbane-based arts facilities Festival House and Judith Wright Arts Centre.

Additional assistance

Arts Queensland continues to explore ways to support the arts sector. The sustainability of Queensland’s arts and cultural sector and the continued employment of artists and arts workers is a priority for the Queensland Government, and Arts Queensland will continue to work with the sector to support organisations and arts workers to emerge from this public health crisis with strength and confidence.

Updated 1 July 2020