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Funding and Support

Additional assistance

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.

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for lockdown-impacted businesses in Queensland

Your business may be eligible for financial support through the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants. $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the COVID-19 lockdown that commenced on Saturday 31 July 2021 and lockdowns in other states.

Arts and Cultural Recovery Package

The Queensland Government has committed more than $79 million in measures to stabilise and sustain the sector, including the dedicated Arts and Cultural Recovery Package, implemented in 2020 to address the needs of the sector as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Stage Two.

Visit the Arts and Cultural Recovery Package page for funding outcomes and more information.

The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package is a down payment on Creative Together: A 10-year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland  that aims to help revitalise creative industries, support infrastructure and jobs, and power Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, and will support the Roadmap’s first two-year action plan, Sustain 2020-2022.

The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package is a key part of Sustain 2020-2022, with a focus on stabilising Queensland’s arts companies, securing jobs for artists and arts workers, and delivering COVID-safe cultural experiences to Queensland audiences.

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.

Live Music

COVID-19 support to Queensland’s live music industry was increased in 2021 - 2022 with an additional $7 million to ensure the viability of live music in Queensland.

Live music is vital to the arts industry supporting strong economic outcomes for Queensland, and contributing to artist’s success, connecting performers with audiences and the communities across the state.